Friday, January 12, 2024

Coaxing Poems 2: Eat the World


Hello, Poetry Friends, and welcome to the second of ten little poetry visits starting off the New Year at The Poem Farm. In each of these short videos, I will share a small something about poetry, and you will always be able to find the poem I read below the video. You may find the first visit (January 5, 2024) linked below and you may wish to watch that one first:

If you wish, enjoy a few seconds of the wood fire that heats our home! Each autumn when I stack pile after pile of firewood, I think about the trees who once offered shade, homes for creatures, and various nuts and seeds. In these trees' second lives, they keep our family snug and warm. (Our kitties especially like warming up on the floor nearby.)

Students - It is fascinating to look around wherever we are, to think about what we see and smell, hear and feel. And we are able to see, smell, hear, and feel more when we are not constantly looking at phones, tablets, and video games. One writing tip is to be sure to eat the real world, friends....not just the digital world. The real world will offer you many ways to learn and be. 
We are changed by our surroundings, and through making poems and other art bits, we bring new meaning to these surroundings.

From today's visit I hope you will remember that a poem can live in the empty space between you and any image or object. You create something new in that space. It may be a poem, or it may be another piece of writing or music or art. What you make is a bit what you observe...and a lot what you bring to it.

Remember, too, that a poem need not rhyme. It can fall down the page in lines broken up as we choose. A poem might include a bit of repetition (orange hands) and personification (waving leaves like a human's waving hands.)

So, what will you eat from the world before writing this week? You might
  • Look around the space you are in now
  • Go someplace and look around that space
  • Select a book and write from any picture or words you read in it
  • Write from an object you are wearing or in your bag
  • Find inspiration in a piece of art
  • Watch people to unlock ideas
  • Find new ways to pay attention

Educator Friends: I would love to hear if you are writing along with me during this series. Please comment below, email me at the contact button above, or tag me on social media if you wish to share.

Tracey is hosting this week's Poetry Friday over at Tangles and Tails with such an interesting timeline about the history of Monopoly tokens ending with a delightful poem for Thimble. Each Friday, all are invited to share poems, poem books, poetry ideas, and friendship in this open and welcoming poetry community.



ps - Claude asked me to show you this photo of him all toasty by his favorite fire....

Cozy Claude
Photo by Hope LV

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  1. Thank you Amy. I'm off to eat the world!

  2. Poems are inspired from within and from without. When nothing presents itself from within, we need to find images from without, which gives you, it seems, your endless source of poems. You do inspire me, Amy!

  3. Love the idea of 'before times', Amy. I hope these are getting out into the world for teachers!

  4. Ooo, this made me hungry! I can't wait to get started. Thank you for sharing your creative energy.

  5. So good to hear your express gratitude for all that the tree had given. That's a whole other poem to write!

  6. Thank you, Amy, for giving the trees a voice, and for honoring all they give to us.

  7. Whetting appetites for creativity everywhere! :) What a lovely look back at and appreciation for the trees' lives, and oh, how cozy Claude looks!

  8. I love this series Amy! I am taking my preservice teachers to work with children in an after-school program near the university. We are going to use your videos to inspire some young writers. Thank you for putting this out in the world.

  9. Oooooh. Lovely, Amy! What a fun series so far!