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Today I'd like to talk about punctuation. That's because I've just read A BUNCH OF PUNCTUATION: Poems selected by Lee Bennett Hopkins, illus. by Serge Bloch (WordSong).
My relationship with punctuation in poetry goes something like this:
Who needs punctuation?
Okay, a LITTLE punctuation.
Ooh, I love that emdash!
In this new collection Lee brings us 14 poems by these fine poets/humans: Rebecca Kai Dotlich, Betsy Franco, Charles Ghigna, Joan Bransfield Graham, Michele Krueger, Julie Larios, J. Patrick Lewis, Prince Redcloud, Alice Schertle, Amy Ludwig VanDerwater, Allan Wolf, Jane Yolen -- and of course Lee himself.
|Lee Bennett Hopkins|
When I wrote to Lee to ask his permission to include the poem in this post, he offered some additional comma-y comments. Read on!
by Lee Bennett Hopkins
lets you stop,
enjoy the weather,
unlike a period,
which puts an end
or sunny day,
"Commas are very important. Misusing them can cause a lot of trouble. For example:
"I love cooking children and dogs." is not the same as "I love cooking, children, and dogs."
All hail the comma -- not the coma."
- Lee Bennett Hopkins--------
You never know what Lee will come up with -- what lucky readers we are!
I myself have written about punctuation a number of times. The shortest -- and strangest -- appears in FRESH DELICIOUS, where there's a "Summer Squash as Punctuation" spread. The visual interpretation is a little different than a traditional poem:
|Illustrations by Mique Moriuchi|
Summer Squash as Punctuation
crookneck squash = question mark
button squash - period
zucchini squash = exclamation point
Have YOU written a punctuation poem? If so, leave your link in comments, because I'd love to read it!