I was saddened recently when I saw the announcement that readwritepoem, a poetry community blog that I have participated in over the last few years, was shutting down. Some of my best poems (or at least some of my favorites) came in response to readwritepoem’s weekly prompts, and the comments from readers who found my blog via readwritepoem were always supportive, appreciative, and constructive. And of course reading the works of other poets, seeing how the same prompt could lead to an amazing variety of end results, was inspiring.
So I was really really happy today to discover that one of the leaders of readwritepoem has started up Big Tent Poetry as a community blog to carry on the weekly prompts, with the prompt posted on Mondays and the invitation to post poems on that prompt posted on Fridays. I missed last week’s inaugural prompt but this week’s prompt seems right up my alley, so look for my first BTP poem tomorrow!
Update (May 14, 2010) This week’s theme was “listening to language” and I thought this old poem of mine would fit the topic well, since it is all about the sounds, not meaning.
new gnu knew
so-so, so sew
two to tutu too.
bow bough! tow toe!
know no no-no!
a bit of silliness — if you can come up with an explication that actually makes any sense, i’d sure love to see it :-)
Update (May 14, 2010) I linked this poem to the Big Tent Poetry blog, where there is a weekly poetry “prompt” inviting people to submit poems on a new theme each week. This week’s theme was listening to language. I thought this old poem of mine would fit the topic well, since it is all about the sounds, not meaning. (You can read other poets’ submissions on the theme at the blog too.)