Thursday, March 24, 2011

Poetry Friday Roundup is Here!

Wild Atrocity
by Mary Lee Hahn

Glory be to God for silly things --
For running-dives all in a pile of musky autumn leaves;
For rollercoaster rides in the first car alone;
Wet late-March snowball fights; frisbee flings;
Junk food caloric and sweet -- pizza, french fries, sundaes;
And all jokers, their plots and puns and funny bones.

All things humorous, playful, joking, tickly;
Whatever is unplanned, spontaneous (who knows why?)
With smile, grin; laugh, shout; giggle, groan;
They maintain sanity whose beauty is past lunacy:

Last week I shared PIED BEAUTY by Gerard Manley Hopkins. Above is my take on his classic (last shared May 2008). I'm thinking I might try a new version for Poetry Month...

...Speaking of Poetry Month, I'm cooking up an idea that involves, of course, poetry (writing or finding), along with a little bit of "tag, you're it," and a little bit of treasure hunt...using QR codes. If you're interested in playing along, let me know in the comments or via our blog email (see sidebar).

Now let's get on with the roundup for this week! Leave your link in the comments, and I'll round them up throughout the day. Happy Friday!

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Heidi is "making lemonade" today at My Juicy Little Universe with Taylor Mali and "What Teachers Make."

Charles has a gift for a troubled world at Father Goose -- "Be Still in the World."

Ben continues his Women's History Month countdown at The Small Nouns with a spotlight on Elizabeth Bishop.

Speaking of Women's History Month, Tara, at A Teaching Life, has a poem in remembrance of the 100th anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire.

April, at Teaching Authors, shares a thank you poem for an amazing doll and an amazing author visit.

Amy has poem #359, "Eating Reading," at The Poem Farm, the final poem in her series of poems about books and reading and words, and the 360th poem in her poem-a-day-FOR-A-YEAR project that started last year on April 1!

At The Opposite of Indifference, Tabatha has a poem in honor of her grandmother. It will make you smile!

Marjorie's sharing a call for original haiku to benefit the Artists Help Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Fund. Check it out at Paper Tigers. Then submit your haiku.

Travis has a spine poem mystery thriller at 100 Scope Notes, and he invites you to submit yours for his Poetry Month Gallery.

Blythe combines buttons, words, rain, indexing, and poetry in her post, "At the Storm Door," at Blythe Woolston.

Ruth, at There is no such thing as a God-forsaken town, shares a sutra (check her post for the definition) that will encourage you to live abundantly.

Toby has an original poem and a photo to match at the Writer's Armchair, "After Late Snow." Come on, Spring! Get here already!!

Diane's Poetry Friday offerings are "Little Ships" at Random Noodling, "Wild Geese Among the Reeds" at Kurious Kitty, a quote by Jakushitsu (author of "Wild Geese Among the Reeds") at Kurious K's Kwotes, and Emily Dickinson at The Write Sisters.

Laura, aka Author Amok, shares a rich, green, warm, grassy (make-believe) poem by Maryland poet-in-the-schools Vonnie Winslow Crist.

David shares a very silly, very punny original poem, inspired by Joyce Kilmer's "Trees" at Fomagrams.

Pentimento sends out a haiku by Issa to our suffering world.

At Carol's Corner, Carol's poem choice this week,"What to Remember When Waking" will get you thinking about accidents and possibilities.

Laura, at Writing the World for Kids, shares a poem from a new book of elephant poems by Tracy Vaughn Zimmer. The week's 15 Words or Less Poems are here.

Sara's original poem grew out of Laura Purdie Salas' (see above) and Susan Taylor Brown's weekly online poetry book club. Sara's commercial for the book club and her poem are at Read, Write, Believe.

Jama's got a veritable smorgasbord for us today at jama rattigan's alphabet soup: a spine poem, a kitchen utensil poem, drool-worthy photos, and news about her second annual Alphabet Soup Poetry Potluck for National Poetry Month.

Debbie Diller shares a lullaby by Christina Rossetti this week.

Linda's got a review of the first book in J. Patrick Lewis' new series, Tugg and Teeny, at Write Time.

The folks at the Stenhouse Blog (Bill, was that you?) have picked the perfect poem for spring, featuring optimists, old women, and dogs.

Katie, at Secrets and Sharing Soda, has a review of The Tree That Time Built and the cd that accompanies the book.

Anastasia, at Picture Book of the Day, reviews Won Ton: A Cat Tale Told in Haiku. (...methinks a must-have for my classroom library...)

For a moment of meditation, go visit a wrung sponge: beautiful images of cherry blossoms and some of Andi's favorite Basho cherry blossom haiku await you there.

Carol, at Rasco From RIF, reminds us that it's cherry blossom time in Washington, D.C., too! She's got a haiku and some gorgeous pictures to remind us of the hope spring brings and to encourage us to continue to support the rebuilding of Japan.

Kelly takes us to Germany for the first violets of spring in German, English (her own translation!!), and song at Writing and Ruminating. Don't miss the chance to bid on her auction for the Kidlit4Japan fundraiser.

At Wild Rose Reader, Elaine riffs on crocuses with 5 poems in 5 different forms!  At Blue Rose Girls, she has 4 poems in 4 different forms about silkworm cocoons and pupae, along with links and a video about silk-making. Fascinating!

Jeannine, at Views from a Windowseat, shares her thoughts about a new novel in verse (Orchards, by Holly Thompson) that is set mostly in Japan.

At The Blog With the Shockingly Clever Title (I love typing that!), Karen shares "Prayer for Our Daughters" by Mark Jarman.

At Picture Books & Pirouettes, Kerry has a "Read it. Move it. Share it." post based on Dr. Seuss' My Many Colored Days. She combines the poetry in Seuss' book with creative movement for wee ones.

In the book Janet shares, Where is Spring?, a kite is searching for signs of spring. Find out more at All About Books.

Jenny, at Bibio File, has an original haiku about the cherry blossoms in D.C. during her second favorite time of year there.

Loree Griffin Burns has two Taylor Mali video entries for Poetry Friday this week at A Life in Books.

Sylvia, at Poetry For Children, has exciting new information about her (and Janet Wong's) e-book poetry project PoetryTagTime.

Martha Calderaro shares a silly grammar poem today -- "The Grammar Lesson" by Steve Kowit.

Carlie, at Twinkling Along, has an original (and hopeful) spring tanka.

Jone, at Check It Out, gives us a sneak peek at some student poems like the ones she'll be sending out on poetry postcards.

Joyce, at Musings, has an original haiku today.

Sarah, at Books, Dogs and Frogs, has some Edward Lear silliness for us today.

Sherry, at Semicolon, suggests the poetry and sermons of John Donne for our "lenten edification."

Nicole Marie Schreiber, at The Quill and Crayon, shares a poem about the planets that goes nicely with her WIP. (How lucky for a writer to have a last name that means "writer"!!)

At the blog Learning to Let Go, you can read a poem about hawthorn in spring in Ireland.


  1. "Me first, me first!" I'm in this week with my favorite YouTube of the week,"What Teachers Make," by Taylor Mali.

    Thanks for hosting, Mary Lee. Your manly reinterpretation of Gerard's poem is grand!

  2. Thanks, Mary Lee.

    With all the turmoil going on in the world right now, I thought your readers might enjoy "Be Still in the World" at The FATHER GOOSE Blog

  3. I missed out on Poetry Friday last week and am sad now that I didn't get to read Pied Beauty...but your wonderful poem makes up for it. Thanks for sharing and thanks for hosting.

    This week my Women's History Month Poetry Countdown continues with #4...

    Ben @ The Small Nouns

  4. Anonymous12:17 AM

    Thanks for hosting, Mary Lee!
    My contribution is in remembrance of the young women who perished at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory one hundred years ago today:

  5. Wow, Mary Lee--loved Pied Beauty and your faithful take on it. Thanks for hosting this week!

    Over at TeachingAuthors I've included a poem thanking a school(and one woman there) for giving me the most amazingly wonderful school visit thank you gift I've ever been given.

  6. Mary Lee, Thank you for hosting! "They maintain sanity whose beauty is past lunacy..." Yes! Your words remind me happily of John Agard's poem "Prayer to Laughter."

    With eating words on the brain, today I am in with #11 of my book poem series - "Eating Reading."

  7. What a fun poem, Mary Lee! It's not every day you read a poem with a tribute to junk food in it :-) And all the comments above me look great, too. I've got The Sun Grows In Your Smile:

  8. Wow, this is looking like a great Poetry Friday already and I can see I'm going to be very distracted by everyone's post. At the end of a long week of not qute getting there (just had a "You forgot..." phonecall from Little Brother's School) your poem is a joy and shall be implemented this week-end :-)

    My post this week is a call for haiku from artist Laurie Halsey Brown who is taking an exhibition to Japan in October...

    Thank you for hosting.

  9. Thanks for hosting. At 100 Scope Notes I have a new book spine poem:

  10. Thank you so much Mary Lee. I think you have caught Hopkins music and turned it to bright use. I was feeling gloomy and bedraggled, but that was the perfect antidote.

    "At the Storm Door" is what I offer today

  11. How fun is THAT? Thank you for sharing it!

    Here's my post for today. It's "Sutra," by Marilyn Krysl.

  12. Thanks for hosting, Mary Lee, and for treating us to your fun remake of Pied Beauty. I have an original poem about late snow (ugh) at The Writer's Armchair today.

  13. Hi Mary Lee! Thanks for your poem--I need a little silliness this morning.

    I would love to participate in your April project, too.

    Today I share a poem called "The Little Ships" at Random Noodling

    Kurious Kitty has a poem by Jakushitsu, "Wild Geese Among the Reeds. " Kurious K's Kwotes' P.F. quote is by Jakushitsu.

    And, at The Write Sisters I have a little Emily Dickinson spring poem, despite the fact that it is in the 20's right now. Brrrrr.

  14. Hi, everyone! I'm back after a long break (busy editing).

    To celebrate spring, I'm sharing "The Greener Forest." It's the title poem of fantasy author Vonnie Winslow Crist's just-published book. You'll want to run outside, put your toes in the grass and hunt for faery rings after reading this poem.

  15. thanks for hosting! i've got an original poem this week, a list full of silly trees whose lunacy i hope is praiseworthy.

  16. A haiku by Issa on the impermanence of things:

  17. I'm in with a David Whyte poem. Apparently he is really well known, but I didn't know his work at all.

    Love your poem-- I need some of this silliness in my life right now!

  18. Hi Mary Lee--I've missed PF the past few weeks. Too much chaos at my end! Happy to be back today with "Memory" from Tracie Vaughn Zimmer's new Cousins of Clouds: Elephant Poems at

    And 15 Words or Less are up at

    Thanks for hosting!

  19. Ha! If you saw my "frisbee flings" you would think them silly indeed---they tend to bounce on the ground. I LOVE your take on this, and will praise three silly things in your honor today. :)

    My Poetry Friday contribution is "I Used To Know Her Name," a poem I drafted last week in response to Laura Purdie Salas and Susan Taylor Brown's new online weekly poetry book club.

  20. I LOVE "Wild Atrocity!" So glad you shared it again.

    This week I'm doing a little Spring cleaning in anticipation of my Poetry Potluck in April with a poem by Marilyn Annucci:

    Smile and say, "Cheese!"

    Thanks for hosting!!

  21. Anonymous8:03 AM

    Good morning! I have Lullaby by Christina Rosetti on my blog this morning.

  22. Hi, Mary Lee, thanks for hosting. I'm in today with a review of J Patrick Lewis' new easy reader series.
    Have a great weekend!

  23. Happy Poetry Friday! On The Stenhouse Blog we have April by Alicia Ostriker. Enjoy!

  24. Happy Friday! Here's my poetry Friday post:

    Thanks for hosting!

  25. Anonymous8:42 AM

    Thanks for hosting today! I'm in with Won Ton: A Cat Tale Told in Haiku by Lee Wardlaw (Author) and Eugene Yelchin (Illustrator)

  26. Thanks for rounding us up Mary Lee! I love your poem. I need to remember those things when I am getting exasperated by business and rushing. You have given me some joy! Hopkins is a favorite of mine, too.

    I want to be part of your Poetry tag game in April! I am learning what fun QR codes can be so that sounds wonderful!

    I have some Basho cherry blossom haiku for today.

  27. Anonymous9:07 AM

    Thanks for hosting, Mary Lee!

    I am in with my translation of Das Erste Veilchen by Karl Egon Ebert.

  28. Thank you for hosting on this glorious spring day here in northern Virginia! I have shared a haiku by a Washington Post reader which is featured on the cover of the Weekend magazine that has a "guide to all things cherry blossom" today.

  29. Thanks for the "Wild Atrocity" poem. I LOVE silly things. In fact--I AM a silly thing!

    At Wild Rose Reader, I have Crocus Poems: Variations on a Theme. It includes three original poems that I posted before--along with rough drafts of two new porms that I wrote this morning.

  30. Mary Lee, thank you for Wild Atrocity, and making me smile.

    I wrote about a new verse novel set mostly in Japan, called Orchards by Holly Thompson at

    Can't wait to see more of you in April!

  31. At Blue Rose Girls, I have Silkworm Cocoon & Pupa Poems: Variations on a Theme. (They are all original poems.)

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  33. (Oops -- mistyped my link ....)

    Thanks for hosting, Mary Lee. Enjoyed your giddy take on GMH. :)

    I'm in this week with a Mark Jarman poem, and it's here.

  34. Thanks for hosting and for sharing such a fun poem..although I have to admit I'm not wishing for any late-March snowball fights over here :)

    My post today features the rhyming picture book My Many Colored Days...just in time to still celebrate the birthday month of Dr. Seuss.

  35. Thanks for hosting.

    My selection is "Where Is Spring?" This poem was written by Taiwanese poet Yang Huan (1930-1954). He wrote only twenty poems in his lifetime, but is considered by many scholars to be one of the main influences on modern Chinese children's poetry. The book is illustrated by H.Y. Huang and A. Yang.

  36. I'm in with an original haiku about cherry blossoms.

    Thanks for hosting!

  37. Anonymous1:54 PM

    Yes, praise all silly things! Thanks for your wonderful poem and for hosting, Mary Lee. I have Steve Kowit's "The Grammar Lesson" over at my blog today. Happy Poetry Friday!

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  39. Thank you for your work as host. What a great take on Hopkins genius. :) You made me smile.

    I am sharing a post today with an original tanka about the noise of spring.

  40. Well, I'm late to the party but here I am!!
    I have another sneak peak with student pomes for National Poetry Month.

  41. Mary Lee,your take on Hopkins' Pied Beauty is chock full of fun images. Japan is still on my mind, so I offer an original Haiku at my Musings blog.

    I look forward to meandering through all the wonderful poems offered up today!

  42. Anonymous6:32 PM

    I'm late, but better late then never! Here's my post with some Edward Lear for a nonsensical day.

  43. Sorry so late. Today I'm featuring John Donne and his poetry and poetic sermons:

  44. My poem this week is WANDERERS by Walter de la Mare, in honor of my WIP-- middle grade historical fiction (set in 1548 Bruges and Brussels) where the main character is the daughter of an astronomer. "Wanderers" are what the planets were called in the night sky during the middle ages and renaissance. Enjoy!

    -Nicole Marie Schreiber

  45. Anonymous10:50 AM

    I forgot to add how much I liked "Wild Atrocity". I think I need that in from of me this coming week. The last week before spring break.

  46. Anonymous2:53 AM

    I'm hoping I can still get in! My contribution is a beautiful poem by the Irish Eavan Boland, White Hawthorn in the West of Ireland. Beautiful images!


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