Poetics Serendipity

01 Oct

7:32 a.m. — San Antonio

listening to Wild World sung by Cat Stevens

Hello, all, and a happy halfway through the week. I notice that most everyone has cooler weather, except the south south-western US. Feel free to share. While I’m waiting, here are some links to explore:

1] Hot off the presses: Penguin’s Vintage Books arm has signed several authors (Margaret Atwood, Jeanette Winterson, Anne Tyler, Howard Jacobson…) to write novels inspired by several of Shakespeare’s plays. Watch this video to see which plays and hear from the authors about the Hogarth Shakespeare series. The video is a little over four minutes.

2] The semi-colon is the most misunderstood and misused of the punctuation marks (although apostrophes are catching up). It’s also one of my favourites because no other mark implies the same relationship. The Writer’s Circle gives us Finally! An Easy Way To Know When (And How) To Use A Semicolon! at the end of which they have included a TED talk. I found their presentation, in the written part, to be admirably clear and fun to read.

3] Diane Lockward’s October newsletter is out. It’s always worth a read with its poetry, prompt, tips on the craft, and links.

4] This last is for Philly folks, or people who don’t mind driving into Philadelphia. Peter Murphy, of Murphy – Writing Stockton University, is holding a writers’ happy hour and invites anyone in the area to join them for an informal evening of socializing and camaraderie. Draw inspiration and support that comes from being a part of a larger community of writers. The date is October 21st and you’ll find more information on his site. I’ve given you the page with the October events.

Enjoy and I will see you again on Tuesday for our next prompt and Thursday for more links.

Happy writing, everyone.


Posted by on 01/10/2015 in links, poetry, writing


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4 responses to “Poetics Serendipity

  1. Hannah Gosselin

    01/10/2015 at 6:28 pm

    Perfect! The ; is always a mystery to me. 🙂

  2. clothespeggedpat

    01/10/2015 at 8:01 pm

    Thanks for your findings – what an amazing concept – can’t wait to read what those amazing novelists will do with the Shakespearean Project! Wow!

    • margo roby

      02/10/2015 at 11:41 am

      There is a novel out right now: Macbeth: A Novel, by A. J. Hartley, David Hewson. My husband thinks it’s fantastic. I taught Macbeth for nineteen years, so can’t quite bring myself to come back to the story.

      • clothespeggedpat

        02/10/2015 at 12:27 pm

        LOL — sorry, I had to laugh at your last comment … honestly, understandable. Well, I thank you for letting me know …. must wander off to check this out!


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