A WAR OF WORDS

RamboToday, we go to war. Pit two objects against each other and let them fight it out. You’ve heard of STAR WARS, COLA WARS, WAR OF THE ROSES, ROBOT WARS… Write your verbal battle with the title, ____________ WARS. Be creative and nobody will get hurt!

MANY HAPPY RETURNS

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As August comes to a close, students are currently returning or are preparing to return to their studies. Summer is winding down and we’re two-thirds the way to 2016. Sometimes it is imperative to get away, but then, something are worth going back to. The sparrows return to Capistrano, Elvis sang “Return to Sender” and Dean Martin sang “Come Back to Sorrento”. Each April we file our tax returns and we expect a return on an investment! We go back and watch a favorite movie. Some books have us riveted and we go back to them as well. Bottles and cans go back for deposit. What do you always return/come back to experience? Write a “return” poem.

GUEST POST AT POETIC ASIDES AND MORE

Yesterday (Aug.21, 2015) my guest post “THE SCIENCE OF POETRY” appeared on the POETIC ASIDES blog page. The correlation between science and poetry was the main topic and in it I had revealed a pet project of mine, introducing the PERIODIC TABLE OF POETIC ELEMENTS. This re-incarnation highlights 118 poetic forms and devices upon which poets use and rely upon.

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CLICK ON TABLE TO ENLARGE

 

 

The Table may be enlarged and printed for your reference. A companion to this chart is a file of poetic forms that are included. It is a three-hundred plus paged “book”. The red numbers on the chart are the page number in the file where they appear. Each page contains the poetic symbol and its position on the chart. Below are the links to the file. We will be making use of this chart and file in a future exercise here at PHOENIX RISING.

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WHAT ARE WE CELEBRATING?

August seems to be the month around here that is brimming with things to celebrate. Six birthdays fill my calendar including my wife’s which fall on… today!

So I’ll ask you, what is your favorite thing to celebrate? Personal (birthday, anniversary…), National (Independence Day, Labor Day…), Global (Christmas, New Year’s Day…) Or maybe you can tell us how you celebrate! Any rituals or traditions attached? Give us a reason to raise our glass and join your festivities!

A SEASON FOR EVERY PURPOSE UNDER HEAVEN

The Human Seasons

BY JOHN KEATS

Four Seasons fill the measure of the year;
     There are four seasons in the mind of man:
He has his lusty Spring, when fancy clear
     Takes in all beauty with an easy span:
He has his Summer, when luxuriously
     Spring’s honied cud of youthful thought he loves
To ruminate, and by such dreaming high
     Is nearest unto heaven: quiet coves
His soul has in its Autumn, when his wings
     He furleth close; contented so to look
On mists in idleness—to let fair things
     Pass by unheeded as a threshold brook.
He has his Winter too of pale misfeature,
     Or else he would forego his mortal nature.

This is one of my favorite Keats poems. It compares the life of a person with the seasons of the year. It was the basis for my second stage play, “CHANGING WITH THE SEASONS”. The tagline was, “If we don’t change we don’t grow, always growing with the seasons.”

We all change!

Seasons change!

The Summer months are quickly waning and it seems they wait for no one. Soon we will dip into the Autumn season which will lead into… You know the routine. So this week we will write about seasons. There are the four seasons of the year (Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter). There’s Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons. Baseball Season, Football season. Any sports season. Holiday season. There are also seasonings that add spice to our foods and sometimes things that happen to spice our lives.

LIFE IS TO BE SAVORED! So whatever flavor you give to your poems, we will all welcome a taste of your worded brilliance.

WE’VE BEEN EVERYWHERE, MAN!

AND SO OUR WORLDWIDE JUNKET HAS COME TO AN END. IT IS GREAT TO SEE THE WORLD, BUT EVEN MORESO TO COME HOME AGAIN!

 

But it appears “HOME” has taken on a different look with fewer faces around the neighborhood. We’ve completed our third PAD during July, but I wonder if there will be a fourth.

So I ask, “Where do we go from here?” Do we continue with our pursuit to rise to heights with our poetry? Or should we cut our losses and say we gave it a shot?

I will post prompts and such for a few more weeks and see if it was just a “summer” thing, or if our poets have gone to greener pastures. If so, good luck to them and I wish them all a fruitful muse!

I will then choose to rethink how to continue in this poetic life. Thank you all for all you’ve done here at Poetic Blooming/Creative Bloomings/Phoenix Rising!

 

PHOENIX RISING JULY P.A.D. TRAVELOG – DESTINATION: POETRY (VICTORIA PEAK)

Victoria Peak Tower

Victoria Peak Tower

Victoria Peak is a mountain in the western half of Hong Kong Island. It is also known as Mount Austin, and locally as The Peak. With an altitude of 552 m (1,811 ft), it is the highest mountain on Hong Kong island, ranked 31 in terms of altitude in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (Tai Mo Shan is the highest point in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region with an altitude of 957 m).

The summit is occupied by a radio telecommunications facility and is closed to the public. However, the surrounding area of public parks and high-value residential land is the area that is normally meant by the name The Peak. It is a major tourist attraction that offers views over Central, Victoria Harbour, Lamma Island and the surrounding islands.

With some seven million visitors every year, the Peak is a major tourist attraction of Hong Kong. It offers spectacular views of the city and its harbours. The viewing deck also has coin operated telescopes that the visitors can use to enjoy the cityscape. The number of visitors led to the construction of two major leisure and shopping centres, the Peak Tower and the Peak Galleria, situated adjacent to each other.

Think of a place with a spectacular view and write from that perspective. Compare how this view is different from ground level; what does perspective add/subtract from it? Are you affected adversely by high places? Write of that. Use your height to your advantage, and write what you view!

PHOENIX RISING JULY P.A.D. TRAVELOG – DESTINATION: POETRY (ST. BASIL’S CATHEDRAL)

St. Basil's Cathedral

St. Basil’s Cathedral

The Cathedral of Vasily the Blessed (commonly known as Saint Basil’s Cathedral), is a church in Red Square in Moscow, Russia. The building, now a museum, is officially known as the Cathedral of the Intercession of the Most Holy Theotokos on the Moat or Pokrovsky Cathedral. It was built from 1555–61 on orders from Ivan the Terrible and commemorates the capture of Kazan and Astrakhan. A world famous landmark it was the city’s tallest building until the completion of the Ivan the Great Bell Tower in 1600.

Many times historic buildings are repurposed or transformed into something else (as was St. Basil’s) Think of another structure or landmark that remains in tribute to its past. Use it as your inspiration, or think of a new use of another existing  point of interest other that what it was meant to be. Be creative!