Poetry Friday: more “Poetry…Cubed!” entries!

I am not actually here right now…it’s alllll an illusion….

So where am I? I’m attending the New England Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators’ annual conference in Springfield, MA! But I wanted to make sure I shared the two latest entries in this little month-long writing challenge I call “Poetry…Cubed!” – based on the premise of the The Food Network show, “Chopped!

If you’d like to join in – which I hope you do – here’s how it works:

  • Use the 3 images below as inspiration to write a poem – any form, any genre, any number of lines, rhyming or not. Remember, it doesn’t have to be very good- the mantra around here is to #WriteLikeNoOneIsReading! This is all about having fun and spurring creativity.
  • The only hitch is that you need to include a reference to all three images in the poem – either via concrete imagery or something more abstract.
  • PFAC-front-cover-Nov-30-WEB-jpeg-705x1030Then email your poem to me at Matt (at) MattForrest (dot) com and I’ll share them here on Fri., April 28. Out of all the poems submitted, one lucky writer will be chosen at random to receive a copy of the Poetry Friday Anthology for Celebrations (Pomelo Books, 2015).

Ready? Here are your three images (click on any to enlarge):

                 

(All images courtesy of Katherine Esenwine

The first poem I’m sharing today is a digital composition created by Carol Varsalona:

 

(click to enlarge)

I love how Carol not only used the photos as inspiration to write, but incorporated them into the entire poem. And like so many of the poems submitted, this connects all three images succinctly in just a few words.

The second poem comes from Janet Clare Fagal, who perceived the movie screen as, in her words, a “blank canvas or sheet of paper…something large and white and imposing…” How cool is that?? A giant canvas awaiting inspiration – and that’s what she gives us, in this conversation between an artist and a gardener:

A Gardener’s Advice to the Artistically Forlorn, in Two Voices, sotto voce

(Artist to self)
Empty page,
empty sky.
Look white and blurry
before my eye.

…………………………………..(Gardener to Artist)
…………………………………..
Grab your brush,
…………………………………..Grasp your pen.
…………………………………..Splash on colors!
…………………………………..And begin again.

Poems are waiting.
Frame’s undone.
Must get started!
Creating’s fun.
( Well, some of the time!)

…………………………………..(Don’t whine)
…………………………………..Artists, writers,
…………………………………..it’s not a race.
…………………………………..Paint the flowers,
…………………………………..and set your pace.

…………………………………..(Remember….)
…………………………………..The eye can see,
…………………………………..but the heart will know.
…………………………………..Put pen to paper,
…………………………………..get in the flow,
…………………………………..…….. and grow!

– © 2017, Janet Clare Fagal, all rights reserved

A third poem I thought I’d share is a rough draft of mine, as I was thinking about how much the eye resembles a globe. It’s definitely not a polished piece, but I thought I’d share it anyway, just to provide another example of how many directions ones inspiration can go with this sort of challenge:

Glory of morning awakens
senses; world-eye view
captures truth in otherwise
cinematic lives.

– © 2017, Matt Forrest Esenwine, all rights reserved

Remember, you have just one week left to enter the contest, so send your poem to Matt (at) MattForrest (dot) com before Thur., April 27! And remember, it doesn’t have to be good – it just has to be written!

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ALSO: Irene Latham‘s annual Progressive Poem continues! Each day throughout April a different person adds a line – until we have a complete, 30-poet poem on April 30.

I’ll be adding my line next week on April 27, but if you’d like to follow along and see how it’s been progressing, here’s the schedule:

1 Heidi at my juicy little universe
2 Tabatha at The Opposite of Indifference
3 Doraine at Dori Reads
4 Michelle at Today’s Little Ditty
5 Diane at Random Noodling
6 Kat at Kat’s Whiskers
7 Irene at Live Your Poem
8 Mary Lee at A Year of Reading
9 Linda at TeacherDance
10 Penny at a penny and her jots
11 Ramona at Pleasures from the Page
12 Janet F. at Live Your Poem
13 Margaret at Reflections on the Teche
14 Jan at Bookseedstudio
15 Brenda at Friendly Fairy Tales
16 Joy at Poetry for Kids Joy
17 Tricia at The Miss Rumphius Effect
18 Buffy at Buffy’s Blog
19 Pat at Writer on a Horse
20 BJ at Blue Window
21 Donna at Mainely Write
22 Jone at Jone Ruch MacCulloch
23 Ruth at There is no such thing as a godforsaken town
24 Amy at The Poem Farm
25 Robyn at Life on the Deckle Edge
26 Renee at No Water River
27 Matt at Radio, Rhythm and Rhyme
28 Michelle at Michelle Kogan
29 Charles at Poetry Time
30 Laura Purdie Salas at Writing the World for Kids

poetryfridaybutton-fulllTabatha Yeatts-Lonske is hosting Poetry Friday today at The Opposite of Indifference, so be sure to visit her little home on the web for all of today’s links and fun!

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15 thoughts on “Poetry Friday: more “Poetry…Cubed!” entries!

  1. lindabaie

    Both Carol’s looking back and Janet’s inspiration are wonderful approaches to your challenge, Matt. Just as in your own poem, few words give a good message. Have a great weekend at the meeting.

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    1. Thanks, Linda for the mention in your response. This was both a challenging but fun task posed by Matt.
      Matt, thank you for including mine for viewing. I am not sure how I came to the idea to place all three objects as one but playing around with the design was half the challenge. The other half was weaving the words. Janet’s thoughts brought a two voice poem and yours included a word with promise: cinematic. Writing is a daily endeavor that sparks joy! Thanks for the challenge.

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  2. Here Matt, a poem for your project:

    Van Gogh the Trickster

    With his swirling strokes,
    flowers unfold, stars twinkle,
    Japanese screen images flirt,
    couples lean in, sowers seed,
    and your eye is tricked
    into thinking
    paint is real,
    happiness lasts,
    and youth is forever.

    Copyright 2017 Brenda Davis Harsham

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  3. Irene Latham

    Some really lovely approaches here! Like Carol, I, too, have fond drive-in memories… who knows what will be happening in our Progressive Poem by the time it reaches you, Matt!

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  4. Janet F.

    I took Matt literally and tried to create a poem as fast as I could. It was a good exercise and I had the time to spend. I love Carol’s image and poem combination. The drive-ins of our youth. Some still exist, but it is just not the same.
    A fun challenge, this, 3 picture prompt and a way to start-up my poetry return journey. I have been away for too long and have to get back into the flow, hence perhaps the autobiographical message in my poem. Which I did not realize immediately. My good friend’s last name is Gardner and she is urging me to get my writing life into high gear. Thanks for letting others see a ” just write it anyway” and “don’t suffer for months before you think it is ready for viewing”, poem! Not a classic but a start.

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    1. Thanks for taking the time to leave such a thoughtful comment, Janet. Indeed, the best time to start writing – or beginning any pursuit – is right now! And I’m glad you dove into the challenge, not worrying about whether it was ‘good’ or not (which it is!) and just WRITING…that’ the important thing! After all, you can’t revise what you haven’t written, right?

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  5. Love all this creativity! When I look at the movie screen, it reminds me of a billboard, and that sends me off into thinking about how flowers are nicer to view than advertisements. A completely different take!

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