Friday, April 16, 2010

Poem #16--Google Search Story Poem

Children learn
to write poetry
the same way they learn
to ride a bike:
follow the rules,
break the rules,
get silly and have some fun.

by Mary Lee Hahn, using Google Search Stories, copyright 2010

A big shout-out to Gregory K. at GottaBook for introducing us to the way-cool fun of Google Search Stories, and another one to Elizabeth at Tiny Reader for the inspiration to use it for my poem-a-day challenge. The perfect diversion for the middle of the month slump!

The Poetry Friday Roundup is at Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast this week.

Here's a reprint of a bunch of the Kidlitosphere (and other assorted) NaPoMo projects that I'm following (or at least trying valiantly to follow):

Gregory K. is once again hosting 30 Poets/30 Days with previously unpublished poems by favorite children's authors.

Tricia Stohr-Hunt is interviewing 30 children's poets, beginning with Mary Ann Hoberman, the US Children's Poet Laureate. The Poetry Makers list is stellar!

Jone MacCulloch shares Thirty Days, Thirty Students, Thirty Poems: original poems by students.

At A Wrung Sponge, Andromeda is writing a "haiga" (photo and haiku) each day. Her photography is simply stunning. The haikus are amazing, too!

Kelly Fineman at Writing and Ruminating will continue the Building a Poetry Collection series she began last year -- selecting a poem a day in a kind of personal Poetry Tag (see Sylvia Vardell's version below) and providing analysis. I call this The University of Kelly Fineman because I learn so much in each post!

Sylvia Vardell is inviting poets to play Poetry Tag. She will invite poets to "play" along by offering a poem for readers to enjoy, then she will "tag" a poet who shares her/his own poem THAT IS CONNECTED to the previous poem in SOME way—by a theme, word, idea, tone-- and offers a sentence or two explaining that connection. What a creative idea!

Laura at Author Amok is highlighting the poets laureate of all 50 states this month...well, all the ones that have a poet laureate... Fun Fun!

Laura Salas is posting a children's poem per day from a poetry book she loves.

Lee Wind is publishing many new Teen voices during April for National Poetry Month. GLBTQ Teen Poetry.

Bud the Teacher gives a picture prompt every day during April and invites readers to post the poem it inspires in the comments of his blog.


Checks these blogs daily for new original poems by the following people:

  • Susan Taylor Brown
  • Jone MacCulloch
  • Elizabeth Moore
  • April Halprin Wayland
  • Liz Scanlon
  • Amy Ludwig VanDerwater
  • If I missed your project, please let me know and I'll add it to my list!


    1. Anonymous9:01 AM

      I love this. It ihas been a tough week for poetry and me. The good thing was I thought I was short by two poems but it was only a day I missed.

    2. This is so cool! What a fun diversion :).

    3. That is an amazing technique!
      And I love your University of Kelly Fineman. We must sit together in class sometime.
      And thank you for the shout out for Borrowed Names at Seven Imps today!

    4. Good job, Mary Lee! Thanks for sharing this.

      Laura Evans
      all things poetry

    5. That Google Search Poem was fun. I'll have to try it sometime.

    6. Great succinct way to show how to learn anything; "follow the rules, break the rules, get silly & have some fun." Love it!

    7. My girls will like the Google search poem, too!

    8. Thanks for the shout out Mary Lee! Love your poem!

    9. Thanks for introducing me to the "way-cool fun of Google Search Stories!" I love your poem : )


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