Thursday, April 15, 2010


Posting poetic goodness early this week for a couple of reasons:

1. I am going to Alabama Book Festival in Montgomery tomorrow (Y'all come! It's gonna be AWESOME!!)

2. Poetry Friday Roundup is being hosted early by 7 Impossible Things Before Breakfast. Check it out!

... and the winner of last week's POETRY IN MOTION anthology is Danielle! Danielle entered via Facebook, and she actually rides the subway every day. So yay for Danielle!

And now for this week's giveaway: another of my most favorite anthologies, POETRY SPEAKS TO CHILDREN (Book & CD) ~ Elise Paschen (Editor), Dominique Raccah (Editor), Wendy Rasmussen (Illustrator), Judy Love (Illustrator), Paula Zinngrabe Wendland (Illustrator), Nikki Giovanni (Guest), X.J. Kennedy (Guest), Billy Collins (Guest)

And here is a favorite poem:

by Lewis Carroll

'Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe;
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe.

"Beware the Jabberwock, my son
The jaws that bite, the claws that catch!
Beware the Jubjub bird, and shun
The frumious Bandersnatch!"

He took his vorpal sword in hand;
Long time the manxome foe he sought—
So rested he by the Tumtum tree,
And stood awhile in thought.

And, as in uffish thought he stood,
The Jabberwock, with eyes of flame,
Came whiffling through the tulgey wood,
And burbled as it came!

One, two! One, two! And through and through
The vorpal blade went snicker-snack!
He left it dead, and with its head
He went galumphing back.

"And hast thou slain the Jabberwock?
Come to my arms, my beamish boy!
O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!"
He chortled in his joy.

'Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe;
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe.

To enter for this week's giveaway, simply leave a comment!

And what have I been writing this week?

More poems based on paintings:

Beach Scene (by Jane Peterson)
Breakfast of the Birds (Gabrielle Minter)
The Cage (Berthe Morisot)
Cherries in the Sun (Doris Lee)
Call to Church and Flowers (Clementine Hunter)
Portrait of a Young Girl with a Blue Ribbon( Louise Abbema)
Abandoned Cottage (Virginia Berresford)

and, my favorite of the lot: a poem about kissing!


  1. I would love, love to win this book! It came highly recommended to me. I've had it on my TBR list for some time now.

  2. Don't enter me. We have it already. My boys love it.

    I memorized Jabberwocky to recite for a fifth-grade poetry assignment. Still is with me.

  3. I haven't heard of this anthology. I'm sure my kids would love to read the book and listen to the CD with me.

  4. Enter me, please. My kids would love this. Jabberwocky never disappoints. Also, I read the Mean Irene post. Pretty crazy but sweet revenge!

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  6. Irene, thanks for all you do to bring us poetry and prose of excellence. For that your blog has won a Sunshine Award. You can learn more about this award at

  7. Ah, Jabberwocky - an early love of mine. And I love Richard Peck's work - so impressed he blurbed your book. I'm savoring your poems, by the way!

    I'll put in a pitch for your giveaway since, as you know, I'm doing my first teacher training in poetry this summer - I'm sure I'd find some inspiration to pass along in those pages.

  8. I sometimes assign a Jabberwocky poem to my writing students - gibberish this close to English isn't easy!

    Thanks for posting it, and thanks for your giveaway!

  9. Poems based on very interesting!

    I loved your profile summary: 'heart-touching tales with unexpected adventure'! :) And your book sounds lovely!

  10. This would be a great book for my granddaughter—please enter me to win!

    skkorman AT bellsouth DOT net

  11. I would love to win this book; please enter me in your giveaway!


  12. I have never seen this book but it looks really good

    ykatrina at hotmail dot com

  13. awesome book. hope to win for my daughter!
    mommy2skie at yahoo dot com

  14. Hi, Irene--

    Please enter me (I need another copy for my Listening Center : )). I saw the Gee's Bend quilt exhibit some years ago and have done some quilting myself...I'm looking forward to your book, and congratulations!

  15. I love poetry and this would be a great book to share with my daughter.

    mearley1979 (at) gmail (dot) com

  16. I have been sharing the poetry of Nikki Grimes with my students.

    Thank you
    clariline08 at yahoo dot com


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