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Poetics Serendipity

8:22 a.m. — Atlanta

listening to Improvisation On Dona Nobis Pacem (Give Us Peace) — Hah! Ironic given my unpeaceful feelings towards WP

Well, hello, all. How are you? Before we get to links, a brief discussion of a workaround for WordPress’ decision not to offer us the Classic mode anymore. For those who aren’t WordPressers, or who like the new mode, head for #2.

1] Those of you who visited my blog Tuesday, will have seen I got rather hot under the collar because I had to write the post in new mode, which I despise, loathe even. So much so, that I headed to Google to find a Forum and when I did, I spoke — I never speak. Apparently there are many of us who feel the same about the new mode. I had an immediate response from Galois, who solved all my problems, once I found Doug’s clarification.

I made the determination to share the workaround today. Meanwhile, Jules had headed to the Net, as well, and had a whole bunch of things to tell me. I am going to stick to the most immediate, the workaround, but visit Tuesday’s discussion for more. (You can write a poem to the prompt while you’re there. People’s words, so far: boondoggle, flounce, simpatico, aether, evanesce, finally, vulcanism (inspired by), amber, destiny, and diaphanous — quite a list, and I’m loving the poems)

Workaround: go to the Stats page of the blog you are in (some of us have a few). Look at left sidebar. Click on WP Admin. You will be taken to your old Dashboard. Again, the sidebar on the left (DO NOT be tempted to click ‘new post’ anywhere else). Find Posts and hover your cursor over it to bring up the Posts menu. Click on ‘Add New’. You should arrive at the Classic mode post page. You should have to do the previous only once, if you bookmark the sucker. I have it on my tool bar. When I want a new post, I click and it opens to the Classic mode.

Jules found a great place to go for elucidation of this and other WP problems, Freed From Time’s Help With WordPress Changes.

#2] This year is the 100th anniversary of the publication of T.S.Eliot’s ‘The Love Song of J.Alfred Prufrock’.  Alan C. Fox, the founder of the poetry magazine Rattle, posted a short, thoughtful piece in honour of the anniversary. His essay answers the question with which he titles it, Prufrock’s:

Do I dare
Disturb the universe?

3] Do not be confused by the shopping basket you might see. The part of Pond5’s Public Domain Project we want is free. As far as I can tell, you neither have to join or sign in. To get an idea of the extent of their collection, hover your cursor over the bar that reads: Footage  Audio  After Effects  Images  3D Models. Now, you can play.

Alright, time for me to go do some more prep for April. Next week I will devote PS to all things National Poetry Month, unless there isn’t much. If you know of anyone who will be giving prompts for the month, let me know. I have Robert Lee Brewer, so far.

I’ll see you tomorrow for this week’s roundup of prompts; Tuesday for my prompt; and next Thursday for more links.

Happy writing, everyone.


Posted by on 19/03/2015 in links, poetry, writing


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Poetics Serendipity

8:03 a.m. — Atlanta

listening to Tennessee Flat Top Box sung by Rosanne Cash

Hullo, all. Shall we? Where to start?

1] How about A Conversation With Li-Young Lee published in Rattle, earlier this year? The conversation is from ten years ago, but it’s Li-Young Lee, for Heaven’s sake. Caveat: It’s long and it rambles. After all, it’s a conversation. If you don’t like Lee, scroll to the bottom, where you will find links to other poets. If you don’t know Lee, check out ‘Early in the Morning‘. The site belongs to PoemHunter and if you like the Lee poem, the rest of his poems are right there.

The best way to approach this is with a cup of coffee and a bit of time; or, to skim through — totally doable.; or, to look at the questions and stop when you see one you are curious about.

FOX:  And what would you like your work to be remembered for?

LEE:  Oh, man, I don’t know, just, I don’t know. I just want to write a good poem.

2] One of the communities I follow is We Wanted to Be Writers, named for the book of the same name, which came out in 2011. The introductory paragraph for the page about the book can also be read for the community: ‘Iowa workshoppers discuss what we learned in the Workshop back in the mid-70s—and what we didn’t learn—and what we learned in the decades since about life, art, the creative process, teaching, the lit biz, and more. Our goal is to provide advice and counsel and analysis, how-to, maybe some inspiration, and a cautionary tale or two. Along the way, I hope we also entertain with some good yarns and a little gossip…’.

You do not have to buy the book to follow the site [the book is front and centre because that’s how they earn a bit]. I have received their newsletter a while, now, and find it full of useful and interesting tidbits. One of their missions is to help young students of writing. They say of their site: ‘Here we will continue conversations begun in the book with regular blog posts, a word from the eds, and more. We Wanted to be Writers is full of insights and inspiration for readers, teachers, and anyone who ever “wanted to be a writer.”’

Mosey over and see what they offer. You’ll recognise a few of the 70’s workshoppers’ names. The site is for all genres.

3] I’m working you hard today. My third offering is a read all at once and visit every single link until you are completely ensnared and can’t find your way out post; or, you can savour slowly and put the links in an order that pleases you, then read as you will. The post is from our [yes, I have gotten territorial, Dave] essayist David Marshall at his blog Signals to Attend. His year runs from September to June, as many of your years do. The post is his state of the blog and writer rumination. I enjoyed the post for itself without going to a single link… then I came back and went nuts. Enjoy.

I will stop there, as your brains can be exhausted by any one of these, never mind all three. I shall see you tomorrow for the roundup of this week’s prompts; next Tuesday for a prompt that uses a specific form of repetition as structural shifts; and Thursday for more links and stuff.

Happy writing, everyone.



Posted by on 05/09/2013 in poetry, writing


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