When I signed up to host I was thinking how lovely it would be, because SPRING!
And now here it is, and my new middle grade dystopian verse novel D-39: A Robodog's Journey releases next Tuesday!
Many thanks to those who have already helped me to celebrate... Sylvia had me (and others!) answer some tough questions about writing verse novels with tough topics over at Poetry for Children.
Janice gave a sneak peek over at Salt City Verse.
and Linda's post today at A Word Edgewise has me answering just 3 of the 8 (excellent! thoughtful!) questions Linda crafted after reading D-39... because I am (still) buried in revisions, she's given me permission to address the other ones at a later date.
With that in mind, I want to share with you three of D-39's "Poem Friends" from the Guide. (There are 10 in the Guide!)"The Journey" by Mary Oliver is one you're probably familiar with. If I had to pick ONE poem to pair with D-39, this would be it!
The second you also probably know: "Perhaps the World Ends Here" by Joy Harjo. The accompanying question in the Guide is Where does Klynt's world begin? (Where does your world begin? Where does mine?) Nothing like the end of the world to prompt such queries!
The third is one you may not know— "A Center" by Ha Jin. It begins:
A Poem for the Girl by the Lake
a poem wears a hat in spring
a poem wanders off the path
a poem gathers shy blooms
a poem listens to ticklish grass
a poem ripples along the shore
a poem serenades the sun
a poem isn't afraid of shadows
a poem is for everyone
- Irene Latham