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Red Wolf emerges from the woods

December 16, 2013

red wolf eyes
We’re excited to present you the Red Wolf collection, the first We Write Poems prompted-poem anthology.
This first anthology is the culmination of roughly three years of work – people writing poems in response to prompts presented at this site. So prompts and the Internet were the great enablers of the creative process by which these poems were written and shared.
The title of the anthology, “Red Wolf”, reflects the art banner of our site. We think it helps define who we are, who we want to be – poets who look to play a little dangerously, realizing the hungry teeth also of our natures, and with willingness in allowing risk. Real writing calls for nothing less. But then again, we’ve nothing against also having fun.
And because prompts played such an integral part in triggering the poems we write, we decided to feature the prompts in companionship with the poems too. We love that there’s even a “title poem” (thanks, Neil).
If you’re new to this site or just a passive onlooker, we invite you to come participate and play along with our community and our prompts.
Why write? Writing that honestly expresses imagination and our experience of life is a path only some will pursue but the rewards, the value, seem without limit, a doorway like counting stars. There is a universal quality to this desire and some will hear, some will not. To each in their own manner we are drawn from the measures of our own personal experience, that part of the heavens uniquely ours to express. Here is form to a world from the void that is ever ephemeral. The more poems you write, the better you get at getting it. Process is everything.
When we write, we’re trying to catch something that’s not easy, elusive, yet there. When we write, we allow ourselves to enter the woods. When we write, we just might become red wolves. Pretty soon the woods could be howling with poems.
presentTo download your own copy of the WWP Red Wolf Anthology please click on the red wolf icon in our blog sidebar to the right. Please be free to share this PDF file with your friends, family, fellow writers, or put a link to our WWP site on your own blog with reference to the anthology.
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Thanks and much love to all the fine poets who participated in our fledgling anthology.
~Irene and Neil

Spoiler alert: There’ll be a sister site that will spring forth in February 2014. So watch for it!

  1. December 16, 2013 4:49 am

    Looks like you guys did a great job. I haven’t downloaded yet, but I will..Thanks so much! Look forward to reading it!

    Annell Livingston HC 74 Box 21860 El Prado, NM 87529

  2. December 16, 2013 5:54 am

    Reblogged this on orange is a fruit and commented:

    Unveiling Red Wolf poetry anthology…

  3. December 16, 2013 6:42 am

    Bravo. 😀 Looking forward to a delicious, slow read.

  4. December 16, 2013 7:07 am

    Reblogged this on Shiteki Na Usagi and commented:

    First poetry anthology from We Write Poems prompts. Join us in the woods.

  5. December 16, 2013 7:10 am

    Just downloaded a version to my iPad, so I have some dreamy bedside reading tonight. I flicked through the pages quickly, and I’m very impressed. Professional. Really nice.

  6. December 16, 2013 7:19 am

    Reblogged this on The Chalk Hills Journal and commented:

    A wonderful collection of poems that might be perfect as a Christmas gift.

  7. December 16, 2013 9:29 am

    Reblogged this on bearly audible and commented:

    might be a goal, but no, merely on the road to what is next, unknown.

  8. December 16, 2013 10:39 am

    Reblogged this on Raven's Wing Poetry and commented:

    We has an anthology!
    We Write Poems has unveiled its latest anthology, Red Wolf. The collection is made up of poems written to WWP prompts from community members over the last three years. I have a poem in it, too. Come and read!

  9. December 16, 2013 11:29 am

    Reblogged this on Metaphors and Smiles and commented:
    WWP Unveils Red Wolf poetry anthology!! Feel free to share around the poem goodness! I have one in this collection, too!

  10. December 16, 2013 11:33 am

    Wonderful you guys!! I really like the look of the anthology~excellent job! Thank you, again for the inclusion!

  11. December 16, 2013 1:34 pm

    Looks great! I will be reading it all over the next few days. I wrote a post on “the lost beat” with links. I am also posting on Twitter and Facebook. I am thrilled to be connected with all of you wonderful poets!

    • December 16, 2013 4:23 pm

      Thanks Denise, for spreading the word.

  12. December 16, 2013 4:59 pm

    Nice, guys.

    • December 16, 2013 8:31 pm

      A collection to make a nice ending to the year, Barbara. Thanks for sticking around.

  13. December 16, 2013 7:47 pm

    Just read about this on Metaphors and Smiles, thank you, Hannah!
    Dear Irene and Neil, thank you so much for all the time and effort you’ve put into this project. The anthology looks wonderful. Hope there will be many more in years to come.

    • December 16, 2013 8:27 pm

      Glad you found us through Hannah. Do spread the word.

    • December 17, 2013 8:09 pm

      You’re so welcome, Happy Amateur…I’m so honored to be in this collection with you and everyone!! 🙂

      Thanks you guys!!

  14. December 17, 2013 1:44 am

    thanks to all, not only for your participation, but also for spreading the word about the anthology. that’s the honey on the toast. and we do like sweet, don’t we.

    I like it that poems should take more their place in the common world like dogs and birds and sidewalk curbs, like trees and the leaves we need rake and make piles of, like the keys we forgot then lose then find again. yea, like common stuff, but seen by a hundred different eyes.

  15. December 17, 2013 4:58 am

    Reblogged this on Margo Roby: Wordgathering and commented:
    I was imagining a Venn diagram of followers of We Write Poems, Yousei, and Misky. Some people are going to see this four times, but we’re excited about it.

    The borrowed prompt for today is tied to the anthology. Wander through and jot down first lines that you like [along with the poet’s name]. You can do one of two things. Take all the first lines you have picked and use them as your poem — tenses and pronouns can be changed for sense. Or, pick your favourite line and use it as your first line. Remember to credit the original authors.

    Have a wonderful holiday everyone and happy writing. See you in the New Year.

  16. December 17, 2013 6:15 am

    “The Red Wolf is out, but have no fear, Little Red Riding Hoods, do take a winding path through the dark and cold woods. It will lead you to a safe little cottage with a lot of character, and the gracious hosts will warm your souls with sizzling freshly brewed poetry…” Linked to the WWP anthology on my blog:

  17. December 17, 2013 6:15 am

    Yay! I’ll reblog this on “echoes from the silence” — looking forward to reading the collection! Thanks for your work to put this together. ❤

  18. December 17, 2013 7:59 am

    Reblogged this on echoes from the silence and commented:
    INTRODUCING…an online anthology is born! “Red Wolf” is a collection of poems written for prompts offered at We Write Poems. I am so honored and excited to have a piece included in this anthology! ENJOY!

  19. December 17, 2013 8:07 am

    Posted an Announcement on Soul’s Music and 1sojournal sites, borrowed the anthology image to do so and directed traffic here. Thanks for all of your work and congratulations to both of you.


    • December 17, 2013 3:14 pm

      You for one, I would like to single out, as having been with me part of the journey. Thanks and hugs, Elizabeth.
      Proofreader extraordinaire and more…much much more.

  20. December 17, 2013 9:56 am

    Reblogged this on BRIARCAT and commented:
    And even more wolfish goodness to come

  21. December 17, 2013 3:50 pm

    Well done. And I am sure very satisfying. I am delighted to be involved.

    Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to everyone.

  22. December 17, 2013 4:47 pm

    At Margo’s suggestion, here are the first lines from the authors in the Red Wolf’ll be amazed. The lines appear in the exact sequence of the series of poems. Here goes:

    red wolf darkly we whisper
    occluded forest, the hood over my head
    was it any good?

    the dead woman felt something move
    she opened her eyes
    beneath your hands her breasts are tarnished earth

    life has never been adequate, but
    it’s difficult sometimes
    what happens when I want to forget
    what feet have walked in these shoes

    we are all lined up
    she was the last to leave the church. She watched
    this sad smile
    he called her all things smooth and buttery
    that slow descent was my undoing

    I reach out for your hands
    put down your fascination –
    dearest, what happens to words that drop between us
    tiers rocked back and forth

    remember, Nick?
    the sky is colorless today
    our October world can take our breath away

    In the Musée Christian Dior today
    words are my breath
    I lean in the doorway for a moment
    the team rushed you off, out of sight

    snow fell hard
    red ribbons caught in the wormholes
    once my heart has been long enough with one person

    across my cheek,
    gently, in slow, warm caress
    she withdrew subtly
    shadows shorn from shouldered shapes

    • December 17, 2013 8:04 pm

      Wow. This is intriguing…I love the natural shifts that take place even into the change of seasons…that snow into red ribbon and then heart section is poignant. I like the way color contrast fell into play there.

      Well done, Irene and thank you!!

    • December 19, 2013 5:50 am

      Oh, this is interesting… I wonder what it would be like using say the second or third lines….

  23. December 17, 2013 9:50 pm

    Irene and Neil, it looks great. Just downloaded to my iPad to read. As soon as I figure out how to reblog, I will do so as well.


  24. December 17, 2013 9:52 pm

    Reblogged this on Sadly Waiting for Recess and commented:
    Very excited about this new anthology from the fine people (also poets) at We Write Poems.

  25. December 19, 2013 5:57 am

    I think this is my first reblog of a prompt site!

    I’ve done link things…but I think this is different 🙂

  26. December 19, 2013 2:19 pm

    Reblogged this on 47whitebuffalo's Blog and commented:
    Something Poetic & Positive which I discovered via The Poetic Rabbit
    at Shiteki Na Usagi. The art in the header art is the work of Leslie White who blogs at Leslie Paints ~~~ Red Wolf emerges caught my eye because of the ongoing attack on Wolves in America. This is just one example of exploring the interconnectedness of all things. Namaste.

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