One of the books I won in Elaine's drawings last spring during National Poetry Month was American Wits: An Anthology of Light Verse, edited by John Hollander. Here's a poem by Robert Frost to set the tone for this week's Poetry Friday:
In a Poem
The sentencing goes blithely on its way,
And takes the playfully objected rhyme
As surely as it keeps the stroke and time
In having its undeviable say.
Leave your link in the comments. I'll round up throughout the day.
IN (ACCIDENTAL) HONOR OF THE ROUND UP HOST
Readertotz has a Syrian poem about chickens this week. My last name means rooster in German!!
Linda, at Write Time, has an original villanelle that perfectly captures the frustration of how to tell someone something they already (intimately) know.
Kelly, at Writing and Ruminating, wrote her original poem for a writing exercise. She says the poem "went someplace she didn't expect it to go..." You'll likely agree.
Gregory K., at GottaBook, has baseball on his mind because of the perfect game that was tossed yesterday.
Diane, at Random Noodling, wrote a poem in honor of "National Drive-Thru Day," which is today!
Diane, at The Write Sisters, wrote a poem inspired by the photo of a child dripping in lace, and shares look at both sides of the story.
Andromeda Jazmon, at A Wrung Sponge, distills the sport of basketball into a haiku.
Jone, at Check it Out, gives us a glimpse into her own writing process as she walks us through her revision of a haiku based on her own personal summer book study.
Jim, at Haunts of a Children's Writer, has an original limerick that will be his toast at his son's rehearsal dinner.
Elaine, at Political Verses, has another poke at Palin. There's an element of "you gotta hear this" in her post as well.
Susan, at Susan Writes, is hosting the 15 Words or Less Poems again this week.
Charles Ghinga (aka Father Goose) started blogging in June. He's posting an original poem every week! This week's poem explores "What's A Meadow For?"
Lori Ann Glover, at On Point, shares her "Midsummer Fairies" today.
Here's what Marjorie, at Paper Tigers, says about her post this week: "I'm in this week with some original rap poems written via a youth project as a part of a local Community Opera production, Everyman, a modernized version of the 15th Century Morality play."
Eisha, at Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast, had a close encounter with Walt Whitman this week, and that's why she picked one of his poems.
Carol, at Carol's Corner, has an ee cummings poem that's as quiet as Eisha's Whitman pick is loud!
Kurious Kitty, at Kurious Kitty's Kurio Kabinet, shares two classics by Christina Rossetti.
Little Willow, at Bildungsroman, shares a poem by Emily Dickinson that is almost as loud as the Whitman that Eisha shared...but not quite.
Martha, at Martha Calderaro, has been enjoying Karla Kuskin this week.
Pam, at Mother Reader, uses the classic "I, Too" by Langston Hughes to make a strong point about a controversial book cover.
Shelf Elf has a very summery grasshopper poem for our delight this week.
Beth, at the Stone Arch Books Blog, shares a very relaxing water poem.
Tabatha A. Yeatts has a little bit of this-n-that this week. Be sure to check out her Christopher Morely picks.
FOR HARD TIMES
Elaine, at Blue Rose Girls, shares "Otherwise" by Jane Kenyon.
Abby, at Abby (the) Librarian, tells about the (FABULOUS) poetry program she did in her library yesterday.
Zsofia, at The Stehouse Blog, uses Billy Collins' "Introduction to Poetry" to remind all teachers that the Stenhouse Poetry Contest is still going on! Check out this post for information about how to enter.
Laura Shovan, at Author Amok, posts about "portrait or persona poems" and shares the bio of her fellow Maryland poet-in-the-schools MiMi Zannino.
Esther Hershenhorn, at Teaching Authors, describes how she uses successive "name poems" (adjectives, then verbs, then nouns) to flesh out the characters in her novels.
YOU GOTTA HEAR THIS
Pudding the Bear posted this week for Jama at Jama Rattigan's Alphabet Soup. He's got a boatload of funny teddy bear pictures and a recording of the song "The Teddy Bears' Picnic" to go with them.
Heidi, at My Juicy Little Universe, shares her discovery of The Favorite Poem Project. Scroll down and listen to photographer Seph Rodney read Sylvia Plath's "Nick and the Candlestick."
Liz, at Liz in Ink, is sorting through the pros and cons, weighing the ups and downs of the writerly life. You can listen to Garrison Keiller read her pick: Frank O'Hara's "Autobiographia Literaria."
REVIEWS AND LESSONS
Elaine, at Wild Rose Reader, reviews two collections of city poems this week.
Sylvia, at Poetry for Children, has a review of a perfect collection for summer -- vacation poems!
Anastasia, at Picture Book of the Day, has a word choice lesson to go with the book, I LOVE CATS.
Becky, at Becky's Book Reviews, has a peek at a new collection by Jane Yolen that is illustrated with photos by her son!