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Beattie and Pryputniewicz, Inquisition, November Butterfly

Jeanne d’Arc, or It Goes On Still Inside Certain Girls: November Butterfly Poetry Prompt 10

“No excuse to hide, or your daughter will,” is a line I cut (for its baldness) and then kept splicing back in to a Joan of Arc poem….As a poet I’m cursed with that childlike belief in the incantatory strength of words to push sunward the group mind we inhabit. More likely blessed. Comes a time when you have to wait, Feral Mom, Feral Writer Today’s prompts were inspired in part by three poems for Joan of Arc published in November Butterfly (Saddle Road Press), Inquisition, Isabelle: Beaurevoir Castle, and Joan, 21 Century. The poems speak from three vantage points: Joan’s mindframe during the Inquisition, Joan’s mother Isabelle addressing Joan, and Joan considering her situation as if transplanted into the 21 Century. Today’s Prompts: Refamiliarize yourself with your favorite Joan of Arc narrative, permutation, or novel (44 alone listed on Goodreads). If a thespian, consider re-reading Bernard Shaw’s Saint Joan (via Gutenborg Project, Australia). You can also ... more

Beattie & Pryputniewicz Ophelia November Butterfly

Ophelia, Circling Possible Futures and Alternate Endings: November Butterfly Poetry Prompt 9

Another image that lived in my home for several years quietly speaking to my subconscious was a painting titled The Rescue of Ophelia (by Christine DeCamp). A massive leaf borders the body of the floating Ophelia as she cradles in her arms an owl, Shakespeare’s last word trumped by DeCamp’s alternate reality. Cross-Pollination: Claudel, DeCamp, and Beattie (Feral Mom, Feral Writer). Today’s prompts refer in part to the poem Ophelia, originally published with Nefertiti Among Us at Stone Canoe Online and forthcoming in November Butterfly (Saddle Road Press). The poem was inspired by a painting titled The Rescue of Ophelia by Christine DeCamp (pictured below). Poets from Rimbaud to Natasha Tretheway (Bellocq’s Ophelia excerpts at South Writ Large) and Meghan O’Rourke (Ophelia to the Court up at poets.org) have taken on Ophelia. Read the versions linked to above. Then, step into Ophelia's mind. Today’s prompts: Speak in first person as Ophelia. Write her an alternate ending. Her story, her words, before ... more

Beattie & Pryputniewicz Thumbelina November Butterfly

Thumbelina Weighs Her Options: November Butterfly Poetry Prompt 8

 I’m surprised to find, in writing the poem, that girl, mother, and flower coexist in the imagination alongside an innocence I thought lost, beside a self I thought irreparably fractured.  Thumbelina: Innocence Found (Feral Mom, Feral Writer) Today’s prompts are based on the poem Thumbelina, originally published by The NonBinary Review in Issue #1, Grimm’s Fairytales (available as a free Zoetic Press app on iTunes and forthcoming in November Butterfly, Saddle Road Press). The poem speaks from the point of view of Thumbelina addressing her mother, questioning the riddle of their shared fate. Today’s Prompts Read a version of the original Hans Christian Andersen Thumbelina here at East of the web. Make a list of all of the characters, peripheral as well as central. Write a poem from the point of view of the Toad mother, Toad son, cockchafer, field mouse, butterfly tethered to leaf, swallow in the tunnel, or any other character appearing in the poem. Thumbelina ushers us into ... more

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Beginning Blogging: In Person with San Diego Writers, Ink

January 2015 Beginning Blogging: Two out of five of your friends have started a blog. Why? ... more

Paper Dolls Robyn Beattie

Nov 10 Sonoma County Writing Workshop & Book Launch: Coffee Catz

What story have you kept in the cocoon? What would happen if you wrote it out, just for ... more

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Nov 1 SDWI Workshop & Book Launch, Writing Past Fear: Free Your Butterfly

What story have you kept in the cocoon? What would happen if you wrote it out, just ... more

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Intermediate Blogging: In Person with San Diego Writers, Ink

Your blog is up and running or the one you’ve been considering is nearing launch. Join ... more