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POETRY MONTH - Mini Poem Movies continue with "Lunch Lady" from SCHOOL PEOPLE


Greetings, Poetry Lovers!  We're halfway through my National Poetry Month project, "I Pause for Poems" and "I Pause for Haiku"!  On Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, I share a new mini poem movie with one of my published poems for kids; on Tuesdays and Thursdays, it's haiku suitable for kids.


Today I'm sharing a reading of "Lunch Lady" (©Robyn Hood Black) from SCHOOL PEOPLE (Wordsong, 2018) by Lee Bennett Hopkins and illustrated by Ellen Shi.  Monday would have been Lee Bennett Hopkins's 82nd birthday, and everyone in the children's literature world still mourns his loss last August.


Lee kept requesting rewrites of this poem.  And, rewrites.  It finally clicked to me that he wanted a picture of a REAL person, someone who works very hard at his or her job and who is tired at the end of the day! 


In this unprecedented season of remote school, I'm sure students and school people of all ages are missing the folks who serve tasty food to nourish bodies and minds.  I know many school systems have gotten creative to continue to provide meals to kids, and sometimes their families, too.  At the beginning of this school closures adventure, my teacher-daughter's county began a program to deliver meals to stops along the bus routes.


Here's to all the men and women who work in food service!  You are appreciated, and I'm sure everyone will be happy to gather in the cafeteria again in the fall.


Click here for this mini poem movie, and here for my YouTube channel.


Thanks, and I hope you're having a wonderful Poetry Month amidst these challenging times. 


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POETRY MONTH - It's Tuesday, So We're Pausing for Haiku Today with a Mini Movie!


Greetings, Poetry Lovers!  Did you know a haiku can be just one line long? :0)


Hope you enjoy this one from MODERN HAIKU, Vol. 49.1, Winter-Spring 2018.  Click here for the link to the mini poem movie, and click here for my YouTube Channel.  Thanks for joining me!

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POETRY MONTH Mini Poem Movies Continue with "Word Wanted" from POEMS ARE TEACHERS


Greetings, Poetry Lovers!  My "I Pause for Poems" National Poetry Month project continues this week... 

Each weekday in April, I'm sharing a mini video featuring one of my poems.  On Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, it's poems for kids; on Tuesdays and Thursdays, it's haiku suitable for kids.  Thanks so much for joining me!


Today's poem is "Word Wanted" from POEMS ARE TEACHERS - How Studying Poetry Strengthens Writing in All Genres by Amy Ludwig VanDerwater (Heinemann, 2018).  This is a terrific resource for the classroom, and Amy is hosting a publisher's giveaway EVERY WEEK this month over at THE POEM FARM.  She also hosted this week's "Poetry Friday" - Click here for the Roundup.  And be sure to follow her wonderful Poetry Month offerings each day from her writing camper!  Here's a link to Amy's YouTube Channel, where you can create poetry with a roll of the dice this month. 


To catch up with all my videos so far, or to subscribe, hop on over to my YouTube Channel, too!


Wishing you all the right words today - XO


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Poetry Friday/Poetry Month... Mini Poem Movies Continue with "Mural Compass"


Greetings, Poetry Lovers!  I'm still "pausing for poems" each weekday in April with mini poem movies featuring some of my published poems and haiku. Today, it's "Mural Compass" from THE POETRY OF US, edited by J. Patrick Lewis (National Geographic, 2018). Here's the video link, which goes live at 12 a.m. April 10. 


Thanks to Matt Forrest Essenwine for last week's heads' up that this anthology was chosen as the April 2020 "Book of the Month" for Read Across America by the National Education Association. A great choice for folks unable to travel right now! Click here for a teaching guide from NEA.   


My poem takes readers to Philadelphia, celebrating the country's largest community outdoor art project.  It is a 'kyrielle' - and that was a fun challenge!



Mural Compass


Tall figures rise from city ground.

They speak to me without a sound

from vibrant faces, facing sun - 

these paintings are for everyone.


Chartreuse and purple pop the street,

kaleidoscoping at my feet.

Graffiti marks are now long gone.

These paintings are for everyone.


On buildings bare and bridges wide

where history and hope collide

shine songs of freedom, fame, and fun -

these paintings are for everyone. 


©Robyn Hood Black



For a bit more about this poem and book, you can read a post of mine from Sept. 2018 here.  [I don't think I mentioned in that post how this poem was written in the middle of a hurricane evacuation... a story for another day!]


Here's a link to my YouTube Channel, where during April I'm posting published poems for kids every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, and published haiku suitable for kids on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  Subscribe if you like, to catch all of them!


Oh, and if you want to visit artsyletters land, here's a link to my fresh-off-the-virtual-press Spring newsletter. (You can subscribe to that, too!  I only have my act together to send one out three or four times a year.)


Wishing you safe poetic travels as you enjoy all the offerings rounded up for us this week at one of my all-time favorite destinations, THE POEM FARM.  Thanks for hosting, Amy!


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POETRY MONTH - I Pause for Haiku Continues with "spring breeze"


Greetings Poetry Lovers!


I Pause for Haiku continues today with a spring haiku.  Click here to hear Robyn read it! What happens when a little wind crosses the surface of water?


Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday in April, I'm reading a poem for kids; every Tuesday and Thursday, it's haiku suitable for kids  I hope you enjoy, and feel free to share with teachers and students!  Thanks.


Click here for my YouTube Channel.


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