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POETRY MONTH/Poetry Friday - Short Poetic Diversions Soothing or Silly

 

Greetings, Poetry Lovers! I hope in the midst of these jarring days you are finding comfort through poetry.  I've got two short diversions today, depending on whether you need something calm and soothing, or something downright silly.

 

My National Poetry Month mini-movies project continues with "I Pause for Poems" and "I Pause for Haiku" offerings.  Each Monday, Wednesday, and Friday in April, I'm posting a video featuring one of my published children's poems, and each Tuesday and Thursday, its a haiku suitable for kids. (18 down... four to go!)

 

First, yesterday's haiku video. It features the poem and picture above.  The haiku is from THIS WORLD, Haiku Society of America 2013 Members' Anthology:

 

 

lingering afternoon

the ebb and flow

of birdsong

 

 

©Robyn Hood Black

 

Now, I had been out in the neighborhood this week, recording bird chatter and also taking pictures of leafy oaks and twisty vines, which I was planning to use as the background for the poem text. Then Morgan sent the amazing photo above in a family text on Wednesday.  (She teaches third grade in Georgia; her teaching from home since March was the biggest inspiration for me to record these short, teacher-friendly videos!)

 

Morgan and hubby Matt have been hosting a bluebird pair in their back yard.  So I borrowed the wonderful image, added my haiku, and shared it with Caraol Varsalona as well, for her beautiful #NatureNurtures2020 gallery this month. (Here's the link to the video again.)

 

If you need something a little wackier, might I serve you up some of today's little movie?  It features this poem from THE POETRY FRIDAY ANTHOLOGY - K-5 Edition (Pomelo Books, 2012) edited by Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong.  [Interrupts to wave madly at Janet and say CONGRATS to you and all the other fine folks on the NCTE Notables List announced this week!!]

 

Here's the poem:

 

SNACK RULES

 

Don't talk with your mouth full - 

full of peanut butter.

Anything you try to say

wll cmmm out as a mmmttrr.

 

©Robyn Hood Black

 

If you click here for this video, you'll see Rita in a cameo role.  She celebrated her eighth birthday this month, by the way. 

 

Be sure to follow along with the Progressive Poem - it happens to park at Wondering and Wondering today, where the generous and talented Christie is hosting the Poetry Friday Roundup, too!

Thatsalotta hosting! 

 

(I've got to come up with Monday's line... wish me luck and circle back around after the weekend.) Thanks for coming by!

 

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PS - The Authors Guild techno-wizards are trying to fix my comment section, which has been making it seem that comments don't go through.  They advised me to keep comments set to 'moderated' in the meantime, so I'll do that this week. 

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POETRY MONTH Mini Videos Continue with "Epitaffy" from THE BEST OF TODAY'S LITTLE DITTY 2017-18

 

Greetings, Poetry Lovers!  Ready for today's installment in my National Poetry Month Project?  (Mini poem videos each weekday:  on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, it's one of my published poems for kids; on Tuesdays and Thursdays, it's haiku suitable for kids.) 

 

Warning - Today's is a little s-p-oooo-k-y...Mwah-ha-haaa.

 

Click the link above or head to my YouTube Channel for "Epitaffy" from THE BEST OF TODAY'S LITTLE DITTY 2017-18 compiled by the ever-lively Michelle Heidenrich Barnes.  (Michelle's daughter, Miranda, was the cover artist for this edition, which came out last year!)  And check out all the Ditty goodness over at Michelle's place, Today's Little Ditty, always a favorite haunt.  

 

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POETRY MONTH Mini Movies Continue with "We See with These" - a Found Poem

 

Greetings, Poetry Lovers!  I'm enjoying making these "I Pause for Poems" mini poem movies for you!

 

Today it's a FOUND poem -  "We See with These," (©2012 by Robyn Hood Black) from THE ARROW FINDS ITS MARK - A BOOK OF FOUND POEMS (Roaring Brook Press, 2012), edited by Georgia Heard and illustrated by Antoine Guilloppé.

 

Where can YOU find a poem today?

 

Click here for the poem.

 

Click here for my YouTube Channel.

 

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Poetry Friday - My NATIONAL POETRY MONTH mini videos continue... :0)

 

Greetings, Poetry Lovers!  Happy Poetry Friday, and Happy National Poetry Month.

 

Each weekday in April, I'm sharing a new short video featuring me reading one of my published poems.  On Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, these are poems for children.  On Tuesdays and Thursdays, these are haiku suitable for children.

 

(So, three down... a bunch to go!)

 

Today's reading is from THE POETRY FRIDAY ANTHOLOGY (K-5 edition) from POMELO BOOKS by Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong. Click here to hear it, and/or click here for my YouTube channel. (Note, I don't really know what I'm doing, but I'm learning... Ha!)

 

 

Trouble on the Trail

 

The woods are great and everything,

but now I feel an itch. 

 

My arms are turning kind of red;

my body wants to twitch.

 

You think that's poison ivy there?

Now that would be some joke. 

 

You don't?  Oh good.  But what was that?

You think it's poison oak?

 

 

©2012 by Robyn Hood Black

 

 

Thanks to my family for helping with this project (Morgan mentioned looking for online content for her third-graders; Seth whipped up some original guitar magic and texted it to me; and hubby Jeff followed me around this past weekend with my new-ish iPhone to make some recordings!). Special thanks to all the teachers, media specialists, and school staff, who, like Morgan, are missing their students so and doing their best to educate from afar. 

 

Speaking of amazing teachers, the always-adventurous Heidi has our Roundup today at My Juicy Little Universe.  And be sure to check out all the special Poetry Month projects around the Kidlitosphere at Jama's yearly Alphabet Soup Roundup.  Thank you, you Wonderful Women! AND, follow the Progressive Poem, this year organized by another amazing teacher, Margaret!

 

Wishing you and yours peace and safety and health in these surreal days.  Read, and write, lots and lots of poems!

 

(Note - Children under the age of 13 may only comment with demonstrated parental consent.  Thank you.)

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