Poetry Freeforall: Happy Birthday

04 Oct

7:37 a.m. — Atlanta

listening to the Kingston Trio singing Scarlet Ribbons — you’d forgotten all about that song hadn’t you?

Hello, all. I stay the course with very few things, so it is with some awe that I contemplate this, my 500th post, and the beginning of Wordgathering’s fourth year. I looked back to see who has been with me from the start who I know is still keeping company. Thank you to everyone, but especially those who started with me and continue: The Rag Tree, Neil Reid of We Write Poems, and scotianightpoetry, followed by poetrydiary, ViV and Lady Nimue. As I went through the list of names, all twenty pages, I saw so many I consider friends. Thank you for the joy you have brought me through this blog.

Joseph Harker can be found at Naming Constellations. 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 discusses ‘new’ poetry and what that entails. It’s an interesting essay and worth taking the time to read, even if you decide not to try the prompt, although it would stretch you and be fun to try one of the styles even if you don’t ‘get’ the poems. Adele gives a list of suggestions and examples to start your thinking. Another must stop for writers.

sunday whirlAt The Sunday Whirl, Brenda chose this week’s words from, and leaves a link to, the poetry of Rae Armantrout. 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? Laughing is good, so visit to read, to laugh, perhaps to write.

Visit The Mag [Magpie Tales] for our first image prompt. The photograph by Mark Haley caught me emotionally as soon as the image appeared. Some places do that. Go see. Then write your response to it. See where it takes you.

Laurie Kolp, at Poetry Jam, has an interesting exercise which I plan to try, shortly after hitting ‘Publish’. See what she says about the value of looking backward.

This week on Carol’s Light Words I have given you the choice, as she has several different from each other photographs, each of which might spark a poem. 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 human nature, stress, and a second look at medicine cabinets.  Visit.

At imaginary garden with real toads, herotomost had me laughing from the title [and how many of you remember that gem?], on. The idea is interesting and I may even pause a moment, in this, to start… Head over to read. Go play with the toads.

At  We Write Poems Pamela Sayers takes the reins. Head over to say hi and read what she says about roads.

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

brownwood-bunny-header She is back, ladies and gentlemen. Miz Quickly offers two prompts a week, so I will always give you the general address. If you didn’t start October with her, you might want to read back. We have two, and blue and a wild card. Visit and see what it’s all about.

Samuel, over at dVerse, takes spine poetry [books, not backs] a little further, by going through the whys and hows of the possible steps to arrive at the finished product. Visit. Look around. Stay awhile; it’s a friendly place. They are beginning to crush the apples for cider.

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 be dark all next week, as we visit Vermont and family. I shall see you again on Tuesday the 15th for a prompt to spark a poem.

Happy writing, everyone.


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8 responses to “Poetry Freeforall: Happy Birthday

  1. julespaige

    04/10/2013 at 12:25 pm

    Happy blog Birthday!
    No reason to be ‘blue’
    Just having fun with this combo of forms…and a Miz Q prompt:

  2. Hannah Gosselin

    04/10/2013 at 6:02 pm

    Happy fourth B-day!! 🙂

  3. Kc gan

    11/10/2013 at 3:38 am

    Hi ms roby, kc here. Im back on facebook as a fictional character, though real enough to inspire belief, hope and all the good stuff 🙂

    • margo roby

      11/10/2013 at 11:08 am

      Kc! I’ve wondered, but thought you might be stretching and exploring. I made note of your gmail and already have the hotmail. I’ll head over to your Fb site now.

      • KC GAN

        12/10/2013 at 6:33 am

        I use the account mainly to play War Of Mercenaries (a Facebook strategy game), not much for social media. Not that i have much social contact at all, haha. Will share with you my new artwork via facebook (I barely update the website) I have just sent you a friends request, pulling money together through at the moment to travel, and working on getting my drivers license, will visit you in the states soon, love always, KC

        • margo roby

          12/10/2013 at 9:51 am

          I have missed seeing your artwork. As it has been a while, I look forward to seeing where you are.

          We’ll be here, waiting. love, m


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