Poetics Serendipity

22 Jan

8:36 a.m. — Atlanta

listening to Beetle sung by Run River North — I love their sound, particularly the lead’s voice

Hey, everyone. How are you? It’s one of those mornings when I wanted my second cup of coffee as I was finishing the last drops of my first. I am holding out. Links first.

1] As we all know, there are many, many, articles written on creativity and how-tos. Every now and then I find a particularly well-written article, or one focused on things I have forgotten, no matter how many times I read them. I figure one of my tasks is to put things in front of you, every now and then, as a reminder. This link takes you to Write to Done: Unmissable Articles on Writing. They have collected ten articles, on the subject of creativity, in one place (which is a bonus for us). How to Be Creative and Find Your Brilliance gives us topics that tell us naps and messy desks are fine and what to do in case of burnout. Many are written with humour.

2] The next link is one to grab your coffee, or tea, and sit back to enjoy. Jennifer Schaffer, of BuzzFeed Books, has collected 51 Of The Most Beautiful Sentences In Literature, as proposed by members of the BuzzFeed community. I found it fun to see what was chosen and to stop and ruminate over many, remembering the novels, plays, or poems, from which they came. (Also, of course, to wonder why some were chosen, or some not put forward)

3] I received an email from Sasha A. Palmer, to tell me that Creative Bloomings has risen from the ashes. The new site is named, appropriately, Phoenix Rising Poetry Guild. Walt Wojtanik says of the new site, that he hopes to take it back to his and Marie Elena’s original concept for a poetry group. To read what that is, you can read the opening statement. The site goes live, February 1.

I will see you tomorrow for the week’s roundup of prompt sites; next Tuesday for our image prompt; and Thursday for more links and such.

Happy writing, everyone.

P.S. I am collecting sites that help us with graphics online, whether it be our own photographs, or something we find on the Internet, that we want on our sites. If you have a favourite source, let me know, and I’ll pull everything together for a post.


Posted by on 22/01/2015 in links, poetry, writing


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5 responses to “Poetics Serendipity

  1. Marie Elena

    22/01/2015 at 9:55 am

    Your ever-present support and encouragement of poetry and poets amazes me. Thanks for everything you do to support the community, Margo! (And yes … second cup of coffee is just what I need. 😉 )

    • margo roby

      22/01/2015 at 10:01 am

      Thank you Marie. In turn, I am awed when people like you and Walt run an enterprise, like you do, for poets. The hours you put in must be tremendous. (getting the second cup now! :-))

  2. Hannah Gosselin

    22/01/2015 at 2:05 pm

    # 22. “At the still point, there the dance is.”
    —T. S. Eliot, “Four Quartets”

    Love this one…beauty in simplicity. And the music you shared…I’d never heard of them and I really enjoy their sound – love the violins! I’m looking forward to rising on Phoenix wings…new beginnings are refreshing. 🙂 Thank you for this post, Margo…I hope your day is going well.

    • margo roby

      23/01/2015 at 8:09 am

      It’s an exquisite line, Hannah. What are some other things that are at the still point… hmmm, sounds like a possible prompt idea ;-D.

      Isn’t the band wonderful? They are pretty new. All the members are Korean Americans, living in LA. The lead singer and a couple of his friends started the group and then invited a couple more of their friends who were studying classical music — hence, the violins. Then, to the horror of their parents, they quit their day jobs!

  3. julespaige

    23/01/2015 at 8:16 am

    A new Wikem… a haibun too!


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