Poetry Friday today is hosted by JoAnn at Teaching Authors – Please come read and relax; it’s Friday!
I know at least some of the poem Beach Glass by Sara Holbrook has been shared before, so I’ll piggyback a bit on Elaine at WildRose Reader who shared part of the poem from P*Tag, shouted out as “the first ever electronic poetry anthology of new poems by top poets for teens”. My husband has lately been doing some therapy at a local rehab center, and I wait for him as he does it. Earlier this week, I had the chance to take my IPad and relax with a more thorough reading of this e-book, purchased quite a while ago when it came out, but not really READ by me until that morning. If you haven’t already, please purchase this book. It is marvelous to read, and I know will be a treasure also as a mentor text to use when writing poetry with older students, intermediate school and up.
As I read and made notes of response to the poems, I realized that today I want just to focus on one line from Holbrook’s Beach Glass, a line that speaks to me for the coming year in my personal writing, my work as a literacy coach, and my reading life. In my own writing, I keep my intent on the question of the story I am trying to tell. When I speak with the teachers with whom I work, I often bring the focus to story. Whatever genre we are planning or whatever students we are discussing, it all seems to beg the questions: What is the story being told? How can we discover it? What best supports this story? And finally, in reading, the questions fly: What is the main story? Who has the best story? Why is the author telling the story this way? And, What does this story say to me?
And so, Holbrook’s line from Beach Glass: It takes slow-walking patience to fill a pocket full of untold stories.
I hope you’ll be able to obtain the entire book, so filled with stories to add to your lives, as poems tend to do!