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Drum roll, please!

March 16, 2011

Announcing a new resource for you!

It’s a Poetry Toys page!

Just in time for poetry month, in case you need a little extra-extra help. Or just in time for anytime.  (When can’t we poets use  a fresh way of looking at words?)

That’s right. It’s a list of online tools that might be useful or just plain fun to mess around with.

Go take a look.

(And thank Angie Werren who shared her list with us.)



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Since April is such a circus (or “what we’re doing to celebrate poetry month”)

March 8, 2011

Some people love writing a poem-a-day in April, and some people hate it. Some people stick with what they’ve been doing, and some people seek new inspiration and radical challenges. Whatever you intend to do, we will be right here on our regular Monday-prompt / Friday-poems schedule.

As a special treat, in case you want to write a poem-a-day using Big Tent prompts, our weekly prompts from March 28 through April 25 will include seven choices.* Write to them, one each day, if you like. And if you prefer to ignore all the poem-a-day madness and just want to keep doing what you’re doing, pick one from the list and go with it!

Wherever you get your prompts and inspiration for April (there are so many wonderful choices!), be sure to come by on Fridays to share one of your gems from the week. We’d love to stay connected with you!

Questions? Leave them here. We’ll do our best to answer them.

*For you math prodigies out there, that’s 35 prompts. Yes, we know there are only 30 days in April. Keep the extras. No charge. It’ll be our little secret.


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This week under the Big Tent, October 18

October 18, 2010

One of our community members told us that with the prompt and the gong it really was like a three-ring circus around here. Yippee!!! She’s right! It has been wild, and it has also been wonderful.

To help us all keep up we’re providing a weekly overview again. This one is much simpler because the gong is wrapping up. Here are the links you’ll need to find your way around this week (join in whatever and whenever you can):

* Here is this week’s MONDAY PROMPT.

* The gong has been posting daily and will continue to do so, though Monday and Tuesday are its final days. Here are links to each day: Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4, Day 5, Day 6 and Day 7.

* The “Come One, Come All” for the weekly prompt posts on Friday as usual. Watch for it!

In addition to being able to scroll down our main page and find current, relevant posts, here are some general, quick references to help you sort it out no matter when you jump in:

#1 / This announcement is filed under “Groundskeeping.” Anytime you feel lost, look up at the black navigation bar (the one with the white text) and click on Groundskeeping. There, you will find information of this exact sort: how to, when to, what to.

#2 / No Big Tent activity interrupts the flow and pace of our weekly prompts. The weekly prompts appear on Mondays, and we come together on Fridays (and all weekend) to share our poem links during “Come One, Come All.” Anytime you want to find the current prompt or participate in the current “Come One, Come All” find RING #1: Weekly Prompts in the navigation bar.

#3 / All of our gong posts (this week’s will be our first) will appear in RING #2: Gongs/Revisions, like the others, available in that same navigation bar. Once you click through, you’ll see the most current gong at the top of the page.

Don’t forget, you can always just scroll down the main page to see the latest, as well. No matter how you arrive at the posts with prompts or poems, you can join in by dropping notes and links in the comments sections. Those work like they always have!

Let us know what questions you have. Share with us your ideas. As we continue to grow, we expect to fall off the high wire from time to time. It’s why we have installed the safety nets.


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