I spent last week in Boston at the NCTE convention, with teachers and writers-those people who love words! I know this poem is probably familiar to you all, yet they fit my time so well:
Ink Runs from the corners of my mouth
There is no happiness like mine.
I have been eating poetry.
--Mark Strand, "Eating Poetry" Reasons for Moving, 1968
What a tasty poetic meal I had meeting or reuniting with some of you whom I know through these Friday posts, and with others I met briefly whose names inspire. I am grateful I could take the opportunity to go, and thrilled that I was able to meet, talk with, or enjoy the learning in the sessions about poetry I attended. And, I loved rooming with Tara Smith, a great time with someone I previously knew only through blogging, and now know that she is really the lovely and thoughtful person we know from her writing.
Thank you Laura Purdie Salas for welcoming me to a poetry Friday get-together. I loved being with you, Laura and getting a first peek at your new book. Also, Diane Mayr joined us, and it was wonderful to visit with you, Diane. Then, I met and talked with Jane Yolen, Sara Holbrook, Heidi Stemple, and David Harrison and his wife. It was a terrific evening!
|stolen from Diane's post!|
Another day I had the pleasure of seeing Joyce Sidman receive her award from NCTE for Excellence In Poetry for Children. To hear her speak, along with those others who spoke and read favorite poems from some of her books, was pure poetry pleasure. I wrote about this pleasure when I reviewed Joyce's latest book What The Heart Knows a few weeks ago here. Among those who spoke so wonderfully about Joyce Sidman's lifetime work was Amy Ludwig VanDerwater.
I met and enjoyed being in several sessions with Heidi Mordhorst, saw a session with David Harrison, and listened closely to Georgia Heard, Tom Romano and Linda Rief speak about Poetry Central to our Core. In still another session, Nanci Atwell stated emphatically, start with poetry! Finally, David Harrison began and ended a session on vocabulary teaching, emphasizing the importance of poetry in vocabulary acquisition. It was an amazing four days of "gastronomic delights"!
I hope you've had a wonderful Thanksgiving if you celebrate it, and Happy Hanukkah also. I am grateful for this community and each week look forward to reading what you all have to share each Friday! This is my 600th post, and I couldn't have done it without your continued support and inspiration!