Saturday, June 5, 2010

My Poem Writing Year # 66 - Bookmarks

We're a house of readers, and over the past few years I've discovered some surprising bookmarks tucked in partially-read books around this house.  Even 3-D objects end up in books around here: pencils, rocks, Legos, teeny stuffed animals...nothing is safe.

Our children have received, beaded, purchased, origami-ed, and drawn all styles of gorgeous bookmarks, but we still end up with odd objects nestled between pages 51 and 52.  Perhaps there's just something organic about real things in our books that we like.

Students - Ideas for poems can come from unusual places, even from the strange habits of you, your family, and your friends.  This idea of stuff-stuck-in-books is simply something small that I noticed today, but the idea took off.

If you would like a paper bookmark of this bookmark poem, please leave a message in the comments or e-mail me at amy at amylv dot com, and I will be happy to send it to you as an attachment file.

(Please click on COMMENTS below to share a thought.)


  1. I have a whole COLLECTION of bookmarks and I never fail to use the closest scrap of paper instead of something "official" -- this poem rings quite true with me!

  2. Dear Mary Lee,
    Isn't that strange? I wonder why this is so? Maybe there are really people out there who use real bookmarks?!

  3. Dear Amy,

    I haven't visited in quite a while, and I feel the lovely thrill of inspiration at your three poems today. I love the poem conversation!

    I am wondering if this lovely community might be a good place to get some ideas to send off with students (both lists of great books and fun suggestions to entice some engagement) for K through 5.

  4. Dear Joan,
    Thank you! Your idea is a great one. Tomorrow I will put out a request for summer-goodbye-ideas along with a few thoughts. If you have any would like to share, please write let me know. Some schools are already out, but here in NY...we are going strong.
    Dear Toby,
    Your bookmark is on the way! I am sending you my old one too, one you may not have seen.
    It's fun to try to figure out how to make this interactive, and I am open to any and all suggestions. Thank you for your generosity!

  5. Dear Joan,
    I have not put forth a call for summer thoughts yet...tonight I had some scary technical difficulties. I will put out something tomorrow.