Poetics Serendipity

28 May

8:00 a.m. — Atlanta

listening to Brandon Flowers’ new album The Desired Effect — which I just bought

Hello, there. Everyone okay? Staying dry and away from water sources, all my Texans? I don’t visit people’s Facebook walls, as a rule, but yesterday I spent some time checking on all the people I know. More rain coming. Stay safe.

On Tuesday I alluded to my summer program. I usually go dark on Thursdays and Fridays, give you a program of the summer’s prompts ahead of time, and don’t comment. Having the knowledge that summer is here burst on my brain last week (yeh, yeh, back off); I had a modified panic, decided to try a serial prompt, and went into avoidance mode. The new plan is I will post the usual Tuesday prompt. I will still try the serial prompt, based on one topic. I may or may not do Thursdays and Fridays, as they will be the only ‘normal’ part of my life over the next six weeks, as we pack, visit, pack, visit, and pack out, for our final move (as far as we know). We’ll see how I do.

Hah! I just read an email from my Florida brother. Our family has a wide sense of humour. Dark is included. He writes: you can always hire a barge and float your stuff to San Antonio.

Let’s link:

1] Poet (and much more) Diane Lockward, has posted the first in a three-part series. Summer Journals A – F, 2015 details many journals that do read during the summer and some that read only during the summer. Diane includes the number of issues per year, the submission period dates, which journals accept simultaneous submissions, and which ones accept online submissions.

Take a look, then bookmark this invaluable resource.

2] Write to Done: Jenna Dalton has put together an incredible list, 102 Resources to Transform Your Writing. These run from general tips, to burnout, to the writer’s voice, to one of my favourites which tells us why writing tips are bad for us. You can spend hours wandering amongst the 102 possibilities, hence the ‘bad for us’.

On the theory most of us would like to wander through but don’t have time, I may pick a couple of the suggestions as links, in the next several whatevers.

3] This link I may have given you. I have a fairly organised system but it’s growing rather large. I came across the site a couple of weeks ago and was reminded of it recently (thank you, Barb Crary). The site posts prompts. I don’t know who runs it, or how often the prompts are published (it is current, as they mention PoMoSco), but if you are restless and need a quick idea to jumpstart a poem, check Poetry Prompts.

4) Almost forgot. James Brush is accepting submissions for Issue #4 of Gnarled Oak. Head over to read the guidelines. Write. Submit.

Not much in the way of reading but plenty of links. Have fun. I will see you tomorrow for the prompts roundup; next Tuesday for the first in our summer series prompts; and Thursday for more links.

Happy writing, everyone.



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6 responses to “Poetics Serendipity

  1. Misky

    28/05/2015 at 10:08 am

    The Summer Journals is a good resource. I’ve had that bookmarked for awhile, thanks to you. And now I’m considering whether to submit to Richard (so to speak).

  2. Hannah Gosselin

    28/05/2015 at 2:55 pm

    Oh wow…102 ways!! 😉 I could get lost there.

    Sending all kinds of energy your way for all the packing/moving etc. Margo…remember to keep your lil’ notebook handy to jot the sudden poetic lines that arrive with all of this movement.

    Thank you, and smiles to you!

  3. Mr. Walker

    29/05/2015 at 9:24 am

    Gnarled Oak – summer journals! I might actually submit some poems.

  4. julespaige

    29/05/2015 at 11:22 am

    I’m taking it slow this summer.
    Grand kiddies birthdays, family picnics and some vacation time.
    Safe travels and happy final unpacking.

    But here the delayed Wikems … enjoy:

    Ugh, moving. Send me a forwarding address 🙂
    I’m going to attempt to move some ‘stuff’ out of the yard and house.
    My summer starts next week. I’m off – my rocker…
    Maybe I’ll even get to read some links (I do save them all… even though one can always come here to find them.)

    • margo roby

      29/05/2015 at 11:29 am

      Your summer sounds so inviting, Jules. I’ll keep you apprised of where/when and the address is in the email — as soon as I post this :-D.


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