Thursday, February 6, 2014

Poetry Friday - A winner and poetry sessions at my Colorado literacy conference


                   Renée La Tulippe is our host today for Poetry Friday at beautiful No Water River. Enjoy the news about her online class!  I've read her post, and it sounds wonderful.  And, it seems that I won her giveaway from last week.  Such a delight to hear,  Renée!  Thank you, and for hosting!

I have a winner for my giveaway from last week for Catherine Johnson's new poetry book, Wierdo Zoo.  Here are the pics, the bowl of possibility, and the name I drew!  Ta Da!  
Congratulations, Keri.  Please e-mail me your address (find my e-mail on my profile) and I'll pass the information over to Catherine.



           I hope you all have a terrific day enjoying poetry.  I'm at my state reading conference, just across town in Denver, and had the pleasure of seeing David L. Harrison in a session Thursday, will see Carol Wilcox present about poetry Friday!  I worked with David in a workshop last autumn, and it was such a pleasure seeing him again, and hearing his easy manner with poetry for kids, and his clear passion to be honest in our poetry for kids.  He shared a few of my favorites, one of which he also posted on his blog, and also sharing that this poem is also in the POETRY FRIDAY ANTHOLOGY FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL collected by Janet S. Wong and Sylvia Vardell.  It is "He was so Little", which begins with this stanza:

Couldn’t reach a chair,
just stood there begging,
eyes bright, fanny wagging
until I reached down.

                  and the rest can be found here!

         I'm writing Thursday night, so can't tell about Carol's session, but I know it will be delightful to hear her perspective about poetry in the classroom, and to see what she shares!

I hope everyone will be warming up over the weekend!  I guess I should be writing "icy" poems, but earlier in the week, I was writing some "Pantone" poems for Laura Shovan, Author Amok, for her birthday month celebration.  Check everyone's out if you haven't already!

21 comments:

  1. Congrats on winning the book, Linda! And how lovely that you got to see David again. The conference sounds invigorating. Am off to check out the Pantone poems!

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    1. Thanks Renee-Off to another full day! Yesterday was just great, and especially seeing David!

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  2. I loved the end of David's poem, Linda. Have a great time at your conference!

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  3. Love David's heartfelt poem -- great ending, such true emotion throughout.

    Congrats on winning Renee's giveaway. Seems like this is Keri's lucky week, since she also won my giveaway :).

    Have good fun at your Conference!

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  4. Oh that's such a sad, sweet poem from David. I bet you'll have a great time and congrats to you and Keri.

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  5. HURRAY! I won! I won! This is especially cheering today as this afternoon I'm attending the funeral of a colleague who passed away. Thank you for brightening my day! I will get you my mailing address. Thanks, Linda!

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  6. You get to go to the BEST stuff ever!

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  7. Enjoy your conference and I look forward to hearing more!

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  8. David poem is a tear-jerker. And yes, write icy poems. Before you know it, you'll be sweltering in heat and those memories will be a welcome retreat.

    Violet N.

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  9. Thanks everyone. It's been quite a day, and my brain is filled up! I saw Carol present today, & she was wonderful. I found more poetry books to explore, and more ideas!

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  10. David's poem is so lovely. Is he as great in person as he is in cyberspace? I hope you're having a wonderful time at the conference, and congrats on winning the book!

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    1. Yes, he's a wonderful person, easy to be with and happy all the time! I am having a lovely time, but it's certainly a full day with all the sessions, then speaking to vendors in between I'll be tired when I get home! Thanks Iza!

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  11. "He was so little" is tugging at my heart. With two aging pets of my own, I don't want to think about the possibility of "holes in my heart." The CCIRA sounds like a terrific conference. Have a wonderful time!

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  12. Sounds like a fun day! Too bad I didn't get here soon enough to tell you to say HI to Carol for me!

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  13. Hope you had fun on Friday! Thanks for another great post, as always!

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  14. I nominated you for a Sunshine Award! You can see the details here: http://thereisnosuchthingasagodforsakentown.blogspot.com/2014/02/sunshine.html

    No pressure if you don't want to participate. But your blog does always bring sunshine into my day. :-)

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  15. You are so lucky to see David at your conference, Linda! I love the way you share what you learn at these conferences. We get to live and learn vicariously through you. Thank you. =)

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  16. Thank you Catherine, Mary Lee, Ruth and Bridget! I'm finally home, and resting my feet! It was a fabulous time. Colorado IRA really does put on a terrific conference!

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  17. Can't wait to read more about your time at CCIRA this week.

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  18. What a sad poem, and I'm not even a dog person. Enjoy your conference.

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  19. David Harrison's poem you share can be a boost to everyone with a hole in their heart, like the speaker, but especially middle school readers. Thank you for sharing.
    I'm sharing an honest poem about Valentine's Day at Bookseedstudio by Arnold Adoff for the next poetry Friday Feb. 14:

    http://bookseedstudio.wordpress.com

    I'm happy to discover TeacherDance through Poetry Friday.

    (a bit of bizness Linda - I realize this is the wrong place to be added to PF, so my apologies & thanks for your help in posting me to it for Feb. 14.

    Happy Valentine's Time,

    Jan
    http://bookseedstudio.wordpress.com/

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