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Poetry Friday - Mini Movies Blooper Reel - Takes and Mis-Takes!

Click here to see Robyn's "blooper reel" from April's mini poem movies...


Greetings, Poetry Lovers -  Happy MAY DAY!  We made it through a fulsome April.


Thanks for joining along in my National Poetry Month project.  I posted mini poem movies each weekday - On Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, I featured some of my published poems for kids, and on Tuesdays and Thursdays, I shared published haiku suitable for kids. 


I think that was 22 mini videos... You can find them all here on my YouTube Channel. (I have them in two folders there - 'Poems' and 'Haiku'.)


Now, if you caught my video featuring my "Hidden in the Seams" poem from Tabatha Yeatts's Imperfect anthhology, you'll know I generally have to work my way through several snarls of thread and start over when conjuring up creative projects.  That was the case with trying to learn how to make and upload videos, too!  


I managed to get the mini poem movies up, but not without plenty of "mis-takes" among the takes. Hope you enjoy in my blooper reel, here. ;0)


For a wonderful video featuring poems and creative projects for young readers who love their sports, be sure to check out Elizabeth Steinglass's Poetry Friday host post today, featuring her book, SoccerVerse!  I shared it with Morgan, whose need for some more online teacher-friendly material prompted my April project.  And, mentioning Morgan, I also need to toss out bouquets of thanks to my hubby, Jeff, for helping to film most of the movies, and to son Seth for providing several original guitar music options. 


Also check out this year's completed Kidlitosphere Progressive Poem, which was put to music yesterday in its finishing flourish over at Michelle Kogan's place.  And I know I'll be circling back to Jama's Alphabet Soup for her Roundup post of Poetry Month happenings across the Kidlitosphere. 


Now that it's May, maybe we'll have time to catch up on all that great poetry!

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POETRY MONTH - It's Tuesday, so it's Haiku! Today's mini poem movie features "Scottish rain"

Click here to hear Robyn read her poem, "Scottish rain," from Modern Haiku, Vol. 50, No. 1, Winter-Spring 2019.


Greetings, Poetry Lovers!  My Poetry Month project continues with mini poem movies every weekday in April.


On Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, it's one of my published poems for children; on Tuesdays and Thursdays, it's one of my published haiku suitable for children. 


Today's takes us across The Pond - "Scottish rain," from MODERN HAIKU, Vol. 50, No. 1, Winter-Spring 2019.  Click here for the one-minute video.  (The photo you'll see in the video is Doune Castle in Scotland - one of the filming sites for "Outlander" as well as for "Monty Python"!)


Want to see all the other mini movies?  Here's a link to my YouTube Channel.


Thanks for joining me! 

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Poetry Friday and Poetry Month - "Hidden in the Seams" from IMPERFECT

Click here to hear Robyn read "Hidden in the Seams" from IMPERFECT.


Greetings, Poetry Lovers! Happy Poetry Friday, and Happy (Continued) National Poetry Month!


My mini-poem movies project continues today with my poem from IMPERFECT - poems about mistakes: an anthology for middle schoolers (History House Publilshers, 2018)This is the wonderfully welcoming project our own Tabatha Yeatts shared with the world.  Here's Tabatha's author/editor website, with links to how you can purchase this collection. (And - NEW - it's now available as an e-book purchase on Amazon, too!)


My poem is called "Hidden in the Seams," and rather than complex emotional mishaps, it deals with the many wrong turns one often takes in a creative adventure, before a final finished project emerges! 


A little timely this week, actually, as I dusted off my old sewing machine, found some quilting fabric I've stored for a couple of decades (yes, I washed it!) and snipped ties from some hanging name badges I had to make some cloth masks.  We had been using a couple kindly made and shared by our wonderful 92-year-old neighbor, Ms. Betty, but needed a few more, with regular washing and all.


The process went as all my sewing projects do:  1.) Do it wrong first, untangle mangled threads, and re-do; 2.) veer from the actual directions because I like doing things my own way; and 3.) Voila! (Eventually....) Done. Imperfections and all!


I hope you enjoy the short poem movie. Each weekday in April, I'm pausing for some of my published poems for kids on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and for haiku suitable for kids on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  Thanks to all who have taken a look, and shared, too!  Here's a link to today's poem, and here's a link to my YouTube Channel.


Since it IS Poetry Friday, here's the poem typed out:



Hidden in the Seams





Pin paper pattern. Pin paper pattern. 

Thread machine.

Chikita, chikita, chikita, chikita

chikita, chikita, chikita, chikita

chikita, ckiki-chkkktghkCLNK



Untangle thread.

Press pieces. 

Hold up.



Seam ripper:

Rip rip rip rip

rip rip rip rip

Pin pin pin pin

Chikita chikita chikita chikita

chikita chikita chikita chikita


Zippity stitchety

zip zip zip ziGGRRRP



Untangle thread.

Zippity stitchity


Zip zip zip zip

Backstitch - stitch - back - backstitch




"You made that?"



©Robyn Hood Black.  All rights reserved. 



Visit the lovely and creative Molly at Nix the Comfort Zone for this week's Roundup - Thanks, Molly! :0)


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

Click here to hear Robyn read "We See with These" from THE ARROW FINDS ITS MARK.


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 Month - I Pause for Haiku - "between"


Greetings, Poetry Lovers!  


My National Poetry Month project continues with "I Pause for Poems" and "I Pause for Haiku" mini original poem movies.  Today I'm reading a haiku which originally appeared in bottle rockets, #41, August 2019.  The photo with the text, and the sound effects accompanying it, came from our back yard.  You'll see. ;0) 


Click here for the link, and here for my YouTube channel. Each Monday, Wednesday, and Friday in April, I'll add a poem for kids.  Each Tuesday and Thursday this month, I'll add a haiku.


For all kinds of National Poetry Month project magic, visit the lovely Jama who has rounded up poetic wonders around the Kidlitosphere at Jama's Alphabet Soup.


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