Thursday, December 26, 2013

Poetry Friday -- the roundup is here!

It's the last Poetry Friday of the year, and I celebrate our community! What a blessing to spend the 52nd Friday of the year with YOU, and with POETRY!

Leave your link in the comments, and I'll round you up into the post in between cooking for Mom so that she has leftovers in the freezer for the months to come (and making a pan of Browned Butter and Sea Salt Rice Crispy Treats in spite of all of the other holiday goodies that beg to be nibbled), playing hours-long games of Sequence at the kitchen table while chatting about nothing in particular, long walks in the ol' hometown while listening to my current audiobook, The Goldfinch, and other assorted thises and thats Mom finds for me to do.

But first, let's give thanks for a three-hour plane trip home. (Translation: time to read!)

After the River the Sun
by Dia Calhoun
illustrated by Kate Slater
Atheneum Books for Young Readers, July 2013
review copy provided by the author

Last summer, Eva of the Farm (also by Dia Calhoun) made a brief Poetry Friday appearance with a whole group of other verse novels. I love the spunky character of Eva, who saves her family's farm -- an apple orchard in north central Washington -- with her art and poetry.

In this companion verse novel, Eva helps Eckhart Lyon to heal his heart. Eckhart's parents were killed in a white water rafting accident and he has come to live with his curmudgeonly Uncle Albert whose orchards are next to Eva's family's. Eckhart's passion for the story of King Arthur frames his quest for a permanent home and redemption for his parents' deaths, and helps to forge a connection between him and Eva. In a satisfying conclusion, even Uncle Albert finds a much-needed peace.

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Without further ado, here's the roundup:

Keri, at Keri Recommends, is in first with the villanelle that Robyn wrote for her for the Winter Poem Swap...

...and Robyn shares the Winter Poem Swap Keri wrote for her at Life on the Deckle Edge.

Jone has a poetry pairing at Check it Out.

Myra, at Gathering Books, shares a poem to fill a hungry soul.

Charles, at Father Goose, has his eye on snowflakes.

Diane has another winter poem swap poem to share at Random Noodling -- the one Margaret wrote for her.

Kurious Kitty shares a Denise Levertov poem for the new year.

At KK's Kwotes, there's a quote from Douglas Kornfeld.

At Today's Little Ditty, Michelle has a Five for Friday Celebration for the new year.

Dia Calhoun, author of the verse novel After the River the Sun (reviewed above), shares an excerpt to further tempt you to read this fabulous book!

Julie, at The Drift Record, has images by the Finnish painter, Elin Kleopatra Danielson-Gambogi, and a poem by Jane Kenyon.

At The Opposite of Indifference, Tabatha shares two poems by Emily Dickinson.

Margaret is sharing one of the poems from her "10 Poems Over Break" personal challenge at Reflections on the Teche.

At The Drawer, MM Socks has a poem about crows.

Donna give Spiny Pine his own poem over at Mainely Write.

Betsy has some "little bits" for us today at I Think in Poems.

Lori is flying high with her haiku at On Point.

It was a quiet roundup this week. If you've got something to add tomorrow or Sunday, the roundup offer does not expire.

Later this weekend, I'll update the roundup calendar. Stay tuned.

To inspire your next poems, I'll leave you with this:


  1. Oh I cannot wait to read this book. Thanks for hosting. I am sorry to be missing out on hosting over the next 6 months. Put me on the sub list. I have a poetry pairing:

  2. Hi there Mary Lee, thank you for having this up so early and for being such a lovely host (as always). My contribution for Poetry Friday this week celebrates the divine within and womanity in Nerisa Guevara's "Movement".

    I like the sound of healing one's heart, it's the first time I'm hearing about Dia Calhoun. I shall check this out. Thanks for sharing this.

  3. Thank you, Mary Lee! We're celebrating the coming New Year with a poem full of snowflakes at FATHER GOOSE Blog

  4. Hi Mary Lee! Happy 2014 to you and your mother! My posts will be up after midnight EST.

    At Random Noodling I'm sharing a Winter Swap poem from my swap partner, Margaret Simon.

    Kurious Kitty shares a Denise Levertov poem for the new year.

    And, at KK's Kwotes there's a quote from Douglas Kornfeld.

  5. Hi, Mary Lee - and Happy (almost) New Year! Sounds like the perfect way to spend these holiday days. Thanks for hosting in the midst of it all.

    I'm in with a Winter Poem Swap offering - my "sweet" gifts and poem from Keri Collins Lewis. Wonder how bees celebrate the Winter Solstice?

  6. Thanks for hosting today, Mary Lee. You sound like a very good daughter... why am I not surprised? Enjoy your 3 hours of reading bliss! On Today's Little Ditty, I am throwing a celebration of my own: a Five for Friday in honor of the year's end.

  7. What lovely offerings for the final Poetry Friday of 2013! Thank you, Mary for bringing them to us. My contribution is an excerpt from AFTER THE RIVER THE SUN, my middle grade verse novel that you so kindly featured today.

  8. Thanks for hosting, Mary Lee - you and I are doing very similar things with and for our mothers this time of year. Over at
    The Drift Record I have a poem by Jane Kenyon, and images by the Finnish painter, Elin Kleopatra Danielson-Gambogi.

    The URL is

  9. Hi Mary Lee! We just received The Goldfinch yesterday. Are you enjoying it? All the best to you and your mom!

    I have two Emily Dickinson poems today:

  10. I'm not on mountain time; I'm on vacation time. But here I am while the others sleep with a poem from my own personal challenge to write 10 poems over the winter break, a poem to an image of City Lights:

  11. Anonymous11:18 AM

    Hi Mary Lee - Happy holidays!

    This week, I posted a poem at The Drawer called "Sullen Crows"

  12. My poem is dedicated to the little pine tree I can see out our front window...Spiny Pine:

  13. I've been MIA from PF for a bit. Trying to fill up my poetry well a bit with some little bits.

  14. I love Dia's work! After the River is beautiful! Thanks for hosting today. I have my haiku at On Point:

  15. I haven't read any verse novels recently--must look for Dia's! Love that cartoon. I had a debate with someone awhile back on whether one word can BE a poem. (No.) :>) Happy Poetry Friday!

  16. Bratwurst. LOL-- just wanted to try that one word poem on for size.


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