WELCOME to the Original POETIC BLOOMINGS.
We are in our tenth year, and are happy to present a newer 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 through prompts and other poetic devices, links to other poetry forums and our contributing poets, (the occasional interview) and whatever else we deem important for your information and enjoyment. Take a walk along with us as our poetic garden blooms. Once again, we re-welcome you 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 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 36 years and his goldfish of seven. (As of this date, we’ve lost the goldfish. His wife still manages to keep her head above water.) 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
“Through the Eyes of a Poet’s Heart”
MARIE ELENA’S INTERVIEW WITH WALTER J. WOJTANIK
MARIE ELENA GOOD
As a sometimes writer of children’s stories and forever poet who too-often loses words, she is thankful for aids, encouragers, and the prodding of prompts. She has received far more publication rejections than acceptances, and has a raging hunger for stories and poems to leave the nest.
That said, she has done embarrassingly little about it. Because, see, all the fun is in rubbing noses with poets from whom she can learn much about other cultures and religions, love, and life in general. Oh, and poetry … the pretty poetic words she learns from the pretty poetic souls, feeds hers richly.
She is a firm believer in gratefulness as a lifestyle, smile as a wardrobe, and poem as an eternal verb.
More of Marie’s work may be found at Pictured Words
26 thoughts on “YOUR HOSTS”
Marie and Jane, Thank you for the beautiful and insightful glimpse into Jane’s world. I feel blessed to know her and benefit daily from her gifts in word and images and from sharing brief encounters with this special couple.
Hey, there, all. This is for Walt, specifically. Do you want me to send you a dinky version for my page bio and links? I can do that if I know where you’d like me to send it.
Thanis so much.
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I participated in Poetic Bloomings for the first time and find i’m having a very hard time sorting out others’ offerings in the long stream of comments.
Have you considered using Mister Linky on http://www.blenza.com to provide a place for people to link in with a poem on their own blog? It’s free and so much easier for participants to use.
We’re sorry you are having a hard time. You will notice that the new poems are generally on the far left margin, and the comments are tabbed in to the right and stacked.
We feel part of what makes the Poetic Bloomings community so close and engaged with one another is the fact that most do indeed post here at home base. We do also encourage our poets to click on the links to one another’s blogs and leave comments when one posts a link to their poem.
We appreciate your input, and hope you feel welcome to join in the fun here at PBs.
Walt and Marie Elena
I keep trying to confirm my subscription, but am told it can’t be activated. *Sob!*
So good to see you here!! 😀 Did you click on the “follow” link, and plug in the information it requests? I don’t see any sign of you in our yahoo inbox, which is where our notifications go.
Let us know if you continue to have trouble.
Hey Poetic Bloomings. I have a question that I hesitate to put here. May I ask it via e-mail and if so what would you prefer? Write to Marie Elana?
O–Here’s one that I do not hesitate to put here–I have a prose poem which to me feels too long to put in a comment. What do you think?
Hi Susan! You are welcome to use either email@example.com, or firstname.lastname@example.org. I won’t speak for Walt’s personal e-mail. 😉
As for a lengthy poem, you can either put a link to your blog in our comments, or go right ahead and post it in the comments. We’ve had more than one lengthy poem posted directly to our comments. S.E. Ingraham’s “Mother to Mother,” for instance, was 115 lines.
Hi Marie Elena, Hi Walt,
Browsing throughout some poems and just wondered if the First Blooms collection is still in the works?
Have a great weekend!
It most definitely is, Patricia! It is just a painstakingly slow process. 😉
Wow. I feel like I just fell down a rabbit hole! Cooool!
Glad it’s a good thing, Ellen! 😀
How do I get plugged in?? I’m a poet over at 2010 http://ajwagoner.com/. Please let me know. Thanks! God Bless! 😀
Welcome, “Cleaver!” I see you following us now, so you should start receiving prompts and such in your e-mail inbox, if you choose to do so.
We’re happy to have you! How did you hear about us?
Thanks! Such a timely response! Haha.
Wonderful. Well, I took the online free Coursera course on Modern & Contemporary American Poetry (ModPo) and I have been going through classmates poems on their blogs to showcase on my ‘Thursday’s Treasures’ section of my blog…so, I was on Carol A. Stephen’s blog, then clicked on links to Walt Wojtanik’s blog and found the link for here haha…the web grows strong!
Sharp thninikg! Thanks for the answer.
IMHO you’ve got the right answer!
Marie and Walt,
We love your blog and have found your blog very inspiring. We would like to include you on our list of nominees for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award. You can see the award from the blogger who nominated us here, http://snappingtwig.com/2013/01/26/inspiration-anyone/
Should you choose to accept this award, here are the rules for accepting the award:
Display the award logo on your blog.
Link back to the person who nominated you.
State 7 things about yourself.
Nominate 15 bloggers for this blog and link to their pages.
Notify these bloggers of the nomination and the awards’ requirements.
We hope you consider accepting though there is no obligation and if you have received the award before, we understand you may choose not to accept another. However, we do hope you know we appreciate how you inspire us and we love your work as well as your blog!
Meena Rose and Claudette Young
Loving, loving, LOVING seeing these gardeners, and the links to my interviews with each one. Sara, Paula, and Pearl: Welcome!!
Thanks, Marie! 🙂
How have I missed this site for so long. Glad to be here, thanks to Walt joining us at dVerse and looking forward to joining in whenever I can find time.
…and very welcome you will be, Victoria! This little community has flourished from simple beginnings and it is a very supportive and encouraging poetry place. Much like dVerse, we grown together in thoughts and words. Since 2011, POETIC BLOOMNGS has been a best kept secret waiting to be told to the masses!
I just got a fishing email using your email address email@example.com. You probably have been hacked.
Check your “rely to” in your settings. I guessing its set to another email than yours
Ugh. Thank you for letting me know. That is an old e-mail address that I no longer use. Guess I better figure out how to distance myself from it 😉