Portrait of Pluto
Taken July 13, 2015 by the New Horizons Spacecraft
Students - This may be the first time I have posted a poem picture here that was not taken or drawn by someone in my family or by a good friend. But it's a clear and beautiful image of Pluto, and so I could not resist. This past Tuesday, July 14, 2015, the New Horizons spacecraft flew by Pluto, and it was the first spacecraft to do so. It took nine and a half years to make the three billion mile trip, and they did it.
When I listened to the news on Tuesday and Wednesday and saw the Pluto pictures, I knew that I would write about this exciting day and event. Every single day, millions of interesting things happen in the world. By reading or listening to the news, a writer can find many many ideas. Try taking a peek at the newspaper or listening to radio news. You might watch a bit of TV news or check out a news site here online, and let it inspire a new poem or piece of writing in you.
This week I was over the moon excited to receive my contributor copies of the latest book by Lee Bennett Hopkins - JUMPING OFF LIBRARY SHELVES. Gorgeously illustrated by Jane Manning, this is a warm, wise, and whimsical celebration of poems celebrating the goodness of libraries. My poem, "Book Pillows," could not be happier to be included, and I am looking forward to September when the book is available. Today, though, I am offering a giveaway to a commenter on this post. Simply comment with a way to reach you below, and I'll draw one name on Thursday evening and announce the winner next Friday.
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This week's Poetry Friday party is with Kimberley over at Google +. Visit there to read a beautiful poem and to learn about links to poetry goodness all around.
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