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PoMoSco Day 3

Hello, all. I’m earlier today. Forgot my husband had the day off and got up too early. I don’t want to post too early because I need to read the poems, to set some in front of you. Today’s instructions: Find a text you don’t mind marking up — or make a photocopy — progressively cover up lines of text with white out until only the words of your erasure poem remain. Scan your completed erasure as an image — or take a picture of it — and post it. You must complete this process by hand — no digital tools.

Key to the process is a white out that is easy to use and we had quite a discussion of white outs over in the Facebook group. The danger is whiting out a word, or phrase you want. I did that, but like where the poem goes.The title is History Changes. I noted that originally I was going to find some way to move the reader directionally because I had found another way the poem could go. Then I realised the poem can start at almost any word and move in almost any direction, each time saying something slightly different. I typed  three possibilities below the whited out page.

Others you might enjoy:

Barbara Yates Young: When She Was Angry     my favourite

Kelly Nelson: Mango

Barbara Crary: Invisible

Richard Walker: Before the Story

Marilyn Braendeholm (Misky): A Confession to Water

Nathalie Boisard-Beudin: Herewith became like unto an egg

Andrea Janelle Dickens: Aging

I will see you tomorrow for an interesting prompt.


Posted by on 03/04/2015 in poems, poetry, pomosco


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Poetics Serendipity: National Poetry Month — It’s Almost Here

8:57 a.m. — Atlanta

listening to Mandy Patinkin singing I’m Old Fashioned

Hello, all. I’m having a lazy morning. Skip is chaperoning a band trip for four days (I did not snicker), so my entire routine changes. Today, I’m going to list as many National Poetry Month links as I have found. The only one I can’t give you is the one in which I am participating, the Found Poetry Review’s. The link will stay private until April 1st, at which point I’ll put the link up, should you wish to follow some found poetry madness. Misky, the two Barbaras, Richard Walker, Pamela and Ros are all participating.

1] I love the first site ( which offers 30 Ways to Celebrate National Poetry Month, running from ordering a free National Poetry Month poster to chalking a poem on a sidewalk to participating in Poem in Your Pocket Day. Don’t miss Ginsberg’s essay on Whitman’s ‘Leaves of Grass’.

2] Robert Lee Brewer will run his annual April Poem a Day Challenge with guest judges.

3] NaPoWriMo is one of my favourites to follow. If you head their way now, you’ll find them in the midst of a countdown where they are giving us sources and resources.

4] Kelli Russell Agodon is hosting The Big Poetry Giveaway, which starts tomorrow. I have participated several times (both as giver and recipient) and have a wonderful library of chapbooks. Visit Kelli for an explanation of how you can participate. I loved the years when I gave away books and I loved winning books. This year I will only put my name down for the drawings and I look forward to wandering through the poetry blog world adding my name to the hopefuls.

5] At the Poetry Foundation, we are told: One week from today we kick off National Poetry Month with our annual blogging extravaganza. We know, dear reader, you’ve been waiting all year to see who the 20 poets will be for 2015. Wait no longer! Join these poets in April for conversation, insight, and a celebration of our favorite art.

I will see you tomorrow for the roundup of this week’s prompts; and next Tuesday for an image prompt. Then the blog goes dark for the month of April. I think. I know I can’t run the normal blog posts and participate in writing a poem every day. What I don’t know is whether I will appear occasionally with news from the Found Poetry front.

Happy writing, all.


Posted by on 26/03/2015 in links, poetry, writing


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Poetics Serendipity

8:15 a.m. — Atlanta

listening to One Night in Bangkok for the second time — it’s Houston’s song of the week and I love the beat; even more, I love his presentation of it, so you have the link; after all it’s link day and song and poetry… besides, there is a wonderful example of using an extended metaphor, in the blog

Hello, all. Does Margo sit around all day and look for links, you may have wondered. Yes, yes she does. I have quite a collection, which is why I will sometimes give a link to something written last year, or older. The good news about writing articles is that they don’t get old. Today’s group of links is rather diverse.

1] Let’s start with National Poetry Month’s poster for this coming April: 2015 poetry month

2] A reminder to register with the Found Poetry Review for their Poetry Month challenge, PoMoSco. So far, 170 poets from 37 states and 7 countries, have registered.

3] In my inbox: Drunken Boat, one of the world’s oldest electronic journals of the arts and the winner of a South by Southwest Web Award, is adding to our staff. We’re accepting applications for the positions of Managing Editor/co-Managing Editor, Production Editor, and NonFiction Editor. Full position descriptions available here.

We’ve been publishing an immense variety of work, especially innovative and experimental literature and arts, since 1999. We are an entirely volunteer staff, dedicated to literature and art and the internet (well, more like literature and the art on the internet, but we’re fans of the medium too). According to The Review Review:  “Drunken Boat is, or should be, central to any discussion of literature online or online literature . . . Drunken Boat is a . . . beautifully presented, carefully maintained space.”

Applicants with familiarity with working online and working in publishing are preferred. This is a great opportunity to be responsible with an independent publisher that publishes books and a highly-acclaimed journal and that reaches over a hundred thousand unique visitors annually worldwide. If you’re interested, please send a CV and a cover letter to Managing Editor Erica Mena at editorATdrunkenboatDOTcom

In case anyone is interested in an online editorial job.

4] You may have seen this on Facebook, but I don’t want to take a chance. If you haven’t read Neil Gaiman’s Advice to Those Who Just Can’t Get Their Thoughts on Paper, make sure your mouth is not full of coffee when you read.

I told you I had a diverse collection, today. I know, it looks long, but the post is actually short. I wanted to include the entire text of the letter from Drunken Boat. I will see you tomorrow for the week’s roundup of prompts; Tuesday for my prompt; and next Thursday for links and things.

Happy writing, everyone.


Posted by on 29/01/2015 in links, poetry, writing


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Poetics Serendipity

7:48 a.m. — Atlanta

listening to Take Back the City by Snow Patrol — one of those songs I dance to even in my chair

Hi, everyone. I vote everyone in the US not living in California, or Florida, stay home and stay warm, today. The US weather map is crazy. Should you be home I have some entertainment for you; if you have to go out and make a salary because your boss insists (or you’re the boss), these will be waiting.

1] I think many of you will know the first item, from Facebook, but for those who don’t, I would not want you to miss out on the fun. The Found Poetry Review has announced its focus for National Poetry Month: We’re excited to announce that our 2015 National Poetry Month project will be called PoMoSco (short for Poetry Month Scouts) – an adventure that will require you to complete a variety of poetry tasks to earn merit badges across five found poetry categories.

If you love writing found poetry, then what are you waiting for? If you haven’t participated in National Poetry Month (an international event, at this point), then what are you waiting for? If you haven’t tried found poetry, then what are you waiting for?

I have participated, for the last two years, in FPR’s challenges and I’m here to tell you that the experiences are highlights of my life. I can promise you a special month. Have I ever lied to you? Then what are you… well, you know.

2] Winter can be tough. It doesn’t help writers, or writing, to be in the grips of despair, or to just be feeling blah. One of the best pieces I have read is on E. Kristin Anderson‘s blog. Her title: Write All the Words: A Creative’s Guide to Surviving the Winter Months Without Completely Spiralling into that Dark Place that None of Us Want to Talk About. Yeh, you weren’t going to check it, but now you are, aren’t you? EKA (who I met during the FPR challenges) writes from experience and speaks from the heart, with humour. She says: I’m a hot mess, too, but I thought I’d share some of my tactics. You know, tricks for keeping the hot mess under control. Or at least manageable.

3] We have seen pieces before from Robert Peake, the American poet living in England. In 5 British Poets to Watch in 2015, he tells us: Here is my contribution, now three years running, to the list of British poets that American readers of poetry ought to know more about. I figure American writers of poetry ought to know more about them, too. With each name, Peake gives a brief bio.

4] Trish Hopkinson, writer and blogger, gives us a post on Which lit mags publish nontraditional forms and found poetry. If your poetry qualifies as nontraditional, or found, and you submit, you’ll want to bookmark this. She talks, briefly, about each ezine, giving us submission dates and what they are looking for.

I know, I know, five is a lot, but this is such a mishmash of topics that I figure you won’t check them all, so one more.

5] How about finishing up with a playlist of TED talks, Words, words, words that presents talks by linguists, data analysts and word nerds who explore the all-encompassing power of language. There is something for everyone. With 14 talks, you’ll be hard put not to find an interest. Give yourself a challenge and watch one you might, ordinarily, pass over.

Whew! Now you’re glad it’s cold and you decided to stay home, right? Sorry, Australia, NZ, and places along the Equator. I don’t think ‘too hot’ qualifies in quite the same way. I shall see you tomorrow for the weekly roundup of prompt sites; Tuesday for my prompt; and Thursday for more links and such.

Happy writing, all.


Posted by on 08/01/2015 in links, poetry


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NaPoWriMo: Friday Freeforall

7:34 a.m. — Atlanta

listening to Spinning Wheel by Blood, Sweat & Tears

Hullo! Where the heck did the week go? Yeh, I hear you snickering: Rookie! So, I’m guessing April is always like this for those of us crazy enough to participate. Mind you, I’m having a ball, not getting much sleep (too much adrenaline), but having a great time.

Something that occurred to me yesterday is that if you are all participating in NaPoWriMo, then you don’t need the regular sites [and if you do, here is last Friday]. For April, I will list the participating sites I came across, with Friday’s prompt as the link (except for Joseph, whose prompt comes later in the day 🙂 You’ll have his yesterday prompt.).

The Net centre of it all can be found at NaPoWriMo. Let us hear it for Cinquains. We can all write a Cinquain, right?!

Poets & Writers have all thirty prompts listed. This saves my bacon, because I can at least start thinking about a prompt. I am trying to write poems within a 24 hour period, however. Today’s has to do with overheard dialogue.

Probably the most well-known amongst us is Robert Lee Brewer’s Poem a Day Challenge. Head to his site to find out about plus poems.

Miz Quickly wants us to play with sound. Who doesn’t like to play with sound!

At Joseph’s Recursions, he tells us: The challenge here will be to combine the image and the state into a poem. It’s a nice little exercise that should not take that much time — a serious consideration!

We have a twofer at Joseph’s. He has posted for The Refinery, as well, taking one of Barbara Young‘s poems. Take the time out from your own mining, to read.

Tiffany Chaney  has the first five prompts listed, so you will have an idea of her style of prompts. Today’s asks for a villanelle.

Adele Kenny is giving single word, occasionally a phrase, prompts for the month and has them listed, along with a link to a related poem.

For those following along (thank you) with my April Pulitzer Remix Challenge, today continues to introduce my first character, Erased Woman. She will have three more days, before I move on to Lost Man.

Remember that you can mix prompt sites. The point is not to stick with one, come hell or high water, but to write drafts of thirty poems. Have fun and I’ll see you in a bit for my Day 5 poem.

Happy writing, all.


Posted by on 05/04/2013 in exercises, poetry, writing


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Friday Poetry Freeforall: Free Day, Free Poetry

9:15 a.m. — Atlanta

listening to Queen singing Bohemian Rhapsody

Hello all. I did warn you I might be shifting themes a couple of times. I loved the brightness of the last but it made my already long-ish posts longer, and stretched comments out to an alarming looking length if there were any discussion. Then I tried Balloons: font too small and side bar not at the side. So we’re back to the theme that, so far, presents better than the others.

In case you missed yesterday’s post which has links to several places for writing a poem a day during National Poetry Month, I’ll give you the link when I remember. I am going to add Adele Kenny’s blog, as I see she is participating. Now, for this weekend with its extra day!

tow-truck1We start with Donna’s Put Words Together. Make Meaning. She is off for a week, but left us with a topic to write on. It involves writing the opposite of what is, so head over to see what is.

The Refinery is on fire. This week, Marian Veverka hands over a more structured, more formal poem than we have seen. Head over to see what tack Joseph takes with this. Visit and watch a master craftsman at work and send in your poems.

Over at The Music In It: Adele Kenny’s Poetry Blog, she asks us to celebrate Spring. Whether it’s coming, or going, or won’t arrive where you live, she gives us many ideas as to how to approach this recalcitrant season. Adele’s posts offer so much that she should be a must stop. Visit.sunday whirl

At The Sunday Whirl, the words come from a poem by Dunya Mikhail. For a link to hear her read the poem head to The Whirl, but write your poem first.  Visit to see the wordle and to read what others have done.

Carry On Tuesday gives us the title and refrain of a Beatles’ song. As always, Keith leaves a link, so go on over to listen to the song.

If Mad Kane’s Humor Blog makes me smile just when I see her blog name, imagine what it can do when actually there and reading limericks! Check out Limerick-off Mondays. Look around while you are there. I visit because I know I will laugh and laughing is good, so visit to read, to laugh, perhaps to write.

Visit The Mag [Magpie Tales] for our first image prompt, a painting by Magritte. I find Magritte’s work some of the best to write an ekphrastic poem to? on? Head over to see the image. Anyone else try to see the title of the book?

Mary at Poetry Jam, talks about the usual and the unusual in our lives. To find out what she wants us to do with them, head over.

When I realise I am scrolling through Carol’s Light Words and stopping for a little this and a little that, I give you the general address. You have choices of photographs, bits of trivia, and music to act as inspiration. Be sure to check out her Fridays. Carol chooses a song each Friday to get us dancing around. A different kind of poetry and a whole lot of fun. Go wander on your own.

At imaginary garden with real toads, it is Transforming Friday. Hannah is in the savanna. When I took geography, as a kid, this was the area that caught at my imagination. I loved the sound of the word and then, the denizens. Head over to read about it and maybe become part of it. Go play with the toads.

We Write Poems has yet another intriguing challenge. I know; I find so many of them intriguing, but this really is. The instruction: Let your shadow write a poem. Head over to see what Neil is asking us to play with. I particularly enjoyed his discourse.

Patricia K. Lichen, Author offers prompts in the form of a Monday quote, her posts on nature and ecology, and the comments. Patricia’s site has the feel of walking on a beach, or through a forest, so take some time off and visit.

At dVerse, Poetics offers us the possibility of tea with Miss Marple. How can one resist? Visit. Look around. Stay awhile; it’s a friendly place.

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 that is not enough, look straight up, at the top of the blog and you will see a tab: Even More Prompt Sites. I give the general address for each place, as it’s easy to find the prompts.

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. So, post!

I shall see you Tuesday, for a prompt to celebrate National Poetry Month and your poetry; Thursday for links, probably; and Friday for the round-up of prompts.

Happy writing, everyone.


Posted by on 29/03/2013 in exercises, poetry, writing


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NaPoWriMo: Your Poetics Serendipity @ Thursday Thoughts

7:57 a.m. — Atlanta

listening to Four Strong Winds by Janis and Ian

Hullo! It’s nearly the weekend. Yay! I hope all is well as we contemplate the arrival of a month when many of us take on one or more challenges calculated to drive us over the cliff like a herd of bison. How’s that for a simile?! I am going to give you the links to a few of the places, so you have options. Remember that the objective is a poem a day, not a poem a day from xyz, unless that’s part of your objective, in which case, have on.

What is the month? new people ask. April = National Poetry Month, an entire month to go even more nuts about writing poems than we already do. Check your city. You will be surprised how many have activities. When I did this for Atlanta, last year, I was startled at the pages, yes pages, of events scheduled. Apparently we are a hotbed of poetry. The Net centre of it all can be found at NaPoWriMo.

I have six places for you to play. Some of them are already into the festivities, some won’t show a hair until Monday, April 1. If you see several prompts you like but only have the time and energy for one a day, do remember that you can copy and paste, or bookmark the exercises. I have files … well let’s just say I have files. I’m sure I will get to them some day.

1] I love this first by Poets & Writers because they have all thirty prompts listed. You can pre-schedule!

2] Probably the most well-known amongst us is Robert Lee Brewer’s Poem a Day Challenge. If you have followed Robert at all, you know the style of prompts.

3] A new entrant who, judging by her warm-ups — You heard me, warmups. Who doesn’t stretch before exercising? — will be fun to follow, is Barbara Young with Miz Quickly. Head over now to see what’s on offer already.

4] Joseph has thrown his hat in the ring. [This is going to be such fun, gang.] His prompts will be found under a tab named Recursions. For now, you have the general URL so you can meet him there on the first day.

5] The fifth is Tiffany Chaney [She is a staff writer and columnist for Camel City Dispatch, art editor for Thrush Press and editor of Recto Verso Review.] who has the first five prompts listed, so you will have an idea of her style of prompts.

6] I love Adele Kenny‘s prompts and when I checked [because my brain told me to] I noticed she is participating so make note and be sure to visit, come Monday.

7] This last is where I am playing and have been playing for almost six weeks now. Your own play can only be in the form of cherished reader, but I hope you will visit throughout the month to see how we’re doing. The Found Poetry Review invited 85 of us to take part in the Pulitzer Remix Challenge, whereby we have each chosen a winner of the Fiction Prize as our source text. Each day in April all 85 of us will post a poem found in our texts. We each have a page over at the official Remix site — the organising of this boggles the mind — and once we go public I’ll post links. Other names you might recognise: Sharon Ingragam, Laurie Kolp, and S. Jane Sloat. My text? The Shipping News by Annie Proulx.

Enjoy your explorations which can start with several of the sites, now!

Happy writing, all.


Posted by on 28/03/2013 in exercises, poetry, writing


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