This time last week, poet Janet S. Wong allowed me to share her poem, “The License Plate Game” in honor of the first minting of license plates in the U.S. However, not only did she allow me to post her poem, she encouraged me to share SEVEN different versions of the poem she had contemplated. Then several of you responded with interesting observations (Emily, Cloudscome, and Linda). Well, to top it off, Janet invited some of her poet-friends to comment on the different versions and and several took her up on her offer, including J. Patrick Lewis, Lorie Ann Grover, Rebecca Kai Dotlich, Marilyn Singer, Alice Schertle. Check out the comments area for April 25, 2008. Finally, Janet offered yet another revision of her poem based on all this collective input (posted in the Comments area). HOW COOL IS THAT?
And just for fun, I’ll post a fresh poem by Janet from an older collection I love (A Suitcase of Seaweed) .
by Janet S. Wong
“What you study in school?” my grandfather asks.
“Poetry,” I say, climbing high to pick a large ripe
lemon off the top limb.
“Po-tree,” he says, “It got fruit?”
From Wong, Janet S. 1996. A Suitcase of Seaweed, and Other Poems. New York: Margaret K. McElderry Books, p. 18.
Thank you, Janet, for all you do for poets and poetry and kids!
For the rest of the Poetry Friday Round Up, go to Big A, little a. Thanks for hosting, Kelly!
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