Yesterday was the last day of NaPoWriMo 2010, a month where some of us out here wrote and posted a poem each day of April. Well, I've decided to keep paddling my little writing canoe. This is My Poem Writing Year, heretofore known as MyPoWriYe.
Please join my journey as I commit to writing and posting a children's poem each day for a year, beginning April 1, 2010 and ending April 1, 2011. Perhaps it's appropriate that April Fool's Day begins and ends this voyage; we will see. But the past month has been a gift, showing me Goethe spoke the truth, "Begin to weave, and God will give the thread."
I trust that there will be many lousy and mediocre poems over the days, but each day there will be a poem. Should our family experience illness or wilderness camping or satellite issues, some posts may be late. But by April 1, 2011, there will be 365 fresh poems.
Teachers - you may wish to pop in occasionally with your classes as I often include a bit about where a poem comes from or something about process or even a writing technique. You will also find links to fabulous resources on other well-researched poetry blogs and websites. Should you teach a poetry unit or dip into poetry sometime this year, please drop by. Many Poetry Fridays, I hope to highlight some of the beautiful poetry work happening in your classrooms, so please share.
So, here goes. No promises. No shame. Just poems. A game.
This one comes as a pure celebration of poetry. As yesterday's guest at a Poem in Your Pocket party at Country Parkway Elementary in Williamsville, NY, I'm just feeling all poem-lovey. This poem is dedicated to the students and teachers of Country Parkway, who had many many poems in their pockets!
I welcome each of you to join as a follower of this blog. For throughout April, I often wrote for those readers. Somehow, knowing that a few people out there in the world were reading made me sit with a notebook and pen, even when sleepy. Please just click "follow" on the right if you would like to come along for the ride. Thank you to you who read this month...I am grateful for your kind comments and good thoughts too.
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