Poem Tryouts: A Single Detail

26 May

8:35 a.m. — Atlanta

listening to (and viewing) Unread Book — a parody of Uptown Funk –written and produced by the Orange County Library

Hello, everyone. I hope you are well. Texas and Oklahoma residents, I hope you are all safely on high ground.

Today’s prompt is our image prompt. Sometimes I add a suggestion, sometimes not. This time I will, but first peruse the paintings I have chosen (from that wonderful resource I Require Art). Hover over any painting for the artist. Click on any one of them and then you can shift through nice, large images, like a slide show.

I was struck by a specific in each painting, something that caught and held my eye. For example, in the Maufra painting of the boats, I was struck immediately by the shingle beach, left foreground. I can feel the awkward shapes of the wet stones under my bare feet, as I pick my way over them. It’s a strong enough memory that I almost forgot to look at the rest of the painting.

You may choose one, two, or all of the paintings. Focus on a single thing that sparks an idea, a memory, a thought. If you choose more than one painting it’s because your mind sees a connection, so go with it. With this prompt, you would leave the paintings behind altogether. They merely provide the vehicle to kickstart a poem.

You may, of course, say meh to my idea and run with your own. While you decide, I’m going to find a chair and sit in the sun outside Proudfoot’s house.

I will see you Thursday for links and things; Friday for the week’s prompts roundup; and next Tuesday for the first of my summer prompts. More about that, Thursday.

Happy writing, all.


Posted by on 26/05/2015 in exercises, poems, poetry


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47 responses to “Poem Tryouts: A Single Detail


    26/05/2015 at 10:18 am

    You’re spoiling us! Three gorgeous paintings – ekphrasticism gone mad… I maybe some time.

    • margo roby

      26/05/2015 at 10:21 am

      I know, I know. I tried to keep it to two, ViV. No dice. Take all the time you want. Write several!

  2. b_y

    26/05/2015 at 10:30 am


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  4. b_y

    26/05/2015 at 11:48 am

    More later

  5. pmwanken

    26/05/2015 at 11:51 am

    In case you want to know…you have a typo on the Maufra painting…you have “beacg” instead of “beach.” And…love these images and hope to use at least one this week. ๐Ÿ™‚ love you!!

    • margo roby

      26/05/2015 at 12:38 pm

      Good heavens. Thank you! That tells you the shape I’m in.

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  7. pmwanken

    26/05/2015 at 12:19 pm

    OK – one down! Here:

    • margo roby

      26/05/2015 at 12:44 pm

      Let me tell you how happy I am to see your name!

      • pmwanken

        26/05/2015 at 2:54 pm

        Thank you, my friend…you know it’s difficult for me to resist an ekphrastic challenge!! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  9. Misky

    26/05/2015 at 4:54 pm


    • margo roby

      27/05/2015 at 9:52 am


  10. purplepeninportland

    26/05/2015 at 6:14 pm

    Each painting had tempting details from which to begin, but I made a sunny decision.

    • margo roby

      27/05/2015 at 9:52 am

      That is such a gorgeous one, isn’t it?!

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  12. whimsygizmo

    26/05/2015 at 7:46 pm

    Hellooooo. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I’m here.

    • margo roby

      27/05/2015 at 9:55 am

      Grin. I am so glad. ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. barbcrary

    26/05/2015 at 8:07 pm

    Two poems in one day? Whoa.

    • margo roby

      27/05/2015 at 9:55 am

      Wait. Is that allowed? Keep writing.

      • barbcrary

        27/05/2015 at 2:11 pm

        Ha! Just wanted to make you smile. (Posting this to see what happened, if anything to my wordpress account.)

        • margo roby

          27/05/2015 at 3:14 pm


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  16. georgeplace2013

    26/05/2015 at 8:40 pm

    Margo, you know what I love about your prompts? Every time I read one I think ‘there is no way!” But after I let it mull around something (usually) comes. Thanks for the challenge and making me work : )

    • margo roby

      27/05/2015 at 10:00 am

      Debi, I’m glad your mind keeps mulling.

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  18. markwindham

    26/05/2015 at 9:03 pm

    Well, that was a bit more wordy than I am accustomed to, and decidedly contrary to the mood of the image…but you said to pick a detail…

    • margo roby

      27/05/2015 at 10:09 am

      You mean you listened to me? (heh heh)

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    27/05/2015 at 4:31 am

    Here are mine:

    • barbcrary

      28/05/2015 at 8:18 am

      Somehow I missed these, ViV. You are so right that we wrote two variations on the same theme. That light at the end of the alley was so inviting, wasn’t it? What fun to see how we both arrived at the same destination!

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  22. Hannah Gosselin

    27/05/2015 at 8:54 am

    Enchanting!! Thank you, Margo!

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  24. pmwanken

    27/05/2015 at 9:40 am

    A new day, a new painting, a new poem…here’s my response to Proudfoot:

  25. Candy

    27/05/2015 at 5:05 pm

    decisions, decisions! I went with Proudfoot first

    • margo roby

      28/05/2015 at 7:54 am

      His is the most popular of the paintings.

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  27. julespaige

    27/05/2015 at 6:31 pm

    I’m imagining the insects in the painting by Camille Pissarro
    (a haibun of sorts?)

  28. Mr. Walker

    28/05/2015 at 9:48 am

    Thank you, Margo, for the great paintings. And I was inspired by Paula’s poems, so here’s mine:
    (Have to get ready for work now. I’ll be back to read this evening.)

    • margo roby

      28/05/2015 at 9:50 am

      You will enjoy the reads. I’m off to read your poem.

      • Mr. Walker

        28/05/2015 at 10:59 pm

        Yes, enjoyed them all. Some fine poems from those paintings. Thanks, again.

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  30. pmwanken

    28/05/2015 at 10:02 am

    OK…three paintings, third poem is here:

    Thank you, margo, as always…you pick the best photos/paintings/images to inspire!

    • margo roby

      28/05/2015 at 10:04 am

      Whoo-hoo! I’m on my way.


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