Happy Poetry Friday!
Thank you, Carmela, at Teaching Authors for hosting our round-up this week. I'll be hosting next week and I'm already excited!
At school, we've just finished the fourth annual Poetry Pandemonium. It's lots of fun and also serves as a review for students of figurative language such as metaphor, simile, rhyme, repetition, rhythm, alliteration, and onomatopoeia.
|Poetry Pandemonium 2022|
The winning poem? Nothing! by Kat Apel
One of our teachers mentioned to me that we have so many poems stored in our archives, "now you can re-use poems for next year and not have to go searching for new ones."
Well, yes. But, for me, searching for poems is a big part of the fun. This past week, I spent my reading time with the poems of Imperfect II. poems about perspective. an anthology for middle schoolers edited by our own Tabatha Yeatts.
First, what a project! Tabatha has edited a beautiful, beautiful book of verse from poets of varied backgrounds, ages, and experiences. Altogether, there are dozens of poems written specifically for middle school students. This collection is a wholly fresh and new source of poems for Pandemonium V. Thank you, poets! Thank you, Tabatha!
I am fortunate to have two poems included in Imperfect II.
What You Don't See
How easy it is for me
to get lost in my head.
How following directions in class
is doubly hard
when you interrupt
to add extra details, or
a story or tell that kid
to sit down again.
How doing anything
while you watch me
as I wonder what
mistakes you see
and then, I freeze.
Unable to continue.
I wish you knew
how to help me
succeed with ADHD.
~Linda Mitchell (p 72)
Tabatha has enriched the experience of Imperfect II with a blog, Imperfect II . It's a wonderful place to read, think and write about perspective.
Thank you, Tabatha, for creating Imperfect, Imperfect II and binding all our perspectives together through poetry. It is a real gift to be included in such a work. I so appreciate the chance to work with you in this way. And, I love how this community is providing important poetry for kids.
Another star poem on the padlet: