Thursday, July 23, 2009

Poetry Friday -- Round Up is Here!

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.


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.


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.


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."


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!


  1. Hi, thanks for hosting. I'm in (a little eary) with a villanelle at

    btw, I love Hope Anita Smith's books and use them in my classroom.

  2. Anonymous11:41 PM

    Thanks so much for hosting Mary Lee! I'm in with an original poem called The Scar. Here's my link info:

  3. HIya, Mary Lee. Thanks for hosting, and for sharing that quirky little Frost poem. 7-Imp is in with "Beat! Beat! Drums!" by Whitman.

  4. I'm up with a re-issued original today:

    I Threw a Baseball

    Thanks for hosting!

  5. I'm in with ee cummings.

  6. Hello hello!

    Pudding is hosting a Teddy Bear's Picnic today!

    Thanks for hosting, Mary Lee. *handing over ice cream cone*

  7. I'm sharing a poetry starter today at
    Random Noodling. Thanks!

  8. Hi, Mary Lee! Thanks for hosting! I've got a poetry program that we did yesterday at my library:

  9. At The Write Sisters I'm sharing an original poem, "Portrait in Lace."

    Have a great weekend!

  10. Good morning, Mary Lee! Kurious Kitty is in with two small poems by Christina Rossetti.

  11. Thanks for doing the round up today! I have an original haiku written while watching my sons play basketball and noticing how hard it is to share a ball.

  12. Thanks for hosting! The poem on The Stenhouse Blog this week is Introduction to Poetry by Billy Collins. Our poetry contest is still going on! Write a poem about your teaching life and send it to us! Details on the blog!

  13. Thank you for hosting, Mary Lee!

    I have a portrait poem lessons for the classroom today, featuring MiMi Zannino's "Heavy Metal Mermaid."

  14. Esther Hershenhorn's post today at describes how she used a "name poem" to help flesh out the main character in her middle-grade novel. See

    And thanks for hosting!

  15. I love what you shared today! Hope you are having a fabulous summer. I am doing a "book study" with Writing and Enjoying Haiku, Part Two":
    Am over at "Check It Out".

  16. This week I'm sharing a video from Robert Pinsky's Favorite Poem Project:
    Nick and the Candlestick by Sylvia Plath.

    Thanks for rounding us up!

  17. Hi guys -- I've missed you! This is my first P.F. in weeks and I'm thirsty for it!

    I'm in with a little piece by Frank O'Hara:

  18. Thank you for hosting! I have an original limerick which will be part of my rehersal dinner toast to my son and his bride.

  19. Anonymous11:09 AM

    Thanks much for hosting! I've been enjoying Karla Kuskin's poems this week.

  20. Here's my link:

    The Grasshopper by Conrad Aiken. A good summery one.

    Thanks for hosting!

  21. Thanks for doing the Poetry Friday Roundup this week. I'm a little late in posting today.

    At Wild Rose Reader, I have reviews of two children's books with poems about city life: CITY I LOVE by Lee Bennett Hopkins and SKY SCRAPE/CITY SCAPE compiled by Jane Yolen.

    At Political Verses I have RAMBLIN' PROSE, an original song parody about Sarah Palin's resignation speech.

    At Blue Rose Girls, I have OTHERWISE by Jane Kenyon.

  22. Anonymous11:58 AM

    Thank you for hosting. Since Laura's taking the month off I'm in with the photo poetry of 15 words or less.

  23. I'm going topical with a poem by Langston Hughes that also fits the Liar cover controversy.

    Thanks for hosting!

  24. Thank you for hosting Poetry Friday! Sorry to be a little tardy with my link. I just found you...thanks to Greg Pincus.

    We post a new poem each Friday at the Father Goose blog (below). Today's poem is "What's a Meadow For?"

  25. Thanks so much for hosting again. I'm in this week with a review of VACATION; WE'RE GOING TO THE OCEAN by David L. Harrison.

  26. Hi, Mary Lee! Thanks for hosting! This week at the Stone Arch Books blog, I have the Robert Creeley poem "Water Music."

  27. Thanks for hosting! At readertotz we have a Syrian nursery rhyme, These Chickens.

    At On Point, I have an original poem, Midsummer Fairies.

  28. Thank you for posting - your poem renminds me of a poem I learned at school by, I think, Coleridge, with all the different metre rhythms in it!

    I'm in this week with some original rap poems written via a youth project as part of a local Community Opera production, Everyman, a modernised version of the 15th Century Morality play (phew, that's a mouthful!) -

  29. Whoops - I meant thank you for Hosting!

  30. Thanks for hosting and for being so quick and wonderful too, with the roundup. You're the best!


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