THIS BLOG IS NO LONGER OPERATIONAL. PLEASE ENJOY WHAT IS HERE, AND DO LEAVE A COMMENT IF YOU WISH. NORTH CAROLINA'S NEW POET LAUREATE IS CATHY SMITH BOWERS. SHE WILL SOON HAVE HER OWN WEBSITE THROUGH THE NORTH CAROLINA ARTS COUNCIL SITE. I WILL BE SHIFTING MY ATTENTION TO HERE, WHERE I AM, (SEE SIDEBAR)USING IT TO DRAW ATTENTION TO WRITERS WHOSE WORK DESERVES ATTENTION. I INVITE YOU TO VISIT ME THERE. For a video of the installation ceremony, please go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0xAk6fOzaNE.
Go to http://www.yourdailypoem.com/, managed with finesse by Jayne Jaudon Ferrer, who says, "Our intent is to make visitors to Your Daily Poem aware of the joy and diversity of poetry."
Monday, March 16, 2009
REVVING UP FOR NATIONAL POETRY MONTH: Calling all Elementary School Students
and teachers! Let's get ready for April--National Poetry Month by writing some lists. I am making lots of lists of things I need to do for the BIG MONTH. What I'm talking about, though, is list poetry. A "list poem" like this one by Bruce Lansky. (http://www.gigglepoetry.com/POETRYCLASS/bugshelp.html)
What Bugs Me
When my teacher tells me to write a poem.
When my mother tells me to clean up my room.
When my sister practices her violin while I'm watching TV.
When my father tells me to turn off the TV and do my homework.
When my brother picks a fight with me and I have to go to bed early.
When my teacher asks me to get up in front of the class and read the poem I wrote on the school bus.
I could write many list poems about what bugs me! I can also write some about what I love waking up to:
I hear Byron snore on the bed at my feet.
I hear Ace of Dogs sigh on the floor by the bed,
waiting for me to say, "Come on up."
I hear Bro shake his 80 pounds of fur,
saying "Let me out of here!"
And now I hear Bro and Poo Bear barking at nothing
outside. I feel Ace's
tongue on my hand hanging over
the bed. I hear rain
falling on the roof,
and I look out the window
where daylight comes slowly as falling
asleep comes when I don't want the day to end.
OK, let's write some list poems together. You send me yours over the next few weeks, which I will post on this site, up and down the side bar, as well as in special posts. And when April, National Poetry Month is over, I will pick one or more poems whose authors I will send special notebooks, where you can continue to write lists, lists, and more lists!
I've lived in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina since 1968, though I'm a native of SW Georgia. My paternal grandmother was born in the Blue Ridge, and I grew up wanting to live here. Where I am.
I've published five collections of poetry, the most recent 4 being with LSU Press, and have published poetry in magazines ranging from The Atlantic Monthly to Appalachian Heritage. But I also hike, bang pots and pans around in my kitchen, and love several dogs who leave fur all over my carpets. I write poetry because it's my way of singing back to the world both within and without.