Sunday, April 15, 2018

Poem #15 - 1 Word/Brief Phrase End

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.

One Word/Brief Phrase Ending Drafting
Photo by Amy LV

Students - I have so been enjoying this challenge, finding new ways to explore the constellation Orion.  And each day now will only become more challenging, as this is only the half-way point of April!

Today's poem strays back away from science (yesterday's focus on the Orion Nebula) and back into myth.  I am learning a little these days about how Orion is positioned in the sky, and if you study constellations, you will learn to find Canis Major and Canis Minor near to their master, Orion.

Notice the ending of this poem.  I certainly could have chosen not to stretch out that final line, but doing so helps readers know to slow down when reading the end, and as Orion's dogs move much more slowly than our Sage and Cali move, I wanted to highlight this by breaking up "sparkle/sit/and stay" into three lines.

Remember to read your writing out loud to yourself, listening for places where you wish for your readers to slow down.  You may break up important lines or surprising lines or lines that mirror motion.  Reading your words out loud will help you to make these line break choices.

In my book POEMS ARE TEACHERS, I highlight ending with one word or a brief phrase with a poem by F. Isabel Campoy. The title of his poem (page 201) is "Pen, Not an Ordinary Object."  The two student poet mentors (page 203) are Tucker W. with "Mushrooms" and Erik B. with "Skis, a beautiful poem."  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.

Today, April 15 at 11:59pm, I will draw a winning name of a commenter on Friday'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 tomorrow, April 16.

See you tomorrow...with experimenting with words and wordplay (inventing words, combining words, playing with homophones...)!


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  1. Wait! Did you really misplace your notebook? I hope a dog friend hasn't stolen it! :-)

  2. Awesome tribute to the Canid stars! What fun to read.

  3. "who sparkle/sit/and stay" - love the comparison with your dogs, Amy, more constellation packed in, too!

  4. Yes, it will be a challenge to find new things to say in new ways about Orion, but I think you're already doing what great nonfiction writers do -- you are finding relevant tangents.

  5. OMGosh...I LOVE today's poem! Of course I love anything with dogs so I'm a little biased, but it doesn't matter. It's my favorite one so far! :-)

  6. Love the contrast between your dogs who run and romp and play to Orion's dogs
    "...who sparkle .
    and stay."

  7. No wonder Orion is so trustworthy--he has dogs. Amy, I love the tone of your explanations. It gives me much insight into the ways elementary teachers approach their students. It's so different from high school!