Thursday, April 28, 2016

Poetry Friday - Noticing April

      The final Poetry Friday of April is here, and hosted by Buffy Silverman at Buffy's Blog.  Thanks, Buffy!
       I haven't written a poem every day this month, but have written some, and shared  books of poetry, novels and anthologies. Remember that Laura's Shovan's beautiful verse novel, The Last Fifth Grade of Emerson Elementary, came out just a couple of weeks ago! And I've enjoyed the goals of other Poetry Friday bloggers and their lovely writing. Also, all of us will remember this year's Progressive Poem, Irene Latham's Creation, the collaboration of 30 poets, for a long time! What a mysterious poem it has become, with one line added today by Sheila Renfro here, and the finale by Donna Smith at Mainely Write.
       My April's weather has included eighty degrees, blooms and blizzards. It was warm last week and we had snow today, more coming on the weekend. The light shows springtime is here, however, thus my poem today.

Morning Parade

Shade’s parade marches at sunrise.
Porch rail slats stripe the porch:
notebook paper lines
wait for me to write.
Tree branches ripple with the breeze;
their shadows change places.
Light glitters the trees.

Shade struts with the music
of geometric shapes- round pots,
rectangle chairs, triangle windchime.
At the end, mysterious flower wisps wiggle-
like people parade-watching,
impatient at streetside.

Linda Baie ©All Rights Reserved

photo credit: first snow via photopin (license)

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Slowing Down for Learning

              Thanks to Alyson Beecher's Non-Fiction Picture Book Challenge at Kidlit Frenzy, everyone shares wonderful non-fiction picture books.

             Be sure to go here to Mary Lee's post at The Poetrepository for line number twenty-seven of the April Progressive Poem created by Irene Latham.

        I was reminded of the final line from a poem by Eve Merriam when I read this book:

A Lazy Thought
There go the grownups
To the office,
To the store.
Subway rush,
Traffic crush;
Hurry, scurry,
Worry, flurry.
No wonder
Grown ups
Don’t grow up
Any more.
It takes a lot
Of slow
To grow.

           April Pulley Sayre has included such a myriad of topics in this new book that I had to take it slow in order to absorb the information. (Perhaps it was her goal?) She writes of Mayflies living only a day, and wonders how time feels to them. Then there are the sequoias, growing slowly, but lasting long, so long that a timeline showing some "time" highlights of a tree ring go all the way back to 574BCE, before Athens became a city! There are pages about "slow stomachs" (digestion) and the speed of snails. I was mesmerized by the facts, and also by the way the information is presented with extraordinary creativity by Kelly Murphy. 

Monday, April 25, 2016

A Poetry Slice of Teaching

                                 I'm slicing with the Two Writing Teachers community today.  
            Thanks to Stacey, Tara, Anna, Betsy, Dana, Kathleen, Beth, and Deb, we keep going! I'd also like to offer a 
special thanks this time for all the support, work and learning shared from Tara and Anna who are leaving the group, but who will return occasionally. Best wishes to you both.

Be sure to go here to Renee LaTulippe's post at No Water River for line number twenty-six of Irene Latham's Progressive Poem.  There are only five lines left, and the story is still quite a mystery!

Sometimes for sharing a slice of life, I am inspired to talk about a teaching time I loved. Today, spending time with my daughter, out to lunch, to various shops, I took a picture that I would have used with students if I were still teaching. All through the years there are certain topics that have inspired amazing poems. With other mentor poems, or photos, these particular subjects always, always brought great stories, usually in poem or prose poem form.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Monday Reading - Books of Kindness

   On Mondays, it's a pleasure to link up with a group that reviews books they want everyone to know about. If you visit, you'll be sure to find a book or more that you know you'll want to read! 

          Visit Jen at Teach MentorTexts and Kellee and Ricki at UnleashingReaders to see what they've been reading, along with everyone else who link up.   

Be sure to go here to Mark's post at Jackett Writes for line number twenty-five of her own creation, the April Progressive Poem.

Beautiful new poetry!

      Reverso Poetry, invented by Marilyn Singer, the author of her third book-above-of reverso poems, has managed to tell some well-known myths in these poems. They are clever, of course, and will be a new way to introduce myths to children, or a new form of poetry to try with students. Once reading these brief looks at the stories, everyone will want to know more. They are full of tragedy and triumph, drawn in bold colors by Josee Masse, who creates her own reverse paintings to illustrate the myths.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

A Little Thing-A Sweet Memory

         Every Saturday (or Sunday) I celebrate with Ruth Ayres at Discover Play Build.  and link with others who share their celebrations, too. Ruth has made it a wonderful weekend of celebrating parts of our week. 

             The twenty-third line of the Progressive Poem created by Irene Latham is here today from Ramona Behnke!

         It turned out to be a nice week after our big snow last weekend. I had my big dental thing Tuesday. I admit that I was dreading it, but I did it, and it's done! I had Tuesday and Wednesday free to rest, a good thing. I will return for check ups periodically, and am hoping that's it for a while.

         Imi came on Wednesday and we had a nice visit, playing, reading, having dinner together. It's always a pleasure. BTW, she adores The Night Gardener!