Friday, May 11, 2012


1. Welcome to Poetry Friday Roundup! Thanks so much for stopping by. Please leave your link and name with description (there is only one space to put all the info you'd like us to know) in the handy dandy inlinkz form below.

2. Tonight is Book Club, at my house. We've been reading CLEOPATRA'S MOON by Vicky Alvear Schecter. And Vicky will be joining us for our discussion!

For those of you who don't know about this book, it's about Cleopatra's only daughter Selene. Imagine having a mother like Cleopatra -- a mother who chose the love of Egypt over everything (and everyone) else.

Haven't I said before that the mother-daughter relationship is the most complicated one ever?


3. I've added tabs to ye olde blog. Now our Progressive Poem has its own resting place. If you haven't had a chance to see how it turned out -- including a wonderful title provided by Kate Coombs, please read!

4. Also check out the "How to Live Your Poem" tab. This is something I'm working on. Basically, it's a list of personal and resonant-to-me directives pulled from poems. I'd love your suggestions for additions to the list!

5. Finally, allow me to share one of a gazillion quotes I'd like to share from A GOD IN THE HOUSE:  Poets Talk about Faith from Tupelo Press:

"So I discovered poetry is an amoeba: It has an eye for witnessing, a foot for leaving traces, and a flexible form.”


  1. Cleopatra's Moon looks intriguing. Thanks for mentioning it! Enjoy your book club discussion :).

    Today I'm sharing a poem about Hawai'i's picture brides with a little backstory about my paternal grandmother.

    Thanks for hosting today, Irene. Have a wonderful Mother's Day weekend!

  2. Thanks for hosting, Irene. Love that quote!

  3. Clever you to add a linky list! I took a poetry break this week, so I'm just lurking to see what everyone else is up to. :)

    1. Thanks Renee for stopping by! And yay for you taking a break. It tells me you're actually human after all. xo

  4. Thanks for hosting. Always find interesting things on Poetry Friday. Cheers!

  5. Thanks, Irene! Can't wait to read DON'T FEED THE BOY!
    Our new "Hungry Monster" is now appearing @ The FATHER GOOSE Blog

  6. Thank you for hosting, Irene. I love your idea 'How To Live Your Poem' and will be on the lookout for something good for it. Your book club sounds terrific tonight; to have the author be there is quite exciting!

  7. Hi Irene,
    Thanks so much for hosting this shindig. Have a great weekend!

  8. Thanks for hosting, Irene! At Booktalking, I have Open Wide! by Catherine Ham

  9. Thanks for hosting, Irene.

    I'm in with some Emily Dickinson today. It's here.

  10. Hi Irene, thank you for hosting this week. I am featuring Anne Sexton this week, with a special highlight on her poem "In Celebration of My Uterus" - very timely with the upcoming Mother's Day this Sunday. :)
    Here's the link:

  11. Thanks for hosting, Irene! I'm anticipating the Poetry for All Highlights Founders workshop this next week, with some book spine poems featuring titles from our three fearless leaders:

  12. PS - love your new quotes page, and you and Vicky hug each other for me, please! (Also, I couldn't find the linky-thingy??)

  13. Thanks for hosting, Irene. I couldn't get the inlinkz thingy to work the last time I used it either.

    I'm in with an original poem based loosely on my daddy. After a fun weekend of traveling with him, I wanted to share it.

  14. Thanks for hosting.
    My selection is "Pizza, pigs, and poetry: how to write a poem" by Jack Prelutsky.

  15. Irene, I'm loving your book! I posted a review of it today. Thanks for hosting!

  16. Cleopatra's Moon sounds like an intriguing Mother's Day selection...

  17. This is my first time participating in Poetry Friday and I can't wait to discover a bunch of new poets. The progressive poem was brilliant.


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