Welcome to the feast of Poetry Friday Posts:
(leave your link in the comments and I'll round up the old-fashioned way)
April Halprin Wayland at Teaching Authors is thankful for a whole host of angels.
Renee LaTulippe at No Water River is hosting a poet-a-palooza with an interview and FIVE poetry videos from around the world.
Snow is falling and Robert Frost is evoked at Charles Ghinga's Father Goose blog.
Steve Peterson at inside the dog... shares a poem about change.
Winter is on its way in Matt Forrest's poem at Radio, Rhythm and Rhyme.
Linda Kulp at Write Time took the Teaching Authors' challenge and wrote a "Thanku."
Just for a change of pace, Myra Garces-Bacsal shares a book of pirate poems at Gathering Books.
Carmela Martino at Teaching Authors is thankful for her colleague and friend Esther Hershenhorn.
Laura Purdie Salas spotlights Michael Hall's CAT TALE and brings us this week's 15 Words or Less Poems inspired by pumpkins.
Linda Baie at Teacher Dance is in the midst of change -- specifically, a move to a new house -- and finds a deep connection to Ralph Fletcher's book MOVING DAY.
Yum. Jama's sharing some more peanut butter poems at Jama's Alphabet Soup.
I'm not quite caught up with the first round of linkers, but Jama mentioned the peanut clusters so it seems appropriate to stop here and describe the disaster that is my kitchen right now. (This by way of apology for the lack of inspiration in this roundup post.)
We'll start with the counter, then, where there are 25 candy bags, loaded with peanut clusters, awaiting the graham cracker toffee that is chilling on the card table in the garage. These 25 bags will join the 25 that are complete, and that will mark about the halfway point of the yearly candy making craziness/fun.
The rest of the counter, sink and stove areas bear the evidence that I very nearly spent too much time yesterday afternoon trying to find inspiration for this roundup post and came dangerously close to not having the roasted brussel sprouts (with bacon and toasted pecans) ready to take to our evening feast. Lordy, what a mess!
And now let's consider the kitchen table before me. The cornucopia flower arrangement was delivered last Wednesday, just before I left for the airport to go to NCTE. It is a bit past its prime here and there, but by golly, I'm going to pretend it's fresh for a few more days. Just about the entire rest of the table is covered with piles -- a couple are AJ's, but most are mine: NCTE pile, CYBILS pile, school pile, TBR pile, to-do pile...and the button that needs to be sewn on my jacket sleeve.
Behind me are the bags full of books from NCTE, plus a school bag filled with papers to grade and lessons to plan.
Thanksgiving is a time when every one of my plates is too full...and for this bounty of food, I give thanks. And for this bounty of work that I love, I give thanks. And for a table and a counter to hold my messes, I give thanks. For too much to read, I give thanks. For the tradition of Poetry Friday and for the community of bloggers who join the weekly party, I give thanks.
Now then. Back to the roundup.
Black Friday, anyone? Violet Nesdoly has a shopping list for poets!
Laura Shovan at Author Amok gives thanks for yoga, football (and the halftime show!), words, and time.
Random acts of poetry epitomizes The Opposite of Indifference. Brought to you by Tabatha.
Matt Goodfellow at Poems and things! has two poems for us today, a chestnutty one and rain snake one.
Diane Mayr has posts up at Random Noodling (a rant I agree with COMPLETELY), KK's Kwotes (a cautionary quote for poets who are tempted to rush), and The Write Sisters (art that dances on our heads and holds our PJs).
At Growing Wild, Liz Steinglass serves up three dishes and a delicious-looking pumpkin pie.
Sylvia shares a Week 13 poem from The Poetry Friday Anthology at the PFA Blog, and information about a 12/12/12 e-book give-away.
Carol is contemplating necessity and wealth at Carol's Corner. She's raking leaves and letting Black Friday pass her by.
Thank you, Ruth (at There is no such thing as a God-forsaken town), for Neruda and Cold Play in the same post. For a beach and stars and a fugitive ode to laziness. I think I'll let the rest of today's work go untouched and instead get some sand in my shoes.
Gregory K. at GottaBook has a timely poem -- "The Day After Thanksgiving."
Author Susan Taylor Brown shares her debut as an illustrator of Haiku Diem.
Lori Ann Glover at On Point has an original haiku today.
Lucky Jone! She got to attend a writing workshop led by Oregon's Poet Laureate! Two of the poems Jone wrote that day are shared at Check it Out.
Dorothy Parker is waiting for you at Douglas Florian's Florian Cafe.
Julie Larios at The Drift Record shares a poem by Jack Gilbert titled "Horses at Midnight Without a Moon."
Little Willow shares Emily Dickinson's "The Cricket Sang" at Bildungsroman.
Ramona at Pleasures from the Page has written a trio of "thankus," inspired by the bloggers at Teaching Authors.