Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Metal Rooster...You're the One!

Welcome to Day 23 of Drawing Into Poems, my daily drawing/seeing/writing study into poetry.  You can read more about this month-long project here on my April 1 post.  Feel free to read the books with me and pull out your own sketchbook and jewelry box full of metaphor too...

Day 23 - Garden Chicken
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Students - Do you think that this garden chicken is friends with the real chickens?  I do! This chicken sits in my yard, right outside the front door.  He's our watch rooster, like a watch dog.  I think he's so funny that I may just have to draw him again soon.  There's a poem in this metal rooster.  Can you find it?  Actually, there may be twenty poems in this recycled rooster.  Or one hundred.

Recycled Rooster
Photo by Amy LV

Thank you very much to Joy Acey for holding a raffle to celebrate her blog - Poetry for Kids Joy - birthday!  I was the lucky winner of this POETRY FRIDAY ANTHOLOGY FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL t-shirt featuring all 110 poets' names on the back.  I have two poems in this anthology, one about the feeling of being new on a team and one in which a young person sticks to vegetarian values.  When I got home from IRA late last night, I thought I'd try it on my new owl puppet.

Favorite New Owl Puppet in My Favorite New Shirt
Photo by Amy LV

Common Core or TEKS Edition
Available through Pomelo Books

Here are several of us at IRA, outside of the restuarant called FEAST, holding copies of different editions of THE POETRY FRIDAY ANTHOLOGY.

Outside FEAST in San Antonio, TX
Back Row - Sandy Harrision, David Harrision, Mary Lee Hahn
Front Row - Janet Wong, Me, Sylvia Vardell, Guadalupe Garcia McCall
Photo by Mark LV

It was an honor and such fun to be a part of this panel - POETRY AND COMMON CORE CONNECTIONS - with the poets and educators you see below.  We had a good sized group of warm and energetic folks in our session, and the hour flew by. 

Our IRA Panel (L-R)  - Janet Wong, Me, Sylvia Vardell, & Joyce Sidman
Poetry Friday Blogger Friends - Ruth Bowen Hersey and Mary Lee Hahn
Photo by Mark LV

After the session, Joyce and I signed books in the Houghton Mifflin Harcourt/Clarion booth.  I felt so lucky to have the chance to chat with her one on one.

Signing with Joyce Sidman at the Houghton Mifflin Harcourt/Clarion Booth
Photo by Mark LV

Tonight, I will be a guest of Wonderopolis for this month's #WonderChat celebrating poetry and wonder.  This is the chat rescheduled from Monday evening, and I hope that you will be able to join us!

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  1. I cannot tell you how good those IRA pictures make me feel! I am so so so happy for you, Amy! Big smooches and a barrel full of hugs, just for everything you are and do!!!

  2. What a poetry party at IRA! I can feel all the goodness from those pictures and can only imagine the wonderful conversations.

    Glad Joy's terrific and clever shirt went to a good home.

    I'm behind on blogs and looking forward to catching up - love your wonderful metal rooster here. Bok!

  3. Your metal rooster is adorable and reminds me of one my grandparents had! Love the quality of the photo Mark took of the PFA crowd outdoors and the indoor shot is a great angle, too!!! I loved meeting Guadalupe and Ruth! Your talk was fabulous. I know that the attendees gained so much good stuff about poetry from you, Joyce, Janet and Sylvia. I hope you sold a bunch of Forest books!! I brought my copy from home to show because I hoped it would captivate; the art and texture is perfect, I think! And then they open and get to your poems! As Pat Lewis says, you have arrived. Your Forest is the perfect one for Earth Day, too. Hope you had happy travels home.

  4. I'm SO flippin' proud of you Amy. Can't wait to see you tomorrow and catch up!

  5. You need to feed that owlet LOTS of mice and fatten her up, Amy--about 10 mice a day (or maybe 30 poems about mice) should do it!