for - words 11 19 2014

​November 19, 2014


Lines from Angie Trudell Vasquez: 


"there is an energy here,
a rustling of wings"


Want more? 

Join in the digital launch of _local ground(s) tonight, 7-9 p.m.

on FB, Twitter, and Tumblr.  

#midwestpoetics
 

Margaret (Peggy) Rozga

author of Though I Haven't Been to Baghdad

and 200 Nights and One Day

 

 

for - words 11 18 2014

11/18/2014


Just 24 more hours to the virtual launch of local ground(s)

To join in the insightful conversation on Twitter, use #midwestpoetics.  

On Facebook, go to the Verse Wisconsin page to get started in the conversation about this new anthology of prose works from Verse Wisconsin.


I'll be highlighting sections of my essay "Community Inclusive: A Poetics to Move Us Forward" and rethinking my comments about blogging in a conversation with Lisa Vihos, Margaret Swedish, Jennifer Morales, and Sarah Busse.


I'd love to hear from you!


Margaret (Peggy) Rozga

author of Though I Haven't Been to Baghdad

and 200 Nights and One Day

 

 

for - words 10 16 2014

How to Write a Poem


I try, I really do, when facilitating a workshop to give participants directions, steps, that will lead to a poem.  At the same time, I'm always uncertain about whether those steps will lead to a poem.  I think they may bring  a writer to the point where a poem begins to happen, but I can't be sure of that, either.  


So I was glad to read today a Rattle interview with poet Troy Jollimore who talks about this sense of not knowing how to write a poem.  He says, "I think most other writers believe, that despite the fact that we as writers have done it, we don’t really know how to do it."  He goes on, "the poem writes itself; you’re just there as the conduit. You’ve got to listen to the poem: What does it want to be? Don’t try to make it a sonnet if it doesn’t want to be a sonnet; if it wants something else, let it be something else."


Next time I have to talk about how to write a poem, I think this interview will prove very useful.


Margaret (Peggy) Rozga

author of Though I Haven't Been to Baghdad

and 200 Nights and One Day

 

 

for-words 10 16 2014

​Thursday, October 16, 2014


Here in the epigraph for the poem posted on New Verse News today is an interesting prompt.


You Receive A Present From Someone You Haven’t Seen In A Long Time.
Who’s It From? What’s Inside?
                                ---Writing prompt at Jubilee Partners ESOL Program for Refugees, Comer, Ga.
  


Margaret (Peggy) Rozga

author of Though I Haven't Been to Baghdad

and 200 Nights and One Day

 

 

for - words 10 14 14

Social Justice, Libraries, and Poetry

 

Joining Jim Madigan of the Oak Park (Illinois) Public Library on a panel at the Illinois Library Association meeting.  We'll discuss collaborative project possibilities for public libraries using the models of March to Equality and Freedom Summer 50 that I helped with in Milwaukee.

Margaret (Peggy) Rozga

author of Though I Haven't Been to Baghdad

and 200 Nights and One Day

 

 
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