Sunday, April 18, 2010

Elaine Magliaro - Things To Do If You Are King Kong

THINGS TO DO IF YOU ARE KING KONG
By
Elaine Magliaro

Be BIG.
You dig?
What’s more—
You gotta ROAR.
Show your power.
Scale a tower.
Beat your chest.
AND
Don’t forget to wear
A bulletproof vest!

© 2010 Elaine Magliaro. All rights reserved.

Elaine Magliaro - a poet, former teacher, and one-time school librarian - has taught me a lot about writing poetry... and she probably doesn't even know it (okay... now she does!). You see, her blog, the Wild Rose Reader, is one of my go to sources for all things children's poetry.  I learn about new books, discover poets I really want to know more about, find out tidbits and facts galore that broaden my knowledge of the world of children's poetry and how to write it, and...

Elaine posts her own poems! I've learned from her word choices, her ability to come up with fresh ways to approach familiar subjects, and the incredible array of forms she tries out and highlights (such as list poems, like hers in the collection Falling Down the Page). King Kong, part of a collection of "things to do" poems Elaine's working on, makes me want to sit down and write AND get a class of kids together to see what they'd come up with. Good times, indeed.  It's that type of inspiration - and the wonderful poetry that creates it - that helps explain why I'm so happy to have Elaine Magliaro here today as part of 30 Poets/30 Days.

Yesterday brought Clouds Like Us by James Carter. Tomorrow... Lookit! by David L. Harrison! For more on 30 Poets/30 Days and ways to follow along, please click here.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Love it! I'll be doing this with a class of 4th graders this week.

Ardis

jama said...

LOVE Elaine's poetry. This King Kong poem is faboo :)!

tanita davis said...

I like this - I love the way Elaine uses language in poetry. Her sass and veracity crack me up.

laurasalas said...

Elaine writes some of my favorite children's poems--it's still hard for me to believe she doesn't yet have her own published collections. I hope that day comes soon.

I agree with you about her being the go-to source for children's poetry. She's one of my top sources, too:>)

Love the humor of this one, and the unexpected bulletproof vest at the end!

Go, Elaine! Thanks, Greg, for bringing us a new poem from her.

Mary Lee said...

She's one of my favorite's, too!

TinyReader said...

Love this!!! Perfect poem to read to Baby Lily. She loves sound effects!

Amy LV said...

Elaine's poems are such fun to read (does she turn into a different animal every night?)...and she is so generous too. Thank you for featuring her!
Amy