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Poetry Friday - Old Words to Ring in New Poetry Month

March 30, 2017

Tags: Poetry Friday, artsyletters, found poem, Victorian, poetry, Poetry Month

Helllooo, Poetry Lovers!

Tomorrow we ring in "our" month - National Poetry Month! Read all about it here, at The Academy of American Poets.

I decided to celebrate in my studio with a new collage, made from antique elements.

The words simply read:


poetry has


arrayed in


poem found by Robyn Hood Black

The image is from the May 2015 issue of Woman's World. The text was clipped directly from A. A. Smith's introduction to Poetry and Art, Columbia Publishing Company, 1892. The "title" was clipped from The Poetry Book 5, Huber-Bruner-Curry, circa. 1926. Two vintage topaz-colored glass hearts dangle from the bottom of the fancy vintage bronze-colored metal frame (made in Italy).

Much poetic goodness will be springing up all over the Kidlitosphere this month. Our wonderful Jama wrangles together events and keeps a running list over at Jama's Alphabet Soup .

One highlight is always The Progressive Poem, started and coordinated by our lovely Irene Latham. It travels each day to a different blog, adding a line each day, and it's always surprising to see where the words take us. (It parks right here on April 25.)

A terrific-sounding new adventure this year will be The Poetry Mosaic at Bookology. A different poet reading his or her poetry will be added each day of the month. (I'm thrilled to get to participate, along with some other Poetry Friday regulars. (-- *hint*, you'll have to wait a while for mine... ;0) )

Many more celebrations are in the works, and terrific poetry posts throughout April. Visit the ever-amazing Amy at The Poem Farm today for a launch into Poetry Month!


  1. March 31, 2017 12:46 AM EDT
    This is so exciting! This is my first April dipping my toes into the poetry community, and I can't wait to immerse myself in poetry all month long!
    - Jane @ Raincity Librarian
  2. March 31, 2017 5:54 AM EDT
    It's a party!

    I love how you collect the precious past and preserve it for the future in
    a poem of today, Robyn.

    And I didn't know about the Bookology Poetry Month party.

    Appreciations for everything shared here, always.

    - Bookseedstudio/Jan
  3. March 31, 2017 8:12 AM EDT
    So exciting. I wrote a poem a day in February, so this month, I am continuing work on my novel. I will be with all of you in spirit, though! Happy Poetry! Woo-hoo!
    - Brenda at friendlyfairytales
  4. March 31, 2017 9:29 AM EDT
    Such a beautiful collage and sentiment, Robyn! Happy to hear you'll be featured in the Poetry Mosaic too. So worth the wait. :) xo
    - Michelle Heidenrich Barnes
  5. March 31, 2017 10:39 AM EDT
    Lovely new piece you've created, Robyn. And thanks for telling about the Bookology poetry. Sounds wonderful. Happy Poetry Month!
    - Linda Baie
  6. March 31, 2017 10:44 AM EDT
    You have a beautiful knack for bringing the unexpected together in enchanting ways. Thank you for sharing this gift with our community again and again, in so many ways. xx
    - Amy Ludwig VanDerwater
  7. March 31, 2017 10:44 AM EDT
    Hi, Jane - those toes will be wiggling all month long! So glad you're in the pond. :0)

    Thank you, Dear Jan - much appreciation right back!

    Brenda, your February discipline was impressive! Best wishes as you work on your novel, hopefully with poetic inspirations all month long.

    Howdy, Michelle - thanks. Happy Poetry Month to you!

    Hi, Linda - thanks. I'm excited about the project over at Bookology and will be tuning in all month to enjoy.
    - Robyn Black
  8. March 31, 2017 10:46 AM EDT
    Amy, such lovely words - thanks. And thanks for hosting the big Poetry Month kickoff Roundup! :0)
    - Robyn Black
  9. March 31, 2017 11:36 AM EDT
    A found poem pulled from the past. This is lovely, Robyn. I'm excited about the Poetry Mosaic this year.
    - Laura Shovan
  10. March 31, 2017 11:37 AM EDT
    This is so neat, Robyn! I love the blending of old words and vintage treasures. Happy Poetry month!
    - Kiesha Shepard
  11. March 31, 2017 12:38 PM EDT
    Your creativity is inspiring, Robyn! I look forward to reading more of your found poems during NPM!
    - Linda Kulp Trout
  12. March 31, 2017 12:54 PM EDT
    Love your collage, Robyn! We need more beauty in this world, so thank you for creating such wonderful art. Can't believe March is already over -- but of course there's so much to look forward to for NPM!!
    - jama
  13. March 31, 2017 1:42 PM EDT
    Hi, Laura - Thank you. And I was excited to see your name in the Mosaic mix!

    Happy Poetry Month to you, too, Kiesha - thank you for stopping by!

    Linda - I do love seeing your name around on Poetry Fridays again. :0) & Thanks - have a great Poetry Month!

    Jama, the March winds seemed to blow those calendar pages extra fast this year... Thank you for helping to spread the word and keep tabs on so much going on for April. One of these years I'll come up with a dedicated April project! ;0)
    - Robyn Black
  14. March 31, 2017 2:36 PM EDT
    Another amazing work of art, Robyn, both the poem and the collage! Here's to "our" month! *clink*
    - Bridget Magee
  15. March 31, 2017 3:49 PM EDT
    ohhhhhhhhhhh, you make my fingers itch! I"ve wanted to jump into some collage work for a while now. I even found myself searching for collage videos on youtube for tips on how to get started. The one thing no video can show me is how to create time to tackle this kind of art form! You make it look like something I really want to try anyway. Beautiful pieces that include poetry are extra special.
    - Linda Mitchell
  16. March 31, 2017 4:17 PM EDT
    I am also looking forward to much poetry goodness next month! Your collage is beautiful--both the words and images.
    - Kay McGriff (@kaymcgriff)
  17. March 31, 2017 8:45 PM EDT
    This is going to be such a busy month! I love your found poem collage- just beautiful!

    I posted the Scavenger Hunt poem with words from your poem last Friday.
    - Donna Smith
  18. March 31, 2017 9:07 PM EDT
    Poetry and truth... just lovely, Robyn.
    - Tara
  19. April 1, 2017 10:39 AM EDT
    Robyn, your collage and found poem are beautiful. I was just reading about the Poetry Mosaic yesterday. So happy to know you're included! Happy Poetry Month!
    - Catherine @ Reading to the Core
  20. April 1, 2017 12:16 PM EDT
    *Clink* right back, Dear Bridget! Thank you - Happy Poetry Month!

    Linda - oh, try it, try it! Here's a link to a post on my blog post about the "makerspace" workshop I led out at Poetry Camp at WWU last fall: Maybe it will give you a few ideas. We had so much fun!

    Hi, Kay - I'm always amazed at the April projects our "tribe" comes up with. Thanks, & see you around...! :0)

    Thanks, Donna - I've enjoyed how you took Tabatha's "challenge" and dove right in with the Scavenger Hunt poems - fantastic!

    Hi, Tara - thanks, and Happy Poetry Month!

    Right backatcha, Catherine - & thanks for the kind words. Yay for April!
    - Robyn Black
  21. April 1, 2017 4:57 PM EDT
    Yay! It's going to be an exciting month!
    - Ruth (
  22. April 1, 2017 5:10 PM EDT
    Absolutely, Ruth - thanks for coming by!
    - Robyn Black
  23. April 2, 2017 1:40 AM EDT
    Beauty and Truth, they are like water and air, thanks for upholding them in your poem and art, they are lovely together. Thanks also for highlighting the different poetic happenings for Poetry Month.
    - Michelle Kogan
  24. April 2, 2017 9:43 AM EDT
    Tanita Davis is writing TRUTH this month. I'll make sure she sees your post!
    - Mary Lee Hahn
  25. April 2, 2017 12:15 PM EDT
    Happy Poetry Month! Thank you so much for all the info on the goings-on for this month for poetry celebrations.
    - Alice Nine
  26. April 3, 2017 10:27 AM EDT
    Michelle, Thanks for popping in! Hope your Poetry Month brims with beauty and truth. :0)

    Mary Lee, I'll definitely need to go see what Tanita is up to. Thanks so much!

    Hi, Alice - so glad you're part of the Poetry Month mix!
    - Robyn Black

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