Monthly Archives: February 2013

Poetry Writing Exercises 039: Thursday 28th February

Here are your four poetry exercises for today. Time yourself for 15 minutes for each one, then either have a break or move on to the next one.

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  1. Keywords: below, why, rain, because, seventeen
  2. Random: a bird circles a chimney stack
  3. Picture: what does this inspire?
  4. Title Thursday: Going nowhere

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Poetry Writing Exercises 038: Wednesday 27th February

Here are your four poetry exercises for today. Time yourself for 15 minutes for each one, then either have a break or move on to the next one.

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  1. Keywords: days, gone, sung, feeling, belong
  2. Random: some lost money
  3. Picture: what does this inspire?
  4. Sentence start: Open the drawer…

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Poetry Writing Exercises 037: Tuesday 26th February

Here are your four poetry exercises for today. Time yourself for 15 minutes for each one, then either have a break or move on to the next one.

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  1. Keywords: everyone, alright, close, tunnel, lies
  2. Random: a crack in the pavement
  3. Picture: what does this inspire?
  4. Title Tuesday: A hero in disguise

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Poetry Writing Exercises 036: Monday 25th February

Here are your four poetry exercises for today. Time yourself for 15 minutes for each one, then either have a break or move on to the next one.

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  1. Keywords: Glasgow, traffic, twenty, steam, poppy
  2. Random: Betty stares through the shop window
  3. Picture: what does this inspire?
  4. Monologue Monday: first-person poem about someone waving

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Poetry Writing Exercises 035: Friday 22nd February

Here are your four poetry exercises for today. Time yourself for 15 minutes for each one, then either have a break or move on to the next one.

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  1. Keywords: Pick 5 (or more) words, at random, from any magazine and/or pictures and fit them into a poem
  2. Random: Devise an ‘ingredients’ table (i.e. a column of characters, traits, conflicts, locations and objects) then pick one (or more) from each column.
  3. Picture: what does this inspire?
  4. Sentence start / finish: having it easy

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Poetry Writing Exercises 034: Thursday 21st February

Here are your four poetry exercises for today. Time yourself for 15 minutes for each one, then either have a break or move on to the next one.

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  1. Keywords: top, mean, enjoy, conversation, fifty
  2. Random: 47-year old English photography professor
  3. Picture: what does this inspire?
  4. Title Thursday: Peace of mind

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Poetry Writing Exercises 033: Wednesday 20th February

Here are your four poetry exercises for today. Time yourself for 15 minutes for each one, then either have a break or move on to the next one.

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  1. Keywords: mix, fortune, white, bunch, smile
  2. Random: Someone wears a disguise
  3. Picture: what does this inspire?
  4. One-word prompt: sign

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Poetry Writing Exercises 032: Tuesday 19th February

Here are your four poetry exercises for today. Time yourself for 15 minutes for each one, then either have a break or move on to the next one.

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  1. Keywords: ball, breed, door, unloved, distinct
  2. Random: Lillian and a car
  3. Picture: what does this inspire?
  4. Title Tuesday: Never before

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Poetry Writing Exercises 031: Monday 18th February

Here are your four poetry exercises for today. Time yourself for 15 minutes for each one, then either have a break or move on to the next one.

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  1.  Keywords: thing, try, thank, treat, thick
  2.  Random: you’re going somewhere you’ve never been before
  3.  Picture: what does this inspire?
  4. Sentence start: Look through the…

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Poem for Critique 008: Sonnet Tribute: Philippine Dilg Undersecretary Jesse Robredo (May 27, 1958 – August 18, 2012) by Xavier Paolo Josh Ledesma Mandreza

Welcome to Morgen’s Online Poetry Writing Group and the eighth poem submitted to this blog for feedback. This piece is a sonnet by Josh Mandreza.

Please do comment in the section below telling us what you liked about this poem and, what if anything, the author could do to improve upon it. Thank you – it’s very much appreciated!

Sonnet Tribute: Philippine Dilg Undersecretary Jesse Robredo (May 27, 1958 – August 18, 2012)

Ironic it was for such Hero’s Song
To be played on a Mattress we call the Sea
Just when your Daughter cried for your Belong
We need to Sing again; Then Pray haply

For the many Noble Deeds you left behind
Despite this Age of the Pork Barrel’s Tune
Such Rumours unfound; And Profile a Lie
Which most in our Office hoarded our Boon

Live well Beyond, Great Sir! I take to Vow
Your Aubourn Treatment to our Country’s Hope
Guide your Duty’s Heirs; And Family enow
And bring this Rosary blessed by your Pope.

The Song is Sung, even on Deaf Concerns
I guess it’s quite Young for People to Learn.

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Thank you, Josh.

Xavier Paolo Josh Ledesma Mandreza is a thirty-five year old male from Makati City, Philippines who specialises in Sonnet-Writing when not working as a Customer Service Adviser in a contact centre.

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