Poetics Serendipity

19 Mar

8:22 a.m. — Atlanta

listening to Improvisation On Dona Nobis Pacem (Give Us Peace) — Hah! Ironic given my unpeaceful feelings towards WP

Well, hello, all. How are you? Before we get to links, a brief discussion of a workaround for WordPress’ decision not to offer us the Classic mode anymore. For those who aren’t WordPressers, or who like the new mode, head for #2.

1] Those of you who visited my blog Tuesday, will have seen I got rather hot under the collar because I had to write the post in new mode, which I despise, loathe even. So much so, that I headed to Google to find a Forum and when I did, I spoke — I never speak. Apparently there are many of us who feel the same about the new mode. I had an immediate response from Galois, who solved all my problems, once I found Doug’s clarification.

I made the determination to share the workaround today. Meanwhile, Jules had headed to the Net, as well, and had a whole bunch of things to tell me. I am going to stick to the most immediate, the workaround, but visit Tuesday’s discussion for more. (You can write a poem to the prompt while you’re there. People’s words, so far: boondoggle, flounce, simpatico, aether, evanesce, finally, vulcanism (inspired by), amber, destiny, and diaphanous — quite a list, and I’m loving the poems)

Workaround: go to the Stats page of the blog you are in (some of us have a few). Look at left sidebar. Click on WP Admin. You will be taken to your old Dashboard. Again, the sidebar on the left (DO NOT be tempted to click ‘new post’ anywhere else). Find Posts and hover your cursor over it to bring up the Posts menu. Click on ‘Add New’. You should arrive at the Classic mode post page. You should have to do the previous only once, if you bookmark the sucker. I have it on my tool bar. When I want a new post, I click and it opens to the Classic mode.

Jules found a great place to go for elucidation of this and other WP problems, Freed From Time’s Help With WordPress Changes.

#2] This year is the 100th anniversary of the publication of T.S.Eliot’s ‘The Love Song of J.Alfred Prufrock’.  Alan C. Fox, the founder of the poetry magazine Rattle, posted a short, thoughtful piece in honour of the anniversary. His essay answers the question with which he titles it, Prufrock’s:

Do I dare
Disturb the universe?

3] Do not be confused by the shopping basket you might see. The part of Pond5’s Public Domain Project we want is free. As far as I can tell, you neither have to join or sign in. To get an idea of the extent of their collection, hover your cursor over the bar that reads: Footage  Audio  After Effects  Images  3D Models. Now, you can play.

Alright, time for me to go do some more prep for April. Next week I will devote PS to all things National Poetry Month, unless there isn’t much. If you know of anyone who will be giving prompts for the month, let me know. I have Robert Lee Brewer, so far.

I’ll see you tomorrow for this week’s roundup of prompts; Tuesday for my prompt; and next Thursday for more links.

Happy writing, everyone.


Posted by on 19/03/2015 in links, poetry, writing


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4 responses to “Poetics Serendipity


    19/03/2015 at 3:03 pm

    Thanks Margo. I thought for one crazy minute you wanted us to write a poem using all those interesting but unrelated words!

  2. julespaige

    19/03/2015 at 6:42 pm

    I ‘gots’ a new word in this mess… (just a poem)

  3. Hannah Gosselin

    19/03/2015 at 8:29 pm

    Thank you, Margo, for the round-up and the “fix” for WP…I’m going to try it…Imaginary Garden for Real Toads is hosting a month in honor of National Poetry Month! 🙂

  4. Mr. Walker

    19/03/2015 at 11:24 pm

    Thanks for that workaround, Margo. – Richard


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