Friday, April 13, 2018

It's National Poetry Month. It's Poetry Friday. And it's Lee Bennett Hopkins' birthday, too! This makes for a poetry triumvirate worthy of celebration... and so I join with my friends in the kidlitosphere to celebrate a man who is, indeed, worthy of huge cheers. Happy Birthday, Lee!

Below is Lee's poem Spring, first shared here in 2009 as part of the inaugural 30 Poets/30 Days.

SPRING
by
Lee Bennett Hopkins

Roots
sprouts
buds
flowers

always--
always--
cloud-bursting showers

rhymes
April fools
fledglings on wing

no thing
is
newer
or
fresher
than
spring.


From SHARING THE SEASONS (McElderry Books).
©2009 Lee Bennett Hopkins. All rights reserved.
Used by permission.

Friday, March 23, 2018

I Want My Voice to be Heard - a poem about speaking up

I Want My Voice to be Heard
by
Greg Pincus

Yell.
Shout!
Be proud.
Let it out.
Speak aloud each word:
Yes, I want my voice to be heard!

That Fib is from The Homework Strike (as Gregory K., the protagonist, nears the end of his strike) and seems an appropriate poem for today as we're seeing students everywhere standing up, digging into issues, marching, and from all I've read and seen, having conversations that work towards solutions not focus on blame. We all want to have our voices heard, regardless of age, after all....

And today is Poetry Friday! You can see the roundup of posts over at Laura Salas's blog so you can check out all the poetic joys of the day. Always a good time.

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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Will I see you in Dallas?

I'm excited to be part of the Poetry Rodeo: Winning with Poetry Across the Curriculum, happening in Dallas on Tuesday, April 3rd right before TLA kicks off. There are 20 of us poets there, talking a whole range of topics. And right now... there's even a two-for-one registration deal for the Rodeo, for those who want to attend. Check out the amazing group of poets who I can't believe I'll get to hang out with and learn from (oh. right. and teach alongside), and get more details on the flyer below....
 

I hope to see you there (and if you're going to be at TLA but can't make the Rodeo, let's see if we can say "hi" anyway)!

Friday, January 05, 2018

Poem for a New Year (or Month or Week or Day)

Poem for a New Year (or Month or Week or Day)
by
Greg Pincus

No giving up.
No giving in.

Keep looking forward
Not back where you've been.

Find joy around you.
Find strength within.

Write your best future.
No waiting.
Begin.


Happy New Year! Here's to a 2018 filled with happiness and good health for you and yours. And look! It's the first Poetry Friday Roundup of the year (hosted at Reading to the Core). Check it out for all sorts of poetry joy.

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