7: 33 a.m. — Atlanta
listening to On Top of Old Smokey sung by The Weavers (what can I say? I’m on Library shuffle)
Hello, all. How lovely to be back in my routine. As I said Thursday, despite seeing you all around the blogosphere with your April poeming, I feel as if I have been away forever. Today’s prompt is designed to ease you back into writing a poem a day — What? You thought I hadn’t noticed that most of you write a poem a day pretty much all year?
When I mentioned to Hannah that my brain wasn’t quite ready to work, she suggested that I propose something along the lines of revisiting something from this past month. Meanwhile, over at the Oulihive, Marty was asking whether we were going to work on something awesome, post-April. I have combined the two. This will require pondering and there are a couple of ways you can go about it.
1] Is there a prompt from the past month that you would love to have written without constraints of any kind? Or, one that you think you can rewrite much better, given a couple of days? As an example, one of the prompts I faced was to write a sestina. Every line had to come from the paper; like a sestina isn’t a constraint within itself! So, now I know I can write a sestina, and I am free to write one from scratch (No, I am not going to). I fell in love with two forms of the Modern Sonnet: One word per line, 14 lines; and a sonnet structured along the lines of a Fibonacci series, with stanza breaks at 3, 1, 4, 1, and 5. I want to try those with my own ideas and words.
2] Another possibility is a prompt that you saw and didn’t get to. There were a number of sites that posted prompts every day and only a couple of insane people who tried them all [you know who you are]. Did you see one on Quickly’s, thought ‘Oooh!’ and that was the last you thought of it as you sped by? So, go back, find it and write. [Scroll down below Simon’s Cat and click on Older Posts.]
3] Is there an idea you had based on one of the prompts but that you were not able to get to during the month? Here’s your chance.
Choose one of these and write ‘awesome’. Whichever you choose, let us know the original prompt. When you are done and posted, leave a link in comments below [fyi, new folks].
I will see you Thursday for one thing or another; Friday for the week’s roundup of prompts [any new sites out there?]; and next Tuesday for another prompt.
Happy writing, everyone.