Hello Poets,Welcome to Poetry Friday. I'm thrilled to host this first Friday of summer. I hope some joy for warm days and sunshine, flowers, fireflies, travel, camp fires and kicking-back comes right out of your screen and surrounds you this very moment.
|Recycled book art by Linda|
I'll be collecting your link for our poetry exchange, the old fashioned way-- in the comments section.
Please leave a word or two about what you are sharing and a link to your blog in a comment to this post. I will summarize links as they are added (or, you can scroll through the comments section to find links I haven't caught up to yet) in bunches of ten.
I hope you go from here to blog posts of old friends, find new friends and, I invite all to leave comments on blogs you visit to let poets & writers in our community know they aren't just whistling in the dark.
Poetry Friday Posts
- Carol at Beyond Literacy is celebrating grand-daughter Sierra's love of reading in a poem that fits TLD's monthly challenge.
- Mary Lee offers a multi-media post I wish I had written about our new Poet Laureate Joy Harjo at A Year of Reading. Don't miss this one!
- Tabatha at The Opposite of Indifference shares some really lovely lines of poetry from D.H. Lawrence
- Kimberly Hutmacher Writes shares a review of Memphis, Martin and the Mountaintop by Alice Faye Duncan that has me putting the book on hold at my library right now.
- Cheriee has found a treasure trove of logging poetry and is sharing some on Library Matters--which you know is super for her if you've been following her poems.
- At Writing the World for Kids Laura Purdie Salas shares a riddle-ku as she's flying off to ALA.
- Michelle Kogan introduces a Joy Harjo poem that is stunning and then mirrors the tone with an original. WOW
- Catherine at Reading to the Core shares Joy Harjo's Eagle Poem and it is absolutely amazing.
- Matt at Radio Rhythm & Rhyme has much to celebrate with books on summer reading lists and poems coming out in two new anthologies. Congrats, Matt!
- Michelle at Today's Little Ditty, shares a gorgeous poem, When You Wish Upon a Star that also fits Karen Boss' monthly challenge at TLD.
- Jone Rush McCulloch turned a request for toast making into a fabulous 'We Come From' poem for a class reunion (totally stealing this idea should the need arise to make a toast).
- Little Willow shares The Widening Sky by Ed Hirsch.
- Rebecca at Sloth Reads shares a dreamy original poem celebrating midsummer.
- Heidi at My Juicy Little Universe grew a poem from a kindergartener's seed...just the way poems should grow. LOVE it.
- At Bookseedstudio, Jan has some great summer shorts for us!
- Live Your Poem poet Irene pops in to share one of her favorite Joy Harjo poems as well as a rec to read Crazy Brave. I'm on it!
- There is No Such Thing as a God Forsaken Town gives us some thoughts on just how April-ish June has been. Don't miss the Langston Hughes poem link near the end. Thanks, Ruth.
- At A Journey Through the Pages, Kay has taken a clunker and turned it into a shining line of an original poem--that I love! Thanks, Kay. I knew some of these clunkers had some life in them.
- Robin at Life on the Deckle Edge shares a super cute photo of her and her husband on their wedding day with some lines from Browning. sigh.
- Carol's Corner is celebrating our new Poet Laureate with some of her work:
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- At The Poem Farm, Amy shares an original poem, There Was a Time, that also celebrates Joy Harjo. Make sure you stop by there and listen in.
- Ramona gives us a beautiful quote by Joy Harjo that I quickly copied into my journal for future contemplation when writing. Stop by Pleasures from the Page to see it.
- Sylvia at Poetry for Children celebrates 50 years of the Coretta Scott King Awards of poetry. What a stellar reading list for any of us!
- Christe of Wyman's Wonders took a clunker and turned it into a delightful original poem involving a cardinal that has been visiting her classroom.
- Fats shares a fairy tale inspired poem by Nakita Gills that makes me smile.
- Reflections on the Teche by Margaret is full of joy over hatching ducklings. Precious!
- Susan continues the adventures of Wondermonger, Tear Drop and Sleepy Knight.
|Re-cycled book art by Linda|
I've combed through my journals and lifted a few dozen to share today. Clunkers are lines, thoughts and bits of poems on my cutting room floor. I can't do anything with them. But, maybe you can in today's...
- Take as many clunkers as you like
- Leave at least one clunker from your journal or files in exchange as a comment to this post.
- Use the clunker(s) you took as a prompt
- Give permission for your shared clunker to be used as a prompt to make something new--even if the exact words are used.
- I/we would love to see your shiny new poem when you've finished--but its not necessary. Just knowing that the words are getting new life is reward in itself.
Clunkers I'm giving away for free
*Come here, let me tell you what it’s like
*I am self-taught in opportunity
*my hands are finely trained
*A graduation cap waits in your room
*our fortune teller waits
*A tale as old as time these two
*I had named them before turning
*foil wrapped treat
*two feet free -- from shoes
*We poems, we’ve been around
*then, stars call
*the comfort of my bed at home envelopes me
*they will laugh with joy
*What if this poem didn’t care?
*then, stars call
*there’s always one…
*As a ______, your ______ consumption should not be
*Never did say after
*I retrieve these things from my future
*Think of it this way…
*As she walks the road
*An out of shape poem went to the gym
*I, June, gave her to rest and picked up the pen.
*between paragraphs of parenting
*I am the sound of
*Here lies Shirley Shopper
*Pine boughs sweep green beyond
*handkerchiefs fall from laps of trees at a banquet
*Nellie was born in 1896
*the defense of personal space even if in a crowd
*a veil that comes with pulling an apron over one’s head.
*80% of college freshmen change majors at least once
*Fresh dressed boys walked along the tracks and away from school
*wonders of a beehive
*first ___________ of summer
*flitting, fluttering, flying
*a recycled tin, a can of spray paint and some_____
*these old weeded books
*words spilled across the page, dark ink
*The kind of kid that inspired me to teach
*listened to the locking of belts and unlocking of breaks of the gurney
*the command, "next", was too big, too loud, to alive for the small crowded room
*white hair and glasses did not disguise the fun in his blue eyes
*made you believe you were as good as she saw you
*given as a birthday gift