Poetry Freeforall: More Introductions

12 Sep

7:47 a.m. — Atlanta

listening to The Mamas and The Papas singing Twelve Thirty

Hello all. It’s Friday, in case you were in any doubt, or had lost track. This will be our last Friday for close-ups. Any of my regulars who have not had a close-up, it’s because you are straightforward and there are no sidebars to your prompts. Next week I will list the regulars who were not put under the magnifier and talk about them briefly. The following week we’re back to normal with the Freeforall.

1] IGWRTButtonrszFirst up is Imaginary Garden with Real Toads. Aside from the enchanting title, the garden is full of possibilities. I think their set-up may be even more complex than dVerse’s. It is well worth your time to wander through their tabs and check out the whole. Meanwhile, here is what they say about their mission: A variety of prompts and challenges are posted on a five-week turn around system. They will vary in complexity and you can choose to respond to them any way you wish, a poem, an essay or simply by way of comment or discussion, so long as it is within the parameters of the  challenge. They are meant to educate us in the world of writing, art and poetry.

The challenges and prompts we offer have parameters in regards to form, theme, subject and/or method. We ask that participants respect the time taken by our individual contributors to research, set up their post and visit the links of all who join in by entering into the spirit of the challenge and following the guidelines laid down. Our purpose is to stretch our abilities as writers, and to experiment with new ways of writing.

Visit and scroll down the list on the left, checking out the different types of prompts you are likely to run into.

2] Next up is Poets United and their Midweek Motif. I love this particular prompt and it’s because of the word motif, PUsomething that is a major technique to look for in the analysis of lit. I can spot a motif from a mile away. I love them and what they do for a piece of writing. How is a motif different from just giving us a word? It widens the possibilities for how we use it. Yes, we can take a word and broaden our interpretation of how to use it in a poem, but will we remember to do so? Calling their prompt a motif reminds us of more possibilities for what we do and how we do it.

3] Finally, we have Creative BloomingsFlashy Fiction Friday. We’re holding our breaths on this one, as the appearance of prompts is spotty and seems to have fallen on the shoulders of one person. I have noticed that people seem to have stopped visiting. Remember, November approaches. You need to start getting in the mood. Its name makes it rather self-evident and I separate it from next week’s group because it is our only narrative prompt site.

Okay, six to go. We will see them next week. If you have a prompt site you think I need to include in the list let me know. Remember that I have a tab with more prompt sites. These are the places that have so many visitors, I figure they’re on each person’s speed dial [and my list was getting a little long].

I shall see you Tuesday for a prompt full of labours; Thursday for links; and next Friday for the final six prompt sites.

Happy writing, y’all.


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