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Students - The snow poems are blowing through my mind these days. It is COLD here in Western New York, and this morning as I carried wood from the woodpile to our hearth inside, I looked at all of the twinkly diamonds in the morning light. I knew that a snow poem was in my near future.
Sometimes reading poems by other people can help get my poem mind moving, and this morning, I visited Tricia's The Miss Rumphius Effect to fill my heart with poems. It was a treat to read the different poems using anaphora, a technique I plan to experiment with this weekend. I recommend that you check out Tricia's site too, as she offes "Poetry Stretches" each Monday with various exercises for poets to try.
This poem is, in a way about the water cycle, and a way about magic. For although snowflakes were once ocean drops and ocean drops were likely snowflakes, I know that they do not hold these memories. Again, this blending of true and whimsy is the tightrope I most love to walk. Also, stories. Things within things. Surprise at what lies beyond. These are areas I love to explore in poetry. What do you love to explore with your writing? The only way to find out is to write lots and lots.
Today I am excited to offer a giveaway of a beautiful, thoughtful gift. Jeannine Atkins, author of BORROWED NAMES and other books, as well as blogger at Views from a Window Seat sent me a package this week including some magnificent buttons and stories for my charm string (see sidebar) and an autographed copy of her inspiring book (you will want to buy it if you do not win it), VIEWS FROM A WINDOW SEAT: THOUGHTS ON WRITING AND LIFE. As I already own this book, she said that I could offer it to a reader and commenter on this post. So....please just leave a comment to be considered, and I will draw a name next Thursday evening, to be announced next Poetry Friday.
Book and Buttons from Jeannine AtkinsDon't miss Lee Ann Spillane's fabulous notebook post over at my other blog, Sharing Our Notebooks...you will be amazed. This Sunday, I will draw one commenter's name to win a copy of her e-book, READING AMPLIFIED.
Photo by Amy LV
Photo by Amy LV
Tara is hosting this week's Poetry Friday fun over at A Teaching Life along with her new kitty, Gepetto! Please visit her place for the buffet of links to everything poetry in the Kidlitosphere this week. And if you'd like to link your own post in, please join us.
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