Friday, November 6, 2020

ArtSpeak: RED poem "somewhere"

Hello and Happy Poetry Friday! Be sure to visit Susan at Soul Blossom Living for Roundup for what I think is her first Roundup. Yay!

What a strange week... I don't know about you, but it's been a bit hard to focus. I do have some happy book news to share:

THIS POEM IS A NEST received another starred review, this one from School Library Journal!  

★ "A beautiful, emotional, and incredibly creative poetry book that inspires reflection, dreaming, and writing. A must for libraries and schools."

Big smiles from this poet. :) :) :)

And... I got to kitten-sit for one night, which was absolutely delightful. Nothing quite as hopeful as a kitten!

Lacy! (my mom's new cuddle-love)

 Finally, here is my third poem in a row inspired by illustrations shared by Richard Jones on Twitter. Enjoy!


a world turns
without words
like lost,

we are not
by winter

each moment

as a red coat
with no pockets

- Irene Latham


  1. How I love that poem! And congratulations on your starred review!

  2. How is it that I never saw the array of artspeak poems in the padlets? What a beautiful display. You give me so many good ideas. I love the simplicity of "wondrous as a red coat with no pockets." I can just see a young, young child looking and looking for pockets that they want to be there. Another lovely and fun poem today.

  3. "Nest" deserves all the kudos, Irene. Congratulations! And you've turned that lonely painting into something to celebrate. I love the ending of "wondrous/as a red coat/with no pocket". It made me look again! Happy Weekend!

  4. Congrats on the glowing, well deserved review. Love the red coat poem and the adorable kitten!

  5. Congratulations on your wonderful book. I love your beautiful poem. And how does one apply to be a kitten-sitter?! I'm in!

  6. I'd like to visit this world in your sensitive and "cozy" poem… Thanks for taking us there Irene! Congrats on your latest review, Yay! And what an adorable kitten, xo.

  7. I am so delighted for you, Irene. The THIS POEM IS A NEST deserves all the accolades it gets. As for the poem, can I curl up into the image and your words? Lovely. Enjoy the kitten.

  8. Great review Irene. I am excited to have my own copy and have been sharing its wonder in my on-line poetry workshops. Your short little poem is winter wonderful!

  9. Echoing Linda M. -- how did I not know about your padlets? Guess who we'll be visiting for Poetry Friday next week?!? YAY!!!

    And this poem...such a warm little hug.

  10. What a sweet and lovely poem--it makes me feel warm and hopeful. And congrats on another starred review! for your amazing book. (and thanks for sharing the kittens, too)

  11. Congrats on that beautiful review! And I love, love, love today's poem. That illustration is beautiful, too. Just followed Richard Jones on Twitter. :)

  12. Yay for Nest being a "must"! Love Lacy and your cozy poem, too! xo


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