Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Response Poetry

Hello Poetteers,

As I read poetry, I like to note when I’m inspired. if it’s an ebook I use the notes feature to add notes and it can be as long as you want it to be. With a physical book, you are limited with the margins, so I have a notebook with me. My notes include how the poem made me feel, the thoughts or memories the poem brought me.

The inspiration unfolds in different ways. Once I read the poem I may write my own version of that poem or write like I’m talking to the author. I would add a continuation to the piece. The continuation could be similar thoughts or thoughts opposite of it. I will share my experience of what the author talked about in the poem.

Have you written a response poem?

stay inspired,

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Annual Look At My Bucket List

Hello Poetteers,

I've written and published poetry collections. I've written a novel in verse before. My next step is to write one that is publishable.

On my blog, I've shared my poetry bucket list. Initially, I was able to cross two things off my list:
  1. Publish a poetry collection (I self-published two books, A TO Z POETRY and HER OLIVES)
  2. Lead a poetry workshop (I co-lead one at a camp)
A couple years later I was able to cross off half my list:
  1. I've done live performances at the camps I've been to. I'm also doing some recorded pieces on SoundCloud.
  2. I made my first poetry short film this week and will be sharing it in the coming days.
  3. If you have seen my tweets I am working on being a poetry editor.
Today I can cross two more things off my list:
  1. I've met several poets virtually
  2. I have an ebook poetry collection. 
That's 8 out 11 things. I say that's pretty awesome! I'm also working to cross of a 9th item: I'm slowly working my way to write a poem in every format.

The last two things still left untouched are making a spoken word album and doing my own poetry book signing. Today I want to add the 3 more items to my bucket list:
  1. Write a play in verse.
  2. Get published in hardcover
  3. Get translated into Arabic
I hope to change that by the end of this year. What do you have on your bookish bucket list? What have you crossed off? What should I add to mine?

Thank you,


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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Review: Eccolo Planner

Hello Poetteers,

As you know I enjoy journaling. Somewhat recently I realized I’ve stuck with the same style. That brand is Eccolo Ltd. After using their journals for a while I finally picked up one of their planners. In the past, I always picked planners with the horizontal format.

This planner had just that. I split each day in half between personal and work. I don’t have to worry about doing that again in this planner. On one page they have the whole week in the horizontal format. One the second page is a weekly to do’s list and notes section. I use the weekly checklist for my personal tasks. It’s helpful to see everything in one spread. I don’t have to transfer unfinished tasks day by day. I can check it off as I get it done. The work is more deadline centered, unlike my personal to-dos. If the personal or work task is important I have the notes section to add information.

The lines and spacing are big. You get a mini month at a glance of the current and next month. I do notice a light ghosting. I use the Pilot G-2 pen. The ghosting doesn’t bother me. The planner comes with an attached ribbon bookmark. You get several note-pages at the end of the planner. In the beginning of the planner, you get a two-page month at a glance of all the months. You have plenty of space to write along with a column for notes.

The pages feel thin but think enough to not easily rip. The whole planner is thin. The size is 8 x 10”. I don’t like chunky planners. I also don’t like coiled planners. They do have coiled planners but this one isn’t. It’s a soft cover. I like the faux gold in the end pages and the gold foil on the cover. It’s not too much, just enough for the title. This is really simple and I like it.

Thank you, Fida

Thursday, March 2, 2017

March Poetry Prompts: Activism

Hello Poetteers,

I'm bringing in the new month with a new set of poetry prompts! These prompts are different. You got a taste of it in past prompts about culture and faith. The others have been fun, random and lighthearted. These are a bit more important, serious and mature. For in-depth questions to help with these word prompts you can purchase the poetry bundle.

I'll be participating along side you. The prompts are up to your interpretation and creativity. You can repost my challenge graphic on your Instagram profile for reference. Be sure to tag your poems on Instagram with #dailypoetrygram so we can all see it.Tag me (@poetfida) so I can leave some love.

Stay inspired,

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Storytime: Poetry Submission

Hello Poetteers,

In the beginning of my poetry career, I had done a few poetry submissions. After doing those few submissions I saw their appreciation for my work and stuck with their magazines. I eventually stopped doing new submissions. Even after the old ones, I stuck to closed their doors. At the end of 2016, I picked up the poetry submissions again.

All the poetry submissions were to literary journals. I never submitted to small presses. For a while, I didn't find ones that seemed trusting. Once I found a small press it makes me feel better to recognize an author they have published. I may start sending to presses. It's best to find them through Poets Market, P&W, etc.

I’ve heard bad stories about poetry submissions. It never happened to me but then one caught up to me. I found a new literary journal and it was the first one I saw with the theme that it had. It's hard to find literary journals with that theme. I'm not mentioning which journal and theme for the sake of their privacy.

I revised a poem of mine and submitted to them. After emailing me saying my poem has been accepted they promised to send me a link when it will be live. Weeks have gone by and I never got the link. I had to go on their website to search for my poem. After finding it they had a different author listed for the poem. I reached out to them to bring up the misprint to their attention. I heard back quickly and was told she would forward my concern to the main editor. I never heard back. Again I had to search for it myself. They did fix it. And I didn't reach out to thank them because I didn't think they should get one for never having gotten back to me.

What do you think of the situation? 

Stay inspired, 


Thursday, February 23, 2017

Imperfect Boss Reflection

Hello Poetteers,

I'm grateful for this campaign. When I heard of it before I thought it was great but I thought I had nothing to say. Seeing other posts I realized I have things to confess but I'm scared of saying them. I missed the opportunity. As I shared more original poetry I felt stuck. I couldn't move forward unless I shared behind the scenes and truths. I started the series, Poet Confessions (blog and IG). After starting that I felt better. I could finally move forward.

This time when The Imperfect Boss campaign presented itself I jumped at the chance to be a part of it. I felt less alone. I saw myself in many of the fears other people expressed. I came up with more confessions than I shared. More came up as I shared the few you saw. I worried about sharing mine. I worried I would ramble. Maybe I did. I worried if I made sense. After this, I feel understood. Another layer of me was peeled back and seen. I love to reflect on the opportunities I take.

I learned about myself. Some fears are interconnected. As I wrote those newfound confessions and looked back at the questions that were there to help guide us to come up with confessions, I came up with an action plan for myself.

I'm excited about the future! Stay inspired, 

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Repetitive Poetry Titles

Hello Poetteers,

The title is almost as important as the poem itself. Not all my poems include the title within the poem. And that's okay. I believe that most of the time the title of the poem should be within the poem. Together, it connects the two. It gives the reader an AHA moment. It shouldn't be put in there just for the fun of it. It has to add something to the poem. The title has to relate to or deepen the poem in some way or it will just seem repetitive.

Speaking of repetitive, some of our original poems have the same title. If it's my own poems it's frustrating if they share the same title because then I don't know which one is which poem. If your poem does have the same title as someone else's poem there's nothing wrong with that. As you initially write the poem it's alright to leave it without a title or call it 'untitled' but do remember to add a title soon, so that you can distinguish between the poems. Also, you will know that the poem is completed.

"If someone's poem has the same title as mine, I can't really help it. There are only so many words to use. I wouldn't want to use a name of someone else's poem for my poem if I knew of it; I would think up my own instead." @FebruaryGrace.

Make your own titles with the poetry title guide

Stay inspired,


Comment: How do you feel about several of your own or someone else’s poems with the same title?