This week's host is Erin. Please visit and welcome her with thanks at her blog, The Water's Edge
Truth: Some weeks I have no idea what to post for Poetry Friday. Then, there's a week, like this past week, when I'm tripping over poetry connections.
Our US Library of Congress (with a chic new logo)
hosts Poetry 180 for high school students -- and the rest of us too.
A poem of Ron Koertge's ' settled on me.
Do You Have Any Advice for Those of Us Just Starting Out?
By Ron Koertge
Give up sitting dutifully at your desk. Leave
your house or apartment. Go out into the world.
Its alright to carry a notebook but a cheap
one is best, with pages the color of weak tea
and on the front a kitten or a space ship.
read the rest here
Last Poetry Friday Amy Ludwig Vanderwater's message seemed to piggyback on Koetge's:
And remember this too: the more interesting things you do, the more you will have to write about. I am not referring to fancy things, but rather a variety of things. Today I may sit outside for a few moments and watch ants walk around. Or maybe I will draw the pictures up in the sky, wondering if anyone else sees the same penguin I see. What I do affects what I write. And so it is for you.
Jane Yolen's daily poem waiting for me in my inbox seemed related...and a blessing. She knows I've done stuff and prays that the words flow right. These three poems made me connected, yeah...I can go do life and write.
Writer to Writer: A Prayer
May the words flow,
the right ones.
May the arc rise
like the moon.
May the story ring
like Great Tom’s toll.
May the words in the mouth
sing the child.
May the telling have the lift
of challah in the stove.
May your readers find
on every page a trail of love.
May your imagination
And its wonders never fail.
May the book become eternity’s
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