Poetics Serendipity: Summer Games

15 May

7:42 a.m. — Atlanta

listening to Don’t Let the Rain Come Down sung by The Serendipity Singers (I kid you not, and my player is on shuffle so the timing is, well, serendipitous)

Hello, all. So. The summer calendar. Old-timers are scratching their heads and glancing at calendars (you run your lives by my blog appearances, right?). Is it already time for the summer calendar, they mutter. They are right to mutter. I am looking at my own calendar and realising I’m two weeks early. The upcoming summer festivities (i.e. moving my mother from California, where she has lived for thirty years, to San Antonio) have me somewhat discombobulated. Therefore, I shall discuss what happens to the blog during the summer and hold off on the actual, designed by Barbara for fun and play, calendar until the end of May.

Thursday, the 29th, I will post a list of enough prompts to take us through August. You get to see what is in the mix ahead of time. If you are traveling (or up to your eyebrows in summer things, like children!), you can pick and choose which exercises you want to do and write and post when you are able.

For the period of summer, it doesn’t matter what poem in response to which exercise is posted when. I will link to the list each Tuesday, with a focus on one of the prompts. You may post your poems whenever you like. If you have written an acrostic, and that week I have focused on cinquains, don’t fret, post. If I have already offered an acrostic focus, post there, whatever makes your life easier, for the summer [after that all bets are off, again]. You might mention which exercise your poem is in response to, if you do post in a another post’s comments.

Because it is summer [for most of us] and many of us are moving about, I will be delving into past exercises and repeating the light and easy ones, but adding a twist — we can’t have things that easy. In fact, as I look over past summers I seem to be throwing in more of a challenge this year. I must feel we will need jolting out of the summer doldrums!

Let’s see, what have I forgotten… right, I don’t comment during the summer. I don’t even chat until I’m back in Atlanta (August). Thursdays and Fridays go dark. Hmmm. Sounds pretty drastic. Maybe a little chat this year. Y’all, by the way, can comment and chat all your like. I depend on it. I shall be reading and enjoying whatever you write, but conserving energy.

As long as I am early with this, please, if you have questions, ask!!!

More Oulipost links for your enjoyment — remember that all words for the poems were found in newspapers: Sonja over at Cloudberry, and her response to writing an irrational sonnet; Nicole at Confessions in Stories with an inventory poem; and, over at The Chalk Hills Journal, Misky’s opening salvo in response to headlines as a source.

I will see you tomorrow for the week’s prompt roundup; Tuesday for my prompt based on intelligence [grin]; and next Thursday for a couple of links to do with images.

Happy writing, everyone.


Posted by on 15/05/2014 in links, poetry


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7 responses to “Poetics Serendipity: Summer Games

  1. Hannah Gosselin

    15/05/2014 at 2:30 pm

    Love some serendipity!! It’s Viv’s favorite word you know…we had a chat about that today, too so more serendipity! :)’s Looking forward to B’s calendar and your prompts, Margo. :)’s

    • margo roby

      16/05/2014 at 7:56 am

      Did you know, Hannah, that ViV came up with that part of my title for Thursdays?

      • Hannah Gosselin

        16/05/2014 at 9:11 am

        I didn’t know that!! How cool! I love that, Margo. 🙂

  2. Misky

    15/05/2014 at 3:29 pm

    Thank you for the shout-out! On Monday, 19 May, I’m posting my contribution for The Writers’ Blog Tour. Hannah’s turn is on 26th. 🙂

  3. Nicole Wian

    15/05/2014 at 5:44 pm

    Thanks for the mention!


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