Tuesday, April 2, 2024


 Happy National Poetry Month!

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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.

Below you may read the first poem in this project:

And now for today!

Two Crows, Two Lines
Photo by Amy LV

Students - This small two line poem does no more than describe what a baby crow looks like when it is born. I did some research, and used the words that I found in scientific descriptions of hatchling (just hatched) crows. 

You might notice:

1. I created a big new word by joining the words feather-and-power-less with hyphens
2. Again, the title adds more to the poem which helps when writing such a brief poem. (I love the pretend idea of a new little crow having a baby picture taken.)
3. This poem is a couplet. You may read the definition of a couplet below:.

Perhaps you will wish to try one of the writing moves that I tried here today. Or perhaps you will rely on some of your own favorite dance steps. Your poem is your poem.

Thank you for joining me for 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. So much fun! I can't wait to see how this project evolves!

  2. I like imagining a family portrait session!
    I tried a couplet, too: https://newtreemom.wordpress.com/2024/04/03/one-more-line-npm2/