Thursday, August 07, 2014

Poetry Friday Roundup is HERE!

The last of my Summer Poem Swap poems will be mailed tomorrow. I have combined my poems and photos to make magnets. I just about snorted my morning tea when I read this poem from The Writer's Almanac last month:

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.

Leave your links in the comments and I'll round you up after water aerobics tonight and between meetings and classroom work on Friday.

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 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 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)

Carol wrote a poem for the brand new teachers in her district, but it's one I need to copy and put up on my fridge. Head over to Carol's Corner. You'll see what I mean.

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.


  1. I love this poem--It's so true! I have poetry in my kitchen, in various places. One poem is yours from last year--BEST. Maybe I should make it into a magnet, too? I make my own magnets all the time--for myself and to share with others.

    Thanks for sharing another great poem, Mary Lee!

    1. It makes me so happy that mine is one of the poems on your fridge! Happy (almost) Friday!

  2. I love that this poem lets us peek into the fridge - from headless shrimp to a bottle of amoxicillin! What a hoot! Thanks for sharing this poem, Mary Lee, and hosting Poetry Friday! I'll comment again with my URL for my PF contribution. = )

  3. This poem is a hoot! I love its repetitive sounds - medal and lapel,dispensary and indispensable and the juxtaposition of amoxicillin and infectious! Thank you for posting it. Making poetry magnets sounds like a great idea!

  4. Thanks for posting this ....I love it!
    Here's my link. Thank you for the round-up!

  5. Mary Lee, than you for posting this delightful poem. I am sure that your poem/photo magnets are stunning and worthy to grace refrigerators.
    My contribution this week to Poetry Friday is an original poem in honor of my grandmother, "Childhood Memories Awakened" . Along with that I found a quote about summer and a delightful poem written by Celia Thaxter as children's verse. Thank you for accepting my offering.

  6. Anonymous6:59 PM

    I like the idea of a poem aspiring to some worthy goal, like hanging on a refrigerator. Some of mine just sit around.

  7. I love this poem! I'm in for Poetry Friday with Jane Shore's "Holocaust Museum."

  8. Anonymous7:10 PM

    And thanks for hosting this week, Mary Lee!

  9. Don't you just love how fate works? I love discovering these kinds of life connections, small and large. My favorite lines are "...Stop here a moment
    and listen to the poem humming to itself..."

    On Today's Little Ditty I have the hum of the Haiku Garden, with special guest, Violet Nesdoly.

  10. What a great poem! Thanks for sharing with us. And thanks for hosting!

    I'm in with a post in honor of my brand-new-teacher daughter and Taylor Mali's "What Teachers Make."

  11. Ha! I do agree that the refrigerator is a place of honor. :) Thank you for sharing! I'm in with a review of Ordinary Things by Ralph Fletcher and a Summer Poem Swap treat from Keri:

  12. Don't you love the idea of the poem humming? What a great poem, and serendipity rules! So apt that you found it, Mary Lee. My post today may be a bit premature, but I do see the light changing, and it was 74 today! Thank you for hosting!

  13. Love this poem! It's so relatable to anyone, and such fun to read aloud. Today I'm once again sharing the same poem I share every year at this time...not because it's my blog's 2nd birthday, but for a much more important reason... (link goes live shortly after midnight)

  14. Great poem! Thanks for sharing. I wrote a poem today about Prague since I just returned from that beautiful city:

  15. I love the serendipity of life, down to the maraschino cherries! Thanks for hosting with your usual flair. I'm in with a very short back-to-school poem at

  16. Thanks for hosting, Mary Lee. And my goodness, what a wonderful 'coincidence'! Lucky swapper who gets your magnets too.

    I'm still in vacation mode with "Holidays" which is here:

    Violet N.

  17. I'm back with my contribution to Poetry Friday. I have a poem about the hazards of a slumber party as I gear up for a real one this weekend at:

  18. Too funny! I love poems that are both funny in a slightly ridiculous way, but true as well. I have two poems on my fridge at the moment, but now that my kids are too old for homework and pics up there, I ought to start putting more poems up. I'm in this week with The Mollusk That Made You, from Joyce Sidman's Ubiquitous. Thanks for hosting, Mary Lee!

  19. When I was growing up, my parents still called the refrigerator an "icebox." I'm inspired to go out and create a fridge poem, too, which I someone know will be called "Icebox."

    At Random Noodling I'm taking a few weeks break from the Sketchbook Project poems. I don't want to say here what today's poem is about. If I do, you may run screaming in another direction!

    Kurious Kitty is sharing a poem by Douglas Florian in celebration of upcoming celestial happenings.

  20. Hi, Mary Lee. I love this poem -- I'll have to share it with the Little Patuxent Review staff. We're reading submissions for a food-themed issue right now.

    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.)

  21. Thanks for hosting, Mary Lee, and for that hilarious poem! My post today is a "Poet to Poet" interview between Joyce Sidman and Irene Latham.

  22. Hi there dearest Mary Lee. Thank you so much for hosting. I am featuring powerful book that featured drawings and poems of children from the Terezin Concentration Camp from 1942-1944 edited by Hana Volavkova entitled "... i never saw another butterfly." :)

  23. Hi Mary Lee! Thanks for hosting. I like the poem in your poem. It's very charming, humming to itself and all. I'm trying to write this comment and my puppy is barking at me to play. It's not even 6 a.m. and she wants to play! Sigh. Here's my link:

  24. Anonymous7:27 AM

    Hostovsky's poem is great! I love the image of the words seeping through the door with their revelry. Thanks for sharing it, and thanks for hosting. I'm sharing an old 1st grade favorite, Dorothy Aldis's "The Picnic."

  25. As a connoisseuse of food poems, I can say that this is one of the best ever, because it's not about the food per se (oh, corrugated pickles!), but about the poem (like Eve Merriam's "How to Eat a Poem"). What a find, Mary Lee, and definitely snort-worthy!

    I'm in an all-day training today and trying to plow through my revision-in-progress, so I'm not posting...but I'll try to get around and visit everyone else. Thanks for hosting!

  26. Anonymous7:54 AM

    Love the frig poem, Mary Lee! :-) I am in today with Shaping Up Summer (Math in Nature) by Lizann Flat (and a call for STEM book bloggers)


  27. I want to hang this poem on my refrigerator. It will make me laugh every morning! I wrote an original poem this morning.

  28. I'm eager to read all the offerings today. Thanks for hosting, Mary Lee. My poem was born in Nepal - my first attempt at Terza Rima.

  29. This is wonderful!!! I always enjoy poetry in which poetry is personified, and I don't think I've ever seen on this subject before. Love the imagery, and the amoxicillin made me laugh out loud. I think someone's been peeking in my fridge. No post from me today either...just making my rounds. But my blog, Commas Have Wings, will be back up next Friday. Thanks for hosting, Mary Lee!

  30. Thanks for hosting. Love you guys for introducing me (and my students) to Poetry Friday. I am continuing my series on haiku by sharing two picture books about the history and concepts of Japanese haiku.

  31. Oh, I loooove this poem! Thank you, Mary Lee! Today at The Poem Farm I have a poem about something I saw (and wanted to hug) at the fair.
    Thank you for hosting and for being our fearless leader!

  32. Love that poem, Mary Lee! And thanks for hosting. I'm in, here.

  33. Thanks for hosting. Love the humming refrigerator poem. I am here today with an original poem about chasing a brilliant sky.

  34. I'm in today with a pantoum by Carolyn Wells.

    Thanks for hosting this shindig!

  35. Anonymous10:47 AM

    I shared In the Gloaming today:

  36. So happy to return to poetry friday with this Gary Oliver gem, "For the Children,"

  37. Love this poem--and the cool summer wishes that grace my refrigerator! No post for me today (but I posted your poem last week.)

  38. What a fun poem! So creative.

  39. Mary Lee,

    Thanks for doing the Poetry Friday Roundup this week. I haven't participated in months. Today, I'm posting some original clerihews that I wrote several years ago at a new blog called Flowers for Socrates.

  40. In Boise, so this is up later than I wanted. Could not stop writing about the ekphrases for Van Gogh's "The Starry Night"...started out as 100 words...ended up as 700!
    Enjoyed the Refrigerator poem..until I began to think about the papers that would be posted there....graded grading papers....ARG! (oh, well....)

  41. Thanks for the poem! Loved it. :~) At On Point, I have Lying Down. Enjoy the day!

  42. I'm in with a look at Above the Dreamless Dead: WW I in Poetry and Comics, from First Second.

  43. Mark Twain poem at The Florian Cafe

  44. I have two poems that are twists on the meanings of homemade and homespun today, posted on Thursday.

  45. And Noah, my cat, has a couple of poems at the end of the page - one by me and one by him...he thought he might like to share today. He doesn't usually.

  46. I love the refrigerator poem, Mary Lee! = ) I am late to the PF party today--my post is about Book Lovers Day, which is tomorrow!

  47. Mary Lee,
    I have been a terrible blogger and commenter (yes, I didn't manage my 5 every day goal) all summer. My head has just been in other places. When I saw you were posting I decided I needed to get it together. Today, instead of an original poem, I am finding wisdom in Lost by David Wagoner.

  48. i just discovered your blog (i'm way excited).

    looks like some awesome stuff scheduled, i will be adding to my link list later today so i can visit often.

    i thought i would share one of my poems with you as well, it's about a childhood memory/homegrown veggies.

    i'll hop around and visit everyone as the day progresses!


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