Monthly Archives: November 2013

Poetry Writing Exercises 235: Friday 29th November

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.

235 girls on railway 841117You can do them in any order.

  1. Keywords: doing, wrangle, rotten, view, wanting
  2. Random: new neighbour
  3. Picture: what does this inspire?
  4. One-word prompt: passed

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Poetry Writing Exercises 234: Thursday 28th November

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.

Paint brushesYou can do them in any order.

  1. Keywords: tall, Christmas, new, promise, time
  2. Random: something fluffy
  3. Picture: what does this inspire?
  4. Thursday Title: While Others Used To Play

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Poetry Writing Exercises 233: Wednesday 27th November

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.

233 feet arrows 838944You can do them in any order.

  1. Keywords: apple, watched, falling, one, recall
  2. Random: kissing a stranger
  3. Picture: what does this inspire?
  4. Sentence start: When I was small and…

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Poetry Writing Exercises 232: Tuesday 26th November

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.

232 wires 768445You can do them in any order.

  1. Keywords: you, ask, time, forgotten, never
  2. Random: dead plant
  3. Picture: what does this inspire?
  4. Tuesday Title: Barry

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Post-weekend Poetry 098: A Dark Caribbean Rum by Jim Scott

Every Monday morning I post a guest poem on my main blog, and this week’s was by Jim Scott.

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1 JimWelcome to Post-weekend Poetry and the ninety-eighth poem in this series. This week’s piece is by Jim Scott and appears in his book 3 which can be accessed at www.wanderingsandsojourns.com.

A Dark Caribbean Rum

You can talk of the finest clarets, or the best of the Cotes du Rhone,

Sing praise to the vines that produce the great wines

Such as Burgundy, Bordeaux or Beaune.

When all’s said and done there is only the one

That counts when the evening has come

With need to unwind and relax the old mind,

………. That’s dark Caribbean rum.

There’s merit in most of the scotches, and vodka is well worth a try.

And no need to pass if you’re offered a glass

Filled with gin or with bourbon or rye.

But when someone asks for what’s best from the casks

And says they would like to have some,

It’s better than…

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Poetry Writing Exercises 231: Monday 25th November

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.

231 sunflower 639224You can do them in any order.

  1. Keywords: inspired, birthday, May, dog, first
  2. Random: a distant relationship
  3. Picture: what does this inspire?
  4. Monologue Monday: Write a first-person poem – on a singles holiday

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Poetry Writing Exercises 230: Friday 22nd November

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.

230 brick wall 693927You can do them in any order.

  1. Keywords: deck, slipper, shining, hearing, heating
  2. Random: impatient
  3. Picture: what does this inspire?
  4. One-word prompt: hug

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Poetry Writing Exercises 229: Thursday 21st November

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.

229 guitar 778265You can do them in any order.

  1. Keywords: time, lover, need, weekend, party
  2. Random: can’t wait
  3. Picture: what does this inspire?
  4. Thursday Title: You’re Scared Of What?

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Poetry Writing Exercises 228: Wednesday 20th November

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.

228 tall_ships 784756You can do them in any order.

  1. Keywords: heart, around, change, you, astound
  2. Random: second-person point of view story about buying something new
  3. Picture: what does this inspire?
  4. Sentence start: As the sun / son…

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Poetry Writing Exercises 227: Tuesday 19th November

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.

227 canoe 814725You can do them in any order.

  1. Keywords: perfume, air, light, love, good
  2. Random: was rich once
  3. Picture: what does this inspire?
  4. Tuesday Title: Slipping

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