How 'bout those ALA book awards earlier this week?! I was pleased to see a few poetry titles -- and poets! -- recognized, including FREEDOM IN CONGO SQUARE illustrated by R. Gregory Christie, written by Carole Boston Weatherford (Little Bee Books)
and FREEDOM OVER ME: ELEVEN SLAVES, THEIR LIVES AND DREAMS BROUGHT TO LIFE by Ashley Bryan (Atheneum Books for Young Readers)
|Nikki Grimes & me at Poetry Camp!|
I've got a book to share with you, but, first, in case you missed it, here are a couple of poetry posts:
HERE WE GO: A Poetry Friday Power Book by Sylvia Vardell & Janet Wong -- for Multicultural Children's Book Day (today!) #ReadYourWorld
UNBOUND: a novel in verse by Ann E. Burg
CATCHING A STORYFISH by Janice N. Harrington
Recently my friend and mentor Lee Bennett Hopkins encouraged me to read everything by Myra Cohn Livingston... so I've been working on that! I started at No Water River, where he and Renee La Tulippe have created the wonderful NCTE video series. And then I found a few books in my library.
I AM WRITING A POEM ABOUT...A Game of Poetry. It just shows you that wonderful work can come of challenges/assignments! And makes me wish again I could have attended one of Myra's classes. The good news is, because of this book, in some small way, we can ALL attend one of her classes. Enjoy!
Prompt: one word: rabbit
Poem About Rabbit
by Alice Schertle
I am writing a poem
A pink-eyed poem
of the page,
of my mind.
A quiet poem
with long-eared lines that
to where the words fall.
enough to touch,
me write a poem
Prompt: three words: ring, drum, blanket
A Ring Needs
by Ann Whitford Paul
A ring needs a finger,
a blanket, a bed.
A window needs curtains,
and butter needs bread.
A king needs a crown
and so does his queen.
A drum needs a drumstick;
A movie, a screen.
A clock needs two hands.
A door needs a knob.
And how would the corn
grow without any cob?
A cupcake needs frosting.
The shore needs a sea.
These words need a reader.
The reader is me.
by Janet S. Wong
The little squirt,
begging for boiled eggs and toast,
circles me like a wrestler in the ring,
bouncing on my bed,
and when I try to hide my head,
he dives under the blanket,
to drum my stomach
until it surrenders
Prompt: six words: hole, friend, candle, ocean, snake, bucket or scarecrow
Celebration by the Sea
by Joan Bransfield Graham
and I scoop out
a hole in the sand, a
bucket to capture our own small
a castle cake.
Water snakes through its halls.
Mud turrets rise and on top -- one
Aren't those wonderful?! Anyone want to join me in writing a poem on any of these prompts? If so, please do share! Happy writing!
I so enjoy visiting you on Poetry Fridays for the poems AND the resources AND the invitations to join in. Truly, Live Your Poem is a playground for poets. Thank you!ReplyDelete
Prompt...three words: ring, drum, blanket
This ring, it’s bling
My heart a drum’s thrum
our blanket serves a banquet for two
I said, yes!
I love reading "all" of an author. I will look up Myra Cohen for some ideas and inspiration. I also share the resource of Renee this week. Have a great week!
Irene, Irene. Thank you. I have been wanting to read this book....and now it is on its way to me. What a lovely week for awards for talented poets. Good good news. Hug. xoReplyDelete
Uplifting links, as always, dear Irene.ReplyDelete
And LOVE so much, the photograph of you two wonderful wordsmiths.
Ms. Marsh Rabbit
The nose knows
what before her
: JanAnnino all rights reserved
ha! love the truthDelete
I wish I had been in one of her classes too. Since I can't, I will have to find this book! Thanks for sharing it.ReplyDelete
What a wonderful post full of life.ReplyDelete
When I get out of my car,
you eye me in the twilight.
The sharp scent of clover
and the call of a bluejay
herald the fading light.
You don't even bother
to flee. You know me.
I carry my groceries
I would love to take a poetry class again. It's been so many years.
So much goodness in this post, Irene! Must spend some time thinking about these prompts...and pick up this book. =)ReplyDelete
I love these prompts, and the inspiration to build and develop my craft. :-)ReplyDelete
I do have Myra's other book, Poem-Making, and this sounds lovely too, Irene. Since we have many rabbits "hopping about" I do love "pink-eyed poem". They are interesting to watch, but have been bad for the car.ReplyDelete
Was it THAT rabbit
who crawled at night
to nibble car wires
he thought twas right?
I cannot hate,
because I know
dear Bea Potter's stories
of Peter and his flight.
I love Myra Cohn Livingston. I'll have to look up her work and read it again! Also, LOVE the rabbit poem! Alice Schertle was an early mentor.ReplyDelete
Irene, this post is a wonderful compilation of poetry love. While I would love to write another poem with your prompt words, I am tapped out of time because I still have some PF posts to read before the tick tock of midnight.ReplyDelete
I love these poems and the challenges that inspired them. My brain is mush tonight, but I plan on coming back to play.ReplyDelete
Thanks for the good links and enthusiasm! Yes, a good week for poetry. I need to read more of Myra's work!ReplyDelete
Thanks for reminding us and giving us much to celebrate. It was a good week for poetry, and you made it better.ReplyDelete
ring, drum, blanketReplyDelete
Chairs from the dining room
set in a ring.
Blankets from bedrooms
draped on top.
Come into my concert hall!
What will you bring?
Your drum and my shakers
make a song that won't stop!
Thanks for the opportunity, Irene!
What a pleasure to read this post and all the wonderful poems... in the comments, too! I can't recall when I first heard that Schertle poem, but it's definitely a favorite. Looking forward to grabbing a used copy of I AM WRITING A POEM ABOUT on Amazon at my next opportunity.ReplyDelete
Thank you for linking back to this post that I missed. It's a treasure! I love Myra Cohn Livingston's work, and am excited to know about this book. I'll be ordering it soon!ReplyDelete
Thank you for linking back to this post, Irene. It's a treasure! I'll be ordering this book asap!ReplyDelete