Today's Little Ditty for Roundup. Wow, has National Poetry Month been awesome, or what? Our Progressive Poem continues to progress... please visit Linda at Write Time to see where we are!
In celebration of National Poetry Month, I will be sharing in each post during April a favorite quote from a favorite poet on poetry. Enjoy!
"A good poem is like a booster shot of human kindness. We need more of that. I think that's the
'so what' of poetry." - Paul Janeckzo
Complete interview by Tricia at The Miss Rumphius Effect.
It was my great pleasure this week to pick up FIREFLY JULY: A Year of Very Short Poems selected by Paul B. Janeczko with illustrations by Melissa Sweet. I love that there are poems from both children's poets and adult poems, contemporary poets and not contemporary ones. None of the poems has more than ten lines, and the title poem is by J. Patrick Lewis. Really, really lovely.
I offer you one poem for each season:
for fish heads
- X.J. Kennedy
Sandpipers run with
their needle beaks digging -- they're
hemming the ocean.
- April Halprin Wayland
What is it the wind has lost
that she keeps looking for
under each leaf?
- Jim Harrison and Ted Kooser
A wild winter wind
Is tearing itself to shreds
On barbed-wire fences.
- Richard Wright