Friday, March 27, 2020

Playing with Pattern

Dear Poetry Friends,

For the foreseeable future, I will crosspost on Fridays, here and at Sharing Our Notebooks, where I have been sharing - and will continue to share - a daily notebooking talk. (Today is Day 10.) Instead of writing about my poem in a blog post as is usual on Fridays, I will include that day's video talk from Sharing Our Notebooks.

If you are new to visiting The Poem Farm, I welcome you to poke around. There are all kinds of things to try.

Fridays are for and for now, at Sharing Our Notebooks

Sending all the best from my home to yours.


Another Week of Talks from Inside Betsy the Writing Camper
Photo by Amy LV

Students - Today's poems were inspired by poems by young people as well as by some writing I did this week. I won't be writing much here these days, but you can learn more about the poems above by watching this short video below.

Thank you so much to Irene for sharing our my new book with illustrator Ryan O'Rourke at her wonderful place, Live Your Poem. It was fun to think about "the delicious, the difficult, and the unexpected" related to WRITE! WRITE! WRITE!

Tabatha is hosting today's Poetry Friday roundup over at The Opposite of Indifference with a neat exercise and a lovely poem which grew from it. We invite everybody to join in each Friday as we share poems, poem books, poetry ideas, and friendship. Check out my left sidebar to learn where to find this poetry goodness each week of the year.

Next Friday will be April 3, the third day of National Poetry Month! I will be sharing this year's project (still thinking), which I will crosspost each day here and at Sharing Our Notebooks next Wednesday, April 1. Happy almost National Poetry Month!

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  1. I'm loving that sun shining on Betsy outside and spilling in on you inside Amy, and lighting up your face! So much fun hearing you reciting and talking about your writing each week! Thanks for both of your pattern poems and especially the moon calling to you

  2. I loved seeing you reading, Amy! The poem from the students were beautiful. I especially liked the poem for two voices and the way it came together at the end with "hope." I'm inspired to write a pattern poem!

  3. Being called by many names means you are loved by many, too, right? Love your poems, Miss LV & that you're doing so much sharing through the videos! Take good care of yourself!

  4. Glad to hear there is someone else still thinking about her NPM project!

  5. When I was with my students on 3/10/20, we did a similar exercise with a mentor text that I've lost the name and author of. It seems so very long ago. Nevertheless, your poems help me see a different side of this same exercise. I'm so glad you are doing these prompts daily. You are sunshine on a cloudy world.

  6. Would love some late night chatting with you, my friend! Thanks for sharing these, and that beautiful silent moonlight. CONGRATS again on another wonderful book!!!

  7. Amy, your videos are delightful, especially now since video chats are filling everyone's days. The ending of your poem where you switched thoughts is lovely. I, like Michelle, love your words on how the moon calls you silently.

  8. Some of my favorite writings have come from reflections on names. I may have to revisit this idea.

  9. Enjoyed your video, Amy! Charming poems by the students...they provided great mentor poems!