Hello and welcome to this week’s Poetry Friday. I will update this post with your posts throughout the day – in the meantime, please leave your links in the Comments below.
In honor of the mosaic of poetry that will make up the wonderful whole as created each week for Poetry Friday, I thought I’d highlight Jorge Luján’s gorgeous poem-turned-picture-book Sky Blue Accident/Accidente Celeste – beautifully translated by Elisa Amado and illustrated by Piet Grobler (Groundwood Books, 2007) (and the “beautifully” refers to both the translation and the illustrations, by the way).
Before the poem starts, two double-page spreads show a small boy cycling to school, at first concentrating hard on the task in hand and then being distracted by a bird in the sky… And so:
Una mañana de brumas
me tropecé con el cielo
y a los pedazos caídos
los escondí e mi bolsillo.
Once on a misty morning
I crashed into the sky,
Then hid its broken pieces
In my pocket.
What follows is a joyous flight of imagination, as the child tries to show the pieces of sky to his teacher; and then all the children try and repair the hole in the sky by painting a new one, to get things back to normal (for without a complete sky “Lost clouds stumbled around/bumbling into corners,” – isn’t that a beautiful image? – and the moon is also behaving oddly…). The boy then uses the fragments of the “real” sky to fill in the last remaining gaps.
The poem is a delight and Piet Grobler’s gorgeous illustrations are very clever as well as a joy to the eye – for they combine the flight of imagination in the poem (including a teacher who grows wings and flies out the window) with a school setting that has the boy drawing on his lined exercise paper; and there are also certain visual motifs that the reader catches up with eventually. You can see some pages from the Spanish edition on Jorge’s website.
So now we will see what kind of sky Poetry Friday brings us this week. Will it be cloudy, gray or blue – or maybe sparkly or rosy or velvet? I can’t wait to find out… and if you have a moment on your hands while you’re here wondering too, do pause and watch this video of Jorge’s poem Tarde de Invierno/Winter Afternoon, illustrated my Mandana Sadat, and like Sky Blue Accident, beautifully translated by Elisa Amado and published by Groundwood Books (2006). It’s still my favourite book video ever…
April at Teaching Authors is highlighting a book giveaway and interview with paranormal verse novel writer Carolee Dean, just in time for Halloween! Carolee shares a writing exercise and a poem from her spooky new verse novel, out on Oct. 2nd.
Renee features W B Yeats’ beautiful poem “The Lake Isle of Innisfree” at No Water River and, wait for it, has an interview withe the man himself!
Tabatha shares her own witty poem “What Changes?” ready for tomorrow’s 100,000 Poets for Change at Tabatha Yeatts: The Opposite of Indifference.
Amy Ludwig VanDerwater at The Poem Farm has a real treat in store, with her own poem (and sketch), “Leaf Planes” – and some visiting poets from Mrs Luft’s second grade class.
Laura Shoven at Author Amok is also getting ready for 100,000 Poets for Change and will be at tomorrow’s Baltimore Book Festival presenting a tribute to Lucille Clifton, who died in 2010. “Clifton is a well-known poet, but most readers don’t realize that she was also a prolific children’s author.” In her post today, Laura has an interview with Lucille’s daughter Alexia about her mother’s picture books.
Liz Steinglass at Growing Wild provides a splash of sunshine with her poem “Black-Eyed Susans”.
What does the National Geographic’s new anthology of animal poetry edited by J. Patrick Lewis have to do with buckeye candy? Find out at NC Teacher Stuff where Jeff will reveal all…
… and Mary Lee is “on the same page” over at A Year of Reading – she has a proposal for the Book of Animal Poetry in light of 100,000 Poets for Change.
Tara at A Teaching Life has a poem “about finding happiness, however elusive it may be” – “Happiness” by Jane Kenyon.
Joanna continues her haiku series on endangered species with S-U today, over at Miss Marple’s Musings. And if you haven’t seen A-R yet, I warn you, you’ll find yourself thoroughly distracted from doing anything else until you’ve caught up!
Robyn Hood Black says “”Hello to Fall with a few [beautiful] lines from Longfellow”
Diane Mayr offers her customary triple treat: “Dawn Revisited” by Rita Dove at Random Noodling; “a brand new book by Douglas Florian” (prepare to have your timber shivered) at Kurious Kitty; and she also quotes Florian at KK’s Kwotes.
Diane also asks if we are ready for some moon dancing – they certainly are at The Write Sister.
At Poetry for Kids Joy, Joy Acey introduces us to a work-in-progress that is definitely one to follow – a list poem introduction to children in each US state – Joy asks for suggestions and offers ideas for creating list poems in class.
Irene Latham contemplates journeys via “The Journey” by Mary Oliver at Live Your Poem – and I love the way she expresses it as “thinking about the journey, not just as writer, but as a human finding one’s voice”.
Jama has a delectable post over at Alphabet Soup,”a three-course meal” focusing on the wonderful “Poetry Friday Anthology” compiled by Poetry Friday’s very own (am I allowed to make that proprietorial kind of claim?!) Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong. And she sends out birthday wishes to Janet for Sunday with one of her special trade-mark photographs. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, JANET!
Linda Baie at Teacher Dance has written a moving poem for 100,000 Poets for Change, reflecting on war and the soldiers who serve, and their families who wait at home.
David Harrison sends out a call to all poets regarding a new feature on his blog: “Each Sunday I now showcase poems by other poets who e-mail their work to me by the Friday before. It’s an easy way to share the stage, and comments from readers have shown this to be a welcome opportunity. You’re all encouraged to check it out and consider joining the fun. If you send a poem, don’t forget to include any links you’d like to have posted with your work.”
David also introduces what he hopes will become another regular feature on his blog: Caption the Cartoon, with an especially created cartoon by Rob Shepperson. Have a go!
And one more from David: his poem “What was That” from his anthology Goose Lake – and it also appears in the above-mentioned-and-acclaimed National Geographic Book of Animal Poetry edited by J. Patrick Lewis.
Jane Kenyon makes another appearance, thanks to Karen Edminston.
Doraine Bennett contemplates moments in the company of Margaret Atwood at Dori Reads.
Ben from The Small Nouns has lots of ideas for using persona poems in the classroom and highlights Nikki Giovanni’s “Quilts” as a mentor poem to inspire.
Matt Forrest Esenwine presents “something… a bit different” at Radio, Rhythm & Rhyme – he sure does!
Donna shares an encounter between “Dog and Toad” at Mainely Write.
Sylvia Vardell takes us into pet poems for Week 5 of The Poetry Friday Anthology, with Jeannine Atkins’ “Good Dog! Bad Dog!”…
…and on her own Poetry for Children, Sylvia has a wonderful, in-depth post “about J. Patrick Lewis, his work, and a recent interview with him published in the September issue of Book Links” – including a couple of extra questions not found in the magazine. A definite must-read!
At Check it Out, Jone highlights this year’s Poetry CYBILS panelists and reminds us to start getting our nominations in from 1st October – that’s Monday, folks!
Samuel Kent at i.droo.it has lots of witty poems for us to enjoy this week: “So Long Summertime” – a euphonious poem about the coming of fall; “Leaves” – wherein fall is fun for everyone but the trees; “I’m being chased by monkeys“– a problem for those bringing bananas to the zoo; “Flea Written” – where I consider the lacking literary skill of insects (and discuss rhyme scheme); and
“Roly Poly Goalie” – where a Hippo is clearly cheating.
Anastasia Suen points to Under the Mesquite by Guadalupe Garcia McCall over at Booktalking.
Catherine Johnson has a “fruity poem” – a wonderfully imaginative take on fallen fruit.
Violet Nesdoly‘s poem today is “a little one about autumn called ‘Shutting Down.'” – a gem, accompanied by a gorgeous photo.
At There Is No Such Thing as a God-forsaken Town Ruth shares a powerful and moving poem written by her friend Magalie Boyer following the Haitian earthquake.
Andromeda Jazmon shares Yusef Komunyakaa’ s intriguing “The Day I Saw Barack Obama Reading Derek Walcott’s Collected Poems” at A Wrung Sponge.
Charles Ghigna takes us on a walk through “The Silent Forest” at Father Goose.
At Wild Rose Reader Elaine Magliaro shares some special moments withe her grand-daughter that inspired her “original mask poem titled ‘Busybody’ about a squirrel scavenging for food in autumn”.
Kort muses on “Antilamentation” by Dorianne Laux at One Deep Drawer.
Tricia at The Miss Rumphius Effect highlights a powerful poem on the theme of fairy-tales – “Reading the Brothers Grimm to Jenny” by Lisel Mueller.
In honor of Saturday’s KidLitCon gathering in New York, Mary Ann Scheuer turns the pages of the “wonderful” A Poem as Big as New York at Great Kids Books.
A close encounter with a dragon awaits you at On Point where Lorie Ann Glover has an original haiku…
… Meanwhile, at readertotz, Lorie Ann catches something new to me by the toe in “Eenie, Meenie, Miney, Mo”.
Join the feast at Gathering Books where Fats Suela has selected two poems that put poetry itself on the menu.
At The Drift Record, Julie Larios considers whether “whether a drawing (by the Maine artist John Whalley) can be a ‘poem'” – what do you think?
Betsy has an original poem “Fall Morning” at Teaching Young Writers, inspired by her morning commute to work.
At Mrs. Merrill’s Book Break, Amy is “celebrating libraries in honor of Library Card Sign Up Month . . . what better way to celebrate than to share poems about libraries”
Wow, what a rich round-up this Poetry Friday has gathered in. Thank you, everybody; I’ve enjoyed reading all your posts and meeting some new blogs too.