Welcome to the Original POETIC BLOOMINGS.
We are happy to present our new vision for an old familiar place where the poet in you can put down roots and flourish. We will continue to stay true to our mission: to propagate poetry and the people who pose it. We are all about YOU. Promotion is part of this battle we wage, and if POETIC BLOOMINGS can aid in some small way, then we have accomplished much! Join us regularly to stay abreast of goings on, prompts, poetic forms, links to other poetry forums and our contributing poets, interviews and whatever else we deem important for your information and enjoyment. We are glad to host you. Take a walk along with us as our poetic garden blooms. Once again, welcome to POETIC BLOOMINGS!
YOUR POETIC BLOOMINGS CO-HOSTS:
WALTER J. WOJTANIK
What would Walter J. Wojtanik say about himself if he were still with us? I haven’t the slightest clue. But I’ll tell you what I do know. Walter came about his poetic wile the old-fashioned way. He EARNED it! (Where the hell is John Houseman when you need him?) The once shy and unassuming nebbish (hard to believe it, isn’t it) found his way around words at an early age, writing science fiction at ten, love songs for a future lovely at thirteen and found poetry soon after he realized his lyrics were rather poetic. And yes, there really is such a thing as found poetry!
A Creative Writing elective as a high school senior opened his eyes to the process and nuance of poetic thought. He graduated and let all that knowledge languish unused for thirty-five years. Trust me when I say that words unread are not dead. They only sleep. Walt woke them up in April of 2009 when he found an enticement to attempt a Poetry Challenge. In the course of thirty days, Walt lost his first true love to cancer, met some incredibly talented and encouraging new friends and churned poems out to the pace of 10-12 poems a day. He was committed. (Or at least he should have been!)
One of the poetic friends he met was a woman from the Toledo, Ohio area who became the push (read… kick in the posterior) for him to strive for that lofty goal. That woman? Golda Meir… no, I mean Marie Elena Good. A friendship was formed that lasts to this day and survived the machinations of a joint poetry blog, “Across the Lake Eerily”, the pre-cursor to what would become POETIC BLOOMINGS. And the rest, as they say… is a mystery!
Walt continues to write his poetry, being chosen 2010 Poet Laureate for the April Poem-A-Day Challenge at Poetic Asides. To date he is the author of numerous poetry collections and chapbooks which include WOOD and RETURN TO WOOD (about his boyhood home and stomping grounds), and his DEAD POET series (…Once Removed, …Not Quiet Yet, and …the Preposterous Pre-posthumous Poems). He remains close to his native Lackawanna, New York, residing with his wife of 31 years and his goldfish of seven. Walt counts music composition, painting and wood working among his many acquired abilities, and he continues to bore people to tears with the growing list of such. Proving once again that nobody likes a smart-ass show-off!
Walt is a man of many faces and numerous poetry blogs, but for the most part his work can be found at
I thought I was a die-hard New Yorker, yet here I am residing in the Pacific Northwest for over seven years with my husband, John, and our two dogs, Marion Miller and Murphy. A tug of war does exist within me, because I miss family and friends.
However, joining a poetry group out here was a wonderful move for me. Voices in Verse meets once a month to share poems or simply listen to readings.
With encouragement from Robert Lee Brewer of Poetics Aside, and his followers, I finally set up a blog called Purple Pen In Portland. Yes, as some of you already know, purple is my favorite color, and I write in purple ink before typing. Sometimes I reside in Alice’s Wonderland, which takes me out of myself with the help of charismatic characters.
A vivid imagination makes that a seamless move. My office is filled with Wonderland prints, and a hanging teacup.
Being an addictive poetry site person, you may find my scribblings at Poetics Aside, Poets United, Imaginary Gardens With Real Toads, The Sunday Whirl, Magpie Tales, Margo Roby’s Wordgathering, dVerse Poets Pub, and my favorite haiku site – Chevrefeuille’s Carpe Diem. (links to all can be found in the “Other Poetry Places” tab) I relish poetic prompts and form challenges, though I generally write in free verse. Fibonacci, shadorma, triolet, and haiku are some of my favorites.
My work has been seen in these publications: The Avocet, Still Crazy, Writer’s Digest Competition Collection, Poetsespresso and let’s not forget the anthology, POETIC BLOOMINGS: The First Year.
It is a great honor to be working with Walt Wojtanik, whose poetry I have admired for many years. POETIC BLOOMINGS was always my favorite family, and I am thrilled that it is reuniting.
My other works will be on display at my blog:
OUR POETIC BLOOMINGS STAFF:
PAULA M. WANKEN