Saturday, April 18, 2009

Kristine O'Connell George - Skeleton at Dinner

Skeleton at Dinner
Kristine O'Connell George

I heard you shout
              Soup's on!

I rattled in,
              sat, slurped.

Soup's in—
                        soup's out.

© 2009 Kristine O'Connell George. All rights reserved.

It seems to me that Kristine O'Connell George can capture any moment and turn it into a poem that makes me see that moment in a way I never would have on my own. It could be her observational skills and her ability to pick just the right detail to share that make the poems shine. But I think even more than that, it's how she uses language so well and keys into so many of the senses (including, above, the sense of humor). Her poems are so alive... even when she's writing about a skeleton!

As she showed in her books Little Dog Poems and Little Dog and Duncan, Kristine O'Connell George is a dog lover. Now at her website, she and Little Dog are welcoming the Obama's new dog Bo to the White House with a writing prompt AND an opportunity for 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grade students to send in the poems they create in response and see them up on her site. I hope you go check it out... and I'm very glad you all came on by to see the incredibly talented Kristine O'Connell George here on 30 Poets/30 Days.

Yesterday gave us Jon Scieszka and Emily Dickinson's first collaboration, 200 Typing Monkeys Almost Make It. Tomorrow... Arnold Adoff with n o justice     n o p e a c e


Andromeda Jazmon said...

This is great! I am doing poetry with third and second graders in the computer lab on Monday. I'm going to put "Bo, First Dog" up on the interactive white board and get the kids to write some doggy poems. Thanks!

I am really enjoying Kristine's website. Very well done! I love all the video and the way she is experimenting with new presentation technology.

Rawley said...

Thank you for this poem! My fourth graders are reading a poem a day for the month of April and loving it! Can't wait to share this one with them.

tanita✿davis said...

Soup would definitely be in and out in barely an instant.

I love how Kristine O'Connell George thinks between the lines.