Poetics Serendipity

31 Oct

9:18 a.m. — Atlanta

listening to If You Got It sung by Gordon Lightfoot

Hi, everyone. My brain has been stalling all morning. Not on other things, just this post. I have hauled it squealing and whining and we are here.

1] The first link is to a wonderful interview with poet Dana Gioia, in The Writer. Titled ‘Collaborating With Language’, Gioia talks about his process for writing. Reading his responses to the questions put to him is like having a mini-workshop.

2] The second link, I found from poet James Brush. I was going to link to his page, when I realised that was just so you can link to where we want to end up. It seemed silly. So credit to James and here’s a direct link to The Poetry Storehouse. I’m going to use the same paragraph he chose, because it’s pretty explanatory:

The Poetry Storehouse is an effort to promote new forms and delivery methods for page-poetry by creating a repository of freely-available high-quality contemporary page-poetry for those multimedia collaborative artists who may sometimes be stymied in their work by copyright and other restrictions. Our main mission is to collect and showcase poem texts and, in some instances, audio recordings of those texts. It is our hope that those texts will serve as inspiration or raw material for other artistic creations in different media.

Go on over. You might recognise a couple of the poets who have sent in their poems. Yes, James is the grackle man, for those who were around when he published the chapbook. Here’s a link to his blog, should you want to wander around: Coyote Mercury.

3] Author Orna Ross has a post on freewriting that is worth a read: F-R-E-E Writing: Using Images to Release Your Creativity. She talks about the importance of detail through sensory imagery.

Okay, everyone, I hear the engines revving. Robert Lee Brewer’s PAD Chapbook Challenge [see guidelines] and NaNoWriMo [see my post: All Things NaNoWriMo for links] begin tomorrow. Good luck to all and I shall cheer you on from the sidelines.

I shall see you tomorrow [if you lift your pen from paper long enough] at the week’s roundup of prompts; next Tuesday for the first of our narrative prompts; and next Thursday for links.

Happy writing, all.


Posted by on 31/10/2013 in poetry, writing


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2 responses to “Poetics Serendipity

  1. Nic Sebastian

    31/10/2013 at 6:24 pm

    Thanks for the Poetry Storehouse plug, Margo! Hope you will consider submitting. Best, Nic

    • margo roby

      01/11/2013 at 7:31 am

      My pleasure, Nic.

      I would love to submit and will try and pull myself together to do so. Thank you,



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