Poetry Freeforall: Are You Writing?

27 Sep

8:31 a.m. — Atlanta

contemplating silence

Hello, all. I’m looking at a gorgeously sunny day and thinking about Fall in New England. We will be seeing our first, so get your act together up there. Meanwhile, we have a couple of one time prompts that we will start with.

Remember Donna? I know, It has been a while and she does miss the circus. In celebration of the release of her book A House With Many Windows, she offers a prompt with a giveaway. To find out more head to Put Words Together. Make Meaning. Go.

The second is from Peter Murphy, on his Winter Poetry & Prose Getaway site. If you don’t know about Peter and his Getaways, head over. After you read his prompt, which has to do with vacations, explore.

Joseph Harker, at Naming Constellations, is still alive. If you haven’t been over to look around his site, 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 reminisces about jigsaw puzzles. Like she did, my mum always had a card table set up. Jigsaw puzzles were part of my growing up. Adele gives a list of suggestions to start your thinking. Another must stop for writers.

sunday whirlAt The Sunday Whirl, Brenda chose this week’s words from a YA novel. They are an interesting collection. 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? After looking at this week’s key word, go to the main page and read Madeleine’s limericks on National Punctuation Day, and on the Emmys (try reading this one aloud fast). Laughing is good, so visit to read, to laugh, perhaps to write.

Visit The Mag [Magpie Tales] for our first image prompt. The painting, The Moth and the Lamp by Cesar Santos, is… interesting. Go see. Then write your response to it. See where it takes you.

Alan1704, at Poetry Jam, waxes lyrical on October. He suggests several approaches, so head over.

This week on Carol’s Light Words we have a black and white photograph of shapes and shadows. It’s an intriguing photograph. 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 revisiting a favourite poet, adventure, and medicine cabinets.  Yet again, I particularly like the non-fiction suggestion. Visit.

At imaginary garden with real toads, Margaret has a long piece for us, but it boils down to writing about place and you know you love prompts to do with place. Head over to read. Go play with the toads.

At  We Write Poems Nicole has the final installment of her four prompt series. Even if you haven’t created a character, her discussion of ‘doors of perception‘ is interesting and might serve as a splinter prompt.

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

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.

Victoria, over at dVerse, writes of poets dealing with forbidden, or somewhat dicey, topics. 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 I postponed from last week; 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: Are You Writing?

  1. Quickly

    27/09/2013 at 1:20 pm

    Autumn in New England is not like a southern Fall. Enjoy.

    (And Miz Q returns for the month of October.)

    • margo roby

      27/09/2013 at 1:41 pm

      I \\We shall.

      She damn well better. There are mutterings in the ranks.


    27/09/2013 at 1:42 pm

    I went everywhere, and couldn’t find inspiration anywhere. I must be in the doldrums. But I’m very grateful for your round-ups (rounds-up?) which at least keep me occupied!

    • margo roby

      27/09/2013 at 1:48 pm

      ViV, I’ll admit I have lacked inspiration for a while now. Even when I see a prompt and think, Ooh… that’s as far as it gets. The brain has no interest. But, I agree with you that it is fujn to see what’s around.

      You pose an interesting point. I’m very good at the handsful family, but hadn’t thought about it here. Thinking grammatically, I am rounding up the prompts rather than having rounds of prompts, yes? Well, that little bit of thinking tickled me. Thank you.

  3. julespaige

    28/09/2013 at 1:17 pm

    I played with We Write Poems and the four prompts in the latest series are all here (they are haibun…)

    The poems are in three parts; two voices that switch places every other poem and finish with haiku.


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