Friday, July 3, 2020

A Pantoum for Our Times


Self-Portrait, Summer 2020
by Amy LV




Students - You may have noticed a lot of repetition in today's poem, and you may have noticed that the repetition follows a particular pattern. This poem is a pantoum. A pantoum has stanzas of four lines (as many as the poet wishes), and in each stanza, the second and fourth lines repeat as the first and third lines of the following stanza. Pantoums do not always rhyme, and you will note that I changed the pattern in my final stanza, rhyming all four lines with each other.

I do not recall ever writing a pantoum before, but for today, I wanted my message to contain a lot of repetition, and this form clearly lends itself to that. I am writing about the importance of wearing masks because I know that science tells the truth, and I care about my community -- both the small community of my family and the large community of our world's people.

You might wish to try writing a pantoum of your own. You do not need to rhyme, and your pantoum can be as long as you wish. Simply experiment with four line stanzas, and follow the repetition pattern as above. I suggest choosing repeated lines that you wish to drive home. I found that making lists of rhyming words in my notebook and then drafting on the computer helped me with this form.

Linda is hosting this week's Poetry Friday roundup over at A Word Edgewise with a poem swap share and a powerful 'In One Word' poem for July 4. We invite everybody to join in each Friday as we share poems, poem books, poetry ideas, and friendship. Check out my left sidebar to learn where to find this poetry goodness each week of the year.

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Friday, June 26, 2020

Gran Teatre del Liceu



Plants Love Music
by Amy LV



Students - This week found me enchanted by this true story, a concert for houseplants at the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, Spain. You may read about it at NPR. When I watch the concert, when I think about the musicians filling this hall, when I think about plants listening to a quartet, when I think about the plants carrying this music in their leaves and stems and roots to the homes of healthcare workers, I choke up.

This is beautiful and whimsical and necessary to me, and I thank the musicians of the Gran Teatre del Liceu for the idea, the work, the concert. When I listen, I choke up.

We can always write about the news. We can always write about what moves us deeply.


Enjoy this Concert for Plants!

Karen is hosting this week's Poetry Friday roundup over at Karen's Got a Blog! with a sweet Father's Day memory about a Norwegian nursery rhyme and a beautiful Norwegian poem too. We invite everybody to join in each Friday as we share poems, poem books, poetry ideas, and friendship. Check out my left sidebar to learn where to find this poetry goodness each week of the year.

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Friday, June 19, 2020

Fall in Love, Take Photos, Write


Tree Shadow
Photo by Amy LV

Flower Shadow
Photo by Amy LV

Leaf Shadow
Photo by Amy LV




Students - This week I have been falling love with shadows all over the place! I usually do not take photographs of shadows...but this week I did so a few times. And when a person falls in love with something over and over again, it is natural to write a poem about it. 

You may have noticed that the lines in today's poem go back and forth, back and forth. I chose to do this because as I watched plants dancing with shadows, my own eyes went back and forth, back and forth between them.

Keep your eyes open. Fall in love. Take some pictures. Save them. And then write.

Tricia is hosting this week's Poetry Friday roundup over at The Miss Rumphius Effect with a thoughtful and questioning golden shovel poem using a line from "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" by T.S. Eliot. We invite everybody to join in each Friday as we share poems, poem books, poetry ideas, and friendship. Check out my left sidebar to learn where to find this poetry goodness each week of the year.

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Friday, June 12, 2020

Oh!


One of My Favorite Books
OH, BROTHER! by Nikki Grimes, illustrated by Mike Benny




Students - Today the Poetry Friday Community celebrates Nikki Grimes. I feel fortunate to have had Nikki's books in my life, starting with delightful poetry picture book MEET DANITRA BROWN back when I was a new teacher to her most recent and highly acclaimed memoir ORDINARY HAZARDS.

OH, BROTHER! has been one of my favorite books for years, and I have mentioned it several times in this space. This poetry picture book tells the story of two boys, Chris and Xavier, whose parents marry. It takes a bit of time for them to feel like brothers - not just stepbrothers - and Nikki's wise, honest, visual poems help readers understand how trust takes time. It is difficult to read OH, BROTHER! without tearing up with both sad and beauty-loving tears.

Congatulations, Nikki, on your recent - and numerous - awards. We are grateful for your work and words.

Nikki Grimes

Nikki's poems and books have given much to many, and you can learn more about her writing and her life all over the internet...but here are a few places to begin:


Today is the final day, Day 72, of my Keeping a Notebook notebooking series for the COVID-19 Spring of 2020. If you joined me for any of these videos, I thank you for journeying along. Should students be home from school come fall, I will think of something to offer. My hat is off to all teachers. May your summer days be restful!

Enjoy this week's Poetry Friday roundup, an everywhere-celebration of Nikki Grimes and her work, hosted by Irene at Live Your Poem. We invite everybody to join in each Friday as we share poems, poem books, poetry ideas, and friendship. Check out my left sidebar to learn where to find this poetry goodness each week of the year.

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Friday, June 5, 2020

Mend, Fix, Repair


Poochie
by Amy LV




Usually I write more here about Friday poems, but during this time (through June 12, 2020), I am instead sharing weekday writing videos for students and teachers at Keeping a Notebook and will crosspost here on Fridays.

Margaret is hosting today's Poetry Friday roundup over at Reflections on the Teche with a gentle, gift, a golden shovel poem for her students. As for Poetry Friday, we invite everybody to join in each Friday as we share poems, poem books, poetry ideas, and friendship. Check out my left sidebar to learn where to find this poetry goodness each week of the year.

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Friday, May 29, 2020

If You Need Someone...






Usually I write more here about Friday poems, but during this time (through June 12, 2020), I am instead sharing weekday writing videos for students and teachers at Keeping a Notebook and will crosspost here on Fridays.

Mary Lee is hosting today's Poetry Friday roundup over at A Year of Reading with an important reading challenge, rich, layered poems by Marilyn Chin, and news about an upcoming webinar conversation with Marilyn and Mary Lee. As for Poetry Friday, we invite everybody to join in each Friday as we share poems, poem books, poetry ideas, and friendship. Check out my left sidebar to learn where to find this poetry goodness each week of the year.

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Friday, May 22, 2020

Poem for a Good Human



Graduate and Good Human
Photo by Amy LV




Students - Happy graduation to so many of you! And happy graduation to our son Henry who graduates from both high school and community college this week. This poem is dedicated to him. If you admire someone you can always write a poem for this person as a tribute. Doing so helps us appreciate those we care for, and too, the poems can be sweet gifts.

Usually I write more here about Friday poems, but during this time (through Mid-June 2020), I am instead sharing weekday writing videos for students and teachers at Keeping a Notebook and will crosspost here on Fridays.

Carol is hosting today's Poetry Friday roundup over at Beyond Literacy Link with a sneak peek at her lovely Nature Nurtures 2020 Gallery. As for Poetry Friday, we invite everybody to join in each Friday as we share poems, poem books, poetry ideas, and friendship. Check out my left sidebar to learn where to find this poetry goodness each week of the year.

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