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February 16, 2017
Today’s brief post is a combination of Throwback Thursday
(see the pic) and I-Can’t-Wait-Til-Next-Thursday
(read on for that!).
The “throwback” part is that nearly 10 years ago (gulp!), I finally got to meet Lee Bennett Hopkins in person
, at the SCBWI Conference in LA, where I had gone to take his Poetry Master Class. He hasn’t changed a bit – I’ve seen pictures and Renée’s NCTE Poet Award interviews
- while I’m edging my way along the road from Long-ago Maiden toward Crone. (And that’s fine with me – I don’t worry what anybody thinks of me these days, and more creative time DOES open up after years in the carpool lines.) ;0)
The “can’t wait” part is that next week, I’m driving a wee bit down the coast and taking a right turn past the Florida line toward Gainesville, to go watch Lee be inducted into the Florida Arts Hall of Fame.
I was honored, along with many others including some fellow Poetry Friday-ers, to write a nominating letter on his behalf and to include accolades from several Star-Power poets and others supporting Lee’s recognition. [Hats off to poet friends Stephanie Salkin
and Jude Mandell
, who guided us through the process. ]
Lee’s receiving this honor is especially meaningful to me, because I grew up in Florida. My folks are still there, and I have family members tucked in among the orange trees all around Central Florida from Orlando to the Gulf coast. I always carry a bit of The Sunshine State with me, and visit when I can. The Hall of Fame recognition is the highest honor given by the state to artists in a variety of fields, and the list of recipients includes Ray Charles, Tennessee Williams, and Ernest Hemingway, among others.
THREE CHEERS to Lee
on this wonderful honor, which will have good company with all the red-carpet-worthy awards he’s won over the years. I’ve been blessed to know Lee as someone whose work I’ve admired beyond words, and who, as a mentor & editor, has pushed me into writing stronger poetry. Next week I’ll be a fan, a friend, and something akin to a fellow-Floridian, cheering from his corner.
In Georgia Heard’s THE ARROW FINDS ITS MARK, A Book of FOUND POEMS
(Roaring Brook), my own poetry first shared pages with poems by some of my poetic heroes. Here is the beginning of Lee’s poem, “First Wins” (from selected words in a SPRINT newspaper advertisement):
FIRST moves us forward.
FIRST kicks open the door.
FIRST takes us places
we’ve never been
©2012 by Lee Bennett Hopkins.
I think we could say,
LEE moves us forward.
LEE kicks open the door.
LEE takes us places
we’ve never been
And, I'm grateful.
[I’ll be on the road back home next Poetry Friday, so you can enjoy this post for two weeks. ;0) ]
For today’s inspiring Roundup, please visit poet and librarian extraordinaire Jone at Check It Out
February 9, 2017
Greetings from the sunny South. I will not complain about the little chill in the February breezes, I promise.
More fun in the mail this week - after the January poem postcard exchange (scroll down for my posts on that last month), and birthday cards, I had another treat in store - a copy of the January 2017 issue of Science & Children
featuring one of my poems from the Poetry Friday Anthology of Science
from Pomelo Books
. PFA Anthology creators Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong have a great column called"The Poetry of Science" in the NSTA (National Science Teachers Association) magazine. My poem on bioprinting got to join some terrific technology-themed articles and activities in January.
Printing, Pressed Beyond Words...
Our printers today are still evolving.
So many projects - and problems they're solving!
In layers of plastic, a virtual mold:
printers are spitting out things you can hold.
These 3-D devices can also print gels,
stacking amazing assortments of cells.
Need a blood vessel? An organ, an ear?
Bioprinting is real - bioprinting is here!
©Robyn Hood Black. All rights reserved.
Teachers can take on one or all of Sylvia's famous "Take 5" activities which connect the poem to teaching standards, as well as to other poems and publications exploring a similar theme. Three cheers for poetry and science!
And now, to R-E-A-L-L-Y stretch that theme, just for fun I've included a little studio adventure for the forthcoming holiday. I had a blast making my poem postcards to send in January, and for each one I used a unique vintage library card catalog card. And now, I'm making actual cards out of them. Complete with a vintage pocket and blank vintage check-out card on the inside, perfect for a tucked-in message!
(How does this relate to science? I'm getting there....)
I thought some of the catalog cards for nonfiction science books lent themselves to a Valentine bent - the ones on magnetism! - so I made a romantic-y greeting card from one. The illustration above the altered catalog card I clipped from the February 1927 issue of Country Life
This lacks a true poetic sense, methinks, but it's kind of fun:
For better pictures and a peek at process and such, click here
to hop over to my artsyletters blog, where I posted about these cards.
Now, opportunities abound to indulge your love of poetry with Captivating Katie, who has this week's Roundup over at
November 23, 2016
Happy Thanksgiving Weekend/poetry Friday!
I hope you and yours have enjoyed good company and good food. Warmest thoughts for those with an empty chair at the table this year.
I made a fun discovery while cleaning up my studio recently - I found a few more of those miniature frames I made "found poem ornaments" from two years ago (with a how-to)
. Who knew these extra frames were hiding in the supply closet? (Or stashed in a box under a table...?) Those little ornaments sold right away, so I figured I'd better conjure these into shape for this year.
As before, I put a tiny print of my "Writer Mouse" drawing on one side, and a found poem/phrase on the other. Below are the highlighted texts. They were all clipped directly from GOLDEN DAYS For Boys and Girls
, Vol. XVIII -- No. 6, December 26, 1896, Philadelphia: James Elverson, Publisher.
The first two were found in "A Perilous Sleigh-Ride" by A. E. Conard:
And the third came from "Frankincense and Myrrh" by Mary N. Prescott:
see Santa Claus
in the world
(More pictures of these in my Etsy shop.
.) Update: Click on "Sold" items number on the left-hand side to see the listing pictures - at least two of them!
Wishing you and your jolly crew comfort and fun during these holidays and beyond. More poetry is just waiting to be discovered at Carol's Corner
, where thoughtful Carol has our Roundup this week!
November 17, 2016
Happy Poetry Friday!
Many of you are at NCTE in Atlanta - what a wonderful weekend of poetry is planned in many of those sessions! Do report back.
I'm on the road too, just slightly north of that, in the North Georgia mountains. On Friday, I'll be helping daughter Morgan lead a small group of young poets (2nd and 3rd grade) at her school. We'll be playing with found poems, and I can't wait to see what they come up with.
I love sharing any kind of poetry with students. This week over at The Haiku Foundation
, I'm honored to have a guest post about teaching haiku to Morgan's third graders last spring in Greenville, SC. Click here
If you've been watching the news, you know the Southern mountains have been plagued with wildfires in recent weeks. Our youngest, a college senior near the Georgia-North Carolina border, started sending us pictures of smoke and haze a couple of weeks ago. (We plan to see him too this weekend, as he's on his college's homecoming court!) And though I wouldn't relish driving in rain, I do hope they get rain, and soon.
I'll close today with a recent haiku of mine, written when afternoon showers prevailed here on the Lowcountry coast:
pavement steam rises
to meet rain
©Robyn Hood Black
Acorn, No. 37, Fall 2016
Whether you're hanging out with other poetry-loving teachers or savoring Poetry Friday in some quiet corner, thanks for coming by, and be sure to follow the trail at Friendly Fairy Tales
, where Beautiful Brenda has our Roundup this week.
November 26, 2015
Greetings, Poetry Folks!
I hope you have had a wonderful holiday with people you love. The holidays can be tricky - virtual hugs if that wasn't the case for you this year. We have been counting our blessings visiting with family.
In fact, we're still visiting, so today I'm offering just a bit of fun from the studio. I've been drooling over HILL'S MANUAL - SOCIAL AND BUSINESS FORMS: GUIDE TO CORRECT WRITING (Chicago, Moses Warren & Co. Publishers, 1880), with all its Victorian flourish and advice for every communication situation, per Victorian standards. I'll be making lots of art from it I'm sure, and for starters I've made a small shadow box (6 inches by 6 inches) with a found poem for writers. (Above - Click here to view on Etsy
Here's the "revealed" text - more of an adage than a poem, perhaps, but I hope you enjoy!
that will entertain and
faculties of mind are employed
Kind of a 19th-Century-inspired expression of our modern maxim encountered at writing conferences, on blogs, etc.: BIC ("Butt in Chair")! Though maybe after a big meal this week, we need to temper that discipline with an extra walk or two.
Enjoy, I hope, a long weekend! And FIND lots of great poetry to keep you company at Carol's Corner
with our delightful Poetry Friday host.
December 18, 2014
©Robyn Hood Black. All rights reserved.
Greetings, Poetry Friday-ers!
I hope your holiday season is full of rich time with family and friends and a few too many calories. Thoughts and prayers for those going through difficult times in this ramped-up season.
My post today is simple. Here's an image I used on our personal Christmas postcard this year, a found poem I highlighted from LITTLE FOLKS - A Magazine for the Very Young
, London, Paris & New York, Cassell & Company, LTD. (Bound collection from the late 1800s.)
To My Readers
Once more, friends, looking back over
the past year, I
fancy each one of you, and express my hopes
understand more and more fully
old friends and
new ones too.
[Those are old typewriter and watch parts adding bling to the text, by the way. Might be hard to see in this picture, but one is providing a cradling branch for the illustrated bird.]
To say it's been a year of moves and transitions for our family this year is putting it mildly. But each one of us (hubby, me, recent-graduate-new-teacher daughter and recent-transfer-to-a-new-college son) has made new friends in new places, while appreciating even more our special friends who share our history.
This poem is my wish for online friends, too! Thank you for so much inspiration, fun, comfort and challenge. I look forward to a new year of poetry after the holidays. We'll be on the road next Friday, so I'll see you back here in the new year.
Safe travels and blessings to you and yours!
Lighting up Poetry Friday for us this week (it's almost the Solstice, you know!) is friend and talented writer Buffy over at Buffy's Blog
March 6, 2014
Greetings from the South Carolina low country, where we’re still unpacking and settling in, and still going back and forth a bit from the north Georgia mountains to our new home on the Carolina coast. (I’m thinking one more trip back to finish grabbing what I left behind and to clean, and I should feel officially moved!)
I am quite in love with our new home town of Beaufort. I mean, just look at those stop signs. And if you think the traffic signs are welcoming, you should meet the people! Then there’s the haunting, romantic Spanish moss dripping from live oaks, the whispering history in town and among the islands, the calls of sea birds, the tropical quality of light, the waving grasses of vast, teeming marshes…. OK, I’ll stop. I’m gushing.
Today I have a poem I happily stumbled across – it’s a found poem, and you know I love reading and writing those! I confess the poet Robert Fitterman
was new to me. This poem offers carefully chosen snippets from the state poet laureates. (Not every state has a poet laureate.)
Here are the first few stanzas:
by Robert Fitterman
Eagle and egret, woodcock and teal, all birds
gathering to affirm the last gasp of sunset.
Maybe I should stay in bed
all day long and read a book
or listen to the news on the radio
but truthfully, I am not meant for that.
Then, as we talked, my personage subdued,
And I became, as Petit jean, a ghost,
I can stand here all day and tell you how much
I honor, admire, how brave you are.
Now, to be completely self-indulgent, here are the stanzas from the state we just left and the state we’ve come to call home again. (My husband and I met at Furman University, in the South Carolina upstate, and married right after graduation 30 years ago in June.) I kind of like the progression from dark to light in these two stanzas, at this season of our lives! Here we have the words of Georgia’s poet laureate, David Bottoms, and of South Carolina’s, Marjory Heath Wentworth.
Loaded on beer and whiskey, we ride to the dump in carloads to turn our headlights across the wasted field, …
Seeds of hope are waiting in the sacred soil beneath our feet and in the light and in the shadows, spinning below the hemlocks. …
Please click here
to read the entire poem.
And for lots of great poetry from many states & countries, please visit the marvelous Margaret at Reflections on the Teche
for this week’s Roundup.
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