One must make a distinction however: when dragged into prominence by half poets, the result is not poetry, nor till the autocrats among us can be “literalists of the imagination”—above insolence and triviality and can present for inspection, imaginary gardens with real toads in them, shall we have it.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

About Face

Peggy Goetz here with a new effort to provide a prompt for fellow Toads and visitors every five weeks.  I decided to focus on faces for my column called About Face.

I will feature my own photos in this column and you are welcome to copy them into your own blogs as you use them for poetic inspiration. Please include the copyright information.

© Peggy Goetz

There is a lot in a face, lots of story, lots of feelings. Sometimes we can see the future in a face. We can see expectation, doubt or fear. 

© Peggy Goetz

© Peggy Goetz

Also there can be history in a face. What has this person seen in his or her life? What pride or regrets are in this face?

© Peggy Goetz

We can see fortune and misfortune in a face, circumstance and genetics as well.

This week take a look at these faces. Think about who they might belong to and what they might be thinking or what they may have experienced or felt.  Don't worry about who they might really be or where they are from. Just use your eyes and your imagination and write on!

Use Mr. Linky to link up your new effort here so the rest of us can see what you did!

Peggy Goetz


Ella said...

I like the idea of faces, the history and future. I think I will use my daughter's face for my photo!
I love your expressive view :D

Thanks Peggy!

Fireblossom said...

Leovi--most people linking to a poetry challenge try to write a poem first. You're gone.

Margaret said...

Are we free to use our own face images or use these?

Peggy said...

I meant for people to use these faces but go ahead and use other if you like. I had permission from all these people to take their pictures. Yes write to any face!

Ella said...

Hi Peggy...oh, maybe I will write another one then! :D

Susie Clevenger said...

Love the challenge Peggy! Now I must decide which face to write about. :)

Kerry O'Connor said...

I have written in the cameo form for this prompt (syllable count of 2-5-8-3-8-7-2)but I fear I am in a state of burn-out, when it comes to poetic thought these days.

Mary said...

Mine is written about the Guatemalan woman. Nice photos, Peggy.

Sherry Blue Sky said...

Beautiful photos, as always, Peggy. I havent been online much - dealing with medical stuff and exhaustion. (I hear you, Kerry.) But will enjoy reading your responses even if it takes me a while to make the rounds.

Loredana Donovan said...

Mine is a bit of a self-portrait though I didn't use a photo of myself, but images related to the meaning of the poem. Thanks, Peggy! :)

Margaret said...

OK, Peggy. I think this is a great exercise as it forces us to look in to a face we know nothing about and ponder what it is that fascinates us about it... HOW does it make us feel. I'm glad I didn't go with my own photos! Thanks, and I hope this is a monthly feature.

juzta mum said...

Love the prompt Peggy..Have attempted a Haiku!

L. Edgar Otto said...

Ella, Being a little homesick for the coast of Carolina your posts struck a bell... I know the spirit of poets walked there writing poems in the sand, vanished colonies and graveyard ships... so at the last moment exhausted too from all the poetry here yours gave me a theme, a photograph perhaps left from silent movies mostly lost my Cherokee grandmother saw there.

Marian said...

this is such a lovely prompt, Peggy. i'm running around in a most pressured week, not in a responsive mode. just wanted to say how much i liked this, even if i can't write to it. thank you!

Isadora Gruye said...

I am late in posting, but thanks for the prompt!