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POETRY FRIDAY ROUNDUP SCHEDULE
Hanging with fellow Georgia writers (from top, l-r) Tracy Walker, Heather Kolich, Donna Bowman, (bottom, middle) Janice Hardy and Paula Puckett
photo by Steve Kolich
Susan Rosson Spain, Robyn Hood Black, Elizabeth Dulemba, and Myra Meade at the Hall Book Exchange in Gainesville, Ga.
photo by Mel Hornsby
Southern Breeze Kudos Kites 09 - Donna, Robyn, Heather, Sarah, and Peggy
Robyn with Kathleen Duey, author extraordinaire
Robyn with Alaska Nature Writer Debbie Miller
photo by Robyn Hood Black
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October 16, 2014
Dearest Poetry Pals,
Sorry to be missing as many Poetry Friday parties as I've made it to in recent weeks.
We're actually on the road today and all weekend, and I don't have a post scared up! A veteran plate-spinner, I'm still having to temper my "to-do's" (or "wish-I-could-get-done's) as I get over my neck/nerves/shoulder/arm injury from August. Doing TONS better but not quite at full speed yet. I've been spending lots of time in the studio (yay!) but not having enough dexterity/energy left for everything else.
Someone who always seems to be at the top of her game is our wonderful Michelle, spinning around (is that a cape? a cloak?) as our Poetry Friday host over at Today's Little Ditty
. Go enjoy Today's Little Roundup, actually - Today's Poetry Friday Parlor of Horrors! - and thanks for popping in.
October 9, 2014
Greetings, Poetry Fans! I know you've been patiently waiting for this year's "Haiku Student Poet of the Month" series. Last year you met accomplished haiku poet and teacher at The Paideia School in Atlanta, Tom Painting. [Click here
for my feature on Tom as part of our WE HAIKU HERE series last fall, and here
for a few recent poems.] And you met several of his current and former students sharing their incredible haiku. [If you missed any, you may click here
to get caught up.]
We are delighted to kick off the 2014-15 series with Grace Futral
. Grace is a native of Atlanta, Georgia, and lives in Druid Hills with her parents and older brother. At 15, she is a committed soccer player, artist, and writer.
My inspiring junior high teacher, Tom Painting, introduced me to the art of haiku. Haiku nurtures my poetic side and makes me more aware of the subtle, beautiful aspects of life.
Please enjoy some of Grace's fine poetry:
dad knee deep
in the river
his callused hands
feed the line
[*note* The above poem was a national winner in the 2012 Nicholas Virgilio Memorial Haiku Competition]
we blend in
with the stars
frogs make the silence
sheds a lick of light
the dust settled
Poems ©Grace Futral. All rights reserved.
I've enjoyed re-reading these and find something new to delight in each time. While strong haiku poetry generally eschews excessive poetic devices, a particularly irresistible turn of phrase or bit of alliteration can often sneak in to make a haiku memorable. For me, that "lick of light" in Grace's "the sky" poem is just perfect. And the way the sounds of frogs make you realize how quiet it is at night - a great observation.
Which poem particularly draws you in?
Thanks for coming by to share in the series, and be sure to check out terrific poetry of all stripes at this week's Roundup, hosted by the wonderful Tricia at The Miss Rumphius Effect
October 2, 2014
Hmmm... Poetry Friday, AND October, snuck up on me... How did that happen?
Well, if you've kindly popped in over here, I apologize for being empty-handed. But you know who's not? Our beloved Jama, offering dreamy deliciousness over at Jama's Alphabet Soup
and links to lots of great poetry in today's Roundup! Bon voyage... [DO come back here next week, though, for our featured Student Haiku Poet of the Month! You'll love meeting her and reading her work.]
September 25, 2014
Haiku poet and teacher Tom Painting and students at the 2013 quarterly Haiku Society of America meeting in Atlanta.
What's that I hear? (Cups ear with hand...) It's a new school year, and you are wondering when those FABULOUS student haiku poets will be sharing their work with us?
Have no fear. Tom Painting, acclaimed haiku poet and teacher at The Paideia School in Atlanta, has no shortage of talented young people to present. We will be delighted to continue our "Student Haiku Poet of the Month" series again in October. Just a few weeks!
To whet your appetite, I asked Tom if he might share a few of his own recent poems today. [Click here
for my feature on Tom as part of our WE HAIKU HERE series last fall, highlighting speakers from the quarterly meeting of the Haiku Society of America held in Atlanta.]
He kindly obliged. Enjoy:
our heart to heart
till the stars come out
I mark my place
my son throws stones
into the river
bison graze the shadow
of the Bitterroots
Poems ©Tom Painting. All rights reserved.
Do you have a favorite? I'm delighted or dazzled by each one. The second poem, "reading," while it offers a sense of calm, challenges us with expansiveness and perspective - we "mark our place" in the universe. As a parent whose children are now young adults, "the talk" draws a smile. And bison grazing a shadow is just a beautiful, surprising image.
Wouldn't it be great if haiku were taught in every school by such a master? I hope you'll return for more haiku from Tom's classroom this year! If you missed any of last year's featured student poets, click here
to meet these amazing young writers and read their work.
And for all kinds of wonderful poetry, please visit the ever-talented Laura at Writing the World for Kids
for this week's Poetry Friday Roundup. [While there, be sure to check out her great "15 Words or Less" poetry features/challenges! Helps to sharpen the haiku mind.... And learn about her new book series for teachers! :0) ]
September 18, 2014
Happy Poetry Friday!
I found myself blogging over at artsyletters
this evening - couldn't resist a call for folks to post pictures of their messy studio tables and then submit them to the wonderful Seth Apter for his blog, The Altered Page
. (My current very limited time in the studio has actually been spent experimenting with some of Seth Apter's mixed media techniques.)
My therapist would holler if I spend any more time pecking away and sitting at this computer, so I won't attempt a poetry post as well. Ice packs calleth. BUT, my amazing friend and terrifically talented poet Amy has the Roundup today over at The Poem Farm
, so be sure to check it out.
[And if you want to see my messy studio table, you can click here
September 11, 2014
Happy Almost-Fall Greetings...
Here's hoping your summer will fold into a golden, sparkly fall - rich in experience and poetic inspiration.
What the heck - let's fling ourselves toward it with some ever-effusive Shelley, shall we?
Ode to the West Wind
by Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792–1822)
O wild West Wind, thou breath of Autumn's being,
Thou, from whose unseen presence the leaves dead
Are driven, like ghosts from an enchanter fleeing,
Yellow, and black, and pale, and hectic red,
Pestilence-stricken multitudes: O thou,
Who chariotest to their dark wintry bed
The winged seeds, where they lie cold and low,
Each like a corpse within its grave, until
Thine azure sister of the Spring shall blow
Her clarion o'er the dreaming earth, and fill
(Driving sweet buds like flocks to feed in air)
With living hues and odours plain and hill:
Wild Spirit, which art moving everywhere;
Destroyer and preserver; hear, oh hear!
Thou on whose stream, mid the steep sky's commotion,
Loose clouds like earth's decaying leaves are shed,
Shook from the tangled boughs of Heaven and Ocean,
Angels of rain and lightning: there are spread
On the blue surface of thine aëry surge,
Like the bright hair uplifted from the head
Of some fierce Maenad, even from the dim verge
Of the horizon to the zenith's height,
The locks of the approaching storm. Thou dirge
Of the dying year, to which this closing night
Will be the dome of a vast sepulchre,
Vaulted with all thy congregated might
Of vapours, from whose solid atmosphere
Black rain, and fire, and hail will burst: oh hear!
Thou who didst waken from his summer dreams
The blue Mediterranean, where he lay,
Lull'd by the coil of his crystalline streams,
Beside a pumice isle in Baiae's bay,
And saw in sleep old palaces and towers
Quivering within the wave's intenser day,
All overgrown with azure moss and flowers
So sweet, the sense faints picturing them! Thou
For whose path the Atlantic's level powers
Cleave themselves into chasms, while far below
The sea-blooms and the oozy woods which wear
The sapless foliage of the ocean, know
Thy voice, and suddenly grow gray with fear,
And tremble and despoil themselves: oh hear!
If I were a dead leaf thou mightest bear;
If I were a swift cloud to fly with thee;
A wave to pant beneath thy power, and share
The impulse of thy strength, only less free
Than thou, O uncontrollable! If even
I were as in my boyhood, and could be
The comrade of thy wanderings over Heaven,
As then, when to outstrip thy skiey speed
Scarce seem'd a vision; I would ne'er have striven
As thus with thee in prayer in my sore need.
Oh, lift me as a wave, a leaf, a cloud!
I fall upon the thorns of life! I bleed!
A heavy weight of hours has chain'd and bow'd
One too like thee: tameless, and swift, and proud.
Make me thy lyre, even as the forest is:
What if my leaves are falling like its own!
The tumult of thy mighty harmonies
Will take from both a deep, autumnal tone,
Sweet though in sadness. Be thou, Spirit fierce,
My spirit! Be thou me, impetuous one!
Drive my dead thoughts over the universe
Like wither'd leaves to quicken a new birth!
And, by the incantation of this verse,
Scatter, as from an unextinguish'd hearth
Ashes and sparks, my words among mankind!
Be through my lips to unawaken'd earth
The trumpet of a prophecy! O Wind,
If Winter comes, can Spring be far behind?
I know, if you're in my part of the country, you are still wearing shorts. But the weather folks have been showing pictures where some of you might live, and there's already white stuff on the ground!
For poetry appropriate for any clime, please visit lovely Renée at No Water River
for today's Roundup. (What's the weather like in Italy this week, Renée ?)
September 4, 2014
Poem©Keri Collins Lewis. All Rights Reserved.
It's sunny and hot outside, but the calendar says summer is drawing to a close. I'm happy to share my final Summer Poem Swap 2014 gift here to mark the transition.
It's all about transition!
Many thanks to the multitalented and thoughtful Keri Collins Lewis
for this wonderful cinquain reflecting this big move we've just made. (I hope you can see the poem well enough in the picture; it's hard to format indentions on my blog, and I'm trying to do much of this with my left hand anyway. Sigh.
For a little more about cinquains and writing them with students, check out this post
at Kenn Nesbitt's Poetry4Kids site. (Do you need to double-check your pronunciation of the form? Hmmm?)
And for more great poetry of all kinds, visit the endlessly talented Laura over at Author Amok
for this week's Roundup!
August 28, 2014
Happy Poetry Friday! Thanks to all for so many warm wishes last week, and to Irene, of course, for assuming hosting duties when I had to bow out. My bowing is still a bit painful, so I'll simply post to our host for this week: Go find the Roundup at Jone's at Check it Out
Hope to be up and running again soon. More sessions with the neuromuscular massage therapist/PT should help.
August 21, 2014
Dear Poetry Friends,
I was looking forward to hosting today here at the cusp of a new school year! Instead, after traveling to help get my young adult kids settled in for their new years, my annoying pulled shoulder muscle turned into a pinched nerve or some such last weekend. We finally made it home but I'm still trying different treatment options and looking forward to getting full use of my right hand/arm back. Swooping in to the rescue is the amazing and generous Irene Latham, who is hosting this week's Roundup at Live Your Poem.
Thank you, thank you, Irene!
August 14, 2014
I’ve just returned from helping our daughter Morgan set up her new third grade classroom in Greenville, SC, and we’re about to head out to the north Georgia mountains to get our son Seth settled into his college apartment on campus. I hope your back-to-school-ing is going well if you are a parent or teacher or media specialist or student or such! Whether your August involves school or not, I’m sure you’ll enjoy stopping just for a moment to enjoy another Summer Poem Swap treasure.
unmiserable to the
©Heidi Mordhorst. All rights reserved.
This gem is from our ever talented Poetry Friday host this week, Heidi Mordhorst
(who greets this time of year as a teacher and a mom herself!). How lovely that she paired her haiku with this wonderful photograph of my namesake in the bird world. In an accompanying note, Heidi said she loved the “resilience” of this feathered friend. We’ve certainly seen our share of “sodden” this summer; our back yard flooded last weekend. Many cities (including Greenville) in several regions of the country have dealt with serious flooding this week.
You might know from Diane
and her wonderful blog that a haiku and visual image presented together is called a “haiga,” and I’m honored Heidi sent me one!
As Stephen Addis explains in the jacket flap of his book, THE ART OF HAIKU (Shambhala, 2012):
All the great haiku masters created paintings (called haiga) or calligraphy in connection with their poems, and the words and images were intended to be enjoyed together, enhancing each other, and each adding its own dimension to the reader’s and viewer’s understanding.
Many thanks to Heidi for this haiga, and to Tabatha
for organizing our sensational SWAP.
Here’s hoping you are unmiserable - nice and dry in fact, and ready to enjoy more poetry! Join the flock over at Heidi’s My Juicy Little Universe.
Explore a poem or two or five....
A rhyming tale of a young boy's knightly adventure with an imagined dragon.
Nonfiction, interactive book on wolves featuring giant pop-up and tons of info!
In schools or other settings, Robyn shares her passion for writing and encourages creativity. Presentations for all age groups.
In addition to writing books, Robyn has sold her writing to major children's magazines.
Explore this genre of sparely crafted poetry which offers endless depth. Resources for students, teachers, and writers.
bio, photos, interview links, etc.
(Click here to visit Robyn's art business)
Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators
National Council of Teachers of English
Click here for KidLitosphere's links to current poetry round-up