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Poem Tryouts: A Single Detail

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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Poem Tryouts: A Quality of Light

8:46 a.m. — Atlanta

Hello, everyone. We have snow! Not much and it will be gone by noon, but we can look out on blanketed roofs and lawns. Unfortunately, we have visitors in the form of my Uncle and Aunt (the visit and they are not an unfortunate event, only the going out and doing something), which means going out in the cold and wet. Ick.

In the last few days, an artist friend and the art group I follow on Facebook have posted three paintings with particularly affecting colour. I’m not sure what I want you to do with them, but I’d like it to involve light.

maufra iledebrehat

Ile de Brehat by Maufra



raoul dufy still life

Still Life Before the Yellow House by Raoul Dufy



milton avery green landscape

Green Landscape by Milton Avery

You can choose one and write a straightforward response to what you see.

You can choose one and write a poem based on the emotion it evokes.

You can mix the paintings and take details from each to create your poem.

You can pick a single detail to use as your spark.

Whichever and however you respond, try to have a quality of light in the poem — it might involve colour, but doesn’t have to.

I will see you Thursday for links and things; Friday for the week’s roundup of prompts; and next Tuesday for the first prompt of March (I know!).

Happy writing, all. Stay safe.




Posted by on 24/02/2015 in exercises, poetry


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