Sunday, June 21, 2015

Poetry Prompt #27: Ode to the Appalachia

I was raised among the foothills of the Appalachian mountains in Eastern Kentucky.  Currently,  I reside there.

There's just a certain sort of magic about my homeland...the myths, the folklore, the whimsical stories of our forefathers, the gigantic trees of the hillsides youth.



I roamed the hills of this land freely as a child...among huge oak trees, thistle, wildflower, wild berries...most days in bare feet.  I calmly pat the heads of wild animals, caught un-captive creatures (only to later release them back into the wilderness of their homes).  It was inside this wild, natural habitat that my imagination grew wings and came alive.  It was these mountains that first called my heart to create, to write.

So this week, I encourage you to pay homage to the wonderful rifts and valleys of the Appalachian area.  Personify her greenery, tell her story by incorporating at least TEN of the words in the word list below (of course use more, or use them all if you wish!).  You may also use the picture above for inspiration.

The Word List:

Ireland
music
beasts
evening
sky
underworld-dark
tea
attic
winters
pitch-black
language
silvery
lithe
rivers
silence
savage
acres
peace

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Poetry Prompt #26: Modern Photography



Reflect on the photo for a few moments, allow the photo to inspire you...and write!

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Poetry Prompt #25: Magnetic Poetry

Last week we visited cafes (from brick & mortar to cyber) for some tasty inspiration.

Today we're going to relax inside our comfy computer screens and create some Magnetic Poetry!

I first began to play with Magnetic Poetry back in 2008.  I was perusing the local bookstore/cafe when I came across this really cool box that depicted a series of what (I thought at the time) to be some word cut-outs.  But as I read the description, my heart started to flutter (I know, so easily excited...but am I?) in anticipation of my very own black magnetic board...and words...boxes upon boxes of carefully-chosen words that  I could buy...and play with...and hopefully in the process, create some interesting poetry.

The official Magnetic Poetry Website details how their genius idea originated:
"Dave Kapell, founder of Magnetic Poetry, was suffering from writer's block while trying to compose song lyrics. To overcome this problem, he wrote down interesting words on pieces of paper and rearranged them, looking for inspiration. What he hadn't figured into this experiment was his allergies. One good sneeze and any progress was sent flying across the room. Dave decided to glue the words to pieces of magnets and stick them to a pizza tin. Then he got hungry and the now magnetized words made their way to the refrigerator door. Before too long, Dave wasn't the only one rearranging his would-be song lyrics. When friends came over, Dave noticed they started to move the magnets around, amusing themselves by writing the first magnetic poems..."


Magnetic Poems can be reflective:





They can be about nature:


Or they can be humorous, if you please:

The subject matter of your poem will depend primarily upon whatever words the poetry kit generates (online) or the variety of magnetic words you have purchased (for the actual kit).  But don't get too caught up in topic, subject, and perfection.  Just have fun with the words and allow yourself to be inspired by the quick simplicity of magnetic poetry.

If you have a magnetic poetry kit, you are welcome to use that and take a photo.  But if, like many readers, you don't own one (and might have never heard of it until today!) there are a number of websites where you can create your own magnetic poem.


The Best Online Magnetic Poetry Apps

The Official Magnetic Poetry Website
This site has a whole collection of interactive kits.  They range from bordering on perversion (The Mustache Poet) to the Romantic Love Kit.

Language is a Virus
I cannot say enough about this website.  Every time I go there for inspiration, my cup just overflows!  This site, as a whole, is a poets playground.  But they have a complete collection of Electronic Poetry Kits.  You can create your own, or you can use the words of a famous poet.

iSnoop
This site has a huge playing board that generates a very large variety of words with each visit.  You'll be sure to find some noteworthy words worth stringing together!

You simply create your poem and take a screenshot/photo of the completed poem.

And if you find you don't really like these online versions, there are also several magnetic poetry apps available for download on Android and Apple.  I actually use them to create some of my own magnetic poetry.



If you need more examples for inspiration, simply search google for:  magnetic poetry or magnetic poems.

There's also a really cool Facebook page dedicated to Magnetic Poetry and other related things.

My search also took me to an entertaining blog dedicated to depressing fridge-magnet poetry (you will love it, I promise!).


So, jump write in.  Play with some words.  Show us what you come up with!