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Place and Hold for Next

One thing I have found about trying a daily prompt: I pretty much have to go with what comes out of my mind, even if that hadn’t been my plan on starting. Miz Q has given us three word lists, from which we are to use one, two, and three words in a poem about place (then save the words because there will be more).

I forgot the place part, happily chose my six words and whipped them into a short poem of sorts. Then the part of the brain that lies in wait for this sort of thing, said: Place? I kept the six words I had chosen, originally — that was my challenge to myself. The poem is metaphorical because that was the only way I could work place in.

When You’re Not in Kansas Anymore

When life is no longer a sprint
to the finish line. When you
look down your lane — marked
with its measured white —
and the tape is fuzzed. When
the track’s surface is no longer
smooth, you have a choice.
You can limp, or crawl, your way
to the end, or you can flatten death
with respect and a sledgehammer.

 

 
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Posted by on 06/06/2015 in poems

 

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Poetics Serendipity

8:32 a.m. — Atlanta

listening to Audrey Assad singing Show Me

Hello everyone. Whichever of you is in charge of keeping time from galloping away is losing control. See to it, please. The rest of you can play.

1] A little while back I posted Murphy’s Laws for Writers, Pt. 1. A couple of days ago, part 2 landed in my inbox. Head over to read Peter’s laws for writers. He provides a link to Part 1, if you haven’t seen them, or don’t quite remember. I like many things about Peter’s laws. For one thing, he knows what of he speaks; for another, they are short.

2] Poets & Writers continues to update and present us with databases. A couple of weeks ago I gave you a link to contests. Today, how about a database of magazines? There are only about 1,000. Start winnowing. Create your own database.

3] I mentioned Miz Quickly’s return a couple of days ago, but this is the official announcement. Miz Q, she comes and goes. We never know quite when she will pop up and when she might disappear, so get your rabbit hunting gear on and visit. She’ll give us a prompt a day, until she doesn’t. You have only missed three, so head over.

Let’s see, something nice and short, something in which to lose yourself, and something to inspire. My work here is done. See you tomorrow for the week’s roundup of prompts; Tuesday for my prompt; and Thursday for more links and things.

Happy writing, all.

 
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Posted by on 04/06/2015 in links, poems, poetry, writing

 

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Playing Prepositions

For those who haven’t noticed, Miz Quickly is back in town. Her prompt for today regards prepositions, so my poem is a bit of silliness, designed to be a vehicle for prepositions and to answer Miz Q’s instruction to write about how one thing relates to something else. Head over to her place and read the prompt. Meanwhile, I think I have about 18 prepositions in here (I didn’t count doubles).

Better Than Packing

I sit in my large desk chair
at my computer console, seven
floors above ground level.
Over me rise eleven stories more.

We, myself and the apartment
building, sit on Peachtree Road,
which runs north south through
Atlanta, bisecting the city.

Atlanta is located in Georgia,
which lies in the southeast of
the United States, itself taking
up space between two oceans.

The Atlantic and Pacific Oceans,
via which I can reach Asia or
Europe, engirdle the Americas,
and separate them from other lands.

If I had a way to see, lying
opposite, across the Atlantic, in
the sun and sand, is Morocco,
surrounded by the Sahara Desert.

I sit in my large desk chair, sixty-two
miles from outer space and  about
four thousand miles above the earth’s
core, regarding the marvel of being,

when all the immensity of lands
and populace dwindle upon looking up,
above all surfaces, beyond all
thought, towards the overarching sky.

 
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Posted by on 01/06/2015 in poems, poetry

 

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Poetics Serendipity

7:55 a.m. — Atlantasack2

listening to Lisa Loeb singing Love is a Rose

Hello, everyone. I hope all is well with you. Should you need a few minutes of escape, or a different focus before going back to what you were doing before I distracted you, we have a diversity of places in our grab bag to go.

1] The first diversion is for all of us who are lousy sleepers: How Interrupting Your Sleep Can Silence Your Doubts and Boost Your Creativity, by Brian Cormack Carr. The title may be long but we are left in no doubt of Carr’s thesis.What I found most interesting is that Carr says he was unable to carry out the exercise he describes for more than four days (rather than the two weeks called for). Even so, he saw the benefits.

The web site on which this appears, Lateral Action, is one that teaches how to make creativity work with and for entrepreneurship. I often find that its articles, with a little adaptation, work for me and my writing. The site’s curator, Mark McGuiness, is focused on productivity, and so are all of us, even if it’s a single piece of writing. Give the article a read. You can skim parts, but you’ll find some interesting points to take with you.

2] Productivity and Content Curation for the Insanely Busy Blogger — now there’s a mouthful. Again, we have the author’s thesis in the title. We have had articles from Stan and his site, Pushing Social, a few times over the years. His focus is marketing and productivity. There’s that word again. Productivity. I have learned a lot from Stan and found many useful articles for my own life of writing. This particular article is full of toys. Stan lists and gives links to all the online tools he uses. Do you like to be organised? You’ll love some of these. Do you wish you were organised? You’ll also love some of these. If nothing else the invitation is to play with web tools. Always a guaranteed way to procrastinate ;-).

Stan has gotten fancy with his website [I knew it when it was a simple thing] so there will be a couple of slide outs/pop-ups from Stan. I think there were three before I was left alone to read the piece. Going in knowing that I hope lessens the irritation with those things.

3] The final piece is short, a piece from a longer piece, Naomi Shihab Nye on inspiration. A mere three and some minutes of listening.

Go investigate. I have a cento to deconstruct for Miz Quickly. Come to think of it, so do several of you. You say you haven’t started and what’s it about? Here are yesterday’s instructions. You can catch up easily. I shall see you tomorrow for prompt sites; Tuesday for a prompt; and next Thursday for, yep you guessed it, links.
Happy writing, all.
 
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Posted by on 04/09/2014 in links, poetry, writing

 

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Poetry Prompts Freeforall: Let Me Introduce You

8:10 a.m. — Atlanta

Listening to Iz singing ‘Ama ‘ama

Surprise! Hello, everyone. I know I didn’t announce the restart of the Freeforall but, when Miz Quickly asked me to not forget her September run, I realised a short entry might be a good way to get back into this. As much as I enjoy writing the list each week, it takes the most time and effort. I was putting off starting and needed a nudge. I’m going to give you a few links, with a little more focus, as I reintroduce the sites. With each Friday, I’ll add a couple.

sepia sat Sepia Saturday is a site I added fairly recently, conscious of the high degree of enjoyment you receive from image prompts. They say of themselves: Launched by Alan Burnett and Kat Mortensen in 2009, Sepia Saturday provides bloggers with an opportunity to share their history through the medium of photographs. Historical photographs of any age or kind (they don’t have to be sepia) become the launchpad for explorations of family history, local history and social history in fact or fiction, poetry or prose, words or further images. If you want to play along, all we ask is that your sign up to the weekly Linky List, that you try to visit as many of the other participants as possible, and that you have fun.

Miz Quickly is a periodic prompt site, but when we have her, we have her for an entire month, so get those pens ready for bunny-bluestarSeptember, when she will be back in action. Here’s what she says:

I don’t believe in writer’s block. Or muses. I do believe in depression, habit, boredom, self-fulfilling prophesy. And Chaos. I believe a poem is a well-constructed box with drawers. Anything can go into it, but if you put all your energy into making the box perfect, the contents will suffer. And if you build a slipshod box…well.

We’re not going to concentrate on building Fabergé eggs. Just some drafts that you can gild and polish later. Now and then, we’ll consider form and function, but most days we’ll be working on the marbles and screws and old silver dimes to stash. Quantities. We want to get you loose-jointed and a little bit crazy. Later, you can work on polish.

FPR-200I added the Found Poetry Review when I realised there are a lot of editors who haven’t caught onto the fact that found poetry is not a fad, or who do not understand found poetry and how it works. That’s how the Review started: Jenni founded the Found Poetry Review in 2011 after receiving a rejection letter in response to her own found poetry submissions, reading “How about next time you try to write something original and not plagiarize someone else’s work for a change!” And when we say “founded,” we mean bought the website domain in the wee hours of the night and felt like it was still a good idea the next morning.

This week’s prompt asks us to play with regional dialects.

Alright, I’m exhausted. I need breakfast. Investigate these three sites. Wander through them. Read what they say. Try one of their prompts. I shall see you Tuesday for a prompt; Thursday for links; and next Friday for more prompt sites.

If people have a prompt site they like, especially a new one, let me know. I won’t promise they’ll make the list but I would love to check them out.

Happy writing, all.

 
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Posted by on 29/08/2014 in exercises, links, poetry

 

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Poetry Freeforall: TGIF

7:57 a.m. — Atlanta

listening to the Kingston Trio singing Reuben James

pen-and-pencil-thHello, all. You’re not there, are you? I’m speaking to an empty room. All of you are writing, writing, writing, aren’t you? After all, you have energy and freshness… for now. Yes, it’s an evil grin. For those who are not part of November’s madness, here are this week’s prompts.

Look who’s back:’If you’re doing a daily writing practice, please consider these as options! They’re not going to be my usual philosophical windings, though. My process for building these is going to be soulless and mechanical’. It’s good we love the boy. With garlands and wreaths, head over to Joseph’s Renovations for the first prompt of the month.sunday whirl

At The Sunday Whirl, Brenda gives us her usual selection of words that work. If you haven’t wordled yet, what are you waiting for? Brenda will have the 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 gives us a prompt that embraces the spirit of Halloween, but allows us to not do Halloween. She suggests we ‘focus on writing a poem in which we create an aura of suspense and mystery. To help with this, let’s be specific and use ekphrasis‘. Head on over to see the image and read what else she has to say.

We’re at Mad Kane’s Humor Blog for Limerick-off Mondays. Never written one? What are you waiting for? Laughing is good, so visit to read, to laugh, perhaps to write. At the least, go read Madeleine’s limerick for this week’s line.magpie

The Mag [Magpie Tales] gives us a Max Ernst painting. People seem to be having a problem with it… low numbers. Remember the image is there to spark a poem; you do not have to write a poem that is recognisably about the image. You might write a poem about curves.

Laurie, at Poetry Jam, appeals to our desire for comfort. Head over to read what she says.

carolThis week on Carol’s Light Words she gives us a bag full of goodies. Granted Halloween is done, go on over and enjoy the different songs she found for the occasion. Also, Carol chooses a song each Friday to get us dancing around — remember she is on California time. A different kind of poetry and a whole lot of fun.

Poets & Writers’ suggestions for all three genres work as possibilities for a poem subject. This week we have costumes, confrontations, and childhood fears.  Visit. (NaNo-ers, their fiction suggestions are a wonderful resource for ideas)

At imaginary garden with real toads, Kerry invites us to ‘join in the Blog4Peace drive on Monday, 4 November‘. Head over to read. Go play with the toads.

At  We Write Poems Pamela Sayers talks to us about the Day of the Dead, a festival in Mexico that celebrates the dead with colour and fun. Visit to read what Pamela tells us.

At Poets United Verse First where simple notions prompt amazing poems — gives us the first traditional Halloween prompt with a direction to write about ‘ghosts, spirits and scares‘. Go on over to see what they say.

brownwood-bunny-header Miz Quickly has been playing with themes again, her blog’s not poetry [I have a strong desire for pumpkin pie]. She retires from the field for a couple of months, but invites us to rejoin her in January.

Over at dVerse, I have given you the general address, which means, your choice. Visit. Look around. Stay awhile; it’s a friendly place. Haul out the crock pot. it’s time for hot apple cider and brandy.

Flash fiction fans: I’m going to give you the link to the general site of Flashy Fiction, rather than always giving you Friday, as you might come to the site on a different day, thus be offered a different image. Pot luck.

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 a narrative prompt; Thursday for links; and next Friday for more of today.

Happy writing, everyone. OCALHand_Writing

 
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Posted by on 01/11/2013 in exercises, links, poetry, writing

 

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Poetry Freeforall: Storing Up For the Winter

8:42 a.m. — Atlanta

listening to Don McLean singing Mountains o’ Mourne

pen-and-pencil-thHello, all. Forget your families; forget your jobs; forget about eating (here’s your chance to try out the thirty new varieties of vegetable chips). Not only do we have NaNoWriMo coming down the pike, but Robert Lee Brewer’s November ‘poem-a-day towards a chapbook’ contest.  Oil those brain gears.sunday whirl

At The Sunday Whirl, Brenda selects words from Beauty Supply, by Lee Ann Brown. It’s a complex grouping and that’s what makes working them fun. If you haven’t wordled yet, what are you waiting for? Brenda will have the 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 is giving us a chance to vent. She calls her topic ‘Rantables’. Head over and let her take you through the steps of having your rant and turning it into a poem.

We’re at Mad Kane’s Humor Blog for Limerick-off Mondays. Never written one? What are you waiting for? Laughing is good, so visit to read, to laugh, perhaps to write. At the least, go read Madeleine’s limerick for this week’s line.magpie

The Mag is on a one week break to celebrate Tess Kincaid’s birthday. Next year, I’ll try to remember to pre-post so we can join her on the 20th.

Alan1704, at Poetry Jam, tells us to look in a mirror. Head over to read what he says.

carolThis week on Carol’s Light Words the photograph on Wonder Wednesday’s post, speaks to our fears. Between her own poem, her wondering and the title of the post, we are given a richness of possibilities for poems. Also, Carol chooses a song each Friday to get us dancing around — remember she is on California time. A different kind of poetry and a whole lot of fun.

Poets & Writers’ suggestions for all three genres work as possibilities for a poem subject. We have an article of clothing, experimentation, and the art of appreciating.  Visit. (NaNo-ers, their fiction suggestions are a wonderful resource for ideas)

Ooh! At imaginary garden with real toads, Kerry’s Challenge is about the language of flowers. Head over to read. Go play with the toads.

At  We Write Poems Pamela Sayers wants us to write about windows and doors. So many possibilities. Go on over to read what she says. (I have one this week, Pamela!)

At Poets United Verse First where simple notions prompt amazing poems — gives us the topic of food and writing (vegetable chips, anyone?). Visit to see what they say.

brownwood-bunny-header Miz Quickly offers two prompts a week, so I will always give you the general address. This week is a little different. We have a series of six prompts that stem from one image and that work off each other and together. It’s a heck of a lot of fun, so if you haven’t been over, go. Visit and see what it’s all about.

Over at dVerse, Tony Maude gives us the Rondeau in Form for All. There is much more to the crafting of a Rondeau than you might think and they are fun to build. Visit. Look around. Stay awhile; it’s a friendly place. Cider on tap.

Flash fiction fans: I’m going to give you the link to the general site of Flashy Fiction, rather than always giving you Friday, as you might come to the site on a different day, thus be offered a different image. Pot luck.

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; Thursday for links; and next Friday for more of today.

Happy writing, everyone. OCALHand_Writing

 
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Posted by on 25/10/2013 in exercises, poetry, writing

 

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