Friday, May 04, 2007

Poetry Friday Potpourri #5


A Poem a Day #28: April
A Poem a Day #29: Thoughts of the Wolf as He Descends the Third Little Pig's Chimney
A Poem a Day #30: Full Of… (A List Poem)
A Poem about Poetry Withdrawal: The Morning After
April: A Poem by Janet Wong
Poetry Friday: Spring Is... (In this post, I provide suggestions for poetry to share with children to help inspire them to write their own poems about spring.)


Dragons Pulling Wagons: The Children’s Poet Laureate on Karla Kuskin’s Children’s Poetry

This article, written by Jack Prelutsky, is about Karla Kuskin, a children’s poet whose poetry I truly admire. The article includes the full texts of three of Kuskin’s poems, including A Bug Sat in A Silver Flower, which was always a favorite with my elementary school students.
All three of the poems posted at the Poetry Foundation can be found in Kuskin's book MOON, HAVE YOU MET MY MOTHER?

From Blossoms, one of my favorite adult poems, was written by Li-Young Lee. It comes from his book ROSE, which was published by Boa Editions in 1986. Rose contains many fine poems, including Eating Together, I Ask My Mother to Sing, and The Weight of Sweetness.

The beginning stanzas of From Blossoms
by Li-Young Lee

From blossoms comes
this brown paper bag of peaches
we bought from the boy
at the bend in the road where we turned toward
signs painted Peaches.

From laden boughs, from hands,
from sweet fellowship in the bins,
comes nectar at the roadside, succulent
peaches we devour, dusty skin and all,
comes the familiar dust of summer, dust we eat.

You can read the rest of the poem here.

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