Friday, April 26, 2019

Poem #26 - Family

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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.  But sometimes, friends, I am breaking these rules.  Rules can help a project, and they can also hinder it.  So I begin with these rules, and then I listen to each poem and what it desires to be.  When given a writing choice between listening to a poem and listening to a rule, I usually listen to the poem.

Yesterday, John's and his family told me that they wanted to have Miss Betsy (and Betsy) over for dinner.  I had another poem lined up for today, but I listened and set that poem aside for now.  And then, realizing that we only have days left after today, I mapped out the rest of the poems.  We shall see if my map holds.

Can you find any bits from today's poem that link back to other poems from this month? It feels very strange to me, but this story is drawing to a close. I am learning about how repetition can take place within a poem...and too, repetition can take place across poems in a collection. Life is learning, again and again and again.  How grateful I am for this.

Thank you to Heinemann for giving away several copies of my book during this National Poetry Month.  Please know that all Heinemann poetry titles are still 40% off through the end of the month!

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!

Thank you to Carol who is hosting today's Poetry Friday over at Beyond LiteracyLink with some grand words about fog. Please know that the Poetry Friday community shares poems and poemlove each week, and everyone is invited to visit, comment, and post.  And if you have a blog, we welcome you to link right in with us.

See you tomorrow!


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  1. "These are the new old days." What a wonderful line! A testament that change can be good and bring goodness too.

  2. Ramona took my favorite line! Four days left for things to happen, or ? It's a story for us all to ponder, Amy, of other families going through change & hard times. Thank you!

  3. Amy, I like your reflection on Day 26: "Life is learning, again and again and again." Your #poemstory has been a wonderful example of how a story can evolve in verse. Not only have you provided each day's entries but you have explained the backstory and the techniques you use. This will be come an amazing example for story writers.

  4. Yes, the "new old days" is wonderful, so positive as they all move forward.

  5. Like others here, those "new old days" that catches in my throat. These poems make me so happy!

  6. "When given a writing choice between listening to a poem and listening to a rule, I usually listen to the poem." Yup!

  7. Sigh, sniffle. Somehow I have not been reading this year's April entries, but that has been remedied now. I am happy/sad that I will be able to share them with our students before we Skype in a few weeks. Your words, wow!

  8. We're traveling so I missed yesterday. I really like this so much. Gingersnaps, peanut butter sandwich, spaghetti....great Janet Clare F.

  9. I will be so sad when this month and this story end!

  10. These characters have found a place in my heart, as has the line, "These are the new old days."

  11. I have enjoyed reading about John and Betsy and need to catch up on the poems I missed at the first of the month.

    Thank you for the giveaway but I already have a copy of Poems Are Teachers. Please share it with someone who doesn't have a copy.

    1. Thank you for your generosity, Kay! I will do this. Happy continued Poetry Month! xx

  12. I love the "new old days!" I'm so happy things are working out for John and Betsy!