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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.

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Poets of April

Today I offer inspiration from poets born in April.


"A fresh and vigorous weed, always renewed and renewing, it will cut 
its wondrous way through rubbish and rubble." William Jay Smith


"More matter with less art" Hamlet ~ William Shakespeare


"One can live without having survived." Carolyn Forche


"To write a blues song is to regiment riots and pluck gems from graves."
     ~ Etheridge Knight



“You've got to jump off cliffs all the time and build your wings on the way down.”  ― Annie Dillard


Let these quotes lead to poetry. You can choose any form, or no form at all. I also used photos I felt worked with the quotes. You can draw inspiration from them also. I am including the license information from Pexels which applies to each image


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Please add your poem link to Mr. Linky and visit your fellow poets to read what today's post inspired.

21 comments:

Kerry O'Connor said...

I am over the moon with your wonderful prompt, Susie. I see the exact quote which will push me to continue my views of battle sequence. This is a great prompt for so late in the month of poetry writing. I am excited to read the responses.

paulscribbles said...

Fabulous prompt. Just posted and will spend much of today playing catch up with reading.

Sanaa Rizvi said...

Loved the prompt, Susie!💜 I chose to write on the quote by Carolyn Forche. Day 22! Phew!☕

Vivian Zems said...

A great prompt Susie. .as always! Enjoy Sunday!

Vivian Zems said...

I must be going mad...where's Linky?

Kerry O'Connor said...

Oh dear.. the linky has vanished. The site sometimes crashes. We will have to leave our links in the comment box until it reappears.

Views of the Battlefield (Parts V - VII) below.

http://kerryoconnorsother.blogspot.co.za/2018/04/views-of-battlefield-part-v.html

Vivian Zems said...

https://smellthecoffeeweb.com/2018/04/22/years-on/

Sanaa Rizvi said...

Mr Linky is back!!💜☕

Vivian Zems said...

OK!

Gillena Cox said...

Good Sunday everyone. Thank you Susie for prompting us today.

much love...

brudberg said...

I had to go bright today... the dandelion is inspiring.

Kerry O'Connor said...

I am still without the linky...Trying to follow new posts via the blogroll.

Toni Spencer said...

Thank you for this truly inspiring prompt Susie. I am busy today but I already know the quote and will be composing in my head while pretending to enjoy myself.

Susie Clevenger said...

I'm sorry about Mr. Linky. I use Google and it doesn't show up on the page, but when I checked with Internet Explorer it shows up. It looks like it may be a search engine issue. Please add your link to your poem in the comment section and Mr. Linky if you can see it.

Frank J. Tassone said...

Good Morning, Toads! Thanks, Susie, for this prompt. I saw Carolyn Forche's quote paired with that photo, and I knew I would go dark...

a said...

Susie,
Please accept my hogwash of jumping off of cliffs....as I literally am with graduation looming and finals projects pending. Mine is a brain dump.

erbiage said...

Anell, i love the No sculpture west of the mississippi

Sherry Marr said...

Candy, I love your dandelion poem - and the idea that dandelion leaves are the new kale! - but cant find a place to comment. Loved it, though!

Rosemary Nissen-Wade said...

I do see Mr Linky and have used it, but just in case will also post my link here: https://enheduannasdaughter.blogspot.com.au/2018/04/born-to-jump.html

I was curious to see the context of the Annie Dillard quote, so I went hunting and discovered it wasn't her at all, though many people think so following a misattribution in an (oh dear!) Australian newspaper. It was really Ray Bradbury ... and I had fun playing with it.

Susie Clevenger said...

Thanks everyone. As always each of you provided stellar poems. Mr. Linky was contrary,but I think he came through in the end.

willow_switches said...

I'm late - again - and again - but well, so it is.

Anyhow, thanks for the great prompt Susie - it's wonderful and inspiring - and I've penned a quick short yellow burst.

hope everyone is hanging in there - I'll be catching up as I can!