Friday, August 14, 2015

Just a Hop Back in Time...and Vacation!

Happy Poetry Friday!

The Poem Farm is on vacation until Friday, September 4, 2015.

Instead of leaving nothing behind, I am sending you to an old first day of school poem from 2010.  The poem is titled:


And here's another, from 2012:

Dear Students.

Anyone - student or teacher or anyone at all - who might be interested in getting your notebook (any kind!) going, I also welcome you to my other blog, Sharing Our Notebooks.  There you will find all kinds of notebook peeks, resources, and ideas for writing, drawing, finding ideas, and celebrating the goodness that is notebooking!

Here is the Poetry Friday Schedule for the rest of September:

August 14 - Heidi at My Juicy Little Universe
August 21 - Catherine at Reading to the Core
August 28 - Sylvia at Poetry for Children

Happy happy end of August.  See you in September!

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Friday, August 7, 2015

New Teacher New Year - A First Day of School Poem

Oak Leaves and Watercolors
Photo by Amy LV

Students - I have been very lucky to meet many many teachers this summer.  My work takes me to different places where I have the good fortune to learn about different people and different classrooms and different ideas from teachers of all different grades.  Lots of times, I find myself wishing that I could be in school again, to have the chance to have this teacher or that one.  And one of the things that always strikes me the most is how a teacher can make a student feel, and how these feelings help or hurt our learning.  

This poem dedicated to teachers, teachers who are all also beginning or almost-beginning school, just like you.  Teachers who stay in our hearts, teachers who whisper in our ears even when we are all grown up.

And this poem is also dedicated to you, to students.  May your first day of school - and the days that follow - fill your minds and hearts and souls with goodness.

Like you, I have had many teachers in my life, and each one has made me a little bit of who I am.  This summer, one of my teachers (one I have never met) is award-winning author and our Children's Poet Laureate Jacqueline Woodson.  I am reading every single one of her books to help me learn both about life and about writing.  And what a teacher she is!  Two of her books that I am thinking about today, LOCOMOTION and PEACE, LOCOMOTION exquisitely explore, among other things, the power of teachers.

I cannot recommend highly enough all Jacqueline Woodson's books.  They are making me a better person, and I hope, a better writer too.

book cover

book cover

I am happy to share that my forthcoming EVERY DAY BIRDS, with beautiful cut paper illustrations by Dylan Metrano and published by Scholastic in both English and bilingual editions, is available (English only) for pre-order on Amazon.  The publication date is February 23, 2016.  

Tabatha is hosting today's grand Poetry Friday roundup over at The Opposite of Indifference.  Visit her place to check out the poetry happenings all around the Kidlitosphere this week.  We're a warm and welcoming community, and everyone is invited!

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Friday, July 31, 2015

Sad - Writing about Feelings

Sad but Dreaming
by Amy LV

Students - I write poems for all kinds of reasons: to be silly, to express fascination, to play with words, to wonder, to describe what I see in my everyday life.  Sometimes, though, I simply write about feelings - feelings I am having now, feelings I see others living with, and feelings I have felt before.  Writing about our feelings helps us make sense of them, helps us become more human.

We don't always have to show our writing-about-feelings with others, but just getting something on paper can help us figure out what we think, can help us know what to do next.  This is just one reason that I keep a notebook, to have a place to keep my feelings.

Keri is hosting today's Poetry Friday roundup over at Keri Recommends.  Enjoy Keri's great note and gorgeous eggs, Irene's beautiful gift poemcollage and all of the lovely offerings today.

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Friday, July 24, 2015

Sometimes I Sit and Wonder - A List Poem

Talking Barn
by Amy LV

Students - This, as you have likely noticed, is a list poem.  Yesterday I was sitting at a picnic table in our back pasture, writing as I looked around the world.  When my eyes landed on our barn, I found myself thinking about way back before our time, when cows lived in there.  I started wondering if the barn misses those cows, thing led to another.  It was fun to think about the different things in my life that might wish to tell me something.

Do you ever just sit outside, look around, and think and wonder?  I highly recommend it as a neat way to find out what's rattling around up in your attic mind!

The winner of last week's giveaway of JUMPING OFF LIBRARY SHELVES, the latest beautiful anthology by Lee Bennett Hopkins, is Janet.  Janet - please send me your address in an e-mail to amy at amylv dot com, and I will get it in the mail to you.  Congratulations!

Visit Margaret at Reflections on the Teche for a beautiful summer swap gift share and today's roundup.

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Friday, July 17, 2015

Pluto! - Writing from Current Events


Pluto by LORRI and Ralph, 13 July 2015.jpg
Portrait of Pluto
Taken July 13, 2015 by the New Horizons Spacecraft

Students - This may be the first time I have posted a poem picture here that was not taken or drawn by someone in my family or by a good friend. But it's a clear and beautiful image of Pluto, and so I could not resist.  This past Tuesday, July 14, 2015, the New Horizons spacecraft flew by Pluto, and it was the first spacecraft to do so.  It took nine and a half years to make the three billion mile trip, and they did it.  

When I listened to the news on Tuesday and Wednesday and saw the Pluto pictures, I knew that I would write about this exciting day and event.  Every single day, millions of interesting things happen in the world.  By reading or listening to the news, a writer can find many many ideas.  Try taking a peek at the newspaper or listening to radio news.  You might watch a bit of TV news or check out a news site here online, and let it inspire a new poem or piece of writing in you.

If you wish to read a bit more about the New Horizons fly-by, visit The New York Times. To see a timelapse video showing how our knowledge of Pluto has grown, visit NASA.  And this little NASA clip shows you Pluto's mountains:

This week I was over the moon excited to receive my contributor copies of the latest book by Lee Bennett Hopkins - JUMPING OFF LIBRARY SHELVES. Gorgeously illustrated by Jane Manning, this is a warm, wise, and whimsical celebration of poems celebrating the goodness of libraries.  My poem, "Book Pillows," could not be happier to be included, and I am looking forward to September when the book is available. Today, though, I am offering a giveaway to a commenter on this post. Simply comment with a way to reach you below, and I'll draw one name on Thursday evening and announce the winner next Friday.

Jumping Off Library Shelves by Lee Bennett Hopkins
Available through Your Local Bookstore
or Amazon

If you'd like to see how the Favorite Poem Padlet is growing, click here to check it out.  You can still add your favorite.  Just double click anywhere on the gray with your left mouse button, and begin typing!

This week's Poetry Friday party is with Kimberley over at Google +.  Visit there to read a beautiful poem and to learn about links to poetry goodness all around.

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Friday, July 10, 2015

Something I Do - Free Verse & a Padlet

Poem Path
by Amy LV

Students - I do collect poems and do sometimes feel like they are spilling out from my pockets and onto the earth.  But you know what, I still always wish to learn and collect more.  Poems are my way of understanding the world - both reading poems and writing poems helps me make sense of life on both the dark and the very sunny days.  Poems are both song and like medicine to me.

Today's poem is a free verse poem, not following any special rhyme scheme or meter. Yet still, I read the poem many times out loud to listen to the pauses and rhythms and repetition.

What is something you do?  Might that be a good start to a notebook entry or poem?  "Something I do..."

As I learn more about using digital technologies to share and publish writing, I hope that you will occasionally hold my hand on the journey.  Today I truly am collecting poems...favorite poems of favorite people.  Please visit my Padlet and leave a note with your name, telling about, and maybe even linking to, one of your own favorite poems. We all become wiser through sharing, and I feel fortunate to share with you.

Please be sure to include your own name if you leave a poem on the Padlet. Only with a name will I approve the note.

Katie is hosting today's Poetry Friday extravaganza over at The Logonauts.  Visit her online home to enjoy this week's poetry offerings all around the Kidlitosphere.

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Friday, July 3, 2015

Tiny Artwork Everywhere! Just Look Around!

Tiny Artwork
Photo by Amy LV

Students - This morning, I went outside to write.  We have had many days of rain in a row, and so it was a treat to sit outside and feel sun on my shoulders. Writing was a little bit tricky because our cats all wanted cuddling, and Pickles kept on rubbing her head against me, begging for attention.  I petted her a bit...but then it was back to writing.

When I looked out across the lawn, I saw the spider web that you see above, just twinkling in the morning light.  It asked me to write about it, and so I did.  As I wrote, I loved the idea of Spider and Dew working together to make something so lovely, a tiny artwork that brightened my day from the very start.

Pay attention to what sits at your feet, flies in your sky, comes across your path. Sometimes it might feel to you as if an idea is saying, "Write about me!"  Always listen.

If you are curious about spiders, as I am, you can learn more about them at Wonderopolis:

Donna is hosting today's Poetry Friday party over at Mainely Write.  Visit her place to celebrate poems and poetry with friends old and new.

I wish you the eyes to find tiny artworks in your life all week, all life long!  Keep a list...who knows what it any one idea will become?

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