Saturday, April 6, 2019

Poem #6 - Car Ride

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 two stanza poem compares two types of car rides: the usual one and the one today.  If you ever wish to show how two things are alike or different, you might wish to try this. Just write a two stanza poem describing a before and after or two people you know (or imagine) or two types of feelings or experiences.  Two anythings!  

You may have noticed these words: the noise of our car.  If you remember the poem The News from April 3, you may recall that the family's car is not working well.  I thought it would make sense to bring that back here with sound.

Today's poem has a little bit of pattern to it.  In each stanza, the first two lines are shorter than the third.  There is not an exact syllable count match, but when you read the lines aloud, you will hear how, meter-wise, they do sound a bit alike.

This month at my other blog, Sharing Our Notebooks, you will find a joyful piece by Dr. Shari Daniels. Her post is filled with notebooking ideas, great photographs, and everything that makes me want to dive right into my own notebook.  And yes, there's a book giveaway for someone who comments by tomorrow.

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.  Thank you, Heinemann!  To be entered into these drawings, please do leave a way to contact you along with your comment.

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. Only car noise, no talking, sad to imagine. Thanks, Amy!

  2. Each day I click with interest to the next part of the story. Such a tough thing to have to do.

  3. Such a loud sound, that car... that silence...

  4. I am learning so much. I keep hoping beyond hope.

  5. This comparisons here are striking. There is such sadness in stanza two.