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Poetry Friday is HERE - and The Arrow Finds Its Mark!

April 6, 2012

Tags: Poetry Friday, Poetry Month, poetry, book tracks, authors, illustrators

My office kitty, May, appreciates the illustration homage to “Starry Night” below my poem, “We See With These,” opposite Bob Raczka’s delightful “Places I’d Love to Van Gogh Someday.”

Greetings, Poetry Lovers!

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,

more.


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.

Comments

  1. April 6, 2012 12:16 AM EDT
    Congrats to you, Robyn, and to all the poets of Poetry Friday whose poems always find the mark! Our little "Gymnast" poem is taking flight at The FATHER GOOSE Blog
    - Charles Ghigna (Father Goose)
  2. April 6, 2012 12:49 AM EDT
    Hi there Robyn! Thanks for hosting on a Good Friday. We have a Lenten special over at GatheringBooks with Anna Akhmatova. Here is the link:
    http://gatheringbooks.wordpress.com/2012/04/06/poetry-friday-anna-akhmatova/
    - Myra from GatheringBooks
  3. April 6, 2012 3:53 AM EDT
    Hi, Robyn - today I have Bob Raczka visiting and sharing a poem called What Is Poetry:

    http://gottabook.blogspot.com/2012/04/bob-raczka-what-is-poetry.html

    It's been a week full of poetry at my blog, including new poems from Allan Wolf, Kalli Dakos, Steven Withrow, Sara Holbrook, and Mary Quattlebaum. Folks can see all the poems by going to http://gottabook.blogspot.com and scrolling down.

    Thanks for hosting!
    - Greg Pincus
  4. April 6, 2012 5:38 AM EDT
    Congrats, Robyn! Looks like a great collection!

    Today I have April Halprin Wayland and Laura Purdie Salas visiting my blog to share more Fictional Favorites: http://tabathayeatts.blogspot.com/2012/04/fictional-favorites-part-three.html
    - Tabatha
  5. April 6, 2012 6:01 AM EDT
    First of all, a GIGANTIC and heart-felt congratulations on your publication! I can't wait to get my hands on that book!!!

    I have the next line in the KidLit Progressive poem today:

    http://readingyear.blogspot.com/2012/04/poetry-friday-progressive-poem.html
    - Mary Lee
  6. April 6, 2012 6:25 AM EDT
    Robyn, I was just admiring "We See with These" last night (in the bathtub!) It's great. Today I have Laura Purdie Salas over at The Poem Farm - she's sharing a peek behind-the-scenes of a poem from BOOKSPEAK! (giveaway too) In addition, I have poem #6 in this month's Dictionary Hike. Word = FELT. Thank you for hosting!

    http://www.poemfarm.amylv.com/2012/04/f-is-for-felt-laura-purdie-salas.html

    a.
    - Amy Ludwig VanDerwater
  7. April 6, 2012 6:38 AM EDT
    Thanks for hosting, Robyn. Over at The Drift Record I'm celebrating the first week of National Poetry Month with a wordless poem. Well, okay, it's a photograph by Robert F. Bukaty. But I think it's a poem, too.
    - Anonymous
  8. April 6, 2012 6:42 AM EDT
    Oops- that link to The Drift Record wasn't supposed to be anonymous - that was me -
    - Julie Larios
  9. April 6, 2012 6:51 AM EDT
    Good morning, Robyn! Our own Diane Mayr (of Random Noodling) is visiting my blog today. Diane's highly effective habit for writing is something she calls "tubular vision." http://authoramok.blogspot.com/2012/04/30-habits-of-highly-effective-poets-6.html
    - Laura Shovan
  10. April 6, 2012 7:04 AM EDT
    So glad your poem found its way into a wonderful collection. And thank you for helping us all find our mark today on Poetry Friday. I'm in today with a post about how poetry forgives---even when we go a little astray. The link is: http://saralewisholmes.blogspot.com/2012/04/poetry-friday-poetry-forgives.html
    - Sara Lewis Holmes
  11. April 6, 2012 7:06 AM EDT
    Dear Robyn, I am so excited for your first foray into an anthology -- and what great company you're keeping! Congratulations!!!

    I am in today with a difference of opinion with the late great Adrienne Rich about what poetry is. I've also posted one of her poems. Happy day to you, and thanks for hosting!
    - Irene Latham
  12. April 6, 2012 7:06 AM EDT
    ummm... forgot the link: http://irenelatham.blogspot.com/2012/04/adrienne-rich-i-beg-to-differ.html
    - Irene Latham
  13. April 6, 2012 7:09 AM EDT
    Hi Robyn - congrats on your anthology debut! That is really exciting!

    I have two poetry videos today from the first week of Poetry month at No Water River. The first is a poem by and interview with Kenn Nesbitt:
    http://www.nowaterriver.com/poetry-month-2012-kenn-nesbitt/

    and the second is a poem by and interview with Amy Ludwig VanDerwater: http://www.nowaterriver.com/poetry-month-2012-amy-ludwig-vanderwater/

    Thanks for hosting!
    - Renee LaTulippe
  14. April 6, 2012 7:27 AM EDT
    Love your poem. Congratulations on the anthology. It looks fabulous, and it's nice to see many PF regulars in it!

    New Jersey poet Gail Gerwin is my special Potluck guest today, sharing a beautiful cooking poem and family recipe:

    http://jamarattigan.com/2012/04/06/friday-feast-a-special-passover-celebration-with-gail-fishman-gerwin/

    Thanks so much for hosting today. Happy Holiday weekend!
    - jama
  15. April 6, 2012 7:32 AM EDT
    I love your word collage, and I especially love the title and first line, which make me go in the direction of having stars for eyes...I have ARROW out on my counter but admit to not having read through it yet. Will treat myself this weekend!

    I'm in with my haiku a day (celebrating my daughter making varsity goalie, so I guess it's really a senryu) at:
    http://laurasalas.wordpress.com/2012/04/05/goali/

    And this week's 15 Words or Less poems are at:
    http://laurasalas.wordpress.com/2012/04/05/horse/

    Thanks for hosting!
    - Laura Purdie Salas
  16. April 6, 2012 8:02 AM EDT
    Congratulations on being included in this new book. I love the poem you found in a workbook, am impressed that you even thought of looking there for poetry, & it worked so well! I like the 'mouse, moose, elf'. I found one in the dark of the morning yesterday! http://teacherdance.blogspot.com/2012/04/poetry-friday-in-spring.html
    - Linda Baie
  17. April 6, 2012 8:07 AM EDT
    I am writing in the A to Z Challenge with a poem for each letter of the alphabet. Today's is F is for Fish, but there are more there and more coming at http://mainelywrite.blogspot.com/
    Congratulations! And thanks for hosting this week!
    - Donna Smith
  18. April 6, 2012 8:17 AM EDT
    I love the concept behind THE ARROW FINDS ITS MARK. Who knew that poetry existed on a Laser tag score card? :)

    This month I am participating in an A-Z poetry challenge for National Poetry Month. I am adding this week's five original poems to the Poetry Friday Round-up.

    Thank you so much for hosting!

    -Natalie
    www.wadingthroughwords.wordpress.com
    - Natalie
  19. April 6, 2012 8:31 AM EDT
    Hi Robyn! I'll write up an order card for the book today! At Random Noodling it's all about Peeps! And, "The Old Cat." World War II is winding down at Kids of the Homefront Army, and today's poem is "Janus." Kurious Kitty takes part in an old tradition, "The Easter Parade." And, at Kurious K's Kwotes' the P.F. quote is by Kenneth Rexroth. Finally, at The Write Sisters we celebrate spring and Easter with Robert Browning's "Pippa's Song."
    - Diane Mayr
  20. April 6, 2012 8:38 AM EDT
    Happy Poetry Friday! Thanks for hosting! More on Madness! today at Write Time. Have a great holiday weekend!

    http://lindakulp.blogspot.com/2012/04/poetry-friday.html
    - Linda
  21. April 6, 2012 8:46 AM EDT
    An Easter Poem: Chocolate Rabbit
    - Debbie Diller
  22. April 6, 2012 8:48 AM EDT
    Thanks so much for doing the roundup this week. I lost my office kitty Abby this week. At Wild Rose Reader, I posted two original poems in her memory--a mask poem and a FIB.

    http://wildrosereader.blogspot.com/2012/04/two-poems-in-memory-of-my-cat-abby.html
    - Elaine M.
  23. April 6, 2012 8:50 AM EDT
    Thanks for hosting, and congrats on the publication! I love making found poems, can't wait to give this book a peep.

    This week I've rounded up my thrice-daily haiku that I tweet.
    http://fomagrams.wordpress.com/2012/04/06/poetry-friday-the-twitku-roundup-week-one/
    - david e
  24. April 6, 2012 8:54 AM EDT
    Thanks for hosting! My daily haiku is up!
    http://liz-scanlon.livejournal.com/187456.html
    - Liz in Ink
  25. April 6, 2012 9:07 AM EDT
    Thank you for sharing your poetry and the links.
    - Patricia Cruzan
  26. April 6, 2012 9:12 AM EDT
    Hi, Robyn. Thanks for hosting, and congratulations to you and all the other who had their poems included in the new anthology! This week at Picture Books & Pirouettes, I have a call for submissions to my monthly Read & Romp Roundup. Poems related to dance or movement are especially welcome this month!
    http://kerryaradhya.blogspot.com/2012/04/join-april-read-romp-roundup.html
    - Kerry Aradhya
  27. April 6, 2012 9:13 AM EDT
    Thanks for hosting today, Robyn! I'm sharing a poem in honor of and by Adrienne Rich, who passed away just about a week ago.
    - Tara
  28. April 6, 2012 9:31 AM EDT
    Thanks for hosting, Robyn. Love your found poem.. I look forward to seeing the book. Congratulations.

    My post today is a poem from Scott Cairns.
    http://dorireads.blogspot.com/2012/04/good-poetry-friday-scott-cairns.html
    - Doraine Bennett
  29. April 6, 2012 9:34 AM EDT
    Thanks for hosting, Robyn. I adore ARROW and predict it will be a big hit! My posting today is an interview with Douglas Florian, part of my month-long series of interviews with poets (Georgia Heard is set for April 10), plus a plug for my new book, THE POETRY TEACHER'S BOOK OF LISTS!
    - Sylvia Vardell at PoetryforChildren
  30. April 6, 2012 9:35 AM EDT
    I posted a review of Song of the Water Boatman by Joyce Sidman. Thanks for hosting!
    - Amy @Hope Is the Word
  31. April 6, 2012 9:36 AM EDT
    Oops-here's my link: http://www.hopeisthewordblog.com/2012/04/06/song-of-the-water-boatman-and-other-pond-poems-by-joyce-sidman/
    - Amy @Hope Is the Word
  32. April 6, 2012 9:42 AM EDT
    That book looks wonderful and I love your poem.

    I posted a review of The Frogs and Toads All Sang. http://supratentorial.wordpress.com/2012/04/06/poetry-friday-the-frogs-and-toads-all-sang/
    - Alice@Supratentorial
  33. April 6, 2012 10:03 AM EDT
    Thanks for hosting! I have a bit of a mash up of sorts with Yeats, Song Lyric, and some originals inspired by the former. I discovered, The Arrow Finds Its Mark (congrats) on Tuesday at Two Writing Teachers, very excited to get my hands on it!

    http://teachingyoungwriters.blogspot.com/2012/04/little-innisfree-asphalt-and-book-spine.html
    - Betsy
  34. April 6, 2012 10:44 AM EDT
    Hi, Robyn--

    I'm behind my usual time today, posting from Phoenix! I've gone exploring today around the Progressive Poem/Exquisite Corpse idea and offer some history and connections apropos of Irene's project. Congratulations on YOUR arrow finding its mark in the anthology!
    - Heidi Mordhorst
  35. April 6, 2012 10:44 AM EDT
    Oops--forgot the link.
    http://myjuicylittleuniverse.blogspot.com/2012/04/exquisitely-progressive.html
    - Heidi Mordhorst
  36. April 6, 2012 10:55 AM EDT
    I have Housman and Hopkins today, here: http://thereisnosuchthingasagodforsakentown.blogspot.com/2012/04/poetry-friday-good-friday.html. Thank you for hosting!
    - Ruth (thereisnosuchthingasagodforsakentown.blogspot.com)
  37. April 6, 2012 11:01 AM EDT
    Hi not sure I posted my comment on correct post. http://maclibrary.wordpress.com/2012/04/06/poetry-friday-30-days-30-plus-students/
    - Jone
  38. April 6, 2012 11:28 AM EDT
    On The Stenhouse Blog today we have Georgia Heard reading one of her poems. Enjoy!
    - Stenhouse Publishers
  39. April 6, 2012 12:04 PM EDT
    Thanks for hosting.
    My selection is Concrete Poetry by Valerie Bodden.
    - Janet Squires
  40. April 6, 2012 12:18 PM EDT
    Yikes! How do you keep up with all of this! I am new to this blogging world. My copycat blog, mentored after many of the above bloggers, is http://thinkinginrhyme.blogspot.com/. I welcome visitors and constructive criticism from those of you have experience. I also welcome writers, young and old, to partake in my "poetry form" a day challenge!
    - Melinda Harvey
  41. April 6, 2012 12:43 PM EDT
    I'm in with #6 in a series of Kick the Poetry Can'ts - mini poetry lessons that invite you to write along with me, with an original poem.
    http://bit.ly/I5rNXy

    Thanks so much for hosting.

    Susan Taylor Brown
    http://www.susantaylorbrown.com/blog
    - Susan Taylor Brown
  42. April 6, 2012 2:37 PM EDT
    Thanks for hosting today! I have a new STEM Haiku at http://wp.me/p1Mw3G-5u the STEM Friday blog.
    - Anastasia Suen
  43. April 6, 2012 3:11 PM EDT
    Congratulations on publication! And thank you for hosting. Today at On Point I have my haiku, Glory.
    - Lorie Ann Grover
  44. April 6, 2012 4:06 PM EDT
    Back again! The "Poem Thief" has struck at The Bald Ego blog
    - Charles Ghigna (Father Goose)
  45. April 6, 2012 4:06 PM EDT
    Back again! The "Poem Thief" has struck at The Bald Ego blog
    - Charles Ghigna (Father Goose)
  46. April 6, 2012 7:10 PM EDT
    Thanks for hosting Poetry Friday. I've never submitted before but thought I would try it out since I'm missing the Slice of Life writing challenge. My poem was inspired by my trip with my children to see the local butterfly house.

    http://teachingtomorrowsleaders.blogspot.com/2012/04/butterfly.html
    - Robin
  47. April 6, 2012 7:57 PM EDT
    Happy to have you as a fellow poet in Georgia's terrific anthology--you picked a good one for your "debut"!
    - janet wong
  48. April 6, 2012 9:04 PM EDT
    I was here to add my contribution this morning, but hadn't read your post until now. The new anthology sounds wonderful! I always have trouble finding good found poems to share with my middle schoolers as examples. This one is going on my wish list! Thanks again for doing such a great job of hosting.
    - Ruth (thereisnosuchthingasagodforsakentown.blogspot.com)
  49. April 6, 2012 9:53 PM EDT
    Thank you, Janet, and thank you, Ruth - and thanks to EVERYONE for making today such a wonderful day for hosting Poetry Friday in this month of celebration! You ALL rock.
    - Robyn Black
  50. April 7, 2012 3:55 AM EDT
    OMG, Robyn--you have done a SPLENDID job rounding everyone up! Thank you, thank you!
    - April Halprin Wayland of TeachingAuthors.com
  51. April 7, 2012 9:45 AM EDT
    Thanks, April - I love Poetry Friday and getting to virtually hang out with people like you!
    - Robyn Black
  52. April 20, 2012 2:43 PM EDT
    Yay Robyn! Congrats on the anthology. I can't wait to resd your poems!!! It sounds like a wonderful collection.
    - Cathy Cronin
  53. December 7, 2012 10:46 AM EST
    Thank you for hosting today...getting back in the Poetry Friday mix today with a poem from Willa Cather.

    http://thesmallnouns.blogspot.com/2012/12/poetry-friday-from-hip.html

    -Ben from The Small Nouns
    - Benjamin Curran

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