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Thursday, March 31, 2011

April: Poetry Month

Poetry: The clarity of word and phrase. The reduction to powerful meaning and story contained in one gesture.

Poetry has affected my writing and my photography always. My first two books for youth were all about contemporary art and poetry.

So it is with pleasure that each year April brings us Poetry Month. As always, I am subscribed to Knopf's terrific "Poem A Day,"

This year, quite a few friends and children's writer colleagues are also doing their own poem-a-day or variation thereof. Cannot wait to be immersed in poetry for a whole month and wake up to these incredible moments! (Thanks to April Halprin Wayland for sending me to Kidlitosphere and her own compilation of this list).

Susan Taylor Brown will post Lessons Learned (Mostly About Me) in a Poem-a-Day at http://susanwrites.livejournal.com

April Halprin Wayland will be writing and posting an original poem a day during April.

Liz Garton Scanlon will give us her third year of a Haiku-a-Day every day in April!

Jone MacCulloch will post 30 Days-30 Students: A poem a day from students http://maclibrary.wordpress.com

A Poem A Day: A Personal Journey https://deowriter.wordpress.com/?ref=spelling

Poetry Postcard Project: Have a student written and decorated poem sent to your
home. Email her at macrush53 @yahoo. com.

Gregory K. will present 30 Poets/30 Days -a whole month of never-before-seen poems by a slew of fabulous poets writing for kids. http://gottabook.blogspot.com

Jama Rattigan will present her 2nd Annual Poetry Potluck (original poem and favorite recipe by guest bloggers) at http://jamarattigan.livejournal.com

Irene Latham will host a month-long Poetry Party: poetry quotes, trivia, craft tips, publishing resources & free books! http://irenelatham.blogspot.com

Andromeda Jazmon will be doing her fourth year in a row of haiga (original haiku + my photos) at A Wrung Sponge http://awrungsponge.blogspot.com.

Janelle at Brimful Curiosities will host a National Poetry Month Kids Poetry Challenge challenge in which kids are invited to create pictures for the poems she posts each Friday. For details: http://www.brimfulcuriosities.com/2011/03/kids-poetry-challenge-national-poetry.html

National Poetry Month Poetry Friday schedule:
a.. April 1 http://poemfarm.blogspot.com/
a.. April 8 http://www.madiganreads.com/
a.. April 15 http://randomnoodling.blogspot.com/
a.. April 22 http://bookaunt.blogspot.com/
a.. April 29 http://www.tabathayeatts.blogspot.com/