Saturday, April 13, 2019

Poem #13 - It Happens a Lot

Welcome to my 2019 National Poetry Month Project

Each day of April, I will write and share a new (first person, free verse, fewer than 15 lines not including spacing) poem. Taken together, these will tell a story about John and Betsy, two characters I posted about on March 22.  This will be new for me, and I invite anyone who wishes to join me in writing a collection of 30 poems that tell a story.

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

And's poem.

by Amy LV

Students - This month's poems will tell a story about John and Betsy, and all of the poems will have three things in common: each will be written in John's voice, each will be 15 lines or shorter (not including spacing), and each will be written in free verse. I find it helpful to set writing boundaries for myself, so I chose three to work with over the next 30 days.

Today's poem is very short, simply a statement.  I found this statement in my reading of a piece by a mother whose daughter had died.  She told how her son answered the question, "Do you have siblings?" by saying, "Not here." This boy's mother called her son's words "courageous," and I could agree more and could not forget this piece of reading.  This boy's words made their way into John's heart and voice today.  Our loved ones are always with us.

When you work on a writing or music or art project, every part of your life will feed this project. You never know when a sentence or a bit of music or a gesture observed will become part of your work.  This is why I keep a notebook and a blog about I do not forget the words and textures of what I hear and see and learn and feel.

Each Friday of National Poetry Month, Heinemann has generously offered to gift a copy of my book POEMS ARE TEACHERS to someone who has commented during the week.  This book includes over 150 poems by contemporary poets and students alike as well as over 50 poem explorations written by me. I will keep track of comments and will draw one name each Thursday evening, to be announced each Friday of the month. To be entered into these drawings, please do leave a way to contact you along with your comment.  And...Heinemann is offering 40% of all poetry professional books throughout April...thank you Heinemann!

If you would like to learn more about other National Poetry Month projects happening throughout the Kidlitosphere, Jama has rounded up many NPM happenings over at Jama's Alphabet Soup.  Happy National Poetry Month 2019!

See you tomorrow!


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  1. I've only ever had one pet in my life, Amy. My sister and I had a sweet dutch bunny named Maxamillion -- Maxi for short. He will be my pet-in-my-heart forever. -- Christie @

  2. Imagine how many times people ask about pets --- and how many times John will remember.

  3. "Our loved ones are always with us". John is a wise boy. Thanks, Amy

  4. Oh my, such a true way to respond. So glad you read the piece that expressed a young boy's response to the question, "Do you have siblings?" It's so true that our loved ones, which definitely includes our pets, are always with us.

  5. It's been awhile since I've read/commented. I love how you've created a story with these small moments and memories...and your sketches are dear!

  6. The truth of this line and the way you found it are so touching. Little John is making his way into our hearts.

  7. Catching up with John and Betsy today...and what I notice again, Amy, is how your wee lessons about each poem are both clarifying and encouraging to any writers--younger or older--who might be looking to learn. Your generosity emanates right through the screen. And I loved the two poems in the voices of the parents, and the oh-so-real emotion in "A Gift."

  8. Amy, today's poem shows how reading inspires and empowers the writer to incorporate ideas they gathered.