Friday, September 25, 2020

Almost a NEST

Hello and Happy Poetry Friday. Be sure to visit Jone at
Deo Writer for Roundup. 

Today begins our THIS POEM IS A NEST Blog Tour! I'm so grateful to these generous bloggers/poets/humans for sharing about this book that means so much to me. In spite of covid and these troubling times, this book, poetry Fridays, and poetry in general makes me feel connected to all of you, to myself, and to the world. Thank you.

Friday 9/25  Kirby Larson blog & A Word Edgewise/Linda Mitchell

Monday 9/28 Reflections on the Teche/Margaret Simon 

Tuesday 9/29  Live Your Poem/Irene Latham

Wednesday 9/30  Laura Shovan blog

Friday 10/2  Poetry for Children/Sylvia Vardell

Saturday 10/3  Smack Dab in the Middle 

Monday 10/5  TeacherDance

Friday 10/9  More Art 4 All/Michelle Kogan 

Also, if you haven't seen it on Twitter, I am doing a giant 12-book + NEST giveaway in honor of THIS POEM IS A NEST:

Simply subscribe to my e-newsletter. And if you are already a subscriber, then you are automatically entered. :)

I did manage to craft a new ArtSpeak: RED poem amidst all this nesting... thanks so much for reading!

At the Window

I stand at the window
as snowdrops whirr

I dream at the window
as tree limbs shiver

I breathe at the window
as sunbeams stir —

I am not cold.
I am listening,
                learning —

No matter how others hurry
the world at the window

says, I am here,

- Irene Latham


  1. Lovely. We are all waiting at the window these days. I love the soothing tone of what the window has to offer. It reminds me of the distinct scent of the windows I grew up with -- with their leaded glass panes. I was waiting then too.
    It was my pleasure to blog/review for This Poem is a Nest this week. What a book! I predict awards.

    1. Linda, so kind of you to say so... I"m so grateful for your review and for your window thoughts, too.

  2. So lovely. Your new book looks extraordinary, Irene! Congratulations1 I can't wait to read it.

    1. Thank you, Liz! It was a dream of a writing experience. I loved every minute... until the very end, when we were frantically making sure every word was accounted for, and in the proper order... madness! :)

  3. We have cooler weather coming so I guess very soon it will be me hearing nature call "I am here, /waiting". It is exciting to imagine the weeks of fall weather on their way, my favorite season. Lovely painting & poem for that young girl, Irene. And the blog tour these coming days is exciting, too, for more people to discover your new awesome book! Happy Friday!

    1. Linda, fall is my favorite season as well. :) Thank you for the kind words about NEST, too. Appreciate so much you helping share! xo

  4. I love the idea of a window always waiting -- maybe waiting for a pair of eyes to look through and enjoy the view. Looking forward to hosting your new book for the blog tour, Irene!

    1. Oh thank you, Laura, for these window thoughts! Appreciate you being part of the blog tour, too. xo

  5. Congratulations, Irene! This Poem is a Nest is a treasure. Of course I sat down and read it immediately, but am so happy I'll have time this weekend to go back and savor every loving word. I imagine your window-watcher gazing out at a bird's nest, following that mother bird as she gathers "little bits of feather-fluff." Sigh.

  6. Congratdulations, Irene! This must have been such a huge endeavor to complete. I cannot wait to check it out!

  7. Perfect window poem. And I'm really enjoying reading the reviews of your new book. Can't wait to read it.

  8. I was honored to be a part of the very early buzz for NEST, and it's thrilling to watch it gain momentum...actually I could say that of your writing career! I was there for LEAVING GEE'S BEND, and just look at where you are now! Write on! Your words do so much good in the world!

  9. I look forward to being the second stop on your blog tour. This book is such a great lesson in finding poetry wherever you are. Looking out of the window is one of the ways I get students to begin haiku. Write what you see. Wait and a poem will come to you.

  10. I have the book on order. I am interviewing Johanna for my blog either this Friday 10/2 or 10/9.

  11. Irene, I am so excited about your new book. I received it and am delighted to be added to the Blog Tour. Your book is amazing and I am sure that it will be a great addition to any classroom or home library. Your Red poem is inviting me to continue to look out my window each day. "I dream at the window
    as tree limbs shiver"-what great lines!

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