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Poetry Prompts Freeforall: And Again

8:20 a.m. — Atlanta

listening to Einaudi playing The Days

Hello, all. Get ready to settle into weekend mode and more writing.

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Sepia Saturday, is a site that has been up since 2009! Their thing is photographs, old ones, yours or theirs. This week’s theme revolves around sand and the seaside. Head over and be sure to read ‘Ask Auntie Miriam’.sunday whirl

At The Sunday Whirl, Brenda chose our words from a Sherman Alexie poem, ‘Little Big Man’. If you haven’t wordled yet, what are you waiting for? Brenda will have new words up on Sunday. Visit to see the wordle and to read what others have done.

adele kennyAt The Music In It: Adele Kenny’s Poetry Blog, Adele addresses the ode. Don’t run. Listen a minute. She starts with a brief history, then gives us a set of guidelines and some tips, as well as several examples. If you have never tried to write an ode, this is going to be your best chance, with Adele holding our hands through the process. Go over and check it out and don’t be daunted by the length of the post. You can skip straight down to guidelines, if you wish.

No new wordle up. If you didn’t get a chance at this one, it‘s still up for grabs. Red Wolf Poems’ wordles are different from Brenda’s, so check them out at We Wordle. There is something mesmerising about the amount of words and it’s fun to see how many you can incorporate. The source of words are the poems written for the site’s regular weekly prompt.

Never written a limerick? What are you waiting for? There is an art to writing one that transcends the form’s notoriety. We’re at Mad Kane’s Humor Blog for Limerick-off Mondays, my guaranteed smile of the week. At the least, go read Madeleine’s limerick for the week’s line.magpie

Over at The Mag [Magpie Tales], we have a black and white photograph by Martin Stranka. I found it so compelling, I stopped a moment to read some of the poems. Remember: you do not have to write about the whole image. Sometimes you can write to just one tiny part of the whole. Go on over.

Gabriella, at Poetry Jam, talks about friends and friendship. Visit to see what she says.

carol Hip replacement happening at Light Words. Hopefully, Carol will be her rocking self soon. I notice that she has begun to look around her and take photographs. Can dancing be far behind? Check to see what she is doing with texture in photos.

At the Found Poetry Review we are told to pillage some sports writing (nonviolently). How can you resist? Go on over and check out the prompt which has several interesting tidbits with it.  Don’t forget to stop by their weekly column highlighting found poetry related news and resources. See what the Review is all about. All things found live there.

Poets & Writers’ suggestions for all three genres work as possibilities for a poem subject. This week we have rivals, comfort, and God’s work.Visit.

At imaginary garden with real toads, Hannah is Transforming Friday with The Black Forest. To read what she says and see her collection of photographs, visit. Go play with the toads.

wewritepoemsAt Red Wolf Poems, Yousei admonishes us to polish the silver! To find out what it’s all about go on over. She gives us all the materials we need.

The Mid-Week Motif at Poets United, is looking at bicycles. Susan has quotes, a photograph, a starter question, and a video for us. Head over.

dverseOver at dVerse, Meeting the Bar introduces us to a new form, created by one of its readers. The tilus is apparently simple but in its simplicity lies the challenge to write a good one. Go to it. Look around while you’re there. Stay awhile; it’s a friendly place.

I’m chuckling already at Flashy Fiction Friday. Go see why. It involves a headline and Elvis. Go see what it’s about.

If you have questions, ask. If you write in response to any of these, the people whose blogs you visit would love to read your responses. Post and leave your links with them!

I shall see you Tuesday for a prompt on intelligence; Thursday for links on image stuff; and Friday for the prompt roundup.

OCALHand_WritingHappy writing, everyone.

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Poetry Prompts Freeforall: Here We Go

7:34 a.m. — Atlanta

listening to Vivaldi

Hello, all. Ready for a week full of possibilities? Not everyone is back up and running, so I’ll leave markers.

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We have a new contender: Sepia Saturday, a site that has been up since 2009! Their thing is photographs, old ones, yours or theirs. Head over and be sure to read ‘Ask Auntie Miriam’.sunday whirl

At The Sunday Whirl, Brenda gives us our usual dozen. If you haven’t wordled yet, what are you waiting for? Brenda will have new words up on Sunday. Visit to see the wordle and to read what others have done.

adele kennyAt The Music In It: Adele Kenny’s Poetry Blog, Adele has a guest prompter who says ‘the best love poems walk right up to the edge of sentimentality but don’t go over the cliff. Here are four ideas for ways to enter the tricky terrain of the love poem’. Visit to read her ideas [I don’t know why the font has shrunk; nor will it unshrink]

Red Wolf Poems’ wordles are different from Brenda’s, so check them out at We Wordle. There is something mesmerising about the amount of words and it’s fun to see how many you can incorporate. The source of words are the poems written for the site’s regular weekly prompt.

Never written a limerick? What are you waiting for? There is an art to writing one that transcends the form’s notoriety. We’re at Mad Kane’s Humor Blog for Limerick-off Mondays, my guaranteed smile of the week. At the least, go read Madeleine’s limerick for the week’s line.magpie

Over at The Mag [Magpie Tales], we have Chair With the Wings of a Vulture, 1960, a sculpture by Salvador Dali. I thought I had seen most of his work. Clearly not. Have fun with this one. Remember: you do not have to write about the whole image. Sometimes you can write to just one tiny part of the whole. Go on over.

Laurie Kolp, at Poetry Jam, invites us to join in the festivities. So, go.

carol  Hip replacement happening here. Hopefully, Carol will be her rocking self soon.

 

At the Found Poetry Review they are recovering from a month of setting and writing to 30 prompts. If you don’t know about Oulipo, head over and read some of the prompts and poems and give it a try, yourself.  Don’t forget to stop by their weekly column highlighting found poetry related news and resources. See what the Review is all about. All things found live there.

Poets & Writers’ suggestions for all three genres work as possibilities for a poem subject. This week we have flowers, through a child’s eyes, and mama.Visit.

At imaginary garden with real toads, I have met a new artist to love. Go on over to see who Fireblossom gives us for inspiration. Go play with the toads.

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The Poets United Mid-Week Motif at Poets United, is looking at children. Head over to read what Susan suggests we do.

dverseOver at dVerse, Meeting the Bar presents us with conversational poetry. Look around while you’re there. Stay awhile; it’s a friendly place.

I love Walt’s presentation of today’s post at Flashy Fiction Friday: Homecoming. Go see what he has us coming home from.

If you have questions, ask. If you write in response to any of these, the people whose blogs you visit would love to read your responses. Post and leave your links with them!

I shall see you Tuesday for a doors and windows prompt; Thursday for the summer calendar; and Friday for the prompt roundup.

OCALHand_WritingHappy writing, everyone.

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Poetry Prompts Freeforall: Bring it on NaPoWriMo

10:03 a.m. — Atlanta

listening to Say When sung by The Fray

Hello, there. This is the last Freeforall until May. Should you still want to check out sites and don’t want to bookmark a whole lot of places, pin the link to this post to your blog and you’ll be able to navigate from there. Should I suddenly go silent, I haven’t fallen off the earth. I’m at my mother’s where connectivity is an issue. Enjoy April, everyone.

Donna, in her Other People’s Poetry series, introduces us to Franki Elliot. whose poem ‘Piano Rats’ does the same for my poetic sensibilities as to Donna’s: I’m a sucker for poems that make leaps I can follow, and a double sucker for poems that can do this with attention to detail. Both prompts are cool. I know, not helpful, but you need to read what this poem does; then you’ll see: the prompts are cool and will result in stretching.

Hmmm. I could have sworn I saw resonance eleven come through my inbox. Apparently not. I suspect we have lost Joseph for the next few weeks, although he does say the prompts will continue. I have given you Naming Constellations’ general address to check on.sunday whirl

At The Sunday Whirl, Brenda gives us our usual dozen plus one. Yep, two weeks of baker’s dozens. Must be an omen. If you haven’t wordled yet, what are you waiting for? Brenda will have new words up on Sunday. Visit to see the wordle and to read what others have done.

adele kennyAt The Music In It: Adele Kenny’s Poetry Blog, Adele has a fascinating prompt to do with literary locations. Not only does she give us her usual tips, and example poems, but also, several possible locations. Me, I want to work with Enid Blyton’s Wishing Chair place! Not on the list but popped into my head. Go on over.

At Quickly, Barbara is getting us ready for April. She will be one of the providers of prompts during the longest thirty days of the year. Visit.

We Write Poems’ wordles are different from Brenda’s, so check them out at We Wordle. There is something mesmerising about the amount of words and it’s fun to see how many you can incorporate. The source of words are the poems written for the site’s regular weekly prompt.

There is an art to writing a limerick that transcends the form’s notoriety. We’re at Mad Kane’s Humor Blog for Limerick-off Mondays, my guaranteed smile of the week. Never written one? What are you waiting for? At the least, go read Madeleine’s limerick for the week’s line.magpie

Over at The Mag [Magpie Tales], we have a photograph, My Bed by Tracey Emin.  Ask yourself, What’s the story? Remember: you do not have to write about the whole image. Sometimes you can write to just one tiny part of the whole. Go on over.

At Poetry Jam, Laurie talks about the recent loss of her mother and fashions a prompt for us dealing with letting go, a difficult topic, one which many of us are facing in the next few years. Visit.

carolI love Carols prompt this week.I laughed a couple of times [yes, at the photograph, Carol, but I laughed with you], as I read the back-story. Wonder Wednesday talks about another kind of ‘selfie‘. Head over to check it out.

This week’s prompt at the Found Poetry Review is their last regular one until May. They ask us to take on the Transcendentalists. Stop by their weekly column highlighting found poetry related news and resources. See what the Review is all about. All things found live there.

Poets & Writers’ suggestions for all three genres, work as possibilities for a poem subject. This week we have earliest memories, lost & found, and new forms. Visit.toad garden2 ocal

At imaginary garden with real toads, Margaret has a neat prompt to do with flowers. Go play with the toads.

wewritepoems-bannerAt We Write Poems Irene waxes philosophical about childhood. She asks interesting questions. Head over to read.

The Poets United Mid-Week Motif at Poets United, is two languages. Don’t panic. You know more than you think. Don’t forget the language of art, carpentering, boating, maths… Head over to read what Susan suggests we do.dverse

Ah, yes, rhythm. At dVerse, Tony Maude holds our hands through blank verse and metre. Read. Bookmark. Look around while you’re there. Stay awhile; it’s a friendly place. Unless you live in Texas, the ice was put away and we’re looking at toddies again. Good grief, weather.

Whoops! I beat Flashy Fiction Fridayand its newest posting. I gave you the general address. The prompt should be up soon.

If you have questions, ask. If you write in response to any of these, the people whose blogs you visit would love to read your responses. Post to them!

I shall see you Tuesday for the first of thirty days. OCALHand_WritingHappy writing, everyone.

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Poetry Prompts Freeforall: Aprille is i’cumen in

9:11 a.m. — Atlanta

listening to John Whelan’s album Celtic Crossroads

Ahhh, Coffee! Hi, everyone. Nine days and counting, ’til the mad month of writing a poem every day for thirty days [or, insane, if you are Joseph Harker, who will write two a day — granted he’s young]. This next week you might grab a prompt for every day and start getting your brain in gear. You don’t have to post them so your brain won’t feel the pressure, but it will get used to the expectation.

Donna, in her Other People’s Poetry series, introduces us to Jake Adam York. When I reached the end of the poem Donna chose, I sighed. Then, I read what Donna says: Sigh. This poem is so tender, I actually sigh when I read it. The poem manages to be tender without being cliché. Donna’s prompts are to either write a poem that personifies a set of things she gives us, or to write a single sentence beginning with…Head over to read the poem and the possibilities. I’m going to pop over to Amazon and order one of his books.

In resonance ten, Joseph tells us, I think a lot of potential for poetry lives in the space created by the unexpected, whether positive or negative, major or minor; nobody wants to read a narrative that’s predictable, at least nobody I know. The prompt that ensues is fun. So go on over and read the exercise.sunday whirl

At The Sunday Whirl, Brenda gives us our usual dozen plus one. If you haven’t wordled yet, what are you waiting for? Brenda will have new words up on Sunday. Visit to see the wordle and to read what others have done.

adele kennyAt The Music In It: Adele Kenny’s Poetry Blog, Adele does what Adele does so well: she takes what can be a cliché topic and turns it on its head. To see what she suggests we try with the colour green, visit. She adds a suggestion to play with syntax and includes example poems.

At Quickly, Barbara is getting us ready for April. She will be one of the providers of prompts during the longest thirty days of the year. Visit for some practice in alchemy.

We Write Poems’ wordles are different from Brenda’s, so check them out at We Wordle. There is something mesmerising about the amount of words and it’s fun to see how many you can incorporate. The source of words are the poems written for the site’s regular weekly prompt.

There is an art to writing a limerick that transcends the form’s notoriety. We’re at Mad Kane’s Humor Blog for Limerick-off Mondays, my guaranteed smile of the week. Never written one? What are you waiting for? At the least, go read Madeleine’s limerick for the week’s line.magpie Included in the post is a link to a set of instructions that will lead you to write a limerick that might even hook you.

Over at The Mag [Magpie Tales], we have Feast in the House of Simon, 1610,  a painting by El Greco. The clothing is so sumptuous, I want to write about the material! Remember: you do not have to write about the whole image. Sometimes you can write to just one tiny part of the whole. Go on over.

Alan1704, at Poetry Jam, offers us owls.  I laughed at his phrase the silent assassin, as my brother, a few weeks ago, insists he was attacked by an owl, waiting for him on the roof of his house. Head over to see what Alan says. I particularly appreciate the instruction to: Let your mind be full of images and words and write whatever comes into you heart and overflows into your senses.

carolAt Carol‘s Wonder Wednesday she gives us a photograph of a subject that marks the end of winter for her. Visit to see the photo, read her haiku and to perhaps write your own end of winter poem.

Whup! You almost lost me here. I wanted to leap right in on this week’s prompt at the Found Poetry Review where we are given thoughts on art, and twitter as part of the mix to play with.  Don’t forget to stop by their weekly column highlighting found poetry related news and resources. See what the Review is all about. All things found live there.

Poets & Writers’ suggestions for all three genres, work as possibilities for a poem subject. This week we have music lessons, parades, and the saints. Visit.

Okay, I admit it: I adore herotomost, his prompts, I mean. No-one presents with quite his panache. On imaginary garden with real toads, he sets up a context for us and then gives us three possibilities, all of which sound fun [especially the one involving smores, although Lewis & Clark grab me. Then there are the ghost stories.] Go play with the toads.

wewritepoems-bannerAt We Write Poems Irene has instructions for a poem about our neck of the woods. To find out what she suggests, head over.

The Poets United Mid-Week Motif at Poets United, is looking at birthdays. Head over to read what Susan suggests we do.

This is one of those weeks at dVerse, when we are spoiled for choice. I gave you the general address. Go on over and see what is a’borning for Spring. Look around while you’re there. Stay awhile; it’s a friendly place. I hear the clink of ice. Gimlets, perhaps.

I love the title of today’s post at Flashy Fiction Friday: Impending Doom. How can anyone resist seeing what it’s about?

If you have questions, ask. If you write in response to any of these, the people whose blogs you visit would love to read your responses. Post to them!

I shall see you Tuesday for our image prompt; Thursday for a couple of links; and Friday for the prompt roundup.

OCALHand_WritingHappy writing, everyone.

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Poetry Prompts Freeforall: March Winds Are Coming

7:46 a.m. — Atlanta

listening to Snow Patrol singing The Lightning Strike

Hi, everyone. I hope all goes well in your lives. If there are hiccups and bumps along the way, reading and writing poetry has a miraculous effect, so grab a prompt. Heck, grab a couple.

Donna, in her Other People’s Poetry series, gives us Nina Corwin. Along with a poem by Corwin, Donna gives us a link to hear her read. If you have been curious about a good poem reader, here is one. We can learn a lot listening to her. The prompts involve four of Corwin’s line starters and unglamorous jobs. Head over to read them.

In resonance eight, Joseph uses chess as a process and no, you do not have to be able to play. As always, trust Joseph and follow his directions. They can take you to unexpected places. I found the exercise fascinating. So go on over and read the exercise.sunday whirl

At The Sunday Whirl, Brenda gives us our usual dozen plus one. If you haven’t wordled yet, what are you waiting for? Brenda will have new words up on Sunday. Visit to see the wordle and to read what others have done.

adele kennyAt The Music In It: Adele Kenny’s Poetry Blog, Adele has a guest blogger, Gail Gerwin. The topic is kinfolk. If nothing else, visit to read Gerwin’s poem and one by Helen Doré Watson. Both surprised exclamations from me. Head over to see what she says and read her suggestions, tips, and examples, of which she always has many.

At Qweekly, Barbara has us playing with macro/micro, zooming in and zooming out. Visit.

We Write Poems’ wordles are different from Brenda’s, so check them out at We Wordle. There is something mesmerising about the amount of words and it’s fun to see how many you can incorporate. The source of words are the poems written for the site’s regular weekly prompt. You can have two wordle worlds!

We’re at Mad Kane’s Humor Blog for Limerick-off Mondays, my guaranteed smile of the week. Never written one? What are you waiting for? At the least, go read Madeleine’s limerick for the week’s line.magpie Her rhyming word choices are great for reminding us that one word can be used in many ways.

LOVE the image over at The Mag [Magpie Tales], Poet’s Sleep, 1989, by Chang Houg Ahn. The skulls! Remember: you do not have to write about the whole image. Sometimes you can write to just one tiny part of the whole. Go on over.

Mary, at Poetry Jam, has built her prompt around trains. Head over to see what she says.

carolOn Carol‘s Phoneography series she gives us an intriguing series of photographs where the shadows are almost more real than what casts them. Also, Carol chooses a song each Friday to get us dancing around. A different kind of poetry and a whole lot of fun.

The Found Poetry Review is at AWP 2014, this week, so gives us the AWP schedule to remix, erase, cut up, or otherwise play with. Don’t forget to stop by their weekly column highlighting found poetry related news and resources. See what the Review is all about. All things found live there.

Poets & Writers’ suggestions for all three genres work as possibilities for a poem subject. This week we have recipes, Spring, and dramatic monologues. Visit.

On imaginary garden with real toads, we have a couple of possibilities for inspiration, so I have given the general address. The first involves rhyme [but not a difficult one… really] and art by Benda; the second, a song by Pink. Go play with the toads.

wewritepoems-bannerAt We Write Poems Neil asks for a journal poem. At the end, he says, a journal poem done in this manner may also become a discovery process, allowing associations to be more visible.   (think finger-painting!). To read his explanation, go on over.

The Poets United Mid-Week Motif at Poets United, is looking at success. Head over to read Susan’s quotes, watch part of the Sochi closing ceremony, and see what three poems inspire Susan re success.

There was a ripple in the Force earlier this week, when Brian announced that dVerse considered closing. To my/our great relief, they have restructured themselves, instead. This week at dVerse, Brian discusses characterisation in poems. Go on over to see what he says. Look around while you’re there. Stay awhile; it’s a friendly place. They’re checking their stock for Spring.

As of 9:00 a.m. EST, Flashy Fiction Friday has not posted, so I’ll give you the general address. Check back for your weekly flash fiction.

If you have questions, ask. If you write in response to any of these, the people whose blogs you visit would love to read your responses. Post!

I shall see you Tuesday for one of my favourite borrowed prompts prompt; Thursday for a couple of links; and Friday for the prompt roundup.

If I do not show for the next two weeks, there have been expected and unexpected family matters.OCALHand_WritingHappy writing, all.

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Poetry Prompts Freeforall

7:46 a.m. — Atlanta

listening to The Weather Channel… again… all those snow storms

Hello, everyone. Grab your coffee, your notebook and a writing implement and let’s get going.

Donna, in her Other People’s Poetry series, gives us Rachel Wetzsteon. I am loving meeting poets I don’t know. The poem Donna shares with us made me note the link. I want to read more. The prompts involve natural occurrences and questions. Head over to read them.

In resonance seven, Joseph asks us to look at our natural surroundings. He calls the exercise an exercise in restraint as much as an exploration of theme So go on over and read the exercise.sunday whirl

At The Sunday Whirl, Brenda gives us our usual dozen. If you haven’t wordled yet, what are you waiting for? Brenda will have new words up on Sunday. Visit to see the wordle and to read what others have done.

adele kennyAt The Music In It: Adele Kenny’s Poetry Blog, Adele wants us to look at loss, but not big losses. She says, let’s consider a leaving or a letting go that was not devastating and perhaps even for the best Head over to see what she says and read her suggestions, tips, and examples, of which she always has many.

At Qweekly, Barbara introduces us to artist Leslie Holt and her Hello series. I spent quite some time trying to decide which one I wanted. Visit.

We Write Poems’ wordles are different from Brenda’s, so check them out at We Wordle. There is something mesmerising about the amount of words and it’s fun to see how many you can incorporate. The source of words are the poems written for the site’s regular weekly prompt. You can have two wordle worlds!

We’re at Mad Kane’s Humor Blog for Limerick-off Mondays. Never written one? What are you waiting for? At the least, go read Madeleine’s limerick for the week’s line.magpie Her rhyming word choices are great for reminding us that one word can be used in many ways.

The Mag [Magpie Tales] gives us a colour photograph of a building in a Disney lot. The interplay of light and shadow, alone, is a poem. Unless you have an immediate idea, go over the photograph and jot down all the details that you notice and go from there. Remember: you do not have to write about the whole image. Sometimes you can write to just one tiny part of the whole. Go on over.

Laurie Kolp, at Poetry Jam, suggests we write an Olympian poem and provides us with a definition that gives us a wide scope. Head over to see what she says.

carolOn Carol‘s Wonder Wednesday several of her posts, this week, offer photo challenges to write about, so I have given you the general address. Also, Carol chooses a song each Friday to get us dancing around. A different kind of poetry and a whole lot of fun.

The Found Poetry Review suggests we create some erasure poetry from Patterson’s thriller and detective novels. Don’t forget to stop by their weekly column highlighting found poetry related news and resources. See what the Review is all about. All things found live there.

Poets & Writers’ suggestions for all three genres work as possibilities for a poem subject. This week we have moving, shopping, and an ode to a household object. Visit.

I love reading Herotomost‘s prompts. I almost copied the whole because he’s fun, so go over to imaginary garden with real toads, and at least read the prompt! In part, he says, I want you to be cheesy, lusty, rapturous, obsessed, candid, fun, belligerent or awkward.  I want the real face of love, clumsy and heady, obtuse and full of blushing. Go play with the toads.

wewritepoems-bannerAt We Write Poems Neil wants us to deal with 1,000 birds. To read his explanation, go on over.

At Poets United, Poets United Mid-Week Motif is looking at leaders and leadership. Head over to read the two spark quotes Susan gives us.

Over at dVerse, Victoria talks about the object poem. Go on over to see what she says. Look around while you’re there. Stay awhile; it’s a friendly place.

At Flashy Fiction Friday Walt Wojtanik has an interesting exercise built around our personality traits. Check it out.

If you have questions, ask. If you write in response to any of these, the people whose blogs you visit would love to read your responses. Post!

I shall see you Tuesday for our image prompt; and Friday for the prompt roundup.OCALHand_WritingHappy writing, all.

 
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Poetics Serendipity: Submissions

7:23 a.m. — Atlanta

listening to Fight to Keep by Run River North

Hello, everyone. I hope all goes well. Something I should probably tackle more on this blog is submissions. Enough of us submit. Enough of us should submit but don’t quite get around to it. Even those of us who are happy as clams to post our poems rather than get into the work of submitting them might be curious to read about a couple of places. I’ll try to remember to do this every now and then [I’ve said that before? Ah. Well.].

1] The first place is a new journal from Joseph Harker and Tessa Racked: CSHS, which is sort of a quarterly, if you don’t do the maths for the first three issues. Here are some of the things they say:

About: Some people may be wondering what “CSHS” stands for. It’s a trade secret, but we’re also curious to see what other people come up with. If you can think of something better than the original acronym, we’ll splash it all over everything.

Blog post: We want to see your work. You want your work out there. Let’s bump our pens together and make something happen.

Submissions Guidelines: You’ve read these a hundred times before, we’re sure, but they bear repeating: yes, of course we are looking for powerful voices that address the liminal space between the concrete and the abstract, the sacred and the profane, in a unique and engaging way. Who isn’t?

Initial Due Dates: Each issue of CSHS will go live every six and a half weeks or so, alternating between themed and unthemed issues. The next issues are:
#1 – unthemed, submissions due by 14 March (will go live around 21 March)
#2 – Alchemies, submissions due by 20 April (will go live around 1 May)
#3 – unthemed, submissions period: 1 April through 10 June (will go live around 21 June)

2] The Found Poetry Review has posted their challenge for this year’s National Poetry Month and it sounds like a lot of fun… crazy fun.

About: Oulipost is the Found Poetry Review’s 2014 National Poetry Month project. It enlists poets to apply Oulipo techniques to text sourced from their daily newspaper.

Blog Post: Oulipo — Ouvroir de littérature potentielle (or “workshop of potential literature”) — is a a group of mostly French-speaking writers and mathematicians that seek to create works using constrained writing techniques.

Submissions: Poets must apply the day’s Oulipo prompt to text found in the same day‘s newspaper (local newspapers are preferred, but poets may also choose national newspapers).

Due Date: Ready to participate? Complete our online form by 11:59 p.m. EST on Friday, March 7.

3] Nicole Nicholson [Raven’s Wing Poetry] has a new journal that has just gone live: Barking Sycamores. Please read the submissions guidelines carefully, as this is not a journal for everyone.

About: Barking Sycamores is the creation of Nicole Nicholson, a writer, poet, and autism self-advocate who was diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome in late 2010. Her strong belief in art (in particular, the written word) as a means of communication and expression for autistic people motivated the creation of Barking Sycamores in 2014.

Blog Post: We publish poetry by emerging and established writers who are on the autism spectrum or have related conditions. We also seek to add positively to the public discussion about autism in the form of essays on autism and poetics, with special emphasis on autism’s interplay with the creative process.

Submissions: We love and appreciate our neurotypical family and friends; however, we regret that we cannot accept submissions about autism or autistic people which are not written by autistic authors themselves. The only exceptions to this are autism and poetics essays (see guidelines below). The reason for this guideline is the need to create a space where primarily neurodivergent poetic voices are heard, especially their contribution to the public discourse on autism.

Initial Due Date: Barking Sycamores accepts submissions and publishes poems on a continual basis. They will begin publishing on April 1, 2014.

Something for everyone I’d say, so go to it. I shall see you tomorrow for the weekly roundup of prompts; Tuesday for an image prompt; and possibly next Thursday.

Happy writing [and submitting], all.

 
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