April is National Poetry Month and it’s time to celebrate. Ready for a game? Let’s play Poetry Tag!
Every day this month my blog will feature a different poem by a different poet. Here’s the catch. One poet offers a poem and "tags" a fellow poet. Each poet then shares a poem that is connected to the previous poem in some way--by theme, word, idea, or tone--and provides a sentence or two explaining that connection. These may be new original unpublished poems or poems drawn from previous works.
By the end of the month, we’ll have a “chain” of poems and see firsthand how poetry can be selected, connected, shared and celebrated. Ready, set, let’s go.
First, I tagged J. Patrick Lewis who was kind enough to get the ball rolling. Here is his inspired contribution, a perfect beginning, with a poem within a poem:
Five fun facts about J. Patrick Lewis
*he’s a twin
*he has been a professor of economics
*he has lived in Russia
*his first book for children was A Hippopotamusn’t published in 1990
*he invented the zeno poem form
[Taken from Poetry People; A Practical Guide to Children’s Poets]
Look for his newest books:
*Kindergarten Cat (Schwartz & Wade/Random House, 2010)
*The Fantastic 5&10 Cent Store (Schwartz & Wade/Random House, 2010)
*First Dog's White House Christmas (Sleeping Bear Bress, 2010)
*Skywriting: Poems in Flight (Creative Editions, 2009)
*Spot the Plot! A Riddle Book of Book Riddles (Chronicle, 2009)
*The House (Creative Editions, 2009)
*The Underwear Salesman: And Other Jobs for Better or Verse (Simon & Schuster/Atheneum, 2009)
*Countdown to Summer: A Poem for Every Day of the School Year (Little, Brown, 2009)
Voila! Isn’t this a fun way to celebrate poetry, poets, and our poetic connections? What other poems does this poem make YOU think of? Tag. You’re it!
Next up: X. J. Kennedy
Posting (not poem) by Sylvia M. Vardell © 2010. All rights reserved.
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