Monday, April 1, 2024


Happy National Poetry Month!

(For new poetry writing videos, see the COAXING POEMS tab above.


This month I am studying crows, sharing a new crow poem each day of April. The number of lines in each poem will correspond to the date, with a 1-line poem on April 1...and a 30-line poem on April 30. If you'd like to play along, simply choose a topic that you'd like to explore for 30 days. It might be a subject that you already know a lot about or perhaps you'll explore something new.

I invite you to join me in this project! 

To do so, simply:

1. Choose a subject that you would like to stick with for 30 days. You might choose something you know lots about...or like me, you might choose something you will read and learn about throughout April.

3. Write a new poem for each day of April 2024, corresponding the number of lines in your poem to the date. For example, the poem for April 1 will have 1 line. The poem for April 14 will have 14 lines. The poem for April 30 will have 30 lines. OR....invent your own idea! And if you start later in April, just play around however you wish.

4. Teachers and writers, if you wish to share any ONE MORE LINE... subjects or poems, please email them to me or tag me @amylvpoemfarm. I would love to see what your students write and to know that we are growing these lines...and our understandings of different subjects...together.

One Line Crow
Photo by Amy LV

Students - Today's poem, only one line long, relies on two techniques:

1. The title adds more information to the scene.
2. I used a lot of alliteration, speficically assonance - the repetition of vowel sounds - to hold it together.

The facts I found to help me were: crows nest in pines (and lots of other places), crows lay clutches of 3-9 eggs, crows' eggs are spotted. They are also blue-green in color, but I did not include this fact in the poem.

I am keeping a new notebook for this project, and from time to time, I will share some notes or a draft with you. You can see that on the left of each page, I am recording crow facts from books, websites, and videos. On the right, I am writing the drafts of poem lines. Today I was a tiny bit surprised to learn that a one line poem was more difficult for me to write than a many-lined poem. 

April 1 Drafting
Photo by Amy LV

Thank you for joining me on this first day of ONE LINE CROW...

To learn about more National Poetry Month projects and all kinds of April goodness, visit Jama Rattigan at Jama's Alphabet Soup where Jama has generously gathered this coming month's happenings. Happy National Poetry Month!



ps - If you are interested in learning about any of my previous 13 National Poetry Month projects, you may do so here.

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  1. What an engaging idea for a month of poems! This would be great to go along with our nonfiction unit. I can’t wait to read all your crow poems!

  2. I will try One More Line, writing about robins:

  3. Excited about this project. Thanks for sharing your notebook!