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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.

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

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

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