Thursday, May 19, 2011

The Thursday Think Tank #49 - Untitled

"There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed."
~ Ernest Hemingway

This week we offer you the simplest most difficult nearly impossible a child can do it prompt.

Your poem or prose should be titled “Untitled”.  We want you to free write.  To  purposefully have an untitled poem.  Don't give it a name.  Don't give us one you have already witten.  Write a new one! Let the writing give each person a different name for your poem when they read it.  When time permits sit down and spend 15 minutes writing. Don’t pre-plan your poem just plan your time. Sit down at your lap top or grab your pen and paper and just write. We want your raw emotion and imagination of that singular unplanned moment to take over your pen. Maybe right after reading this you can start writing.

Empty your mind so that nothing influences you and when you have done that open the flood gates. Let the ink flow at whatever races to the front of your amazingly creative brain!

The fun thing about it being untitled is that folks maybe can attempt to guess what you are writing about. When you visit some of our shared writings this week see if you can’t figure out what you are reading. Plus it will be kind of fun to see all the poetry blogrolls suddenly pop up with a bunch of "Untitled" poems.

We look forward to seeing what a blank page can do for you. Remember no cheating!! Meditate if you have to and erase the world so that you can once again create it and show it to us. I personally can’t wait to try this and read what others produce.


If you have a prompt idea (even a Music or Film inspired one) that you would like to suggest or share with us please send it to poetsunited@ymail.com . We keep a folder set aside with all your suggestions and just might use it one day.


There 3 simple rules:

1. Don’t link to more than 3 poems per week.

2. Please visit some of the other poems linked here when you link to yours.

3. Leave a comment after you have posted your link.


34 comments:

  1. Poets United,

    The very title, is usually the backbone to my poem!

    Eileen T O'Neill

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  2. well, yay and thank you!
    that was a very lovely way to spend my lunch break. yum!

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  3. my untitleD for this week :)

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  4. 3/3 I've always got to do it. Happy reading people!

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  5. Poets United,

    Breaking the rules, by posting my 'titled' poem!

    Eileen T O'Neill

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  6. I played. I just wrote an "Untitled" poem. A fun challenge, Robb.

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  7. I went with an emotion; the flip n' flop of the artistic mood. Interesting prompt ;-D

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  8. I'd enjoy anyone telling me what it all means!

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  9. Difficult to start, worse to stop,

    Elizabeth

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  10. Fun one! I wrote this after hearing the song "Cold Hearted Snake" in the grocery store today. I scribbled it down on a scrap of paper while I cooked dinner. Sometimes a girl's gotta rhyme!
    http://lolamousedroppings.blogspot.com/2011/05/untitled.html

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  11. i think my mind was still thinking about the photograph prompt from Magpie Tales...

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  12. Here for the first time after seeing it on Jinksy's blog.

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  13. Emptying the mind sounds easier said than done, but I'll see what I can do.

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  14. Hello! I see some familiar names and some new poets to explore.

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  15. Thanks for the inspiration. Just sitting here wondering whether to indulge in alcohol tonight and the idea was born.

    Anna :o]

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  16. mine is a bit surreal this week.

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  17. Dear TTT - I've come to the conclusion, hardly anybody can have read your request for an 'Untitled' offering with multiple meanings! :)Perhaps they don't like playing guessing games... I thought it a fun idea, so I'm disappointed with what I've looked at so far...Ho Hum...

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  18. Titles have always been difficult for me--they always seem so trite after I have written something and I don't think of a title first. So "Untitled" worked for me. Nothing very profound came to me when I sat down to free write. But then I can switch it out to a whole new poem if I do get some untitled inspiration!

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  19. Bttrflyscr, I have tried clicking on your link, tried to comment, but there is a problem with y9u7r websitr. Please check.

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  20. Not sure if that took or not, so here's another. The process was interesting. The result is in place!

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  21. Can't shake of some thoughts though I tried my best.Looking forward to reading other "untitled" ones.

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  22. UNTITLED, it really is, nothing popped in my mind, ended up blaming the closing time.

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  23. I had fun writing this one. This is my first Thursday Think Tank participation. Can't wait to see the next challenge.

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  24. Creating titles for my work is one of the more enjoyable parts of sharing my thoughts. It was tough to leave it unnamed. :-)

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  25. This was a lot of fun - really enjoyed trying it. :)

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  26. I must admit, this was an interesting challenge, but quite fun.
    I'm going to enjoy sifting through other writers post's!

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  27. I'm a whole week late, but I had to write to this prompt. It's just what I needed.

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