Magnetic Wednesday Musings

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A thank you to all those who participated in the Magnetic Poetry Saturday Challenge and provided such delightful offerings. If I have missed anyone, please let me know in the comments.

Kat, untitled


Crow, “Black Dreams


Pat, “Dazzled


rivrvlogr, “gentle fly at peace


Jane Dougherty, “Drunk on diamond rain



Merril, “If


Leara, “Sacred Writes


Method Two Madness, “15 Years


Deb, untitled





        • I suppose my comment arises from a sticking point (i.e. frustration) for me: the limited working dictionary in my head. That is, what words rise to the surface when i am writing any particular piece is far less than the words out there that i could use.

          Even more so is the combination of words. An example would be in my last magnet attempt, i don’t know if “dog” would have popped up on its own when i ponder “day” – but seeing the two side by side in the word choice and it fit. There is that part of me that rails against my human inability to hold up all the potential combinations and strings of words at the same time.

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          • That’s the power of suggestion. You can always finish the poem with the subliminal suggestions, then once it’s out of your system, rearrange the words another way. In theory. Once an idea is in your head, it’s difficult to replace it with another. I find that often happens when correcting a bad translation. It’s often well nigh impossible to think of the word you would normally use in a context once another (wrong ) word has been suggested.

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    • yeah, i agree. the actual words (whether on a fridge or on a computer screen) being shifted and pushed into place, the poem becomes an entity itself, intriguing in and of itself, like a sculpture of words.

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      • Yes, I started noticing this and now I can’t stop. I have paid attention to it with my snippet and collage poems but these computer refrigerated poems for some reason, it really leaps out at me (maybe because I’m not observing my own work) as part of the experience.

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        • (not to over-think it, which i am prone to do) there is a significant qualitative difference between someone being given, say, 45 words and prefixes, and told to make a poem out of them and having those same 45 in actuality that one has to push around to make the poem. The (virtual) tactile nature of words engages the writer (as well as the reader) in a way that alters the creative experience.

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          • Yes, I agree. And for me, I am much better when I can be hands on. I seem to think better if I am actually moving or touching the thing I am working with. Never any good at thinking how something should work – I need to poke and prod. Words too, I guess.

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  1. I’m so pleased to have found this challenge and to have my first poem included with such a delightful collection. Thanks for the challenge and for collating them into a summary post.

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