Poem on the Fridge
by Paul Hostovsky
The refrigerator is the highest honor
a poem can aspire to. The ultimate
publication. As close to food as words
can come. And this refrigerator poem
is honored to be here beneath its own
refrigerator magnet, which feels like a medal
pinned to its lapel. Stop here a moment
and listen to the poem humming to itself,
like a refrigerator itself, the song in its head
full of crisp, perishable notes that wither in air,
the words to the song lined up here like
a dispensary full of indispensable details:
a jar of corrugated green pickles, an array
of headless shrimp, fiery maraschino cherries,
a fruit salad, veggie platter, assortments of
cheeses and chilled French wines, a pink
bottle of amoxicillin: the poem is infectious.
It's having a party. The music, the revelry,
is seeping through this white door.
Maureen has a summer storm poem for us at Free Range Readers.
Carol shares special memories of her grandmother at Beyond Literacy Link.
Ruth (and many of the rest of us, I'm sure) are driven to despair about the news out of Iraq and Syria. We can think about that situatio through the lens of the Holocaust Museum poem she shares at her blog, There is no such thing as a God-forsaken town.
Violet Nesdoly is featured in The Haiku Garden at Michelle's Today's Little Ditty.
Robyn, at Life on the Deckle Edge, celebrates her daughter -- a brand new 3rd grade teacher -- with a Taylor Mali poem that gets me every time. Survive this first year, Morgan, and then go on to have a brilliant career. Leave a legacy.
Irene treats us to a summer swap poem and a selection of Ralph Fletcher poems at Live Your Poem.
Linda, at Teacher Dance, has felt a change in the air and the light. Fall is coming!
Matt is celebrating the second Blogiversary of Radio, Rhythm & Rhyme...and his anniversary.
Holly, at Reading, Teaching, Learning, takes us with her to Prague with an original poem about that city.
Keri shares a back to school poem at Keri Recommends that gives a little nod to a Lee Bennett Hopkins classic.
Let's balance back to school with some vacation mode from Violet at Violet Nesdoly | Poems.
Bridget, at wee words for wee ones, is gearing up for a slumber(less) party.
At Writing the World for Kids, Laura shares a favorite from Joyce Sidman's UBIQUITOUS.
Diane has the perfect poem to hang on her fridge door! Check it out at Random Noodling. Her Kurious Kitty has some information about the Perseids and another (??another??) super moon...plus a skywatching poem by Douglas Florian.
I'm going to let the Author Amok Laura tell you about her post: "It's #5 in my "Summer Reads: Chapter & Verse" series. Today, I'm pairing Holly Black's vampire novel THE COLDEST GIRL IN COLDTOWN with Sarah Beasley's poem "Grief Puppet." Together, they would prompt a great discussion for the upper HS classroom. (Plus, there is some Marceline fangirling for Adventure Time fans.)"
Joyce Sidman interviews Irene Latham at Poetry For Children, brought to us by Sylvia!
Myra, at Gathering Books, takes us back to the Holocaust with a review of ...I NEVER SAW ANOTHER BUTTERFLY...
Lest your heart is heavy (or because current world events can't help but weigh it down), read the pair of poems Tabatha gives us today at The Opposite of Indifference.
Well, after a promising start this morning, I've kind of lost control of my day. My meeting was productive, and then a colleague came to my classroom and gave me some suggestions about ways to tweak my use of the space. In particular, ways to make my (extensive) classroom library more accessible to students. I started a bit of shifting and pitching, and suddenly it was time to come home and eat some lunch and go to the eye doctor. After my checkup, I'll be blind for a few hours, so it won't be until later this evening that I can get back and round up the rest of the posts. Sorry! But I will be back!
Still half-blind, but back!
Catherine takes us on a picnic at the beach...at Reading to the Core.
Anastasia, at Booktalking #kidlit, is in today with Shaping Up Summer (Math in Nature) by Lizann Flat (and a call for STEM book bloggers)
Joyce's Musings holds a terza rima inspired by a trip to Kathmandu.
Katie, at The Logonauts, continues her exploration of haiku in the classroom with part two in a three part series.
Amy left The Poem Farm to go to the fair, and she witnessed magic!
Karen Edmisten and I are soul sisters -- shifting books here and there, donating some (never the poetry) and STILL winding up with not enough shelf space!
At Reflections on the Teche, Margaret shares an original poem about chasing a beautiful sunset.
Tricia shares a pantoum perfect for writers and readers alike over at The Miss Rumphius Effect.
Little Willow shares In the Gloaming at Bildungsroman.
Ben brings The Small Nouns back to Poetry Friday with a poem for all parents.
Elaine comes to us from Flowers for Socrates. She's got a post about clerihews, including a few of her own.
Colette's got lots to say (way more than her 100 Words a Day) about Van Gogh's Starry Night and various examples of ekphrasis about the painting. (ekphrases about? exphrases of? ekphrastic descriptions?)
Lori Ann Grover is On Point with a sunset poem that pairs nicely with Violet's sunrise poem.
Charlotte reviews Above the Dreamless Dead: World War I in Poetry and Comics at Charlotte's Library. I can't wait to see this book!
Douglas Florian is in the house! He's got a poem and quote by Mark Twain over at The Florian Cafe.
Donna, at Mainely Write, should just stop trying to rein in her brain! Plus, I think her Noah Cat should join us more often for Poetry Friday!
Book Lover's Day is tomorrow! Becky's got a post and poem about it at Tapestry of Words.
Cathy's feeling a little lost as she starts the new school year in a non-classroom position. She found the perfect poem as she finds her "new HERE." Read it at Merely Day By Day.
Welcome to Stacy Lynn, new to Poetry Friday, and sharing an original poem "Garden Beans" at her blog, Warning the Stars.