Friday, September 21, 2018

OctPoWriMo - Poetry Possibilities

Poetry comes to us bringing life, and focuses on giving us a better understanding of life. Between poetry and other genres of literature there is one sharp distinction. Poetry writing is a friend to all writers. Engrossing and honest, poetry extends universally to all members of society. Poetry exists to communicate significant experience imaginatively and creatively, deepening our knowledge of the senses more poignantly. ~Why Poetry is So Important
From September 22, 2013:

This morning I am struggling with how to explain why I believe poetry is so important. Once again Google shows itself to be helpful and I found the above article. It probably does a much better job than I ever could of explaining why poetry is so important to you as an individual and as a community. I hope you decide to check it out.

We have a little over a week until OctPoWriMo begins. I am getting so excited about all the poetry that will be written and shared (though you don't have to share) over the coming month. October has been one of my favorite months for many years. The weather is cooler, the fall colors are spreading across the country side, children are getting ready for Halloween, and the time of family gatherings are just around the corner. All of which are fodder for poetry.

Monday, September 10, 2018

Why Do You Write Poetry?

This year I've decided to share some of my favorite poetry tips from years past during the countdown.  Why do you write poetry?



For some people writing poetry is playful or about love and roses. For me it is about the shadows. It is about diving into what is painful, what is hard.

What is it about poetry, the freedom of writing words onto a page, arranging them, having them flow up

and down,

back and                                                 forth.

filling them with emotions

until they drip with the edges of our sanity. But in writing them down, in allowing them to be, you end up saving yourself. At least that is how I feel sometimes.

I write poetry to decipher my feelings, to understand why I feel the way I do. Why do you write poetry?

 OctPoWiMo Countdown: 21 Days


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Willow Althea a.k.a Morgan Dragonwillow, is a poet, survivor, rebel dancing with words, lover of all things magical, recovering perfectionist, and indie author that (mostly) doesn't let her fears get in the way of her passion for writing and creating. She is a word encourager at @StoryDam and creatrix of #OctPoWriMo and #PoetsonthePage. She lives in Acworth, Ga.



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Friday, September 7, 2018

OctPoWriMo 2018 Countdown!

It is that time of year again, for poets all over the world to write 31 poems in 31 days! OctPoWriMo begins in 24 days! We will be doing a countdown here on OctPoWriMo, sharing tips, books, and more.

Photo by MDragonwillow

If you are one of those brave souls who would like to volunteer to help write tips, prompts, read the participants poetry and leave encouraging words, message me on Facebook or Twitter.

You might notice I've recently changed my name from Morgan Dragonwillow to Willow Althea on Facebook and Twitter. The transition isn't complete but I am slowly changing things over. I will probably keep Morgan Dragonwillow for my poetry books, but everything else will be Willow Althea. Thanks for your patience and understanding. Someday I will post on my blog about the why of it.

Head on over and link up for OctPoWriMo now!

Dance.Write.Play.Repeat
Willow

*this post also on poetsonthepage.blogspot.com



Willow Althea, a.k.a. Morgan Dragonwillow, author of Wild Woman Waking & Dancing within Shadow, is a Bodywork transformer, dancing poet, motivator of words, magical instigator and creatrix of #OctPoWriMo & #PoetsonthePage. Collaborate with your soul and get your words on the page. 
Yes, she is on Google+ too!

Friday, November 3, 2017

Continuing the Poetry Journey

We have decided to continue the journey over at Poets on the Page. I have several volunteers lined up to help with weekly prompts on Mondays to stir your inspiration and imagination. That will begin on Monday, November 20th. Hashtag for this will be, #PoetsonthePage. We hope to see you there.

For those that would like more than a prompt once a week, I've decided to do a 365 photo prompt on my personal blog for a poem a day challenge beginning on Sunday, November 19th. I will be sharing thought provoking, odd, and inspiring photos either from PublicDomainPictures.net or of my own photography/art. The hashtag for this will be, #365Poems

Odd but it stirs the imagination!
Courtesy of PublicDomainPictures
by Dawn Hudson


I will also post this on Poets on the Page to make sure everyone sees the new updates. 

Play with your words until you breathe life into them!

Peace,

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Day 31 - OctPoWriMo Poetry Prompts

Well, you made it to the end of OctPoWriMo, did you write a poem every day? Did you have fun playing with your words? Whether you wrote to our prompts or not, I hope you were able to follow your words to places you've never been before, mysterious places, deep places.

If you feel like you survived OctPoWriMo 2017, grab the image and share on your page and across social media.



I found a new poetry toy today, a random word generator! What a nifty tool! Feeling stuck, need a few good words, click on the random word generator and poof, you have words to play with. I can see myself using this a lot for poetry.

Poetry Prompt Possibilities

  1. Head over to the random word generator, choose one to three words and follow where they lead you.
  2. Create an Acrostic poem from the word, Mysterious.
  3. Create a mysterious poem from the photo prompt.
  4. Or choose from our word prompts and your favorite poetry type from Shadowpoetry.com 

Word Pompts

mysteriously random
foggy night
crimson 
midnight
shadow 
smoke
raven
scarlet
umber
rust

Photo Prompt

OctPoWriMo Poetry Prompts
Photo Courtesy of PublicDomainPictures
by George Hodan


Thanks so much for joining us on this poetry journey! From all of us here at OctPoWriMo, we have truly enjoyed inspiring you to follow your words wherever they may go and reading your poetry! We have watched so many of you push yourselves deeper and deeper, uncovering and discovering, and being bold and courageous in your poems. It's been an honor.


Much Love From,
Morgan Dragonwillow at Wild Woman Mysteries
Amy Phelps McGrath at The Rabid Artist
Beverly Tan at @BeverlyTanFilm
Tamara Woods at Pen Paper Pad
Annis Cassells at Poems by Annis

May your muse always stir your imagination and help you play with your words until you breathe life into them!

See you October 2018!


Morgan Dragonwillow, author of Wild Woman Waking & Dancing within Shadow, is a Bodywork transformer, dancing poet, motivator of words, magical instigator and creatrix of #OctPoWriMo & #PoetsonthePage. Collaborate with your soul and get your words on the page. Wild Woman Writing Retreat.
Yes, she is on Google+ too!

Monday, October 30, 2017

Day 30: Forbidden

My husband had to stay outside.
Image by Amy McGrath

Forbidden:  adjective   not allowed; banned

I've always been that person who, once told I was not allowed to do something, would do it anyway. Tell me I can't. I'll show you. Just watch me. 

What about you?  What are the "forbidden" things or actions in your world? Is it chocolate or sweets, gluten or meat? Perhaps a relationship or certain behaviors within a relationship?  How do you respond to the "forbidden"?

As this is my final post for this OctPoWriMo and I'll be turning my attention to NaNoWriMo (If you participate and want to find me there, I am The Rabid Artist), it has been a real joy and honor to share the page with you this month! As always...

I wish you words,
Amy McGrath

Remember, our prompts are only suggestions, you can find your inspiration wherever your muse leads you. Please visit the other participants, share the hashtag, #OctPoWriMo on social media, and share your link in the comments below. Let us know how this journey into poetry is going for you.

Word Prompts:

forbidden
denied
banned
rebel
conform

Quotes to inspire your writing:













Suggested forms: Kyrielle or Villanelle


Sunday, October 29, 2017

Day 29: Breathtaking

Winding down from this wild month of word adventures, we can finally take a breath! Well, almost, first you need to write more. 
Coming a little late to you, I bring you one more form out of my anarchy. Today I'm playing the villain and giving you a jump scare with the Villanelle. The villanelle is French. You have five three-line stanzas and a final quatrain, with the first and third lines of the first stanza repeating alternately in the following stanzas. At the end you have a two line refrain. This totals to 19 lines. 
Your most important line is the 1st line. The first linen of the first stanza is the last line of the second and forth stanzas and the second to last line in the last stanza. The third line of the first stanza is the last line of the third and fifth stanzas and the last line of the last stanza. 
Oh and one more thing, the rhyme scheme is aba. 
Yeah, that made my head hurt too. Here's a chart via Baymoon.com 
A1 b  A2          - Lines in first tercet.
  a  b  A1          - Lines in second tercet.
  a  b  A2          - Lines in third tercet.
  a  b  A1          - Lines in fourth tercet.
  a  b  A2          - Lines in fifth tercet.
  a  b  A1 A2       - Lines in final quatrain. 

Anyways for those of you that aren't chasing form challenges, there are many other stories to tell. 
When was the last time something took your breath away? When was the last time something took your breath away so purely or suddenly that you dramatically reacted? For me, that's when I go to my happy place. While being based in North Carolina, I travel all around the world for writing work. My latest favorite has been Colorado. What never ceases to amaze me are the views. 
I think my favorite moments in life are when I'm up in the air and looking at a sunset from my airplane window. What's a story about an amazing sunset you've seen lately? One so beautiful it took your breath away? 

For your picture prompt, I saw a sunrise on my way to the airport in all its golden glory. It took my breath away, and then I went and poured some liquor into my coffee because I had to be at the airport for the next 4 hours. 


Cheers & Sunshine! 
-Beverly 

When Asian-American poet Beverly Tan was 7 years old she decided she wanted to be a filmmaker. In 2015 she became an internationally award-winning screenwriter, producer, and director. Along with her films, Beverly was fueled by a passion for writing and proving that her childhood dreams really can come true.
She currently splits time between Raleigh, NC and Denver, CO, though her cat lives in Raleigh full time.
Follower on IG/Twitter @BeverlyTanFilm 

You can buy her book Water in a Wineglass on Amazon

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Day 28 – Belonging

Long, long ago, people found out when they joined forces, belonged to a tribe or group, life became easier and more satisfying. It was also safer, thereby providing a better chance of survival.

When we band together, we are cared for, feel comfortable and needed, and contribute to the good of all. We satisfy the basic human need for love and belonging by cooperating with others.

Spouses, partners, family, and friends satisfy  our need for love and belonging. So do groups, clubs, organizations, sports teams, and workplaces.

Alaska Drummers. Annis Cassells (c) 2010
Free write for ten minutes about belonging and see where it leads you. Where do you belong? What tribe, group or club? With whom? How did you know it was your place of belonging? What is it that makes you feel like you belong? How do you help others feel they belong?

For further inspiration, check your local newspaper for articles that portray or suggest belonging. Look for events that one might join and find their place of belonging.

Suggested form: Clarity Pyramid  -- a 7-line poem consisting of two triplets and a single line. Usually displayed  center aligned. Click the Shadow Poetry link for detailed explanation and examples.

Word Bank Prompt
Affirmation
Clash
Community
Country
Estranged
Family
Flag
Home
Team

Visual Prompts

Coos Bay 2016. Photo by Marilyn Wilson (c) Used with permission.

Africa, 2005. Photo by Judy McDole (c) Used with permission.

Remember, our prompts are only suggestions, you can find your inspiration wherever your muse leads you. Please visit the other participants, share the hashtag, #OctPoWriMo on social media, and share your link in the comments below. Let us know how this journey into poetry is going for you.

Friday, October 27, 2017

The scent of a flower

When I moved to Hawaii six years ago, I remember the first time the air touched my skin. After being in a tin can floating over the ocean for what felt like days, the air felt like a warm blanket. It was so heavy and damp in a way that was totally different from the mountains of West Virginia where I'm originally from. And the smell. It was a confusing mixture of flowers that I couldn't pick out. I had no idea what they were or even where the smells came from. I couldn't see any flowers, but there they were. It was a disorienting experience that I hadn't had when I'd traveled to other places on the mainland.

It's amazing how flowers can impact a moment. Do you have a memory attached to a flower? Maybe a little daisy crushed in your toddler's sweaty hand? Did your grandmother's house always smell like roses? Give yourself a few minutes and let your memory find that flower memory. And let's write about it.

A neighborhood flower. Photo by: Tamara Woods
Word Prompts:
Memories
Petals
Sweet
Springtime
Yesterday
Scents
Nature
Love


Possible poetry form: The Haiku:
The haiku is one that is generally about nature.
It's a three lined poem that has a  5-7-5 form (five syllables, seven syllables, five syllables)
A classic haiku also has a seasonal reference and has focuses on two different, but related image or ideas.

From my story above:

Heavy air weighs down
Sweet flowers confuse senses
A long way from home

Have fun with this and share your memories with us. Happy writing!

Remember, our prompts are only suggestions, you can find your inspiration wherever your muse leads you. Please visit the other participants, share the hashtag, #OctPoWriMo, on social media, and share your link in the comments below. Let us know how this journey into poetry is going for you.  



Tamara Woods was raised (fairly happily) in West Virginia, where she began writing poetry at the age of 12. She published her first poetry collection, The Shaping of an “Angry” Black Woman in 2014 and is working on her first fiction novel due out in winter 2016. She is the Editor of The Reverie Journal, a poetry publication. She also moderates #writestuff a weekly writing Twitter chat. You can find her on Twitter here. She works as a full-time freelance writer and doesn’t post nearly enough her blog PenPaperPad. She creates videos about books and writing on her YouTube channel. She is a hillbilly hermit in Honolulu living with her Mathemagician.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Day 26 - Poetry Prompts in Pictures


A once and unruly mind is the prompt today and I've decided to show it through pictures.

Poetry prompt - Monkey mind (or Scary mind)
Photo courtesy of PublicDomainPictures
By George Hodan
Poetry Prompts - Chaotic Mind
Photo courtesy of PublicDomainPictures
by Piotr Siedlecki

Poetry Prompts - Magical Linear Mind
Photo courtesy of PublicDomainPictures
by Piotr Siedlecki
Poetry Prompts - Finding Connections Mind
Photo courtesy of PublicDomainPictures
by Piotr Siedlecki


Poetry Prompts - Space Cadet Mind
Photo courtesy of PublicDomainPictures
By Dawn Hudson

Poetry Prompts - Zen Mind
Photo courtesy of PublicDomainPictures
by Okan Caliskan
Which one sounds, looks, feels like your mind at least some of the time? My mind has been all of these. Not at the same time, thankfully. Pick one and follow your words.

Possible poetry type: Shadow poetry invented type, Cascade.

Remember, our prompts are only suggestions, you can find your inspiration wherever your muse leads you. Please visit the other participants, share the hashtag, #OctPoWriMo on social media, and share your link in the comments below. Let us know how this journey into poetry is going for you. 



Morgan Dragonwillow, author of Wild Woman Waking & Dancing within Shadow, is a Bodywork transformer, dancing poet, motivator of words, magical instigator and creatrix of #OctPoWriMo & #PoetsonthePage. Collaborate with your soul and get your words on the page. Wild Woman Writing Retreat.
Yes, she is on Google+ too!

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Day 25: Taste of Satisfaction

Image by Amy McGrath

As I'm writing this, my husband and I have just returned home from dinner at our favorite locally-owned retaurant. (If you're ever in Norfolk, Virginia, you have to check out FMC Garden Cafe. Order the Risotto Croquettes. You're welcome!)  Anyone who knows anything about me knows that I'm a foodie. I  enjoy food in its endless varieties from the simplest "down home" cooking to high-end gourmet restaurants and everything in between. This, however, is somewhat of a problem.

You see, all my years of eating just for the sheer pleasure of it with little (no?) regard for the long-term effects of the choices have caught up with me. I'm now 50 years old and have a serious weight problem. Food has always been a source of comfort to me, a trusted friend. But I've come to understand that this "relationship" has come at a price and it's time I made some changes.

A few months ago, I heard an author speaking on NPR about his new book. The book was "Always Hungry", the author is Dr. David Ludwig. The science behind his book captured my attention. I bought a copy and read it. I then began implementing some of the changes he recommends and have learned, probably for the first time in my life, to really LISTEN to my body and to feed it in a mindful way. I'm also finding better, healthier ways to comfort myself - drawing, painting, writing are so much better for me than stuffed crust pizza or a pint of ice cream. 

The best part of making these changes is just how satisfying it is to have something tangible to show after processing some difficult emotions rather than the extra weight and chronic health issues that my old habits were causing. 
"Andy" - pastel drawing series by Amy McGrath

The Prompt 

What does satisfaction taste like? 
What's your favorite food and why do you find it so satisfying?
In what ways to you taste satisfaction?

Allow answers to one or more of these questions to flow onto the page for you as you free write for a few minutes. 

Word Prompts

taste
satisfaction
food
sample
accomplishment

Suggested form: Perhaps an Ode would be appropriate.

Remember, our prompts are only suggestions, you can find your inspiration wherever your muse leads you. Please visit the other participants, share the hashtag, #OctPoWriMo on social media, and share your link in the comments below. Let us know how this journey into poetry is going for you. 

I look forward to a satisfying taste of your poetry!

I wish you words,
Amy McGrath

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Day 24: When Lovers Meet

Image by George Hodan on PublicDomainPictures

If you're not familiar with the context of the above photo, here's an article about Love Locks.

When I first saw this prompt, I remembered my first lover. I recalled how we met and how things developed to the point when we crossed over from a dating couple to lovers. The sweet innocence of a first lover is certainly something that poets have written about throughout the ages. However, there are other less obvious ways we can view today's prompt. 

What happens when book lovers meet? Or perhaps music lovers? Nature lovers? Or even poetry lovers? It seems these days in the United States, there's a convention for a seemingly endless variety of lovers to gather - Comicon, Animazement, NekoCon, etc.

The Prompt

What sort of lover are you? Select a type of lover and free write about what happens when you encounter another lover like yourself. See where it takes you and what sort of poetic inspiration arises from it. Perhaps consider writing a Blitz Poem and see where the connections lead. This could turn into your poem for the day or maybe be a warmup to help you find some unexpected inspiration.

Word Prompts (types of lovers)

sexuality
books
music
nature
poetry

Remember, our prompts are only suggestions, you can find your inspiration wherever your muse leads you. Please visit the other participants, share the hashtag, #OctPoWriMo on social media, and share your link in the comments below. Let us know how this journey into poetry is going for you. 

I wish you words,
Amy McGrath

Monday, October 23, 2017

Day 23: What is the Message?

Today I'm feeling fantastical! It's no secret that my favorite genre in prose is fantasy, and it bleeds into my poetry often. Mythology is a huge influence in my writing as I've spent a lot of time studying retellings of stories. 
Hermes was the great messenger of the Greek gods, but the lesser known golden-winged messenger god was a goddess. Her name was Iris and she was the goddess of rainbows. She had a twin sister named Arke, but Arke didn't have her golden wings and is only the second lighter rainbow that you sometimes see. Arke in her jealousy betrayed Olympus and became a messenger for the gods. Now there's a good story right? 
For your subject prompt today, think about messengers, and even use the story of Iris and Arke if you want. How do you think those sisters were feeling? What really made Arke leave? What was the message? 

Now for the fellow form challenge lovers. 
Today isn't as hard either. I bring you, the nonet! The nonet is a form as old as time, though some people think it originated in France. 
The form is super easy! Your first line has 9 syllables. Your second line has 8 syllables. You keep going like that until you reach your last line with 1 syllable. It's like a Haiku on steroids.  

Picture Prompt: 

Cheers & Sunshine! 
-Beverly 

When Asian-American poet Beverly Tan was 7 years old she decided she wanted to be a filmmaker. In 2015 she became an internationally award-winning screenwriter, producer, and director. Along with her films, Beverly was fueled by a passion for writing and proving that her childhood dreams really can come true.
She currently splits time between Raleigh, NC and Denver, CO, though her cat lives in Raleigh full time.
Follower on IG/Twitter @BeverlyTanFilm 
You can buy her book Water in a Wineglass on Amazon
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