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Poetry Freeforall: Write! April is Around the Corner

first photo 309:53 a.m. — Atlanta

listening to Vivaldi

Hello, all. We have blue sky and sunshine. My cacti are very happy. I’m a little late, so let’s get to it.

First, a reminder to submit to Gnarled Oak. They are reading for Issue 3, due out 15 April. To get an idea of what they are looking for, visit.

Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie  The prompt that caught my eye this week is a list of quotes from Pema Chodron. Check out their other prompts for the week.sunday whirl

At The Sunday Whirl,  Brenda gives our set of words to Wordle. I am tempted… If you join The Sunday Whirl‘s Facebook page, you can get the week’s list a couple of days early.

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Pink.Girl.Ink. Stacy talks a bit about poem sketching and has given us a bunch of mini-wordles with which to practice; she suggests we use them in any combination we wish. To see the lists and read what she says, go on over.

The Music In It: Adele Kenny’s Poetry Blog, has this warning from Adele: Whatever you do, don’t read the articles, only the headlines. She has a new take on using headlines as inspiration and a list of tips. Head over.

Make tracks to Mad Kane’s Humor Blog. I defy you to not enjoy writing a good limerick. One advantage to writing a limerick, or two, is they are short. You can post them in comments on the blog, or on Mad Kane’s Facebook page. Go over and check it out, to read and laugh, and maybe write.magpie

Magpie Tales has a photograph by Elene Usdin. The photo looks a trifle bizarre until you figure out the photographer’s purpose. Remember that you do not have to write about the whole, or write about the image directly. Head over.Poetry Jam

At Poetry Jam, Mary says: shoes or feet. Visit to see what about them and to read a fabulous Bukowski poem.FPR-200

Oh, what fun. At the Found Poetry Review: “What does it mean when you dream you’re being chased by an elephant?” Or: “Can I get a book telling me how to be mistress of ceremonies at a musical orgy?” Go on over to find out what that’s about. I promise fun, even hilarity, even if you don’t end up with a poem.

Poets & Writers gives us three prompts every week. One for non-fiction, one for fiction, and one for poetry. My contention is that all the prompts work for poetry. They also all work for prose. This week’s topics are stability, awkward mistake, and kindling. Visit to find out what the prompts are about.IGWRTButtonrsz

Fireblossom, at imaginary garden with real toads, gives us a lovely wintry photograph and Vivaldi’s Winter, as inspiration. Go play with the toads.

Poets United Midweek Motif gives us birthdays. Head on over to see what Susan has to say on the topic and the different bits of inspiration she has for us.dverse

Over at dVerse Victoria revisits a new form developed by Brian, the ten-word. Head to the bar. They love visitors and rumour has it they are offering hot buttered rum.

I shall see you Tuesday for my prompt; Thursday for links and such; and Friday for more prompt site roundups.

Happy writing, everyone.

 

 
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Posted by on 16/01/2015 in exercises, links, poetry

 

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Poetry Freeforall: Keep Going

first photo 308:17 a.m. — Atlanta

listening to Jackson Browne singing Love Needs a Heart

Hello everyone. If you didn’t quite get back into your poetry routine, after the holidays, here we are again with another weekful of prompts. Let’s see if everyone is back and cooking.

Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie  The prompt that caught my eye this week is one that starts, Mångata is a Swedish word for the glimmering, road-like reflection that the moon creates on water. To find what you are supposed to do with that knowledge, head over. Check out their other prompts for the week.sunday whirl

At The Sunday Whirl,  Brenda gives our set of words to Wordle. If you join The Sunday Whirl‘s Facebook page, you can get the week’s list a couple of days early.

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Pink.Girl.Ink. Stacy is back, talking about what home means to her. She has given us a song and a poem to show other ideas of what home might mean. Visit to find out what she wants us to do.

The Music In It: Adele Kenny’s Poetry Blog, is back with a Dali painting and you know how you love an image prompt. Adele gives guidelines and tips for writing an ekphrastic poem and includes a few poems on the same painting, by a workshop group of hers. Great fun to read them and see how different each is. Head over.

Head to Mad Kane’s Humor Blog. I defy you to not enjoy writing a good limerick. One advantage to writing a limerick, or two, is they are short. You can post them in comments on the blog, or on Mad Kane’s Facebook page. Go over and check it out, to read and laugh, and maybe write.magpie

Magpie Tales has a photograph of clothes on a line. The fading of the background is interesting. Remember that you do not have to write about the whole, or write about the image directly. Head over.Poetry Jam

At Poetry Jam, Alan1704 wants us to choose one word. It can be his word listen, or your own word. For what, you ask? Go find out.FPR-200

We don’t have a new prompt, so if you haven’t done last week’s, here’s your chance. At the Found Poetry Review we have an echo of last year’s April Oulipost challenge. If you didn’t participate and have wondered about it, here’s your chance: As you head into 2015, take a look back at the year’s big news and write a found poem… Go on over for more of the prompt.

Poets & Writers gives us three prompts every week. One for non-fiction, one for fiction, and one for poetry. My contention is that all the prompts work for poetry. They also all work for prose. This week’s topics are mastery, time switch, and I have (a fun suggestion for a list poem). Visit to find out what the prompts are about.IGWRTButtonrsz

Herotomost, at imaginary garden with real toads, asks us to think about our very first mode of transport. Go play with the toads.

Poets United Midweek Motif returns with a fun motif: seventh. Head on over to see what Susan has to say on the topic and the different bits of inspiration she has for us.

dverse-nightime-finalOver at dVerse Bjorn lets us into the new year with play. He asks for a blackout poem. If you have never done one, give it a try. Head to the bar. They love visitors and rumour has it they are offering hot buttered rum.

I shall see you Tuesday for my prompt; Thursday for links and such; and Friday for more prompt site roundups.

Happy writing, everyone.

 

 
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Posted by on 09/01/2015 in exercises, links, poetry

 

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Poetry Freeforall: A New Year, A New Start

10:00 a.m. — Atlanta

listening to traffic shushing on wet roads

Well, hello everyone. I know I am back earlier than I said I would be but I thought it would be nice to start the new year with the first prompts of the year. Some places won’t be back yet, but I’ll leave a note to indicate such. I hope you all had a good sign-off to 2014 and are looking forward to 2015, as I am. Let’s see who’s home.

Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie  The prompt that caught my eye this week is one about summer camp. One way or another most of us have participated in some form of organised summer activity. I was also drawn to the two image prompts. To find out what the prompts are about visit them.

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At The Sunday Whirl,  Brenda gives us a final set of words for the past year. They are interesting. Go Wordle. If you join The Sunday Whirl‘s Facebook page, you can get the week’s list a couple of days early.

pink girl ink Pink.Girl.Ink. Returning tomorrow. Check them out then.

 

The Music In It: Adele Kenny’s Poetry Blog, also returns tomorrow. Check for Adele’s first post of the year.

Feeling a little -ish still? Then head to Mad Kane’s Humor Blog. I defy you to not enjoy writing a good limerick. One advantage to writing a limerick, or two, is they are short. You can post them in comments on the blog, or on Mad Kane’s Facebook page. Go over and check it out, to read and laugh, and maybe write.magpie

Magpie Tales has a photograph of a storefront. If you aren’t feeling the pink, remember that you do not have to write about the whole, or write about the image directly. Head over.Poetry Jam

At Poetry Jam, Returning January 6.FPR-200

At the Found Poetry Review we have an echo of last year’s April Oulipost challenge. If you didn’t participate and have wondered about it, here’s your chance: As you head into 2015, take a look back at the year’s big news and write a found poem… Go on over for more of the prompt.

Poets & Writers gives us three prompts every week. One for non-fiction, one for fiction, and one for poetry. My contention is that all the prompts work for poetry. They also all work for prose. This week’s topics are lighten up, digging deep, and looking ahead. Visit to find out what the prompts are about.IGWRTButtonrsz

Susie, at imaginary garden with real toads, has given us five quotes to do with a new year. Go play with the toads.wewritepoems

Sad news at Red Wolf Poems where they are closing the doors on the prompt site. For all of us who have followed them since the days of We Write Poems, they will be missed as much for the friendships within the group as for their prompts. Barbara has given us one final prompt. As always with her prompts for Red Wolf, the prompt is twisty and fun to play with. Go on over to read, to write a farewell poem, to say goodbye.

Poets United Midweek Motif returns in the new year.

dverse-nightime-finalOver at dVerse they’re out ’til early in the new year.

 

I shall see you Tuesday for a prompt; Thursday for links and some words to the new followers I haven’t spoken to yet; and Friday for more prompt site roundups.

Happy writing, everyone. It always feels good to come back.

 

 
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Posted by on 02/01/2015 in exercises, links, poetry

 

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Poetry Freeforall

9:44 a.m. — Atlanta

watching and listening to something my uncle sent round and decided you needed to see it too. I wonder how long it took them to rehearse.

Hello, everyone. Ready for some linking and prompting and writing? Let’s go.

Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie  The prompt that caught my eye this week is Tale Weaver’s Prompt: The Funeral of Al Na’ash. I love the title. To find out what the prompt is about visit them.

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At The Sunday Whirl,  Brenda gives us a set of words that all have the same vowel sound. Go Wordle. If you join The Sunday Whirl‘s Facebook page, you can get the week’s list a couple of days early.

pink girl ink  Pink. Girl. Ink. gives us an image. It is a lovely photograph of snowfall, so head over to see it and to see if it inspires.

At The Music In It: Adele Kenny’s Poetry Blog, Adele announces her winter hiatus, but she gives us presents, too. To see and enjoy all the things she has under the tree for us, visit.

I am struck anew at how clever some of the limericks are at Mad Kane’s Humor Blog. I defy you to not enjoy writing a good limerick. One advantage to writing a limerick, or two, is they are short. You can post them in comments on the blog, or on Mad Kane’s Facebook page. Go over and check it out, to read and laugh, and maybe write.magpie

Magpie Tales has a photograph by Elene Usdin. I laughed as soon as it flashed on my screen and laughed again. I find it enchanting. Some might find it alarming. I notice that the number of entrants is small which usually means people aren’t sure quite what to do. Remember that you do not have to write about the whole, or write about the image directly. Head over.Poetry Jam

At Poetry Jam, Peggy gives us quiet. Visit.FPR-200

At the Found Poetry Review Beth has a cool prompt for us to try that involves a mirror universe. Go read what she has to say. Very cool.

Poets & Writers gives us three prompts every week. One for non-fiction, one for fiction, and one for poetry. My contention is that all the prompts work for poetry. They also, all work for prose. This week’s topics are a day in the life, learning to cook, and whimsical creature.IGWRTButtonrsz

Hannah, at imaginary garden with real toads asks us to transform with Lake Hillier. Wait ’til you see the photographs. Can anyone say Pepto Bismol? Go play with the toads.wewritepoems

At Red Wolf Poems Barbara has a fun exercise for us to try. It’s one of my favourite prompts (ones similar). To remember your past, head on over to read the whole prompt.

Poets United Midweek Motif asks us to focus on human rights. Susan has chosen some intriguing quotes, gives us a couple of ideas (one of which I find fascinating), and has a video. Head over to see what it’s all about.

dverse-nightime-finalOver at dVerse we’re in Poetics with Gabriella who wants us to think about city songs. Visit to read what she says and to read the poems she includes as examples. They’re friendly folks at the Bar, so stick around for some conversation.

I shall see you Tuesday for a prompt; and then, not again until January 6. Originally I had said the 30th of December, but apparently, I will be in the car that day.

Happy writing, everyone.

 

 
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Posted by on 12/12/2014 in links, poetry

 

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Poetry Freeforall: Pick One or Two

7:44 a.m. — Atlanta

listening to the throaty roar of a successful liftoff

Hello, everyone. Orion has left the ground and is getting ready to run through a couple of exercises, before taking off on its own to make a different kind of poetry. I can tell you that having the pre-launch chatter and the live video is quite addicting. Shall we investigate one of our addictions?

Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie  The prompt that caught my eye this week is the one asking us to embody the meaning of the Korean word ‘won’. Also, if you have ever had a desire to try your hand at a prompt or two [or have and want to help], they are looking for people to write prompts during the holidays. The information is within this particular prompt.

sunday whirl

At The Sunday Whirl,  Brenda gives us a challenging set of words to play with. Go Wordle. If you join The Sunday Whirl‘s Facebook page, you can get the week’s list a couple of days early.

pink girl ink  Pink. Girl. Ink. gives a straightforward prompt about thankfulness. To read the rest of the prompt, visit.

At The Music In It: Adele Kenny’s Poetry Blog, Adele has Diane Lockward as a guest prompter. Diane’s focus is language, our choice of words when writing, and she has a gorgeous poem to use as an example. The prompt looks like fun, a bit of work, but fun. Go on over.

I am struck anew at how clever some of the limericks are at Mad Kane’s Humor Blog. I defy you to not enjoy writing a good limerick. One advantage to writing a limerick, or two, is they are short. You can post them in comments on the blog, or on Mad Kane’s Facebook page. Go over and check it out, to read and laugh, and maybe write.magpie

Magpie Tales has Bond of Union, by Escher. I adore anything Escher and this one is open to several possibilities. Head over.Poetry Jam

At Poetry Jam, Laurie Kolp talks to us about hands. Visit.FPR-200

At the Found Poetry Review Beth starts with, Select three or more titles and write a poem using only the text in the Book Concierge blurb. Titles of what, you ask. Go find out.

Poets & Writers gives us three prompts every week. One for non-fiction, one for fiction, and one for poetry. My contention is that all the prompts work for poetry. They also, all work for prose. This week’s topics are feasting, World of Toys, and secret keeper.IGWRTButtonrsz

 Fireblossom, at imaginary garden with real toads wants us to really play. She wants us to try a mashup of a different sort. Can you say, Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter? Go play with the toads.wewritepoems

At Red Wolf Poems Misky creates this week’s wordle twist with a simple addition to the word list. Head on over to read the whole prompt.

Poets United Midweek Motif has a very interesting focus to do with a date. Intriguing. Susan has some quotes and a couple of poems to give us a start. Go over.

dverse-nightime-finalWe’re meeting the bar over at dVerse with Tony Maude who wants us to look at buzzwords and jargon. Go on over to read what he says. They’re friendly folks at the Bar, so stick around for some conversation.

I shall see you Tuesday for a flower prompt; Thursday for links and such; and Friday for the next roundup.

Happy writing, everyone.

 

 
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Posted by on 05/12/2014 in links, poetry

 

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Poetry Freeforall: Take Your Time

10:35 a.m. — Atlanta

listening to Walter Martin singing You Sing to Me — my new favourite singer. My son’s blog came out a little earlier this morning and he has two songs by Martin. I fell in love with his voice.

Hello, everyone. Yes, yes, I did sleep in. Yes, this is last week’s opening, but … I slept in. So, let’s go. NaNoWriMo-ers, come on. You are so close. Dig deeper.

Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie presents its usual bounty of poetry and prose prompts: fairytales, haiku, shadormas, and more. The prompt that caught my eye this week is the counterpoint to last week’s instruction manual for the dead (how much fun is that!). Head on over.

sunday whirl

At The Sunday Whirl,  Brenda gives us a fun set of words to play with. Go Wordle. If you join The Sunday Whirl‘s Facebook page, you can get the week’s list a couple of days early.

pink girl ink  Pink. Girl. Ink. asks us to look back at our childhood, for those moments of childhood magic. To read the rest of the prompt, visit.

At The Music In It: Adele Kenny’s Poetry Blog, Adele says, let’s just write a tribute about, or to, a personal hero or heroine (past or present). She has a list of suggestions, guidelines, and tips, all of which allow for many possibilities. Go on over.

Feeling a little grey? Your poetry not arriving? Then, you should be at Mad Kane’s Humor Blog. I defy you to not enjoy writing a good limerick. One advantage to writing a limerick, or two, is they are short. You can post them in comments on the blog, or on Mad Kane’s Facebook page. Go over and check it out, to read and laugh, and maybe write.magpie

Magpie Tales has a photograph that is open to literal and symbolic interpretations. Head over.Poetry Jam

At Poetry Jam, Brian(!) talks to us about identity. Visit.FPR-200

The Found Poetry Review asks us to write a poem with Oxford Dictionary’s words of the year. Find out what it’s about.

Poets & Writers gives us three prompts every week. One for non-fiction, one for fiction, and one for poetry. My contention is that all the prompts work for poetry. They also, all work for prose. This week’s topics are Simple Twist of Fate, Surrealism, and Word on the Street.IGWRTButtonrsz

 I love what Margaret gives us at imaginary garden with real toads where she has taken a painting of a still life and broken the images down to details. It’s cool, so go look and find out what she wants us to do. Go play with the toads.wewritepoems

At Red Wolf Poems Nic creates this week’s wordle twist and what a twist! It should be great fun. Head on over to read the whole prompt.

Poets United Midweek Motif gives us health. Susan has some quotes and a couple of ideas to give us a start. Go over.

dverse-nightime-finalWe’re meeting the bar over at dVerse with Bjorn who wants us to look at defamiliarisation in our poetry. Go on over to read what he says. They’re friendly folks at the Bar, so stick around for some conversation.

I shall see you Tuesday for an image prompt; Thursday and Friday are dark; and the following Tuesday for a poetry prompt.

Happy writing, everyone.

 

 
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Posted by on 21/11/2014 in links, poetry

 

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Poetry Freeforall

10:18 a.m. — Atlanta

listening to Harry Belafonte singing Crawdad Song

Hello, everyone. Yes, yes, I did sleep in. It happens [not often, mind you]. I’ll spend the day recovering from actual sleep, but listening to Belafonte helps a whole lot. Meanwhile, NaNoWriMo-ers, you are at the halfway point. Dig in.

Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie presents its usual bounty of poetry and prose prompts: fairytales, haiku, shadormas, and more. The prompt that caught my eye this week is, well, all of them. I love the idea of leaving haiku around the neighbourhood; I love writing poetry inspired by Metallica‘s work; the photo looks nifty… Head on over.

sunday whirl

At The Sunday Whirl,  Brenda gives us an intriguing set of words to play with. Go Wordle. If you join The Sunday Whirl‘s Facebook page, you can get the week’s list a couple of days early.

pink girl ink  Pink. Girl. Ink. has a fun image, created by Stacy, who gives us a choice of first lines to use with the image [she is open to modification of the lines] and reminds us that we can write poems or flash fiction. I am loving the creativity of her prompts. Visit.

At The Music In It: Adele Kenny’s Poetry Blog, we have a hefty post, well worth reading. Adele presents a ‘discussion’ of spiritual poetry, with thoughts from several writers. She quotes Jane Hirschfield, “The root of ‘spirit’ is the Latin spirare, to breathe. Whatever lives on the breath, then, must have its spiritual dimension—including all poems, even the most unlikely.” I thought that was cool. If you aren’t sure it’s going to be your thing, scroll down to her guidelines and tips and read them. Go on over.

Feeling a little grey? Your poetry not arriving? Then, you should be at Mad Kane’s Humor Blog. I defy you to not enjoy writing a good limerick. One advantage to writing a limerick, or two, is they are short. You can post them in comments on the blog, or on Mad Kane’s Facebook page. Go over and check it out, to read and laugh, and maybe write.magpie

Magpie Tales has a photograph aimed at this week’s celebrations of veterans and their contributions. Head over.Poetry Jam

At Poetry Jam, Sumana has some fabulous images and a couple of thoughtful comments on dreams. Visit.FPR-200

The Found Poetry Review has found a beauty for us to Apply any constraint or found poetry technique in a way that will make you important to your friends and gaily, poisonously attractive to your enemies! Yep, you will not be able to resist seeing what that’s about will you? The source material is good for at least a laugh, but I think it will be a fun piece to work with. Find out what it’s about.

Poets & Writers gives us three prompts every week. One for non-fiction, one for fiction, and one for poetry. My contention is that all the prompts work for poetry. They also, all work for prose. This week’s topics are Helping Hand, The Berlin Wall, and Your Shadow.IGWRTButtonrsz

 I have given you the general address for Imaginary garden with real toads where we are offered prompts created around Freddie Mercury’s Love of My Life and Don McLean’s American Pie. Well, of course I stopped for a moment to listen. I fell in love with Freddie Mercury all over again. Go play with the toads.wewritepoems

At Red Wolf Poems Irene‘s title for the post is Still life with oysters (part one) and abalones (part two). Head on over to read the whole prompt.

Poets United Midweek Motif gives us swimming. Susan has some wonderful images to spark poems.  Visit to read what Susan says.

dverse-nightime-finalWe’re meeting the bar over at dVerse with Victoria who wants us to play with art techniques in our poetry. Go on over to read what she says. They’re friendly folks at the Bar, so stick around for some conversation. I smell cinnamon. Is it hot apple cider time?

I shall see you Tuesday for my next narrative prompt; Thursday for more things narrative; and Friday for the next roundup of prompt sites.

Happy writing, everyone.

 

 
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Posted by on 14/11/2014 in links, poetry

 

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