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Life on the Deckle Edge

National Poetry Month!

Morning here has dawned with bold sun, boisterous birds, and buds all around. Like that alliteration?

Spring is the perfect time to stop for a moment and pay attention. My friend Ellen recently gave me some sticky notes with the phrase, "All creativity begins with noticing."

What will you notice on this fine, spring day? I still fall in with Wordsworth: "To me the meanest flower that blows can give thoughts that do often lie too deep for tears." For more contemporary takes on noticing and poetry, check out the rich and boisterous blogs of these three blogs:

I had the pleasure of meeting (and flying on a small plane with!) Tricia Stohr-Hunt at the Highlights Foundation Poetry Workshop in the fall. You could spend forever here:

(Check out her interview today with current Children's Poet Laureate Mary Ann Hoberman!)

Alabama poet and novelist Irene Latham is still busy promoting her just-released and beautifully written mid-grade novel, LEAVING GEE'S BEND. She's still making time for poetry, too:


Laura Purdie Salas's STAMPEDE! POEMS FOR THE WILD SIDE OF SCHOOL has been unleashed for almost a year now. Enjoy Laura's great blog and poetry links at:


With so many generous poets and poetry lovers out there, you won't be alone in your celebrations this month! Happy reading and writing.
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