Poetics Serendipity

07 May

8:04 a.m. — Atlanta

listening to Cat Stevens sing Morning Has Broken

Hello, all. Hey, out west. What the heck is your weather doing? You’re going to have to haul your sweaters back out. For today, I looked for things to keep us from sinking into the post-April mire. It can be tempting to sit back and bask in thirty poems. Resist.

1] The first jaunt is to Peter Murphy — who holds writing retreats throughout the year. Sign up for his newsletter. He has come up with ‘Murphy’s Laws for Writers‘ (part 1). I love them. Peter does not pull his punches: #6 If you write only to express yourself, you will bore others immediately and yourself eventually. If you write to discover and understand, you have a chance of being interesting to someone who doesn’t know or love you. Visit and read the other nine.

Bop stop… Remember Spirit in the Sky by Norman Greenbaum? I had to stop and dance.

2] One of the things I appreciate about the site Write to Done is that they approach old topics with fresh ideas, or fresh ways of presenting them to us. The article ‘Learning to Write When You’ve Lost Your Mojo: 5 Tips‘ by Jackie, is one of those. We see many articles on the topic of running out of creative juice, but a new voice might click. If nothing else, reading the tips reminds us of things we may have forgotten, like the first one: Honor the Rest Period.

This is one of those sites that flashes a sign up thing at you. Click the x and you won’t see it again.

3] Finally, an article that I found fascinating: ‘25 maps that explain the English language‘ by Libby Nelson. If you are interested in the evolution of language, if you are curious how English became so wide-spread, if you like maps, this article will keep you happy and engaged for quite a while. The variety of maps, alone!

Enjoy these and I will see you tomorrow for the Friday roundup of this week’s prompts; next Tuesday for my prompt; and next Thursday for more links.

Those of you who are new to the blog, welcome. If you have any questions, ask. Thursdays can serve as a place to announce things (new chapbook anyone?) and, if there is a topic you would like to see discussed/written about, a place for actual poetics to happen.

Happy writing, all.


Posted by on 07/05/2015 in links, poetry, writing


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7 responses to “Poetics Serendipity


    07/05/2015 at 11:04 am

    Thank you, Margo. I enjoyed those maps.

    • margo roby

      07/05/2015 at 11:20 am

      I adore maps, ViV, so the creativity of these makes me happy.

  2. barbcrary

    07/05/2015 at 6:16 pm

    You made me smile, friend, as I set about retrieving my mojo. Hard not to write at least a little something on a six-hour flight. ,)

    • margo roby

      08/05/2015 at 4:37 pm

      It’s funny, Barbara. That article came up and I thought of you. Take heart!

  3. Hannah Gosselin

    07/05/2015 at 8:37 pm

    Ha!! I love your “Bop-Stop!!” Such fun – great music and links, too…love the positive atmosphere…thank you, Margo! 🙂

    • margo roby

      08/05/2015 at 4:37 pm

      @Hannah 😀

  4. Misky

    08/05/2015 at 3:35 pm

    That map is fun, although you should know I’m a map fanatic.



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