Poetry Friday is with Amy Ludwig VanDerwater at The Poem Farm! This time, there is a wonderful sharing of a new Poetry Friday book from Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong, and Janet is answering questions about it. Be sure to check out Amy's great post!
FYI - I visited Michelle at Today's Little Ditty on Thursday, with a poem about my granddaughter and school, written to Jane Yolen's challenge this month. Be sure to check Michelle's blog for all the poems she shares and on her new padlet that's collecting those written for the challenges.
And, I am so excited to attend the Highlights foundation workshop beginning Sunday with Georgia Heard and Rebecca Kai Dotlich. Wow! And there will be PF people there that I can now meet, or reconnect with: Robyn Hood Black, Buffy Silverman, Catherine Flynn, Linda Kulp Trout and Charles Waters. Others I've met at other workshops like Heidi Bee Roemer. It's going to be an amazing time. (I'm a little nervous!)
I discovered two poems by Naomi Shihab Nye that she read at the Dodge Poetry Festival in 2008. They feel even more poignant in this strange election year. The first is "Letters My Prez Is Not Sending" and the second is "Ted Kooser Is My President". They can both be found in Honeybee, Poems and Prose, all by Naomi Shihab Nye published in 2008. I've enjoyed this book for a while. Naomi shares small pieces of prose sewing together her usual thought-filled poems. Enjoy!
from "Letters My Prez Is Not Sending"
Dear Rafik, Sorry about that soccer game
you won't be attending since you now
have no . . .
Dear Fawziyz, You know, I have a mom too
so I can imagine what you . . .
from "Ted Kooser Is My President"
When I travel abroad, I will invoke
Ted'a poems at checkpoints:
yes, barns, yes, memory, gentility,
the quiet little wind among stones.