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Prompting Poetry : Blackjack

March 21, 2014

NEWS!  Blackjack Quarterly has established a new form of poetry, and it rocks.  The poem has a title, followed by three lines of 7 syllables each.  That’s it—21 syllables: blackjack.  One way to approach this form is to look at your own recent writing and make a list of phrases you like.  When you get to ten, take each one of them and compose a blackjack.  You can even go with a theme for your set of blackjacks:  Silence, joy, time, trees, fury, heartache, & home, come to mind.  Be sure to check out Blackjack Quarterly online.  They run contests for publishing these little gems.  Twenty-one of them per issue, of course.

Peggy Miller

About Peggy: Peggy Miller is a poet.  She has an MFA in creative writing from American University.  She serves as one of the editors of the Comstock Review, a longstanding poetry journal.  Peggy leads poetry workshops.  Her books include  What the Blood Knows and Stone Being.  A new book, The Science of Silence, is forthcoming through FootHills Publishing.  Peggy was a research assistant working in biochemistry for the USDA.  Her poetry is often inspired by the sciences, the fascination evoked thereof,the transcendent spirit in everyday lives.

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One Comment
  1. April 1, 2014 12:19 pm

    This is really original ! Where can I see some poems ?

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