June 18, 2010

by Carolee, Deb & Jill

It’s show time! It’s time to post your original poem, written in response to Monday’s prompt — using our mystery poet’s words — or any other inspiration from the week. (We love it when you write to our prompt, but we also love it when you write on a whim. We all know how fickle that muse can be.)

(For those curious, Monday’s words were pulled from the poem “Dangerous Astronomy” by Sherman Alexie. While many know his work as a novelist, short-story writer and screenwriter, Alexie is also a fine poet.)

So leave a link to your blog post, or leave your poem itself, in the comments! And remember: Although we love seeing our badge in the sidebar of your blog, we would appreciate it if you would also link back to the site in each of your poem posts. Linking within your post helps people travel back and forth from your site to the Big Tent Poetry site, and it helps perpetuate Big Tent Poetry “findability” in Google searches — and that helps us all.

Let the show begin! This post is “sticky” — it will stay right here in the spotlight for you all weekend.

Here’s how prompts work under the Big Tent

You’ve got all week to write your poem, based on this week’s prompt. Come Fridays (today!) you’ll find a “Come One, Come All” post (this one!) where you can 1) leave a link to your poem or 2) leave the poem in its entirety.

We want to give you all weekend to post your work and read each others’ work. Take your time. Enjoy all the poems that are new to the world.

Some hints

Hint: We’ve set Big Tent Poetry to Central Time.

Hint: An easy way to check on new post comments is via a RSS reader, if you use one. Here’s the address you would add to your reader:

Hint: Since we’re a new site, and you’re new to it, your comment(s) will be held for moderation for your first few posts. We’re checking the filters often, so don’t despair! That said, if it takes more than a half a day to see it come live on the site, do email us at info (at) (But be patient, okay?)

Circus etiquette

We figure you know how to play in the poetry community, but here are the basics:

Be nice. Have fun. Remember we aren’t a critique forum. We want to support each other as we bring more poetry into our lives. Only provide critique if someone specifically asks for it.

One other thing

So it might be more than one. Read our barkers’ articles, if you haven’t recently. Great stuff. Here’s the list of links.



115 Responses to “ COME ONE, COME ALL/ June 18 ”

  1. carolee on June 20, 2010 at 12:42 pm

    i love that they’re still rollin’ in!

    • Deb on June 20, 2010 at 5:35 pm

      I know! Me, too. <3

  2. Elizabeth on June 20, 2010 at 7:19 pm

    I finally found time to play with poems again. Thanks for the Sherman Alexie-inspired words.

    Midsummer Gatherings:

  3. Christina Hile on June 20, 2010 at 11:14 pm

    My poem is here: The Rag & Bone Shop

  4. winedarksea on June 21, 2010 at 2:19 pm


  5. one more believer on June 22, 2010 at 3:09 pm

    this was a fun prompt… blue sky

  6. Lindsey on June 23, 2010 at 2:17 pm

  7. Erin on June 24, 2010 at 12:12 pm

    Well, I am waaaaay late with this one. I’ll try to be more timely with this week’s prompt. Thanks!