Today I met with a small group of seniors at Santa Catalina Villas to talk poetry and to share poems with each other. I had a grand time. I always have a good time when I can talk poetry with folks.
This month I'm participating in a progressive poem.
at my friend Amy VanDerwater's blog, The Poetry Farm.
Each day a children's poet will add a line to the poem, until we have a 30 line poem.
Happy National Poetry Month!
Welcome to the 2013 Kidlitosphere Progressive Poem!
Last year, Irene Latham invited poetry-lovers to share in a progressive poem feast which she kicked off at her blog, Live Your Poem, on April 1, 2012. Irene has organized us all again this year to build a poem day-by-day, throughout April.
Here is the complete line up of children's poets.
2013 Kidlitosphere Progressive Poem
1 Amy Ludwig VanDerwater
2 Joy Acey
3 Matt Forrest Esenwine
4 Jone MacCulloch
5 Doraine Bennett
6 Gayle Krause
7 Janet Fagal
8 Julie Larios
9 Carrie Finison
10 Linda Baie
11 Margaret Simon
12 Linda Kulp
13 Catherine Johnson
14 Heidi Mordhorst
15 Mary Lee Hahn
16 Liz Steinglass
17 Renee LaTulippe
18 Penny Klostermann
19 Irene Latham
20 Buffy Silverman
21 Tabatha Yeatts
22 Laura Shovan
23 Joanna Marple
24 Katya Czaja
25 Diane Mayr
26 Robyn Hood Black
27 Ruth Hersey
28 Laura Purdie Salas
29 Denise Mortensen
30 April Halprin Wayland
To make navigating a little easier you'll find this list on the right hand column that lists the pages you can travel to, underneath the page starting HOME
I had so much fun thinking about this progressive poem. I thought I'd write my own progressive poem this month too. I'm titling this poem WHAT IS POETRY? and I'll write it in rhyming couplets.
Then, April 18th is POEM IN YOUR POCKET DAY. I've volunteered at my local library to help children make pockets to put their poems in. I've also been making my own pockets that I've been sending to my friends. I'll share this "art" with you in a post, later this month.
April 20 is the 2 year anniversary for my blog Poetry For Kids Joy. I can't believe I've been writing a poem a day for almost two years now. I have been having so much fun. Thank you for reading my poems, for making suggestions and offering a heaping pile of encouragement. I never would have gotten this far in this journey without you. So, to say thank you I have what I think will be a fun give-away. Stay tuned for the details of that.
When I attended a Highlight's Educational Foundation children's poetry workshop led by David Harrison in 2011, one of the first things we discussed was, what was our definition of poetry. David supplied us a reading list with lots of quotes by famous poets on the topic. I'll share some of these with you this month. The epigraph for this poem will change daily.
WHAT IS POETRY?
I think all writing is a disease. You can't stop it.--William Carlos Williams
What is poetry?
It is finding the truth, no need to lie.
It's munching on watermelon and letting seeds fly.
(Tomorrow I'll add the next verse.)
I found out from reading my friend Linda Andersen's blog that April 17 is National Haiku Day.
Have a great poetry day and I'll see you tomorrow when I get to add line 2 to the progressive poem.