|How 'bout this day-before-Thanksgiving sky?|
So I am full of turkey at the moment and thinking back over some of the poetic highlights from NCTE16. There were so many! I'll just mention a few of them here.
* Pomelo Books supper at BoccaLupo.http://boccalupoatl.com/ Those who know Janet Wong know she is kind of famous for selecting really great restaurants. She chose this one because it was on several lists -- one of them a "last meal" list written by chefs! A couple at our table enjoyed a Tasting Meal, which was small portions all several of their specials. It was pretty amazing, and inventive... and if memory serves, it included things like a parmesan crusted meatball... calamari over shrimp pate...a fancy piece of steak... carrot cake.... All excellent! And the company was, too!
* Session on Risking Writing with Poetry-Friday-ers Mary Lee Hahn and Heidi Mordhorst. It was about writing WITH your students, and the panel modeled this for us. It takes a lot of bravery to share our early drafts with anyone, and how powerful for students to see that the work takes... work. Here's the work and photo we started with... and then you'll find mine as it stands now... I was in an imaginative mood!
At the Harvest Ball
Deer look on as dancers twirl
in their starlight gowns --
They dance until they collapse
into their cardboard-castle beds
to dream of leave and rain,
a white eggplant moon.
- Irene Latham
* Books. I picked up F&G's of forthcoming books by THUNDER UNDERGROUND by Jane Yolen and KEEP A POCKET IN YOUR POEM by J. Patrick Lewis. And I got to admire Laura Purdie Salas's forthcoming IF YOU WERE THE MOON. Beautiful!
* Our panel on Writing for a Better World. At the end, the radiant Katherine Bomer summed up everything with one line from each of us, and it IS a poem! Here it is:
|The panel - all except Margarita,|
who had to dash to her next session!
To the Poets on the Panel, Your Words Coming Back
- Irene, Amy, Laura, Margarita, Tara, Margaret, (& Katherine)
Err on the side of love,
Amplify the light,
Hold the space for children to enter in,
Words are bridges,
Develop our empathy muscle as the reflex response,
When we provide poems in our classroom, we get to the heart of our children,
Poetry is truth.
And here is a Visual of our session created by Paula Bourque. Love it!
I have several more odds-n-ends to share with you about NCTE -- I came away so very inspired! I will be posting about these things in the weeks to come. Thank you for reading!