Poetry Freeforall: Take Your Chances

14 Sep

9:08 a.m. — Atlanta

listening to my husband playing WOW in the other room

Hullo, all. It’s not so much that I forgot you yesterday, as that I thought it was Saturday. By the time I realised OMG my blog! we were on the road to Birmingham, Alabama.

At Naming Constellations, there is an unnerving silence from Joseph Harker. If you haven’t been over, I have given the general address. His archives are worth a visit. See them in the left sidebar under recursions, reveries and refinery. Three lots to play among. If you just scroll back through posts, you will find plenty of poetry to read and reviews of chapbooks to consider. It’s a must blog for writers.

adele kennyAt The Music In It: Adele Kenny’s Poetry Blog, Adele has a guest prompter, Renee Ashley, author of several poetry collections. The prompt is one of my favourite kinds. Renee refers to it as a ‘rut buster‘. As she says, It reminds the brain that there are other ways to work than the ones you fall into without resistance, ways to enlarge our possibilities for discovery while we’re writing. Head over and read through. Then, give it a try.

sunday whirlAt The Sunday Whirl, Brenda drew our list from street and business signs in Great Falls, Montana. If you haven’t wordled yet, what are you waiting for? Brenda will have the new words up on Sunday. Visit to see the wordle and to read what others have done.

We’re at Mad Kane’s Humor Blog for Limerick-off Mondays. Never written one? What are you waiting for?  I have been secretly writing them for a while now. Writing a good limerick is a fun challenge. Look around while you are there. Laughing is good, so visit to read, to laugh, perhaps to write.

Visit The Mag [Magpie Tales] for our first image prompt. This week we have a Rockwell. Such a gorgeous painting. Go look.

Mary, at Poetry Jam, is lost. Again, a state that can be literal and metaphorical. Visit to see what she says.

This week on Carol’s Light Words we have a close-up photograph. It’s rather cool. Look at it long enough and you will see all sorts of things. Also, Carol chooses a song each Friday to get us dancing around — remember she is on California time. A different kind of poetry and a whole lot of fun.

Poets & Writers suggestions for all three genres, work as possibilities for a poem subject. I particularly like the non-fiction suggestion. Visit.

At imaginary garden with real toads, Hannah has brought us more of the amazing photographs she finds of nature. Her own intention for us is a poem with contrasts. Head over to read. Go play with the toads.

We Write Poems continues the story we started last week, with Nicole. This week we add characters. Go on over and read what happens next.

At Poets United Verse First, where simple notions prompt amazing poems,  visit and see what they say about place.

brownwood-bunny-header Miz Quickly offers two prompts a week, so I will always give you the general address. Miz Q told us she is going dark for September, but she leaves us several suggestions for prompts. Head over.

Every now and then I give you dVerse’s general address and let you pick your direction. Visit. Look around. Stay awhile; it’s a friendly place.

Flash fiction fans: I’m going to give you the link to the general site of Flashy Fiction, rather than always giving you Friday, as you might come to the site on a different day, thus be offered a different image. Pot luck.

If you have questions, ask. If you write in response to any of these, the people whose blogs you visit would love to read your responses. Post!

I shall see you Tuesday, for a prompt that involves a list; Thursday for links, unless someone sends me a topic; and Friday for the round-up of prompts.

Happy writing, everyone.


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6 responses to “Poetry Freeforall: Take Your Chances

  1. barbara_y

    14/09/2013 at 10:20 am

    Chuckles. Hate it when time doesn’t jibe with my concepts.

  2. Hannah Gosselin

    14/09/2013 at 10:32 am

    Hello to you, Margo!! You’d have loved the quick wave of “uh-what day is it,” that passed over my face!! Glad to see you and thank you for all the good-linkage! 🙂

    • margo roby

      14/09/2013 at 12:12 pm

      The possibility of confusion occurred to me… then, I thought, What the heck 😉

  3. Carol Carlisle

    14/09/2013 at 11:20 am

    He,he! Showing up today, ou had me thinking it was Friday. We’re playing “confuse-a-cat” as they say on Monty Python. Hope you get the reference? Otherwise you are soooo young 😉 Happy weekend!

    • margo roby

      14/09/2013 at 12:12 pm

      OF COURSE I got the reference. Monty Python is a god! You’d be surprised how many of the youngers like them.
      I did think for a minute of the people who would have their weekends confused by my landing in their inboxes today.

  4. LaTonya

    14/09/2013 at 2:04 pm

    Gorgeous isn’t what I felt when I saw the prompt at The Magpie. I thought, “George” and I wrote a response. It was gut response. I was glad I weighed in.


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