Hello, and Happy Poetry Friday! Be sure to visit Penny at a penny and her jots for Roundup.
While I had hoped to post a poem today, that just didn't happen. And so, instead... I give you 5 for Poetry Friday!
1. I am reading -- and loving -- WISH by Barbara O'Connor. I love Barbara's books. They are just perfect middle grade stories, and this one is my favorite of hers so far! I put it with THE GREAT GILLY HOPKINS by Katherine Paterson and ONE FOR THE MURPHY'S by Lynda Mullaly Hunt. I love main character Charlie Reese. I know this kid. And I know kids who need to know this kid or who ARE this kid. (Have already gifted 2 copies of this book!) I want to write books like this. You gotta read it!
2. My 2017 poetry book, which I so happily and proudly share with Charles Waters and illustrators Sean Qualls and Selina Alko has gotten a new name! What was IT'S NOT BLACK & WHITE will now be CAN I TOUCH YOUR HAIR? Poems of Race, Mistakes and Friendship.
3. After hitting my 1000 word a day goal every day since I started two weeks ago, yesterday I stumbled a little -- I was only able to cobble together about 660 words. But. Am I giving up? NO. I trust I will catch up today. And if not today, tomorrow. Sometimes the hardest part of achieving a goal is refocusing after failure... it helps to remind myself that hey, I DID write 660 words, which is more than I had yesterday! I return to these words often: Treating myself like a precious object will make me strong. It's just like when teaching -- encouragement is far more powerful than criticism.
4. Poetry Camp is coming! I'm excited to get to meet so many Poetry Friday friends in Bellingham, WA later this month. Liz Steinglass and I will be presenting on Metaphor & Simile. It's going to be fun!
5. My blue Christmas quilt is coming along! Here's the top. (At the last minute I thought to add the red pieces... I really love the contrast!)