Hello There, Poetry Friday.
I've been busy this week--up to my ears in nonfiction with eighth grade. And, you know what? Kids LOVE nonfiction. They really do. It's been fun watching kids who "don't like to read" spend some time in facts.
And, I've been writing a response to the lovely Winter Poem Swap gifts I received from Laura Shovan who is hosting our round up this week on her blog. Many thanks to poet blogger Tabatha at The Opposite of Indifference for organizing the swap.
What a lucky poet am I!
By Laura Shovan
Eight in a box
Thick chocolate icing above
Crumbly vanilla cookie below
Your mouth awaits.
Last Poetry Friday, Laura shared Chocolate Haibun. I knew as soon as I saw her post that I would write a response haibun...after I learned exactly what a haibun is. A haibun is a combination of a prose poem and haiku. Sounds easy doesn't it? Wellllllllllll.....it's trickier than that simple description (or at least it was for me).
Fortunately, the good folks at Poets.org has great information.
And, if you still need more step by step guidance try this link at the haiku society of america .
Here's my attempt:
Berger Chocolate Creams
Winter Poem Swap 2018
An ingredient label whisks me to sweet
Louisiana sugar fields…
caramelized by frying-pan heat. Up north in Kansas wheat
sunflowers and the endless
ships from Africa to eastern harbors…until
by the setting sun, drowsy cows return from clover grazing
stalls of their milking
world of goodness
savored in every morsel
cookies from a friend
(c) Linda Mitchell
I am especially grateful to Laura as well for the tremendous developmental edit she gave to a collective biography manuscript (that's all I'm saying at the moment) that I'm plugging away at.
Recently, Laura has begun consultant work for The Writer's Ally. Through TWA, I hired her to conduct an edit of my project. I got great advice, help and support and feel like I really can take this mess of words I've strung together to the next level--with the required work, of course.
If you need help getting a project to move forward I can say that I had a great experience with each individual at TWA. I'd be happy to answer specific questions if you have them. E-mail me privately. I'd love to encourage others to move their work forward.
Have a cookie