Sunday, April 26, 2009

Joan Bransfield Graham - I am the Poem

Joan Bransfield Graham

I am the poem
of reach
I make you
and leap and
and when you're
about to
off I twirl
in clever
but we are
far apart
I pirouette
your heart
and head and
with all the
I can employ:

it is the dance
that is the joy.

© 2009 Joan Bransfield Graham. All rights reserved.

Joan Bransfield Graham has written two of my favorite poetry books to pull out and read aloud from - Flicker Flash and Splish Splash. The poems in the books about light and water are not only wonderful to say aloud but, since they are all concrete poems, they are also wonderful to show. To see what I'm talking about, head on over to the Miss Rumphius Effect where Tricia has actually put up a few examples of those poems in her great Poetry Makers piece on Joan. Then try these poems out yourself and see their impact on kids.

But, of course, Joan Bransfield Graham's poetry isn't just about the shape on the page. In fact, I was lucky enough to see a few poems from Joan in putting this event together, all of which were great and none of which were concrete. Her food poems made me hungry (and I swear to you I could actually smell one), and another poem had me ready to go out and ride my bike. One could say I danced with her poems and, in fact, it was a joy... just as it's a joy to have a poem of hers here as part of 30 Poets/30 Days.

Yesterday brought us Julie Larios's No Strings Attached. Tomorrow, My Chicken's on the Internet by Kenn Nesbitt!


Elaine Magliaro said...

I love poems about poetry. This one is perfect. And so true. It is real joy a poet experiencies when choreographing words so that they dance on the page. There is also the joy of a reader "looking for" the meaning of a poem.

kris said...

it was a great poem!

Tricia said...

This is just lovely. I have so enjoyed reading all these originals this month. I'm going to have to go back and add links to them in all the completed interviews.

I don't know about you, but I'm a bit sad the month is coming to a close.

Kelly Polark said...

She is the poet! Loved it!