Poetry Freeforall: The End Is Nigh

13 Dec

7:45 a.m. — AtlantaPaper snowflakes

listening to Tennessee Flat Top Box sung by Rosanne Cash

Hello, everyone. We begin by featuring one of our regulars. You’ve seen them, week after week, anchoring the prompts roundup: Flashy Fiction. With a new year upcoming they want to revitalise the site. Wait ’til you see its new look, warm, sleek and easy to navigate. Down the left side is their framework and archives; down the right, their featured hosts, whose names many of you will recognise. In the centre is each day’s prompt.

I am going to argue that even the poets should be over here. Whether you write flash fiction, or not, writing a short narrative is often a strategy for moving into a poem. Like all prompts, whatever you write is right, as far a the good people running the show are concerned. So, make a note and drop in on them regularly. Make them your habit. One nice feature: you can post your short bit right in the comments.sunday whirl

At The Sunday Whirl, Brenda found our words on Jeopardy. If you haven’t wordled yet, what are you waiting for? Brenda will have new words up on Sunday. Visit to see the wordle and to read what others have done.

adele kennyAt The Music In It: Adele Kenny’s Poetry Blog, Adele is taking a different tack for a few weeks, noting: many of us won’t have time to work with prompts or on our poems, so I thought I’d offer slightly different fare for a while—some poetry-related reading and then a short hiatus in December.This week: Finding the Right Words by guest blogger Diane Lockward [whose book, The Crafty Poet, I happen to have sitting next to me].

We’re at Mad Kane’s Humor Blog for Limerick-off Mondays. Never written one? What are you waiting for? These are the perfect size for busy months like December. Laughing is good, so visit to read, to laugh, perhaps to write. At the least, go read Madeleine’s limerick for this week’s line.magpie

The Mag [Magpie Tales] has given us a black and white photograph that has so many possibilities I stopped to make notes. I particularly like the reflection in the car’s window Remember: you do not have to write about the whole image. Sometimes you can write to just one tiny part of the whole. Go on over.

Peggy, at Poetry Jam, asks us to wander into the realm of childhood beliefs. Head over to read what she says.

carolThis week on Carol’s Light Words she has a photograph of part of her garden. The colours are lovely. Also, Carol chooses a song each Friday to get us dancing around. A different kind of poetry and a whole lot of fun.

The Found Poetry Review’s prompt, this week, asks for a found poem from Nobel texts. They give us several links. Don’t forget to stop by their weekly column highlighting found poetry related news and resources. See what the Review is all about. All things found live there.

Poets & Writers’ suggestions for all three genres work as possibilities for a poem subject. This week we have miscommunication, creating tension, and disappointment. Visit.

At imaginary garden with real toads, herotomost has an interesting challenge: to find someone who doesn’t write and ask them to give you an opening line. Head over to read his idea as to why. Go play with the toads.

At We Write Poems Yousei Hime takes over as our guide this month. Her second prompt is another type of collage, a cento. Knowing how busy we are she also provides links for material. Go on over.

At Poets United, Verse First presents us a gorgeous Elizabeth Bishop poem and asks us to follow its framework. The topic: loss, losing, art, and their meanings for you. Visit.

Over at dVerse, Gay Reiser Cannon has an interesting post on writing in one’s first language. Be sure to read the comments. They are fascinating. Look around. Stay awhile; it’s a friendly place. Along with hot toddies, Gay has chocolate chip cookies.

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 borrowed prompt and then, not again until the first week of January.OCALHand_WritingHappy writing, all.


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4 responses to “Poetry Freeforall: The End Is Nigh

  1. barbara_y

    13/12/2013 at 9:04 am

    Love “Flat Top Box”.
    Hate oral surgery. Hope yours is healing nicely.
    Question (or rather, request) Do you have any suggestions for books on revision? I think I need a program.

    • margo roby

      13/12/2013 at 3:39 pm

      I do, too.

      It’s healing but the gums are still sore enough I have to watch what I eat. I’ve lost three pounds and that was just one quadrant. I have the entire other side to look forward to in January.

      Books on revision are few, very few. I have one, Poem Revised, that has 54 poems in it, with the writer of each one taking us through their revision process. That’s kind of cool. to know why they are doing what they do. Here’s the link:

      You pretty much need to find what works for you and then make it the part you’re more excited about. It helps, I find, that I don’t count the first couple of drafts as a poem. I love carving away the stuff that’s not needed to see what appears. I love rewriting poems. That’s a big help. It also helps to look at poems [other people’s] that don’t work and to figure out why. My writing got a whole lot better when I critiqued poems.

      Other than the book I mention, I have just found chapters in books on writing poetry, in general.

  2. Misky

    13/12/2013 at 11:10 am

    Thanks for the reminder of Flashy Fiction. Hadn’t done that one in a while, and enjoyed trying my hand at it again.

    • margo roby

      13/12/2013 at 3:23 pm

      Glad to hear it. I think people were beginning to forget them, generally.


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