Today is Poetry Friday. Thanks to Linda Baie at TeacherDance for hosting us today. She writes about school starting and a playful poem called “Resistance” about resisting growing up. Sweet.
First up, The Poetry Marathon is coming. 24 poems in 24 hours! Want to try? Learn more about it here and apply by August 28. (Don’t let that word “apply” worry you; if you apply, you will be signed up.)
Next, recently I received two wonderful poetry swap packages in the mail that I wanted to share with you (and with the poets’ permission).
First, Sarah Grace Tuttle and I swapped poetry. These sweet gifts came in the mail.
This beautiful bookmark I’ve used every day since it arrived.
These are all cards made from photos Sarah has taken on her world travels of what she calls “Unexpected Art” — The shoe display is one of my favorites.
This poem made me stop and appreciate the flowers–in real life or as painted on murals. It is a lovely reminder to s l o w d o w n.
A Nestling for Sarah
Red Blooms on Breeze
Smell the Slow Down
Next, I swapped poems with Linda Mitchell; she sent this beautiful handcrafted junk journal.
What is a junk journal, you might ask? She explains in her poem:
Some of the ephemera she included:
Another sweet poem about what a prompt can be:
Thanks to the prompts at the Open Write at Ethical ELA this week, there are five more of my poems that wouldn’t have otherwise been birthed. In the process of writing and research, I learned about myself, my style, Emily Dickinson, nineteenth century history, and Renoir’s “Luncheon of the Boating Party.” All thanks to prompts that educators shared on the site. Thank you, Linda, for this poem that reminds us of the power of prompts.
Linda told me to use it and “don’t be precious with it.” So, I’m going to do just that and think of her when I hold its sweetness and add my own touches to her artwork.
A Nestling for Linda after “…Junk Journal”
pages into pages
you make new treasures
Finally, here are Sealey Challenge books I read this week, along with a found nestling poem from each of my favorite passages.
August 18 – They Call Me Güero, A Border Kid’s Poems by David Bowles
My nestling from a portion of “Ms. Wong & the Rabbit” in They Call Me Güero
Language has night birds
viewing world poetry
floating in the sky
August 19 – I’m the Big One Now! Poems about Growing Up by Marilyn Singer
My Big One Now! Nestling
doesn’t show how far
that wide world
August 20 – It’s Not Magic Poems by Jon Sands (Selected and Foreword by Richard Blanco)
My nestling (based on words found in all five stanzas of “Decoded” by Jon Sands)
August 21 – Underneath My Bed List Poems by Brian P. Cleary
My Nestling of Hopes after Brian P. Cleary
- Box electric
- X-ray-sized breath
- Fluorescent cheese that does world peace
August 22 – The World Began with Yes Poems by Erica Jong
My Nestling after “From the Danish Poet” by Erica Jong
for-edge see clearly
August 23 – Nervous System Poems by Rosalie Moffett
This was a difficult (and touching) read. Rosalie Moffett’s mother was a scientist and fell at the beach while studying snails. She had a traumatic brain injury, and Moffett’s relationship with her sick mother is the backdrop of this book of poems. One quote on page 42 shows the complicated nature of their connection after her accident: “The mother I know is the mother who hit her head or who suffers from something that’ll come for me.” The following is a passage from one of my favorite pages:
My Nestling from two stanzas on page 51
make a difference
ones I love
August 24 – The Undefeated by Kwame Alexander
Nestling of the Undefeated MLK, Jr.
who show majestic