Thursday, March 30, 2017

Reveal of April Poetry Challenge

Hello Poetteers,

As you know the A to Z blog challenge is coming up. April is also national poetry month. Of course, I found a way to combine the two events. Three years ago I wrote original poetry. This year I will be writing poetry prompts. Along with this, I'll be participating in the 100-day project. My project will be sketching my poetry. Follow along in #100daysofsketchedpoems.
List of word prompts. For in-depth prompts, check out the April Poetry Bundle

I won't be blogging every day like the challenge calls for. I will be keeping to my regular schedule of blogging once a week. That won't take away from the content or value of the challenge. You will be able to find all the poetry prompts in the April Poetry Bundle.


Talking about the April prompts, this time last year I started #dailypoetrygram. I'm changing it up. I asked you if you wanted daily or weekly prompts and the chosen one was weekly prompts. Stay tuned next month for the change.

Thank you,
Fida 

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Poetry Collab: Bread

Hello Poetteers,

After a #PoetteerChat about food and poetry, I had the pleasure to collaborate on a poem with Charlotte Hamrick.

The Well Worked Globe

Bread is a part of every meal
and Monday mornings
were for bread-making.

My five-year-old self
would sit at the big, worn
kitchen table and watch
Grandma's hands
as they expertly kneaded
and rolled the dough, grabbing
the edge, folding it to the center,
then pushing it down
with the heels of her palms,
gradually turning the pale round
disc until all edges met
in the middle, over and over,
her fingers flexing, arms relentlessly
churning like waves on a shore.

I'd watch as she chatted
and sometimes sang,
a merry-go-round of domesticity,
a goddess of the kitchen,
until time to rest the well-worked
globe in a bowl in the corner.

Later, the whole house
was filled with the smell of freshly baked bread
we sat around the dining room table
I tore off a piece of pita to dip in hummus
as we waited for the main course
on the flip-side
I tore off a piece of flatbread
to scoop up some curry

Bread owns no culture,
yet belongs to every culture.
A staple of life,
bread is universal.

by Fida & Charlotte

Thank you for reading! 

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

How To Come Up With Prompts

Hello Poetteers,

This blog is for me but it is also for you. Usually, I am the one to give you word and poetry prompts. Sometimes the prompts aren’t up your alley or you want your own set of words instead of a general set of word prompts. I am open to receiving suggestions. You always create your own set of word prompts. There are several ways to get started and places to pull words from.
  1. Open a thesaurus or dictionary and look for works that stand out.
  2. Narrow in on an event and pick words that come from it.
    • Example: After the inauguration and women’s march all these words popped up in my mind. That’s how I came up with the March poetry prompts
  3. Pick a theme and the words that go with it. 
Most poetry prompts last for a month. Sometimes that can be too much. You could do one that goes one prompt per week or 7 prompts in one week and gauges if that week is one of writing or not. Another option is to simply cut it in half and have 15 prompts for the whole month. Like I always say, the prompts are up to your interpretation and creativity.

Stay inspired,
Fida

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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,
Fida

DOWNLOADABLE EDITION
Purchase a downloadable version of the Response Poetry Guide so you can reference it whenever needed. Click Here For More Info. 

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,

Fida

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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,
Fida