Saturday, April 14, 2018

Poem #14 - Title from the Text

Welcome to my 2018 National Poetry Month Project! I love projects!
It is wonderful to find so many folks are joining in at blogs and elsewhere. 
All are welcome!

This year at The Poem Farm, I will be writing a new poem every day about the constellation Orion.  Every day I will highlight a new poetic technique, a technique used by poets and by writers of other genres as well. After all, the techniques of poets are the techniques of all writers. I will be using my Fall 2017 Heinemann book, POEMS ARE TEACHERS, to lead me as I write all April long.

My hope is that some readers might also choose to dive deeply into writing about 1 Subject 30 Ways, to stick with one subject for a few days or for a whole month, approaching it from a variety of perspectives, in a multitude of structures, and with many playful word explorations.

Here is a list of this month's poems so far:

And's technique.

Title from the Text Poem Drafting
Photo by Amy LV

Students - I have been thinking about the Orion Nebula for several days, knowing that it needed to make an appearance soon. So here it is!  I think it is fascinating that all of these stars are being made right there in what we see as Orion's sword.  Many nebulae are difficult to see, but this one we can see without a telescope.  Hello, baby stars!

You might notice different poetic techniques, but I would like to point your attention to the poem's title, "Out of the Blue." I chose this title AFTER I wrote the poem, from a line directly FROM the poem.  Often, people feel that they must choose a title first, but actually, I find it best to choose a title (or be willing to revise a title) AFTER writing.  Sometimes the perfect title is looking right at you from your work - you already wrote it!

If you would like to learn more about the Orion Nebula, you may do so HERE at NASA. The photo atop that page is gorgeous. At, I found this description of the Orion Nebula, words from Stephen James O'Meara, "angel's breath against a frosted sky."

In my book POEMS ARE TEACHERS, I highlight choosing a title from the text with a poem by David Elliott. The title of his poem (page 140) is "a dream is like."  The two student poet mentors (page 143) are Corbin D. with "life" and Grady M. with "Leaves."  Thank you to these poets, and thank you to the teachers of the student poets in this book!

Remember, you can connect with all kinds of poetry goodness happening throughout April 2018 at my introductory National Poetry Month post HERE.

Tomorrow, April 15 at 11:59pm, I will draw a winning name of a commenter on yesterday's post. This person will win a copy of POEMS ARE TEACHERS, compliments of Heinemann.  Another will win a copy of SCHOOL PEOPLE, a new book by Lee Bennett Hopkins. I will announce the winners on Monday, April 16.

See you tomorrow...with a one word or short phrase ending!


ps - Here is our cat Mini Monster. Can you tell that he wanted a lot of attention as I was writing this poem?

Mini Learns about The Orion Nebula
Photo by Amy LV

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  1. So happy to see that pic of Mini Monster! I'm learning so much this month. Who knew that Orion is a stellar nursery?

  2. I love that your poem is both delightful to read and I learned something from it too!

  3. Come to think of it, I do usually get my titles from the text. Love learning alongside you, Amy! Imagine the vernal pool as a rockin' party that eventually ends.

  4. I am learning right along as you share more knowledge of this part of Orion, all new to me. I especially like the "stellar nursery" in this one, Amy.