Thursday, July 18, 2019

Poetry Friday -- Playing With Poetry

I picked up a few poetry toys at nErDCampMI last week.

With Instant Poetry, poetry forms meet multiple choice. You might want to try a nursery rhyme, a poem in the style of William Carlos Williams or Emily Dickinson, an ode, free verse, or more.

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I've been wanting to try writing a sonnet, so I chose the Shakespearean Sonnet (bottom left in the collage above).

Before the Fates (b) cut in this checkout line
Let all who (a) brought some queso dip please stay
And find our (c) kids out back making green slime.
Neither king nor fool (a) returns their lunch tray.
Though time (b) cares not when chickens come to roost,
We hear the (a) band at least will take the stage.

Ok. I'm going to stop there. There are others that have options that string together with more sense. Let's try the Nursery Rhyme (top right).

Mary, Mary, quite contrary
(a) loved sarcastic commentary.

scribble-out poetry (aka blackout poetry) has a lot more poet-ential. This spiral-bound book has 45 bits of text ready for you to modify by scribbling-out the words you don't want with your permanent marker and leaving behind your poem. The text comes in different shapes (see top of collage) and amounts (see bottom of collage). Sources for the text bits include Frankenstein, The Count of Monte Cristo, War and Peace, and Pride and Prejudice, just to name a few. Each page is perforated and includes "to" and "from" lines and the attribution for the original text on the back so that you can gift your poetic creations!

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I scribbled-out a bit from Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin (top right in the collage). This poem goes out to all the teachers who are enjoying their last weeks of living-and-learning-at-a-relaxing-pace.

if you teach.
You contribute to the happiness of
consume the
pleasure of being
a good

Scribbled-out by Mary Lee Hahn, 2019

Carol, at Carol's Corner, is just one of those teachers for whom this poem was written! She's got the Poetry Friday roundup this week.


  1. I just ordered 'scribble-out poetry" -- thanks for the tip!

  2. Hooray for playing with poetry! Your sonnet may not make sense, but some of those lines are intriguing. Hope you have a few more weeks to be "living-and-learning-at-a-relaxing-pace."

  3. poet-ential. :) You and your clever poet words! That's a beauty you scribbled out. Thank you. xo

  4. What fun! Poetry is a game we can never tire of!

  5. When I read that you had great poetry finds from a recent NerdCamp, I knew I had to go to your post right away. I thought the beginning of your sonnet was a "hoot". Love the humor! Your scribble out poem is inspirational so while you are being inspired take time to live and learn at a relaxed pace, Mary Lee.

  6. Each one looks like so much fun, Mary Lee. What a lot of treasures you found. "Neither king nor fool (a) returns their lunch tray." brought some chuckles!

  7. Here's to a few more weeks of
    a good

    Thanks for sharing these fun poetry challenge books, Mary Lee.
    I like the nursery rhymes and your line from it,
    "Mary, Mary, quite contrary
    (a) loved sarcastic commentary."

  8. More poetry playing tools. Such fun! The sonnet is funny and the black-out poem delights this teacher.

  9. oooooooh, fun! I resisted buying a scribble out poetry book at The National Portrait Gallery gift shop--thinking, oh, I can find my own text. But, I do love the scribble out book idea. A homemade one might make a neat poetry-swap idea. Best idea on your post? Poet-ential! Great post. Thanks for an intro. to new toys.

  10. What fun! The scribble out poetry looks like a winner. Like Linda, I'm already thinking of ways to make my own.

  11. Playing with poetry is the best and how much fun is it to have two brand new toys to inspire--and you're sharing, too! I enjoyed all your poems, but especially your black-out poem. Thanks for sharing!

  12. Fun to see that you actually made time to play with your poet toys! Wordplay is half the fun and I love the poet-ential in your blackout poem.

  13. And my book wish list grows! Thanks for the introduction to these books, Mary Lee, and the smile from contrary Mary's love of sarcastic commentary. =)

  14. How fun! Mary Mary sounds like a few people I know. LOL. I wonder if Mad Libs has produced a poetry mad lib edition...?!

  15. These poems are delightful. The book looks like just the kind of thing a substitute teacher like myself might want to have on hand for those days when there are no real plans left.


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