Hope you’re enjoying all the great poetry offerings in Kidlitosphere this month. I’m thrilled to be hosting on the first Friday in April!
And I’m beyond thrilled to share Georgia Heard’s brand-new anthology of found poems, THE ARROW FINDS ITS MARK , illustrated by Antoine Guilloppé, hot off the Roaring Brook Press. This is the first time my own poetry has appeared in an anthology for kids, and I couldn’t be more humbled and excited.
Thirty poets, including Lee Bennett Hopkins, Joyce Sidman, Rebecca Kai Dotlich, Jane Yolen, Naomi Shihab Nye, J. Patrick Lewis, David L. Harrison, Janet Wong and many others contributed material for this collection, “finding” poetry in unlikely places.
Poets were encouraged to find existing text (some found sounds!) in a form other than poetry and present that text as a poem, and not to change, add or rearrange words (though some minor variations were allowed). Inspiration came from catalogs, signs, airplane magazines, social networking sites, advertisements – even a detergent box! One of my favorites is Bob Raczka’s “How to Write a Poem on Your Computer” using words from drop-down computer menus.
I wanted my submissions to be kid-friendly. The first poem I have in the book, “Battling Beams,” came from a LaserTag score report I found crumpled up on the laundry room counter. (Thank you, son Seth, for attending that birthday party.)
My second poem (below) came from a visit to a fourth grade classroom. Teacher extraordinaire Sharon Briggs (who taught both of my now-just-about-grown children) let me come in and hunt for poetic treasure. I jotted down notes from the whiteboard, work assignments, and the like. But I got obsessed when looking through activities in the Sitton Spelling and Word Skills Practice Book. One crossword puzzle highlighting plural words had all kinds of evocative-sounding clues sprinkled throughout “Down” and “Across.” I felt they needed to be herded together into something a little bit magical. I used one of the clues as the title, too.
We See with These
On a clear night, you can see lots of these
sparkling in the sky.
They help you see
Tooth Fairy collectibles,
more than one mouse,
more than one moose,
more than one elf,
Copyright ©Robyn Hood Black. All rights reserved.
In her introduction to the collection, Georgia Heard mentions several of the poems and writes: “… some poets chose to splice words together from a single source and make a kind of word collage, as in Robyn Hood Black’s ‘We See with These’.” A word collage. I love that! And I think that’s an idea kids can run with too. I’ll try it out with Mrs. Briggs’s current batch of fourth graders next week.
I also love this from the introduction, “…I want my readers to know that poetry is everywhere – if we only look at the world with poet’s eyes.”
Hats off to other Poetry Friday regulars with poems in the collection, including Amy Ludwig VanDerwater (“Artist’s Advice”) and Laura Purdie Salas (“They Don’t Want Speeding Tickets, So…” and “Top Ten Rules for our Zoo Field Trip”). I’ll have the good luck to post a terrific interview with Laura next Friday the 13th (with a poem that you haven’t seen before!) and, on the following Friday (April 20) we’ll be jazzing things up here with the multi-award winning Carole Boston Weatherford. What a special month.
(I’ll be popping in on these wonderful blogs myself: Jama Rattigan’s Alphabet Soup Poetry Potluck on Wed., April 11, and Laura Shovan’s month-long celebration at Author Amok on Friday, April 13. Thank you, Ladies!)
There are so many great celebrations out there TODAY – please leave your links in the comments, and I’ll round them up throughout the day.
“Finding” their way here early this week,
Anna J. Boll shares a thoughtful and thought-provoking post about Marilyn Nelson’s A WREATH FOR EMMET TILL at Creative Chaos.
April Halprin Wayland has an interview with the amazing Janet Wong (and an autographed book giveaway!) at Teaching Authors. AND, dog lovers will find something to love each day of the month, with April’s dog poems at her website.
Crazy spring weather is upon us. But Charles Ghigna brings us a delightful object of a weather metaphor and celebrates a young gymnast in the family at Father Goose.
Myra at Gathering Books brings us a powerful Lenten reflection on this Good Friday with the writing of early 20th-century Russian poet Anna Akhmatova.
Did I mention Bob Raczka?! Today Greg at GottaBook brings us a new poem by Bob Raczka as part of his terrific 30 Poets/30 Days series. Check out all the previously unpublished poetry by amazing poets by scrolling down the left side of the blog.
Tabatha has a real treat at The Opposite of Indifference.. See what favorite poems April Halprin Wayland and Laura Purdie Salas picked for fictional characters in Tabatha's clever "Fictional Favorites" series.
Are you following the 2012 KildLit Progressive Poem? (If not, you can catch up!) Mary Lee brings us the next line today at A Year of Reading. I can't wait to see how this unfolds!
Head over to The Poem Farm today, where Amy offers up a terrific poem in her "Dictionary Hike" series ("F" is for "Felt") and a wonderful behind-the-scenes look with Laura Purdie Salas at her poem "This is the Book" from BOOKSPEAK.
Julie at The Drift Record has a "wordless poem" for today - a photograph from Robert F. Bukaty you must see for yourself.
Speaking of seeing, do you have "tubular vision"? At Author Amok, Laura brings us an interview with Diane Mayr in the "30 Habits of Highly Effective Poets" series.
(Time to make coffee! Be back for more rounding up in just a bit....)
Joy offers up a list poem featuring a month of the year in each line, and comments and ideas for how to use it as a prompt, at Poetry for Kids Joy.
The theme of forgiveness is adeptly handled in an original poem from Sara, "Poetry Forgives" at Read Write Believe. "Poetry is nothing if not a way home, " she adds.
Irene begs to differ with some comments about poetry from Adrienne Rich, who passed away in late March, and she shares Rich's poem, "Diving into the Wreck." Chime in yourself at Live Your Poem.
Have you taken a dip in No Water River to see what Renee's been up to this month? She has great videos and interviews with wonderful poets. Click here for a visit with Kenn Nisbitt and
here for a visit with Amy Ludwig VanDerwater. And Amy's sheep! Really!
Jama's cooked up something special for her Poetry Potluck at Alphabet Soup - a poem, interview, and recipe from award-winning New Jersy poet Gail Fishman Gerwin. Savor the aromas of a family Passover Seder tradition, and the voices in the kitchen.
Laura is continuing her haiku-a-day series with a senryu celebrating her daughter's making goalie at Writing the World for Kids. Find this week's 15 Words or Less poems here.
At Teacher Dance, Linda's been getting up with the birds and shares a delightful original poem, "Chirp Chirp."
Something fishy is going on with Donna at Mainely Write - she continues her journey of writing a poem a day in the A to Z Challenge. Up today: "F" for "Fish." Check out the cool fonts she found, too ("F' for "fonts" - hey, and "found" too!)
Natalie is also up to the A to Z challenge at Wading Through Words. She's got a fun original poem with an important warning: "Don't Dance With a Lion."
Diane is full of treats for the holiday weekend. At Random Noodling, it's a celebration of Peeps®! (Someone tell Lisa Yee...) And she has a Peeps®-related original poetic tribute to a senior kitty. At Kids of the Homefront Army, you'll find a poignant poem, "Janus," exploring personal tranisitions as World War II draws to a close. Kurious Kitty brings us an old-fashioned Easter Parade poem by William Jay Smith, and Kurious K's Kwotes offers a wonderful quote for poets from Kenneth Rexroth.
And at The Write Sisters, enjoy "Pippa's Song" by Robert Browning and some delightful photographs of egg rolling on the White House lawn from a century ago!
Linda at Write Time has a great thank-you/wrap-up of Ed DeCaria's fabulous Madness 2012 Poetry Tournament, and shares the poem she wrote for it.
Get ready to lick your fingers as Debbie celebrates Easter with an original poem, "Chocolate Rabbit," at A journey in learning.
Heartfelt thoughts to Elaine at Wild Rose Reader this week, in the loss of her beloved cat, Abby. Elaine has two great poems in Abby's memory - a Fib (based on the Fibonacci sequence - I looked it up, and thanks to Greg Pincus) and a mask poem.
At FOMAGRAMS, David has been rounding up his three-times-a-day twitku - haiku he tweets. This is his third year for such an endeavor. Some of them are, in his own words, "pretty funky."
Liz is in with her daily haiku today, too at Liz in Ink. And she added a couple of bonus ones!
Is all this great poetry moving you to, well, move? Kerry is collecting poems about dance and movement over at Picture Books & Pirouettes. Check out her blog!
Tara at A Teaching Life has a lovely tribute to Adrienne Rich and features her poem, "What Kind of Times Are These."
At Paper Tigers, Sally shares Gertrude Stein's 1988 The World is Round (illustrated by Clement Hurd).
Doraine at Dori Reads brings us a powerful poem, "The Most Earnest Prayer of Christ," by Scott Cairns, as well as some great information and links about this poet. I'll certainly be returning to these.
Catch the buzz with the fabulous Sylvia Vardell at Poetry for Children, where she and grad student Kristin Edstrom feature Douglas Florian and his newest book, UnBEElievables. [I'm thrilled to learn Georgia Heard will appear on the blog on April 10!] Also, learn about Sylvia's new book, THE POETRY TEACHER'S BOOK OF LISTS.
Amy at Hope Is the Word celebrates Joyce Sidman's Song of the Water Boatman and Other Pond Poems. Perfect for Spring!
Over at Supratentorial, Alice sings the praises of and shares a poem from The Frogs and Toads All Sang (2009) - with poems and sketches by Arnold Lobel discovered after his death by his daughter, Adrienne Lobel. How in the world did I miss this book? Thanks, Alice!
Betsy at Teaching Young Writers has a self-described "mish-mash" today - "The Lake Isle of Innisfree" by W. B. Yeats, some terrific bookspine poetry, "Asphalt" poetry (you'll have to check that out) and song lyrics, and she ties it all together!
Heidi checks in all the way from a trip to Phoenix this morning, and she has some wonderful musings and history about progressive poems (such as the one we're creating this month in Kidlitosphere). She also includes Tristan Tzara's poetic "recipe" for making a Dadaist poem at My Juicy Little Universe.
Ruth explores the depths of sorrow that come before joy on this Good Friday, with poetry from Housman and Hopkins. Very thoughtfully posted at There is no such thing as a God-forsaken town.
At Check It Out, Jone is sharing some wonderful poetry by students all month long. Today she has poems by two third graders considering the weather and seasons.
And more Georgia Heard! Click HERE to see and hear Georgia Heard read "Recipe for Writing an Autumn Poem" from her first anthology, Falling Down the Page, courtesy of The Stenhouse Blog.
Janet joins in with a look at Valerie Bodden's Concrete Poetry at All About the Books.
Enjoy a full-circle trip through the water cycle with an original poem, "Round and Round," by Melinda at Thinking in Rhyme. She welcomes tips from seasoned bloggers and also invites folks to participate in her "poetry form a day" challenge!
Susan continues her great series of "Kick the Poetry Can'ts" today with an original poem, "What I Want the World to Know About Me," loosely based on George Ella Lyons's "Where I'm From" poem and exercises. Go try out an "I am" poem yourself at Susan's blog.
Fridays are also STEM Fridays (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) - Anastasia is serving up STEM haiku this month - click HERE to check out her poem today which will have you looking up at the sky tonight.
Lorie Ann shares an original poem and a stunning photograph at On Point - don't miss it!
Hold onto your hat - Charles Ghigna's back! This time, over at The Bald Ego, he's got an intriguing poem about sharing, of sorts (or not?!), called "Poem Thief."
Any evening visitors: I'm stepping out for a bit but will round up any stragglers when I return this evening! Thanks.
A hearty Poetry Friday welcome to Robin, who is flitting in with a lovely butterfly poem at Teaching Tomorrow's Leaders.