This is the return of the original Poetic Bloomings — the site established in 2011 by poets Marie Elena Good and Walter J. Wojtanik, after their first participation in The Writer’s Digest’s Poetic Asides April Poem-A-Day (PAD) Challenge in 2009. Meant as a means to stay connected while continuing to hone our skills collectively, it has been a place where creativity grows and flourishes in a supportive and encouraging environment. Please join us each Sunday for our prompts and examples, as well as the occasional highlighting of various poetic forms.
GUIDELINES AND FEATURES:
1. HAVE FUN. The guidelines aren’t meant to be restrictive. They are just to try to keep everyone on the same page. As with any poetic blog, the key point is to write! It is all about the process of writing poetry. If it is poetic, we will celebrate it here!
2. “SUNDAY SEED.” Every Sunday, we (as in mostly Walt!) will post a new prompt to our home page. You may post your poems at any time throughout the week(s) ahead. We hope that you try to keep to the prompt. It makes it easier to categorize the subject matter. But we are about the process here. As long as you’re writing, we’re all better for it!
3. HOW TO POST. Poems may be posted in the COMMENTS section for each prompt. You may also post to your personal blog and leave a link to your poem in your COMMENT. Better yet, write your poem in the comments AND include the link to your site at the end (in case you include photographs or other modalities to enhance your words). We’d like to see what you’ve got brewing.
4. WHO MAY POST? Poetic Bloomings is open to all poets, regardless of skill level, point of view, or age. As such, we encourage members to “be mindful of this when posting.” Our goal is to encourage and learn from one another. Hopefully we’ll all gain a fresh understanding of the creative process.
5. “WILD CARD.” We will have the occasional “WILD CARD” prompt to allow you to let your muse loose.
6. POET INTERVIEWS. We enjoy occasionally featuring one of our Poetic Bloomings members, or other special guests in impromptu interviews. This includes samples of their work, advice, photo, etc. We will occasionally update past interviews and celebrate new contributors to PB. Interviewing is Marie Elena’s favorite “job” here in the garden!
7. “INFORM POETS .” Also on occasion, we will feature a poem form for your consideration and information. (More of a tutorial for some of the lesser known or invented forms). We encourage you to try your hand at these forms, although you are not under any obligation to do so.
8. “DAISY CHAIN.” Please provide a link to your blog for our “DAISY CHAIN.” We are about promoting your work and this will serve as our continued “directory.” You retain the rights to all your poems — we just wish to help give you another venue for exposure. Links may be e-mailed to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
9. SPOTLIGHT. Do you have a brand new shiny book you just got published? Have you received an honor? Won a contest? We’d love to hear about it, and announce it to the universe! Or, at least announce it to our Poetic Bloomings community. 😉 Please drop an e-mail about it, including any appropriate links (i.e., where to purchase your book, etc.). We’ll do the rest. Our e-mail is email@example.com .
10. BLOG HOPPING. We encourage you to visit the blogs of other poets and contributors regularly. Leave constructive and supportive comments. We want to nurture the expression of these creative works. Common courtesy would be nice; that’s how we build this community!
11. QUESTIONS may be directed to our e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org .
12. HAVE FUN. Did we already say that? Then it must be important. 😉
Any updates will be highlighted under that banner. We at Bloomings are working to re-establish a community of poets working for a common goal: the propagation of all things poetic. Plant your seeds here, and allow them to bloom in our garden. We look forward to your contributions to the creative process!
22 thoughts on “PARTICIPATING HERE”
I haven’t been receiving notice from you about calls for poems. I wonder why.
Sal, perhaps you haven’t signed back up when we switched from blogger to wordpress. Actually, most of our “members” haven’t signed back up. To be sure, hit the little “follow” icon in the lower right corner of your screen. It will tell you what to do. If that does not help, please let us know. We’ll try to figure it out.
Thanks much, Sal!
Very nice blog. I look forward to becoming familiar with it in the next coming weeks. Cheers!
I’ve been so “taken” with photography that I have not been attending to my poetry. I would love to begin again. This is a beautiful blog site you all have created. I’ll be looking back as I get time between writing and commenting to the new prompts. WOW !! Glad I found Poetic Bloomings again today.
Hello, Mina and Jane! The addition of your voices is most welcome!
thank you for your welcome – pleased to be writing again and have such a tireless group to write with.
What a beautiful place! I am so glad to be apart of it.
Welcome, Jenn! Join in the fun!
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April showers sparkle poetic bloomings. Delight-full …<3
Oh, SOOOO glad to see your smiling face back here! Happy Spring.
Holy Mackerel! What’s up guys??? I’ve missed you all SO MUCH!
Sooooooooooo glad you found us again, Benjamin!
We live, we die
We give, we fly
Leaving in winter
Returning in spring
Flowers and resurrection
Grief in short
Death comes in ice and snow
Life rides equinoctial song
Memories precious, bitter, sweet
gathered in time short, and long
Father has passed
Buried in soil
Dad is immortal
In dreams nocturnal
A being of love and light
Her face haunts him.
She left a chasm in his soul.
Thankfully, the scent of roses has faded.
He blinks, not allowing intruding tears.
If he could, he’d put all his feelings into print,
then burn it.
He Loves Me
I’d get out of this slump of clouds and gloom
Embrace yellow daffodils and red-orange tulips
Juggle, skip, jump, dance, whirl about for fun
Play and kick about in joy and enthusiasm
Snuggle in comfort, bliss and warm fuzzies
If I really understood how much You love me
In a posh restaurant
A quiet corner
A flickering candle
The small gold gift-wrapped box
Sat conspicuously on the table
She sat, imploring him with her eyes
To quit talking about
The goings on at the office
The…on and on
And propose already!
Then she caught the glint in his eye
He knew what he was doing
Driving her to distraction
She suddenly became interested
In the workday, the traffic, the on and on
Until that ring was on her finger.
Walt, not to be too dense, but can’t seem to find an E-mail to use!! Could you give it to us again, please? Thank you
email@example.com is the correct e-mail address. It went “unused” for such a long time that we got out of the habit of checking it. The cobwebs have been cleared, and we will be trying harder to keep up with it. Sorry for any frustration caused, Pat (and all!). ~ Marie
A Gift, you say.
Where do I find one on this cold December day?
The sky gray as my thoughts.
I remember summer,
You were with here with me,
The sun on our skin,
And hiding us with green, the tree.
Naked to each other, our thoughts
close, alive with love.
And tree and earth and sky
sang green and blue, above us
And now here, in December,