Monday, February 6, 2012

I Doodle Poodles - Reading Changes Writing

Sylvie in the Grass
Photo from the Collins/Fleischer Family

Poodle Doodles
by Georgia & Amy LV

Sylvie at the Lake
Photo from the Collins/Fleischer Family

Stoodlers - I mean Students - sometimes it is just fun to play with words, to feel them in your mouth like food, roll them around with your tongue, let them bounce your teeth. Moments before drafting this poem, I was reading my newest old book, AN ALMANAC OF WORDS AT PLAY (1975) by Willard R. Espy, found on Saturday at Buffalo, NY's Rust Belt Books. Month-by-month Espy's book takes a reader through many many wordtumbles, and just reading made me feel playful!

Remember this - we are changed by what we read. After I wrote the ending of "I Doodle Poodles," I heard an echo of the ending of one of my favorite poems, "The Pickety Fence" by master poet David McCord.


Who do you want to be like?  Hang around people who will help you be more like you wish to be.  Who do you want to write like?  Read their books!

"Reading is the sole means by which we slip, involuntarily, often helplessly, into another's skin, another's voice, another's soul." -- Joyce Carol Oates

Do you think you know the difference between Doodles and Poodles? Find out here!

And if you are over 16 and interested in becoming a Book Giver (a wonderful chance to hand out free books on April 23), this is the last day to apply. Visit World Book Night for more information. I am excited to be a part of this celebration of reading!

Sylvie at Home
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1 comment:

  1. I doodle so love the doodle poem AND Words At Play. I haven't pulled my copy down off the shelf for far too long. But how can you not love a book about words written by someone whose last name is also a transitive verb? You can't, I tell ya! You can't!