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POETRY FRIDAY ROUNDUP SCHEDULE



July


4   Heidi at My Juicy Little Universe

11  Linda at Write Time

18 Tabatha at The Opposite of Indifference

25 Sylvia and Janet at Poetry For Children







August


1   Margaret at Reflections on the Teche

8  Mary Lee at A Year of Reading

15 Heidi at My Juicy Little Universe

22 Robyn at Life on the Deckle Edge

29 Jone at Check it Out







September


5   Laura at Author Amok

12 Renee at No Water River

19 Amy at The Poem Farm

26 Laura at Writing the World for Kids







October


3   Jama at Jama's Alphabet Soup

10 Monica at The Poem Trail

17 Michelle at Today's Little Ditty

24 Cathy at Merely Day by Day

31 Linda at TeacherDance







November


7   Diane at Random Noodling

14 Keri at Keri Recommends

21 Becky at Tapestry of Words

28 Carol at Carol's Corner







December 


5   Anastasia at Booktalking #kidlit

12 Paul at These 4 Corners

19 Buffy at Buffy's Blog

26 Holly at Reading, Teaching, Learning




Enjoy these Great
Children's Lit Blogs and Websites:


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 http://www.kathleenduey.com

Robyn with Alaska Nature Writer Debbie Miller http://www.debbiemilleralaska.com

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Life on the Deckle Edge

Poetry Friday is HERE!

December 6, 2012

Tags: Poetry Friday, poetry, animals, magazines, writing life, illustrators

Image ©Hyewon Yum; text ©Carus Publishing.

Happy Poetry Friday, and Happy Holidays!

I’ll be rounding up throughout the day, so come on in and have a cup of hot chocolate or tea and enjoy all the great poetry posted today. Please leave your link and a short description in the comments.

Today, I’m celebrating that one of my poems appears in the current issue of LADYBUG . Several years ago, when we lived on a small farm, I encountered a beautiful fox where our yard met our woods. Weather-wise, it was probably much like today – chilly, with one season was making way for the next. I remember the fox and myself suspended in a moment of stillness just looking at each other – a fleeting moment that was gone as quickly as it came.

I wrote this poem from that experience and was delighted when it was accepted for publication at Carus. It was originally accepted by SPIDER, but they ended up not publishing it, and in the meantime the LADYBUG editor had expressed interest. Suffice it to say that after a few years of waiting, I’m thrilled it has found a home in the Nov./Dec. 2012 issue.

Even more thrilled that it is so beautifully illustrated by the talented Hyewon Yum , who kindly shared the original art above with us today. It's a linoleum cut print - isn't it perfect? Yum is an acclaimed author/illustrator of many books including: MOM, IT’S MY FIRST DAY OF KINDERGARTEN (2012), THE TWINS’ BLANKET (2011), THERE ARE NO SCARY WOLVES (2010), and LAST NIGHT (2008) all from Farrar, Straus and Giroux. More books are soon to hit the shelves, which she either illustrated or wrote and illustrated.

Many thanks to Hyewon for sharing her artwork, and to The LADYBUG/Carus folks for granting permission to post my poem for you today. Here it is:

GRAY FOX

by Robyn Hood Black

At the edge of winter,
at the edge of the wood,
at the edge of the brush,
a gray fox stood.

I took a small step,
I took a breath in –
then nothing was there
where the gray fox had been.


© 2012 by Carus Publishing

Click here for a link to the LADYBUG Teacher’s Guide. (It says October, but scroll halfway down and you’ll come to a couple of suggestions/questions re. “Gray Fox.”)

Thanks so much for coming by today, and here’s to appreciating moments and poems! (Remember to leave your link with your comments if you want to be rounded up.)

Oh – and if you’re a fiction writer, you might enjoy my column from yesterday over at Janice Hardy’s blog, The Other Side of the Story, in which I talk about writing mask poems as a way to get inside your character’s head. (Thanks to the lovely Amy Ludwig VanDerwater for loaning a poem for the post!) In 2013, my column at Janice's will move from the first Thursday of each month to the first Wednesday of each month (except Feb.).

Carry on!

HERE'S THE ROUND-UP:

Jeff at NC Teacher Stuff has delightful feline fare today: JRR Tolkien's "Cat."

At Gathering Books, this month's water tales theme continues with Mary Oliver's "Blackwater Pond," presented by the lovely Myra in a visual setting befitting the words.

Father Goose is here today with "The Christmas Box" (from his CHRISTMAS IS COMING!) with a homemade gift idea that would thrill any parent.

Violet has a fun and yummy original ABC poem called "Appetite Affair." If you haven't yet had breakfast, this will make your stomach rumble....

At Poetry for Kids Joy, Joy brings us her original poem, "The Elf." I like that this elf is female! :0)

Jama at Alphabet Soup serves up another stunning haibun by Penny Harter, the title work from ONE BOWL.

After reading Jeff's cat post above, you must head over to Carol's Corner, where Carol is featuring Rose Fyleman's classic "Mice" with Lois Ehlert's magnificent collage illustration.

Tara at A Teaching Life has Mark Strand's moving "Lines for Winter" (and a gorgeous photograph to go with it).

At Teacher Dance, Linda shares an original poem about a weather phenomenon she noticed while at school - I won't spoil the fun, but I'm happy to say she was quick with her camera as well as her pen!

Matt Goodfellow at Poems and things! is in with a triple play of original poems today: "Yew Tree", "Different Eyes" and "Ghost Bike."

(Off to make coffee - back in a short bit....)

Wondering how to start writing your next poem or creating your next piece of art? Susan Taylor Brown has a wonderful poem by David Whyte today, "Start Close In" - food for the creative soul!

At The Poem Farm, Amy offers an original poem from her SPARK 18 project to accompany Amy Souza's gorgeous collage. (If you had a grandmother like mine, "Quilt Map" will fill your heart.)

Join Tabatha for some touching low-tech communication celebrated in two delightful poems: "Father's Story" by Elizabeth Madox Roberts and "The Telephone" by Robert Frost.

Visit Heidi at My Juicy Little Universe for a new take on "Squandering" - an original poem inspired by a kindergarten teacher's comment during a challenging day.

Speaking of the classroom, over at A Year of Reading, Mary Lee has a simple and powerful original poem about teaching.

Take a moment to s-l-o-w down with a very clever original poem, "The Snail's Lament," penned by Liz at Growing Wild. She also offers a discussion of how she revised this poem - great to share with students (or others!) expecting to write a perfect draft the first time.

Laura, our resident Author Amok, shares the history of the haunting Coventry Carol, including a video of the Westminster Choir singing it. This thoughtful post literally gave me chills. (As Laura kindly points out, if you've recently suffered miscarriage or the loss of an infant, you might want to skip for now and come back at a later date.)

Our other Laura is in with a poem from David Harrison's newest book, COWBOYS. She's sharing "Stampede." (Does anyone else think she might be partial to that title?) ;0)

Also, Laura's got quite the lively party going on at 15 Words or Less Poems. Check out today's larger-than-life picture prompt and join the fun.

Margaret at Reflections on the Teche shares the most wonderful poems in a "Preposition Parade" today - her own poem and then several samples from students. (The kids came up with 50 prepositions as part of this exercise - can you??)

Another terrific teacher in our pack of poets, Betsy, takes a look back at warmer days with an original poem, "Summer Dandilion," over at Teaching Young Writers.

At Charlotte's Library, Charlotte shares her son's first sestina. (Note: Link is working now.)

Steve is in today with a "thoughtful-wondering poem about chance events and parents getting older" at Inside the Dog. This is one of the sharpest poems I've read today - exemplifying this repeating theme of observing a moment. (Beautifully wrought, it has great prepositions we've been discussing, too!)

At Random Noodling, Diane offers up a few humorous poems from a 1937 anthology. Kurious Kitty
has a gorgeous poem by Rumi accompanied by a perfect photo , and, Kurious K's Kwotes' Poetry Friday quote is by Rumi, too.

At There is No Such Thing as a Godforsaken Town, Ruth ponders the winners of the Academy of American Poets "best poems of the year" and shares a fun poetic look at love poems from Rafael Campo.

David's in with celebratory voyage of poetic nonsense (very cleverly crafted) at fomagrams. Happy Birthday, David! (I would like to note that my birthday is coming up next month and I am younger than David, though not by much, but I'm younger.) ;0)

Speaking of birthdays, Karen is celebrating Willa Cather's birthday today with the poem, "L'Envoi," which Cather wrote for Fr. Scott.

Lovely Sylvia has two offerings today: a list of more than a dozen books featuring poetry for Hanukkah (which begins this weekend) at Poetry for Children, and Constance Levy's fun "penny" poem with accompanying activites at The Poetry Friday Anthology blog.

At Paper Tigers, Marjorie offers a look at anonymous seventeenth-century English nonsense/puzzle poem, "I Saw a Peacock With A Fiery Tail," and a lovely discussion about Gond artist Ramsingh Urveti's stunning illustrations of it in a recent version published by Tara Books. Warning: I read this post and immediately ordered the book online. Yes, I did.

JoAnn Early Macken is here! She's a guest today at Teaching Authors with a student poem from WRITE A POEM STEP BY STEP, her new book which shares tips for teaching poetry gleaned from years of experience. AND, she's giving a copy away... so go sign up like I just did.

Little Willow at Bildungsroman has a gorgeous poem by Siegfried Sassoon, "Butterflies."

At The Small Nouns, Ben is also featuring Willa Cather's "L'Envoi" poem, and a discussion about careful planning versus shooting from the hip. Which way do you approach a task?

MotherReader has a glowing review of J. Patrick Lewis's new anthology, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC'S BOOK OF ANIMAL POETRY, with a taste of Robert Frost for you to sample. She dares you to click the "Look Inside" feature on Amazon and not end up buying this book. (I dare you, too.)

Lunch break! Afternoon posters, add your links in your comments and I'll circle back around.

Break out the footy pajamas! Bridget has an original poem paying homage to the ultimate winter comfort wear at wee words for wee ones.

Remember all the madness this past March at Think, Kid, Think? Well, Ed has just unveiled "The Thinkier", a celebration in bronze to commemorate each year's poetic champion.

Matt is getting us in the holiday spirit with a poem celebrating Christmas trees from his winter collection of poetry, AND he has a lovely give-away offer. Of what? You'll have to click over to find out.

Any bugs knocking on your door for winter housing? Check out Jone's look at two bug poetry books at Check It Out for some fun with lots of legs, and some great classroom tie-ins to boot.

A hearty welcome to children's author Dia Calhoun, who ventures into Poetry Friday for the first time with a lovely original poem, "A Room With No View."

And in the Fashionably-Late-to-the-Party-and-Always-Welcome-Dept., we have:

The Write Sisters with (one of my personal favorites!) a wild Carl Sandburg poem, and an equally cool photo.

Donna at Mainely Write has been finding inspiration in lost gloves this week. Click the blog link for today's succinct and clever offering, and, if you want more, that poem's pink predecessor was posted on Tuesday. ("They have jobs to do while they wait," says Donna.)

Here's some more humor to transition into the weekend: Janet at All About the Books offers a taste of Douglas Florian's LAUGH-ETERIA. (You can't even get through this plug without smiling, can you?)

If, like Irene, you are searching for the perfect breakfast casserole recipe for this weekend, try this poetic little treasure she found in the back of a cookbook. Wishing you heaping servings.

An evening surprise:

Carlie at Twinkling Along shares a lovely cinquain about cherry blossoms in December. Yes, cherry blossoms!

Weekend Update:

At On Point, Lorie Ann has an original haiku this week - and you must see the accompanying photograph!

Comments

  1. December 6, 2012 10:55 PM EST
    Let me try again and feel free to delete my first post:

    Robyn, your poem and the illustration are terrific! Thank you for hosting today. At NC Teacher Stuff, I am featuring a poem by JRR Tolkien:
    http://ncteacherstuff.blogspot.com/2012/12/poetry-friday-cat-by-jrr-tolkien.html
    - Jeff
  2. December 6, 2012 11:03 PM EST
    You are truly my favorite 'foxiest' lady ever. Congratulations on this publication! Well-deserved! For some reason these lines resonated with me a great deal:

    I took a small step,
    I took a breath in –
    then nothing was there
    where the gray fox had been.

    Hand on heart. Aww. I've just written something which I called Mirage. Very similar to this theme. Love it!

    I'm sharing Mary Oliver's Blackwater Pond today - in keeping with our bimonthly theme on water tales. Here's the link:
    http://gatheringbooks.wordpress.com/2012/12/07/poetry-friday-blackwater-pond-by-mary-oliver/

    Enjoy your weekend!
    - Myra from GatheringBooks
  3. December 6, 2012 11:13 PM EST
    Thanks, Robyn. Beautiful poem! We've posted a homemade gift idea via a poem titled "The Christmas Box" @ The FATHER GOOSE Blog
    - Charles Ghigna (Father Goose)
  4. December 6, 2012 11:22 PM EST
    Congratulations on the double publication for your fox poem! You captured that moment of wonder and stillness perfectly.

    Thanks for hosting! My offering this Poetry Friday is an ABC poem called "Appetite Affair." It's here: http://wp.me/pC77F-l1
    - Violet N.
  5. December 6, 2012 11:37 PM EST
    I love foxes and I love your poem! Congrats on the publication!

    I'm featuring another haibun by Penny Harter at Alphabet Soup (post goes live at 6 a.m. (EST)): http://wp.me/p1GE6P-1XW

    Thanks for hosting and have a great weekend!
    - jama
  6. December 6, 2012 11:58 PM EST
    Robyn,
    Thanks for gifting us with your beautiful fox poem and also the illustration. Such a perfect capturing of a moment. I'm in with an old, old poem, "Mice" by Rose Fyleman, with brand new collage illustrations by Lois Ehlert. Perfect present for young readers!
    - Carol
  7. December 6, 2012 11:59 PM EST
    Thanks for hosting today, Robyn! I have a winter poem at A Teaching Life:
    http://tmsteach.blogspot.com/2012/12/poetry-friday-is-hosted-by-robyn-at.html
    - Tara
  8. December 7, 2012 1:18 AM EST
    Hi Robyn! Your fox poem is exactly right. We often see a fox striding by our fence (by a park). They are so, so quiet. Congratulations on the publishing! I have an original poem from a wonderful phenomenon I saw yesterday & managed to take a photo of it. I was running around school getting people to come look!
    - linda Baie
  9. December 7, 2012 1:57 AM EST
    Love the fox poem, Robyn. Thanks for hosting! I have 3 original poems to offer this week. A Yew Tree

    http://mattgoodfellow.blogspot.co.uk/2012/12/yew-tree.html

    Different Eyes

    http://mattgoodfellow.blogspot.co.uk/2012/12/different-eyes.html

    and a Ghost Bike

    http://mattgoodfellow.blogspot.co.uk/2012/12/ghost-bike.html

    best wishes,

    Matt

    - Matt Goodfellow
  10. December 7, 2012 2:10 AM EST
    Love the fox poem, Robyn! Congrats for the appearance in Ladybug!

    I'm in with a poem by David Whyte called Start Close In
    http://www.susantaylorbrown.com/blog/?p=5450

    Thank you for the round-up
    - Susan Taylor Brown
  11. December 7, 2012 5:26 AM EST
    What a beautiful hushed poem...and I would be so happy with that fox too! Congratulations! Today at The Poem Farm, I have the first half of my SPARK 18 collaboration, this time with Amy Souza - my poem is titled "Quilt Map." http://www.poemfarm.amylv.com/2012/12/quilt-map-spark-18.html Thank you for hosting! a.
    - Amy Ludwig VanDerwater
  12. December 7, 2012 5:27 AM EST
    Hi Robyn! Great poem! Did you share it earlier? I feel as though I've enjoyed it before.

    My post today: http://tabathayeatts.blogspot.com/2012/12/low-tech-communication.html
    - Tabatha
  13. December 7, 2012 5:35 AM EST
    What a lovely moment for the youngest readers! We had such a one with a red fox who crossed our suburban back yard a couple of weeks ago. Half-way, he stopped, looked over his shoulder and pinned us with a daring stare right through the sliding door!

    My OIK Tuesday this week has become my OIK Thursday/PF post...overheard from an adult this week!

    http://myjuicylittleuniverse.blogspot.com/2012/12/oik-thursday-profligate.html
    - Heidi Mordhorst
  14. December 7, 2012 5:35 AM EST
    Your poem is spot on -- a fox is there one minute and gone in a breath, leaving you amazed.

    I've got an original poem today about teaching.

    http://readingyear.blogspot.com/2012/12/poetry-friday-teaching.html

    Thanks for hosting!

    ML
    - Mary Lee Hahn
  15. December 7, 2012 6:11 AM EST
    Robyn,
    You captured the moment perfectly. I love the take a breath in and then the fox is gone. Silently. Thanks for sharing it.
    I have an original, silly poem about a snail and some discussion of revising at Growing Wild: http://www.lizsteinglass.com/
    Happy Poetry Friday!
    Liz
    - Liz
  16. December 7, 2012 6:20 AM EST
    Hi, Robyn. What a lovely fox encounter. They have such intelligent faces.

    Today, I am looking at the history of the haunting Coventry Carol. The post includes a video of the Westminster Choir singing this unusual Christmas Carol. http://authoramok.blogspot.com/2012/12/poetry-friday-haunting-carol.html
    - Laura Shovan
  17. December 7, 2012 6:45 AM EST
    What a beautiful poem. Love that quiet meter and the bits of repetition. I've only seen a fox in the wild a few times, and they, too, were gone that fast!

    I'm in at http://laurasalas.wordpress.com/2012/12/06/stampede/ with a poem from David Harrison's newest book, Cowboys. The poem I'm sharing is "Stampede."

    And this week's 15 Words or Less poems are at http://laurasalas.wordpress.com/2012/12/06/glassy/

    Congrats on being in Ladybug! That's such a quality group of magazines. I'm going to look at it again when I go to the bookstore next. Lovely art!
    - Laura Purdie Salas
  18. December 7, 2012 6:50 AM EST
    Congratulations on the publication of your sweet poem. I love the story that goes with it, too. Thanks for hosting Poetry Friday. I wrote preposition poems with my students this week. You'll find a model from me and some student samples. http://reflectionsontheteche.wordpress.com/2012/12/07/preposition-parade/
    - Margaret Simon
  19. December 7, 2012 6:54 AM EST
    Love your fox poem, congrats on the publication! My poem is a whiff of summer. I have been writing so much about wintery things I had an inspiration from a print I saw the other day and wrote about dandelion seeds. Enjoy the day! Thanks for rounding us all up too.

    http://teachingyoungwriters.blogspot.com/2012/12/a-summer-dandelion.html
    - Betsy
  20. December 7, 2012 6:55 AM EST
    I'm in today with my son's first sestina, Balloon Show
    - charlotte
  21. December 7, 2012 7:13 AM EST
    Congratulations for publishing GRAY FOX! I think you've captured this moment perfectly in both words and artwork! I know what you mean about not even wanting to blink for fear that the world will have changed by the time your eyes open again. Thanks!

    Please put me in the mix with a thoughtful-wondering poem about chance events and parents getting older.
    http://insidethedog.wordpress.com/2012/12/07/like-an-arrow/

    Thanks for hosting!
    - Steve Peterson
  22. December 7, 2012 7:23 AM EST
    At Random Noodling I look at an old book of poetry published in 1937. Kurious Kitty has a poem by Rumi, and, Kurious K's Kwotes' P.F. quote is by Rumi, too.
    - Diane Mayr
  23. December 7, 2012 7:57 AM EST
    Thanks for hosting! Here's mine: http://thereisnosuchthingasagodforsakentown.blogspot.com/2012/12/poetry-friday-best-of-2012.html I'll be back later to read everyone else's. Happy Friday!
    - Ruth (thereisnosuchthingasagodforsakentown.blogspot.com)
  24. December 7, 2012 8:26 AM EST
    thanks for hosting, robyn.
    my poetry friday offering went up on wednesday when i posted a poem for my birthday. it should come as a surprise to few that it's nonsense.

    http://fomagrams.wordpress.com/2012/12/05/poetry-friday-wednesday-birthday-edition/
    - david e
  25. December 7, 2012 9:00 AM EST
    Robyn, congrats on the Ladybug poem! And thanks for hosting. My post is here.
    - Karen Edmisten
  26. December 7, 2012 9:26 AM EST
    Hi, Robyn, thanks for hosting and for your perfect foxy poem! My post this week at PoetryForChildren features a list of poetry books for Hanukkah which begins this weekend and over at PoetryFridayAnthology we're highlighting Constance Levy's fun "penny" poem!
    - Sylvia Vardell
  27. December 7, 2012 9:46 AM EST
    Congratulations on having your beautiful poem published - I think it captures so eloquently exactly what happens when you encounter an animal on a country walk. And waht a thrill to have it illustrated by Hyewon Yum - I love her work.

    I'm in this week with a review of Tara Books' stunning I Saw A PeacockWith A Fiery Tail, illustrated by Gond artist Ramsingh Urveti - http://www.papertigers.org/wordpress/poetry-friday-i-saw-a-peacock-with-a-fiery-tail-illustrated-by-ramsingh-urveti/

    Thank you for hosting

    - Marjorie (PaperTigers)
  28. December 7, 2012 10:06 AM EST
    What a LOVELY poem!!!! Congratulations! :) e
    - Elizabeth D
  29. December 7, 2012 10:12 AM EST
    Thank you for hosting and for the lovely fox poem. I love the repetition and the sense of stillness.

    I'm a guest today at TeachingAuthors.com with a student poem from Write a Poem Step by Step and a Book Giveaway at http://www.teachingauthors.com/2012/12/guest-post-book-giveaway-and-poetry.html
    - JoAnn Early Macken
  30. December 7, 2012 10:18 AM EST
    Kudos and congrats! Thank you for hosting today. I posted Butterflies by Siegfried Sassoon at Bildungsroman this morning.
    - Little Willow
  31. December 7, 2012 10:23 AM EST
    Terrific poem and lovely illustration, Robyn--looks like it was worth the wait!
    - Buffy Silverman
  32. December 7, 2012 10:48 AM EST
    I just posted on the wrong Poetry Friday post of yours, Robyn! Whoops. It's been that kind of day. But poetry makes everything better.

    I am sharing a poem by Willa Cather today:

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

    Ben from The Small Nouns
    - Benjamin Curran
  33. December 7, 2012 11:19 AM EST
    I have a review of National Geographic's Book of Animal Poetry along with a poem from the collection at:

    http://www.motherreader.com/2012/12/poetry-friday-national-geographics-book.html

    Thanks for hosting!
    - MotherReader
  34. December 7, 2012 11:52 AM EST
    Hi Robyn! Thanks for hosting and sharing your wonderful Grey Fox poem!
    My poem today is about snuggley footy pajamas...perfect for winter nights. :-)
    www.weewordsforweeones.blogspot.com
    Happy Poetry Friday!
    - Bridget Magee
  35. December 7, 2012 12:05 PM EST
    Why wait in line to see Santa when you can stop by TKT today to meet "The Thinkier"!?! http://www.thinkkidthink.com/meet-the-thinkier/

    -Ed
    - Ed DeCaria
  36. December 7, 2012 1:07 PM EST
    [Robyn here - just popping in to say THANKS to everyone for playing along today, and for all your kind comments. e and Buffy, thank YOU for coming by and sharing in the fun. :0)]
    - Robyn Hood Black
  37. December 7, 2012 1:20 PM EST
    Hi Robyn-- I fixed my post with my son's poem, so it shows up now! Thanks!
    - charlotte
  38. December 7, 2012 1:23 PM EST
    Nice poem, Robyn! Congratulations on it being published with Caron, as well. I've yet to be able to get them to accept anything I've written...they seem to be a hard nut to crack! Today, I offer a Christmas poem from my winter collection, along with a little giveway: http://mattforrest.wordpress.com/2012/12/07/poetry-friday-not-so-easy/
    - Matt Forrest Esenwine
  39. December 7, 2012 1:24 PM EST
    Hi Robyn,
    Thanks for hosting. Here's my entry, a look at two bug poetry books: http://maclibrary.wordpress.com/2012/12/07/poetry-friday-nasty-bugs-and-bug-off-creepy-crawly-poems/
    - Jone
  40. December 7, 2012 2:00 PM EST
    This has been another stellar PF - I have whiled away several hours immersed in wonderful poetry - and I also wanted to say I've enjoyed catching up with your last few posts, Robyn - the woodcuts are beautiful and thanks for the links to all teh very tempting Etsy shops... And I'm so glad you have orderred I Saw A Peacock - I hope you love it as much as I do...
    - Marjorie (PaperTigers)
  41. December 7, 2012 2:04 PM EST
    Hi, I'm new to Poetry Friday and have my first link
    www.diacalhoun.blogspot.com The poem is title A Room With No View. Please excuse any newbie errors. Thank you so much!
    - Dia Calhoun
  42. December 7, 2012 2:18 PM EST
    Marjorie, thanks for the kind comments! I've loved all the varied offerings today, too - will get around to commenting on them when I catch up a little later. Thank you for sharing that Peacock book - can't wait to dive in!
    - Robyn Hood Black
  43. December 7, 2012 4:14 PM EST
    Wow. I am SO LATE to the party! Sorry about that.

    The Write Sisters have a very cool poem by Carl Sandburg over at our site. http://thewritesisters.blogspot.com/

    Happy weekend to you all . . .
    - The Write Sisters
  44. December 7, 2012 4:43 PM EST
    I'm late posting! Wrote a poem on Tuesday that I was going to use, but then on my way home - voila!- another glove pointing to a turn off to the cove. So, short and sweet - another ode to a lost glove. They have jobs to do while they wait. http://mainelywrite.blogspot.com/2012/12/lost-glove-2.html
    - Donna
  45. December 7, 2012 5:41 PM EST
    Congratulations on your Ladybug poem! I hate that I missed Poetry Friday with you today, but such is life at my house lately! I'll still try to read a few of these wonderful treats.
    - Doraine Bennett
  46. December 7, 2012 5:56 PM EST
    Wow, just taking the time now that I'm home from school to read your post. Congratulations on being published in Ladybug! I love all those magazines -- they are such high quality. My kids have loved them at all ages.
    - Ruth (thereisnosuchthingasagodforsakentown.blogspot.com)
  47. December 7, 2012 6:42 PM EST
    Thanks for hosting.
    My selection is "Laugh-eteria: poems and drawings" by Douglas Florian.
    - Janet Squires
  48. December 7, 2012 6:43 PM EST
    Doraine, Hi! We missed you too - thanks so much for popping in to wave.

    Thank you, Ruth - my kids loved those magazines, too, and it's been a long wait to see my name in one of them. Such an honor. Have a great weekend!
    - Robyn Hood Black
  49. December 7, 2012 7:32 PM EST
    I love your Gray Fox poem! You should expand it into a picture... love the mood of mystery and beauty. Suits you, friend. xo
    - Irene Latham
  50. December 7, 2012 7:43 PM EST
    Thank you, Irene! I think your post today is the perfect way to greet a weekend, so I added it to the line-up above. Have a great one.
    - Robyn Black
  51. December 7, 2012 8:43 PM EST
    Robyn, Gray Fox is lovely. So simple, yet it paints a very clear picture. The repetition carries the reader along. Congratulations on its publication at last!
    - Joyce Ray
  52. December 7, 2012 8:57 PM EST
    Hi, Joyce! Thanks so much, and I appreciate your coming by. We're both making the rounds leaving comments this evening... I think I'm following you! ;0)
    - Robyn Hood Black
  53. December 7, 2012 9:14 PM EST
    Hooray for your fox sighting and for your poem being illustrated AND published! How exciting! I also really love your character exploration poetry suggestion. I have done very little writing poetry through another person's eyes. I think I might have to try that.

    I have a post on my blog, Twinkling Along with an original cinquain about a moment of pink, December beauty. You can find it here: http://twinklingalong.blogspot.com/2012/12/poetry-friday-winter-cherry-cinquain.html
    - Carlie
  54. December 7, 2012 10:02 PM EST
    Carlie, thanks for visiting and chiming in! And I appreciate your comments re. my post over at Janice's blog. Happy winter wonders to you and your boys.
    - Robyn Black
  55. December 9, 2012 10:27 PM EST
    Congrats on your Ladybug publication. It's beautiful! I was away so this is my first chance to share. At On Point, I have an original haiku, Book Birth. Thank you!
    - Lorie Ann Grover

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