Poetry Friday is Here – Welcome!

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.

52 Responses to “Poetry Friday is Here – Welcome!”

  1. Renee LaTulippe (@ReneeMLaTulippe) Says:

    I hope it’s a sparkly sky today! That book looks absolutely lovely, Marjorie.

    It’s Kids’ Classic day at No Water River, and my piece of sky features a poetry video for “The Lake Isle of Innisfree” and an interview (yes, that’s right!) with the poet William Butler Yeats. Come dream with us!


  2. Tabatha Says:

    Thanks for hosting, Marjorie! And thanks for letting us know about Sky Blue Accident/Accidente Celeste — it looks beautiful!

    I’m sharing “What Changes?” for 100,000 Poets for Change: http://tabathayeatts.blogspot.com/2012/09/changes.html

  3. Amy Ludwig VanDerwater Says:

    What a treat to be introduced to a new-to-me author and book! Thank you for sharing and for hosting.

    Today I have an original poem about fall and once again welcome the second grade poets from Mrs. Luft’s class.


  4. Laura Shovan Says:

    Hi, Marjorie. Thanks for sharing the opening of this book. It’s deliciously surreal — I’m looking forward to seeing what happens with those pieces of the sky.

    We are getting reading for our 100,000 Poets for Change event at the Baltimore Book Festival, a tribute to poet 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. Today, I am interviewing Lucille’s daughter Alexia about her mother’s picture books.


  5. Liz Steinglass Says:

    Thanks for sharing and for hosting.
    Today I have an original poem about Black-Eyed Susans at http://www.lizsteinglass.com/.
    Happy Poetry Friday!

  6. Jeff@NC Teacher Stuff Says:

    Majorie, this looks like a great book for my classroom. Thank you for sharing and hosting! At NC Teacher Stuff, I have a post about the new National Geographic Book of Animal Poetry:


  7. Mary Lee Says:

    I have a review of J. Patrick Lewis’ new collection (with National Geographic photos) of animal poetry. It’s an amazing anthology, edited by JPL.


  8. Mary Lee Says:

    Looks like Jeff and I are on the same page!

  9. Tara Says:

    Thanks for hosting today, Marjorie, and for sharing this lovely book! At A Teaching Life I have a poem about finding happiness, however elusive it may be:

  10. Joanna Says:

    I love bilingual literature and I love the cover and idea of hiding the sky in one’s pocket!

    I am continuing on my endangered species haiku, S-U, today.

  11. Robyn Hood Black Says:

    Hi, Marjorie! Thank you for the introduction to this glorious book. I love that pocket image, too.

    I’m in today with a few lines from Longfellow to celebrate the new season:

    Thanks for hosting!

  12. Diane Mayr Says:

    I’ll have to find the book for the library, thanks for the introduction.

    At Random Noodling I have “Dawn Revisited” by Rita Dove.

    Kurious Kitty looks at a brand new book by Douglas Florian, and KK’s Kwotes has a quote by Florian, too.

    The Write Sisters are ready for some moon dancing–are you?

  13. Irene Latham Says:

    Marjorie, I am in love with this book! Thank you so much for sharing it this morning. I am in with a favorite by Mary Oliver: “The Journey” http://www.irenelatham.blogspot.com/2012/09/journeys-of-one-kind-and-another.html Thank you so much for hosting and happy happy day to you.

  14. jama Says:

    Hi Marjorie,

    Sky Blue Accident looks enchanting! Will definitely look for it :).

    Delicious feast at Alphabet Soup today: 3 food poems from the Poetry Friday Anthology + celebrating Janet Wong’s birthday on Sunday: http://jamarattigan.com/2012/09/28/friday-feast-a-three-course-meal-from-the-poetry-friday-anthology/#more-6557

    Thanks for hosting and have a beautiful weekend!

  15. Linda Baie Says:

    The book you shared looks beautiful Marjorie. Thanks for sharing about it. I have a poem written for 100,000 poets today too, reflecting on war and the soldiers who serve. http://teacherdance.blogspot.com/2012/09/marjorie-at-papertigers-is-our-host.html

  16. David Harrison Says:

    Majorie, thank you for hosting today.

    I’ve recently started a new feature on my blog at http://davidlharrison.wordpress.com/2012/09/25/calling-sunday-poets . 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.

  17. David Harrison Says:

    If you’ve ever turned to the back page in The New Yorker to try your luck thinking of a caption to go with the cartoon, I have just the thing for you witty poets. I’m offering the same opportunity, using a delightful cartoon provided by artist Rob Shepperson. Here’s the link. Tell me if you like the concept because I’m thinking it might become a regular feature of the blog. http://davidlharrison.wordpress.com/2012/09/26/8256 .

  18. David Harrison Says:

    One more, Marjorie,

    This week I posted one of my poems from my e-book, GOOSE LAKE. This particular poem also appears in THE BOOK OF ANIMAL POETRY, a new anthology for National Geographic edited by J. Patrick Lewis. http://davidlharrison.wordpress.com/2012/09/26/an-albino-surprise-at-goose-lake . Thanks.

  19. Karen Edmisten Says:

    Thanks for hosting! I’m in this week with Jane Kenyon. The link is here: http://karenedmisten.blogspot.com/2012/09/poetry-friday-bat-by-jane-kenyon.html

    Have a great Poetry Friday!

  20. Doraine Bennett Says:

    Thanks for hosting, Marjorie. I love that broken sky! I’m in today with Margaret Atwood.


  21. Ben Says:

    Thank you so much for hosting, I love your blog! Today I’m discussing one of my favorite types of poems to teach, persona poems with an example from Nikki Giovanni:


    –Ben from The Small Nouns

  22. Matt Forrest Esenwine Says:

    I hadn’t heard that poem before – but what a terrific PB it made! Thanks for passing that along. Over at ‘Triple R’ I present something…a bit different! http://mattforrest.wordpress.com/2012/09/28/poetry-friday-the-grossest-poem-ever/

  23. Donna Says:

    Here’s my fall poem Dog and Toad…

  24. Sylvia Says:

    Thanks for hosting, Marjorie. I love that Groundwood is doing so many of Luján’s poems in picture book form!

    It’s Week 5 in THE POETRY FRIDAY ANTHOLOGY, so we’re featuring “pet poems” and a gem by Jeannine Atkins. Come on by!

  25. Joy Acey Says:

    Thanks for hosting Poetry Friday. Today, I have a list poem up about American Children that zips around to visit many of our states. As usual, I’ve included a writing exercise and encourage your help in extending the poem. I’m at http://www.poetryforkidsjoy.blogspot.com

  26. Sylvia Says:

    Hope you’ll indulge a double-header! I’m also chiming in on behalf of my own blog– with a post about J. Patrick Lewis, his work, and a recent interview with him published in the September issue of BOOK LINKS. Thanks!

  27. Jone Says:

    Here’s. mine. Thanks for hosting. http://maclibrary.wordpress.com/2012/09/27/poetry-friday-introducing-the-cybils-panelists/

  28. Samuel Kent Says:

    Good morning! Thank you for hosting today.

    I posted 5 poems this week:

    “So Long Summertime” (http://i.droo.it/i-wasnt-ready/) – a euphonious poem about the coming of fall
    “Leaves” (http://i.droo.it/leaves/) – wherein fall is fun for everyone but the trees
    “I’m being chased by monkeys” (http://i.droo.it/run-bananas-run/) – A problem for those bringing bananas to the zoo
    “Flea Written” (http://i.droo.it/flea-written/) – where I consider the lacking literary skill of insects (and discuss rhyme scheme)
    “Roly Poly Goalie” (http://i.droo.it/roly-poly-goalie/) – where a Hippo is clearly cheating

  29. Anastasia Says:

    At Booktalking I’m sharing Under the Mesquite by Guadalupe Garcia Mccall http://asuen.com/blog/?p=420

  30. Catherine Johnson Says:

    What a beautiful book and trailer. I love the idea of writing one poem and it being a picture book rather than a hundred poems in one book, that’s economics!

    I have a fruity poem up on my blog: https://catherinemjohnson.wordpress.com/2012/09/26/pears-in-the-road/

  31. Violet N. Says:

    Marjorie, thanks for hosting!

    My poem today is a little one about autumn called “Shutting Down.” It’s here: http://vnesdolypoems.wordpress.com/2012/09/27/shutting-down/

  32. Ruth Says:

    Today I am very excited to have a poem about the Haitian earthquake written by a Haitian friend of mine. http://thereisnosuchthingasagodforsakentown.blogspot.com/2012/09/poetry-friday-earthquake-poem.html

    Thanks for hosting!

  33. Andromeda Jazmon Says:

    Thanks for hosting this week! I have a poem by Yusef Komunyakaa on the POTUS.

  34. Father Goose Says:

    Thanks, Marjorie! We’re walking through the “Silent Forest” today @ The FATHER GOOSE Blog

  35. Joyce Ray Says:

    Thanks for hosting, Marjorie, and for highlighting Sky Blue Accident. Just what I needed to see as NH has a rainy sky today. The book trailer for Tarde de invierno is indeed spectacular. I love the perspective of looking out through a frosty window. I’m so happy to see others who are reading at 100 Thousand Poets for Change tomorrow! I’ll be participating in Exeter, NH.

  36. Elaine M. Says:

    Thanks so much for doing the roundup this week!

    At Wild Rose Reader, I have an original mask poem titled “Busybody” about a squirrel scavenging for food in autumn.


  37. Tricia Says:

    Hi Marjorie!
    I’m in today with a poem called Reading the Brothers Grimm to Jenny.
    Thanks for hosting.

  38. kort Says:

    i’m sharing a poem by Dorianne Laux….and already enjoying the offerings from Poem Farm and Author Amok!

    thanks so much for hosting. it’s a delightful way to spend a morning.

  39. kort Says:

    forgot to include the link :(

    here it is now:


  40. Mary Ann Scheuer Says:

    Sharing the wonderful A POEM AS BIG AS NEW YORK CITY in honor of the KidLitCon gathering there tomorrow!

  41. Lorie Ann Grover Says:

    Thanks for the introduction to Sky Blue Accident. It looks imaginative and lovely!

    Today at On Point, I have an original haiku, The Dragon.

    And at readertotz, we have Eenie Meenie Minie Mo.

    Thank you!

  42. Fats Suela Says:

    Hi Marjorie! Thanks for hosting Poetry Friday today. Sky Blue Accident’s book cover looks lovely. I love looking at the sky (and sometimes staring too!), and I always take pictures of it. How interesting it would be if the sky breaks into pieces and we could all put it back together! That image of the clouds sure is beautiful. Also, I think that the girl who did the voice over in the video sounds adorable.

    I’m sharing two poems at Gathering Books today, both talking about eating poetry.

  43. Julie Larios Says:

    Thanks for pointing me the direction of Jorge Lujan, Marjorie. I look forward to reading more of his work. Today over at The Drift Record I take a look at whether a drawing (by the Maine artist John Whalley) can be a “poem.”

  44. Betsy Says:

    Thanks for sharing a beautiful book and trailer, what a treat. My poem is a fall poem inspired by my morning commute to work. http://teachingyoungwriters.blogspot.com/2012/09/fall-morning.html

  45. Joy Acey Says:

    This is the third (or is it the fourth) time I’m trying to post. Is there a reason I don’t know that my poem for today AMERICAN CHILDREN won’t make it to your blog? The poem and exercise is up at http://www.poetryforkidsjoy.blogspot.com

    Happy Poetry Friday

  46. Amy Merrill Says:

    I am celebrating libraries in honor of Library Card Sign Up Month . . . what better way to celebrate than to share poems about libraries.

  47. Marjorie Says:

    THANK YOU, All, for taking part in this week’s Poetry Friday. I’m afraid I haven’t quite managed to update my post fully yet, but it’s way past my bedtime now and I will have to finish tomorrow… Such a fabulous round-up. A feast for the whole week-end!