Thursday, January 3, 2013

A Tribute To Cybil's Poets

          Matt Forrest Ensenwine welcomes us to the first Poetry Friday of 2013 at  Radio, Rhythm & Rhyme.  Thanks Matt.    




     I am excited to help with the Cybils judging this year in poetry.  Congratulations to all the nominees, and to the following finalists:

Laura Purdie Salas – Bookspeak:  Poems About Books

David Elliott - In the Sea

J. Patrick Lewis - Last Laughs:  Animal Epitaphs

Ron Koertge - Lies, Knives, and Girls in Red Dresses

compiled by J. Patrick Lewis – National Geographic Book of Animal Poetry: 200 Poems with Photographs That Squeak, Soar, and Roar!

Douglas Florian – UnBEElievabes:  Honeybee Poems and Paintings

Kate Coombs – Water Sings Blue


           These poets write beautiful poems for children and young adults.  They inspire me to do my best to learn and grow in my writing, and their words give pleasure again and again.  Like all writers, I love the alphabet and am “in love” with the challenges of using words in varied styles.  Here is a tribute to these poets who carry us forward into the future with good hearts.  Happy New Year!

An Alphabet Acclaim

Always Believe Caring
Determines Everything: 
Form Generates Hyperbole. 
Imagery Jostles Knowledge, Lyrics. 
Metaphor Names Objects.  
Poetry
Quiets Raging Souls,
Thus,
Untying Vast, Weary,
Xeric Youth—
Zygology!

22 comments:

  1. Poetry
    Quiets Raging Souls
    ...absolutely, Linda...and we are lucky to celebrate this art form every week together. What a lovely list of poetry books in that list above!

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    1. Thanks Tara. It really is a great list, will be tough to do the judging.

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  2. Dear Linda, that poem is quite an accomplishment!! Xeric and Zygology?? Wowza! I particularly like "Metaphor Names Objects" because isn't that the truth?! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thanks Irene-It's a challenge to write with those x's and z's. I had to do some research to find words that fit for children especially.

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  3. Thanks for helping with the Cybils, Linda - what a great list! And thanks for your poem. I also love:
    Poetry
    Quiets Raging Souls

    Hope your soul is full of joy in 2013.

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    1. Thank you Robyn. Same to you in the new year, and especially in the new blog & Etsy shop.

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  4. Interesting poem,Linda! *Always believe caring determines everything* - love that! thanks for the list of Cybils nominees - a tough decision to be sure.

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    1. Thank you! I'm sure it was a hard decision to pick just 7, & now the task is to narrow to one. Oh my, it will be interesting.

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  5. Thanks for sharing the finalists, Linda. Your abecedarian poem is impressive!

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    1. Thanks Laura. I enjoyed writing this, looking for the words that fit. I'm glad you liked it!

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  6. What a great list of finalists. And what a fun poem. I've never seen anything like it. I too love poetry quiets raging souls...

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    1. Laura has the term, it's an abecedarian poem. I've done a couple of others, but they aren't easy, & I'm never quite satisfied, but I liked the x & z this time. Thanks, Liz.

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  7. You amaze me with your diversity. This poem is genius. I mean, really, xeric youth zygology? I love it when I have to look up words. My favorite, though, is "Poetry Quiets Raging Souls." What a challenge you give yourself and others! Keep it up!

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    1. Thank you Margaret. Did you find the words & their meaning? I hope you did!

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  8. How fun! What is zygology? Going to look it up... (Something to do with zygotes? :-))

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    1. I had to look up 'zygote', but yes, that must be the root of the word, or the other way around, Ruth. Zygology is the study of 'joining & fastening'. I thought it fit, in a way, what poetry does for me, connecting. Thanks Ruth.

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  9. Clever poem, Linda! What a privilege and honor you have to be one of the Cybils judging team. Will look forward to the announcement of the winner.

    Violet N.

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    1. I do feel honored, Violet, but even more, a bit nervous. Thanks!

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  10. Linda,
    I do not envy you having to choose ONE of those books as a winner. I was a first round judge and it was hard to narrow it down. Good luck! And I love your alphabetic verse! Very clever. One of my resolutions for this year is to WRITE some poetry. Should get busy soon!

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    1. Thanks Carol, I know it won't be easy. Each one is uniquely marvelous! Hope you have fun writing, & fun with your students in January! Best to you!

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  11. Wow! What an accomplishment! And what a great tribute!!

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