My goodness we are two-thirds through National Poetry Month. How are you holding up? I like Amy Vanderwater's description of this month for poets....it's like being at an all you can eat buffet after you just ate. Yes, yes it is like that.
Today I am excited to share some MISTAKES! Our host for this week's Poetry Round-Up, Tabatha Yeatts Lonske, is introducing her shiny new anthology, IMPERFECT: a poetry anthology for middle schoolers about mistakes. Today is the Imperfect anthology's book birthday--Hooray!
I am a Middle School Teacher Librarian in the trenches with those pre and young teens making, fixing and recovering from mistakes.
Tabatha was kind enough to include a poem of mine in her anthology. (you would NOT believe the number of re-writes it took to get this very simple diamante just write---er, RIGHT!)
One of the coolest things about this anthology is how Tabatha likens it to the Japanese art of Kinsugi, repairing broken objects with gold rendering them unique and even more beautiful than before. If you are a pinterest pinner, you can see more on that here.
For me, the gold repair, is humor. Many mistakes that make me feel like diving deep into the nearest hole to the center of the earth are the source of bust-a-gut-laughing stories later.
My friend Deb likes to tell me....someday, you'll laugh at this. And, honestly I do!
One funny mistakes happened with my neighbor. We used to meet at the bus stop and chat while waiting for our kids to ride off to school. I marveled over her beautiful and smart little girl and she told me about her older son who I had never met.
One day, I was out walking and came across my neighbor walking with a handsome young man. I said,
Oh, this must be your son!
There was a long, looooooong pause before my neighbor could sputter,
This is my BOYfriend.
OOOOPS! Unbeknownst to me, my neighbor had started dating after a divorce and, I had never met her son...and he IS young and handsome and....well, let's just say the gold that covers this mistake is a lot ... A LOT of giggles years later.
I love Anne Lamott's words about a serious way of dealing with mistakes--simply letting it go:
|Quotes, Anne Lamott. “ ~@ANNELAMOTT Pic.twitter.com/eog0sx8zoI.” Twitter, Twitter, 15 Apr. 2018
Isn't that what writers do? We try to turn our mistakes into writing gold? I hope that this anthology makes it into the hands of lots and lots of middle schoolers so that they can see it's not the mistake that matters so much as the response it it.
Below is my poem for Imperfect. Many, many congratulations to Tabatha for bringing this book into the world. I wish it lots of success.