Poetry Freeforall: Ready? Set? Go!

20 Sep

8:05 a.m. — Atlanta

listening to Katie Melua singing bits from an album

Hi there. Whoever lost control of the calendar will you please rectify the problem. Next week is practically the end of September for crying out loud. As we say Happy Birthday to the moon, here are a few poem starters to look over.

Joseph Harker, at Naming Constellations, is alive. While he sorts his life, 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 talks about changes. Of all the blogs I follow hers is the one that is the most teacher-ly, in that she discusses her topic, gives us a list of questions to start our thinking, adds some tips, where she talks about craft, and finishes with links to example poems. Another must stop for writers.

sunday whirlAt The Sunday Whirl, Brenda received this week’s words from a friend and colleague, while at a staff picnic. 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’s appears to have people stumped. The image is a map, the atlas type, rather than the driving ones. Think metaphor. Look at the shape of the piece of land. Look up St. Ninian. Read what Tess Kincaid wrote in response.Any of those should get you going.

Peggy, at Poetry Jam, gives us battles. She mentions fighting and war, but think about personal battles, as well. The word can have a positive or a negative connotation. Visit to see what she says.

This week on Carol’s Light Words we have black and white photographs of a historical oak. Head over to read about this ancient. 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. We have trains, characters, and attics [attics — so many possibilities] Again, I particularly like the non-fiction suggestion. Visit.

At imaginary garden with real toads, one of Marian’s suggestions made me laugh. The Harvest Moon is her overall focus. She gives us a black and white photograph and a song to spark from, and adds a short list of things, to include ‘flannel’. Yes, that made me laugh. Head over to read. Go play with the toads.

We Write Poems continues the story we started last week, with Nicole. This week Nicole adds changes into the mix. 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 just past centre. It’s a cool idea.

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.

Ack! Last week I told you: Every now and then I give you dVerse’s general address and let you pick your direction. Well, this week I am doing the same. So much choice, so much to learn, so little time…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 something in one of today’s prompts [oh, yes, wicked grin]; Thursday for links, unless someone sends me a topic; and Friday for the round-up of prompts.

Happy writing, everyone.


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8 responses to “Poetry Freeforall: Ready? Set? Go!


    20/09/2013 at 10:11 am

    I’m exhausted just reading all these! And our new settee has just arrived, so maybe I’ll abandon the bed – after so long flat on my back – and write poetry in the sitting room!

    • margo roby

      20/09/2013 at 11:12 am

      OMG! I’m responsible for a relapse! But, how lovely to have a new settee. I shall envision you lolling on it, writing poetry [perhaps a box of chocolates to hand].

    • Hannah Gosselin

      20/09/2013 at 3:10 pm

      I love that!! Sitting up now?! Wonderful, Viv!

  2. Misky

    20/09/2013 at 11:46 am

    Sooooo what you think of Katie?

    • margo roby

      20/09/2013 at 1:41 pm

      She has a lovely voice. I like it but would need it mixed with others. I got a little bored after a while. To be fair, I was listening to an older album and will try her newest to compare. When Google lets me buy individual songs, I will definitely get a couple. Her type of music fits in with most of what I listen to.

      So, we established I like one of what you like. ‘Nother?

      • Misky

        20/09/2013 at 5:30 pm

        No, we’ve established that you like what Peder likes. (giggling) I like Plan-B, Katzenjammer, opera, Rolling Stones, Santana, etc, etc.

        • margo roby

          20/09/2013 at 5:39 pm

          Ahhh! Actually, I like the ones you like, but not for my listening in general to. Oops, sweet peppers calling for attention from the skillet.


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