Friday, April 19, 2019

Poetry Friday & Poem #19 - Facts

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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 now...today's poem.

About Her
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 a list poem.  It is a list of facts about Miss Betsy.  (Yes, that really IS her name, and I don't know why, but I know it to be true.)  Perhaps John wrote this list in his notebook.  Perhaps he is thinking about this list on his way home from the park. Perhaps this is a list of facts that John plans to tell his parents about Miss Betsy.  But for sure it is a list. And through it, we all learn a bit more about Miss Betsy too. 

We will never know everything about all characters in a story, but with clues, we can figure some things out.  And with our imaginations, we can fill in the rest.

You might want to try writing a list poem sometime. If you do, remember that lists usually have a turn at the end...a change in rhythm or meaning or idea that helps a reader know that the poem has drawn to a close.  The last line of today's poem is very short, just like a punctuation mark at the end.

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 weekly comments and will draw one more winning name next Thursday, to be announced next Friday. To be entered into this final drawing, please 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 continued National Poetry Month 2019!

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xo,
Amy

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30 comments:

  1. Hooray for list poems! I love talking about lists and all the ways that poets use them... they are one of my absolute favorite poetic devices. Thanks for sharing and hosting today Amy. Your poem is great. :)

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  2. Fun list poem Amy, perhaps we'll find out more about this past teacher's garden and the poems she likes… Thanks for hosting the Roundup!

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  3. So much to love in this list poem - she used to be a teacher, she bakes lots of cookies, she likes reading poems, her name is Miss Betsy! Wow, what a wonderful list of facts. Can't wait for more poetic fun in this story. Amy, thanks for being our Poetry Friday host!

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  4. Amy, I am sure that John is happy knowing what he now knows about Miss Betsy and the things he can do with her and Betsy. Your list poem is just the way a child would think. John learned quite a bit from his conversation. Thank you for hosting Poetry Friday.

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  5. What a great collection of poems you've been creating! I've been loving following along this month and was delighted by the Miss Betsy duo and the potential for a happy ending. Thanks so much for hosting today.

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  6. Your list poem tells us a lot about the new Betsy :-) Thanks for hosting!

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  7. Thank you for hosting the roundup today, and thank you for Miss Betsy.

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  8. I love that "punctuation" at the end of your poem, Amy. It makes me so very happy for John! Thank you for hosting PF this week. xo

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  9. I'm loving Betsy and John and this list poem. Thank you for hosting this week.

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  10. I love Miss Betsy and your list poem. The story is taking such a happy turn. Thanks for hosting this week!

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  11. So, so glad that John found Betsy. And so thankful that her owner is Miss Betsy. She is my new favorite teacher, to add to Mary Lee and Franki's cool teachers in literature!

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  12. Thank you for hosting today, Amy. April has been a stressful, hectic month, so I've missed your story. I'll be back to catch up on John and Betsy this weekend.

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  13. The repeated "She said she needs help" is tugging at my heart, Amy. Thanks for hosting PF today. I've got a list poem, too, as well as a borrow line. xx Christie @ https://wonderingandwondering.wordpress.com/

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  14. And this time reading your latest news about John leaves me with a big sigh, Amy. I am so happy for John, and Betsy, too, to have Miss Betsy come into their lives. Thanks for hosting!

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  15. Thank you for hosting and for highlighting all the ways a list can work for poets. It's been awhile since I've tried writing a list poem, but now I'm thinking of all the lists I want to write! I would love to learn more about Miss Betsy from the clues in your list.

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  16. Hi, Amy. I'm enjoying your series so much. Love the parenthetical asides in this installment -- they express so much personality. Happy NPM!

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  17. Thanks for hosting, Amy, and for sharing your story of John & Betsy! I haven't been able to keep up with all the posts, so I'm trying to catch up!

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  18. I already loved this Miss Betsy, now I adore her.

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  19. Thanks for doing the roundup this week, Amy! I admire you for this poetic undertaking during National Poetry Month. I'm doing my best to post as many days as I can.

    I already have a copy of POEMS ARE TEACHERS.

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  20. Thanks for hosting! Have a great weekend! Happy writing!

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  21. Awwww… John has found his Betsy and made a new friend--Mss Betsy! (I can dry my eyes.) And there is no better friend for a boy than a retired teacher who likes to bake cookies, right! I love all the “she needs help”… making the poem perfect in this verse story for a character building moment during a read aloud. Now you have me thinking, Amy… about how many of the poems in this story have wonderful doorways to life lessons. (Hmmm. I must return to look at all of them through a new lens.) AND I’m so excited to have won, Poems Are Teachers! Whoohoo! AND thank you, Amy, for all you do and all that you share with those of us who play with words and dabble with poetry forms and teach!!

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  22. What a wonderful turn of events in this story! I'm so glad John and Betsy are friends....so glad!
    Thank you for hosting the round up today and for being such a great mentor. I learn so much from this blog and you all the time!

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  23. I am really over-commenting this week - this is number three - but I just discovered somebody made a playlist for the progressive poem! I don't know where to say thank you but what a great idea! I can't use Spotify here in Haiti, but I am holding onto it for when I am next in the US, so I can listen to the whole thing.

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    1. It was our very own fabulous Heidi Mordhorst! Yay Heidi!!! xxxx

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  24. Amy, Thanks for hosting Poetry Friday! I love your idea of the collection of poems that tell a story! I will refer to that idea in the future! Love your blog! It is very welcoming. Thanks! Carol from The Apples in My Orchard on Wordpress.

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  25. I like the list of facts in poem form. This is a good way to teach parallel structure in a fun way.

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  26. Oh perfect. Miss Betsy the retired teacher with the cane and a love of poetry. And she needs a helper to weed and play with Betsy, the dog. Love what you are teaching and writing here, Amy. LOVE. Janet Clare F.

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  27. This poem made me smile! Can't wait to see how the friendship between Miss Betsy and John grows. So glad that she needs help and my heart knows that his parents will agree that he is perfect for the job! I was thinking about time in your poemstory today... How some poems slow down a moment and others seem to show time passing... As always thank you!

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  28. I love this poem about Miss Betsy. And I'm enjoying seeing your poemstory grow. What a lovely idea for National Poetry Month--or any month!
    And thanks for hosting!

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  29. Delightful and heartwarming, Amy - like YOU! Thanks for sharing this grand adventure and for hosting Poetry Friday this week. XO

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