Happy Thanksgiving, Poets!
Poetry Friday Round-up
By: Linda MitchellYield: Infinite
Prep time: 20 min. – 2 days
Total time: One Friday to a lifetime
Poem reading | to taste (research can be used as a substitute)
Whatever inspiration you have on hand. Mentor texts work well
Writing | to one’s liking
1 pinch editing
Handful of Photographs, video or illustrations
Smattering of links
1 Blog (a blog of a friend will do)
1 Poetry Friday badge
Spend some time reading poems until inspired to jot down thoughts. Use the notes to draft an original poem or, find a poem of similar theme from any source. The Poetry Foundation, Poem Hunter, American Academy of Poetry and No Water River are great stores of poetry. However, you are not limited to them. You can go rogue.
At some point, gather all thoughts, original or found poetry and arrange in a post on your blog.Fold in photographs or illustrations one at a time. Sprinkle with links—especially a link to the round-up host. Don’t forget to edit. Reading your work aloud helps. If you do miss this step, it’s acceptable to revise a post…even after publishing.
Once published, find the Poetry Friday host online blog. Read the post thoughtfully and add a link to your post as directed. Take a moment to thank the host for the time they spend sharing your post and poetry worldwide. Thank you, Ruth for hosting the round-up this week at There is no such thing as a godforsaken town.
Visiting all the Poetry Friday blogs is not required. However, if the spirit moves you, visit to several Poetry Friday blogs. It is helpful to reader and writer. Write comments that highlight the good and well written poems. When possible, mark your post with the Poetry Friday badge.
Poetry Friday is open to anyone who wishes to participate. There are no additional requirements, fees or calories! Some blogs specialize in poems for teachers or children. Others serve as great anthologies…while others offer original work.
Mary Lee Hahn sends out a call for hosts twice a year (December/July) and arranges a calendar of hosts. Several participants offer special events such as poetry swaps, monthly challenges and postcard exchanges. These are not required but can be frosting on one’s cake!
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