Can't wait to see what y'all come up with next!
But what I really want to talk about is Mary Lee Hahn and her recent post at A Year of Reading about her experience. How she learned that she's good at -- and enjoys-- writing poetry. When I read that, I just thought, YES. That's what it's all about. That's why these things are important. And I, for one, needed that reminder.
Plus, I absolutely LOVED Mary Lee's poems. Read them at March Madness Live Scoreboard. And so, in Mary Lee's honor, I've written a little poem, after the famous one by William Carlos Williams:
This is Just to Say
I have savored
that were so
you were probably
in a scuttle
they were whacked
(Sorry, Mary Lee - I wasn't able to make magic with your words the way you did!)
As for me, I entered March Madness with a moniker Not Quite Shakespeare. I got the words "shenanigans" and "volume."
Why a moniker? I was trying to shake up my creative life a bit. And it worked: I wrote poems far from the style that I would normally write. It's good to stretch, you know? While it was fun, I ended up feeling validated, like, yes, what you are doing is right for you. I really prefer lyricism to rhyme. And I think my natural writing voice is better suited for older kids than younger ones.
Mostly, I have loved getting a peek inside all these wonderful poetic minds. SO INSPIRING!
And I'm excited to see how our Progressive Poem unfolds... beginning Sunday, April 1. See you here, there and everywhere! And don't forget to visit the lovely Heidi (who also wrote a lovely poem for March Madness) at My Juicy Little Universe for Poetry Friday Roundup!