Friday, August 31, 2012

Hear, Hear, Poetry Friday is Here!

Yep, Poetry Friday is here and I'm happy to host our poetry party. Please share your latest doings in the comments below and I'll be rounding them up here throughout the day. And thanks for stopping by!

Meanwhile, I hope you'll allow me to plug my latest poetry project (along with Janet Wong) inspired by this very tradition of celebrating Poetry Friday! It's a new anthology of poetry for children called... drumroll... The Poetry Friday Anthology. It features 200+ poems by 75 poets, plus curriculum connections for every single poem tied to the new Common Core standards (or TEKS standards in Texas). It's designed along the lines of our own blogworld Poetry Friday celebrations, providing a poem-a-week for every grade level, K-5 along with 5 minutes of skill-based activities. 

The Poetry Friday Anthology officially launches tomorrow, Sept. 1, and now includes both paperback and digital versions. The paperback includes ALL the poems and activities K-5. The e-books can be purchased as the entire K-5 collection, or simply for a single grade level K, 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5.

The added beauty of the e-book versions is that you can project the poem (via computer and Kindle app) and the e-book is searchable, so you can look quickly for alliteration, haiku poems, or poems about armadillos, for example! We hope you'll give it a look and help us spread the word. All the books are published by Pomelo Books and available at Amazon now.

Please check out our Poetry Friday Anthology blog for information about the Poetry Friday Mini-Grants we're offering, too!

Meanwhile, welcome to our back-to-school Poetry Friday celebration!

First up, Diane Mayr shares poet insights at Random Noodling.

Poetry by the mill girls of Lowell, MA is highlighted at Kurious Kitty and Kurious K's Kwotes.

Astronaut Neil Armstrong is remembered by The Write Sisters.

Jone shares an original poem here.

Myra Garces-Bacsal shares a gem by Naomi Shihab Nye at Gathering Books.

Linda offers us a found poem about today's blue moon at TeacherDance.

Look for an original "trimeric" poem by Steven Withrow at CracklesofSpeech.

Ed DeCaria features a poem and a POEMETRICS preview at ThinkKidThink.

Vikram Madan offers an original humorous poem here.

Tabatha is sharing poems by Steven Withrow today here.

Look for three poem parodies by Renee LaTulippe at NoWaterRiver.

Jeff Barger features A Poem as Big as New York City ad NCTeachersStuff.

Mary Lee Hahn offers a poem-quote from e e cummings at A Year of Reading.

Liz Steinglass gives us some back-to-school haiku here.

Robyn Hood Black explores imagination and change today here.

Joy Acey explores the LAI verse form in honor of the blue moon here.   

Katya shares a Dickinson poem about the owl outside her window at WriteSketchRepeat.

Matt Forrest shares his "Poet of the Week" feature at PACYA this week and here.

Explore childhood favorites like Robert Louis Stevenson's "The Swing" at Author Amok.

Heidi Mordhorst toots the Poetry Friday (anthology) horn at MyJuicyLittleUniverse.

Irene Latham gives us a "nerdy" poem in a guest post at the Nerdy Book Club.

Jama Rattigan highlights gems from Dare to Dream (also launching tomorrow) here.

Tara honors activist and writer Joshua Casteel with a poem by Edna St. Vincent Millay at A Teaching Life.

Karen Edmisten gives us Emily Dickinson's to-do list here.

Dori Bennet says goodbye to grandkids leaving for Africa at DoriReads.

Carmelo Martin highlights poems from the new book, And the Crowd Goes Wild! A Global Gathering of Sports Poems, at TeachingAuthors.

Andromeda Jazmon Sibley shares a back-to-school "lai" poem at A Wrung Sponge.

Gotta run now. Will post more later, so please keep the comments coming! Thanks, gang. 

Now here's the afternoon/evening shift of Poetry Friday participants...

Douglas Florian considers the question, "Can a robot join Facebook?" at FlorianCafe.

Pentimento is celebrating the beginning of another school year with Paul Zimmer's poetry here.

Charles Ghigna shares a new poem inspired by The Poetry Friday Anthology at Father Goose

Newcomer Mrs. Merrill joins us in sharing a quote from Sharon Creech and more.

Violet posts three haiga called "Beach Poems" here.

Ben Curran writes about A. R. Ammons at The Small Nouns.

Amy Ludwig VanDerwater chimes in with a poem about last night's blue moon and Neil Armstrong too at Poem Farm.

Little Willow writes about Jennifer L. Holm's book A Big Waste which features Poetry Friday, too. 

Alvaro Salinas, Jr. shares an original poem, "The 2nd Day of 1st Grade" here.

Samuel Kent has posted five new kid-ready poems here.

Tricia is sharing Russell Hoban's classic poem "School Buses" at Miss Rumphius Effect.

Anastasia Suen shares One Two That's My Shoe! by Alison Murray here.   

And Ruth shares a Longfellow poem here.

Welcome one newcomer to our midst, Perogyo, writing about soccer poems here

I think that's it for today. Thank you all for sharing these lovely, varied poetry moments!

Wishing you all happy Labor Day weekends!


Diane Mayr said...

I can't wait to see your new project up close, so many online friends have poems within its pages. The best of luck with it!

At Random Noodling I have several poets' thoughts about poetry.

Kurious Kitty looks at poetry from the mill girls of Lowell, MA, and, Kurious K's Kwotes' P.F. quote is by Lucy Larcom, a Lowell poet.

Today at The Write Sisters is a remembrance of Neil Armstrong.

Jone said...

Thanks for hosting. I have an original poem:

GatheringBooks said...

Hi Sylvia, I'm so glad you have this up early. Here's my Poetry Friday contribution today. Naomi Shihab Nye's The List.

Linda B said...

Congratulations on the new book, Sylvia. I cannot wait to get mine & then share with colleagues. My poem today is a found poem about the blue moon on Poetry Friday! Thanks for hosting!

Steven Withrow said...

Thanks for hosting, Sylvia!

Today I have an original poem in the "trimeric" form introduced to me at The Miss Rumphius Effect blog:

Steven Withrow

Ed DeCaria said...

Hi Sylvia. Thank you for hosting Poetry Friday!

I have a 2-for-1 special this week, with a fun original poem about a newborn AND a sneak preview of POEMETRICS(tm) at Enjoy ...


Vikram Madan said...

Hello - thanks for hosting! Here's my little contribution - an original humorous poem posted just for Poetry Friday:

Vikram Madan

Tabatha said...

Thanks for hosting. I have poems by Steven Withrow today:

Renee LaTulippe said...

Hi, Sylvia, thanks for hosting. Got my copy of the anthology and am thoroughly enjoying it! It's even inspired me to try some new forms and ideas this week. Congrats again!

For Poetry Friday, I'm in with three poem parodies after Herrick, Parker, and Coleridge, composed for a challenge this week at David Harrison's blog.

Jeff Barger said...

Hi Sylvia, the anthology looks terrific! At NC Teacher Stuff, I'm featuring A Poem as Big as New York City:

Mary Lee said...

Thanks for hosting! I've got a tiny poem-quote from e.e. cummings. It was all I could manage at the end of a looooooooooong first week of school.

Liz Steinglass said...

Good Morning!
Today I have a few original Back-to-School Haiku at
Thanks for hosting,

Robyn Hood Black said...

Thanks so much for hosting, Sylvia! Congratulations again to you and Janet for such a glorious project.

I'm exploring imagination and change today with a poem by Steven Withrow:

Joy said...

Thank you for hosting today and thank you for a super, fantastic, wonderful, new POETRY FRIDAY ANTHOLOGY.

I have a LAI verse form poem in honor of the blue moon on my blog today at

Joy Acey

Katya said...

At Write. Sketch. Repeat. I have a Dickinson poem about the owl outside my window.

Thanks for hosting!

Matt Forrest Esenwine said...

Thanks for hosting, Sylvia! I'm working 65 hours in 5 days right now as the announcer for the local state fair, so my Poetry Friday contribution is a link to my 'Poet of the Week' feature that PACYA posted this Wednesday... If anyone hasn't seen it, I hope they like it!

Author Amok said...

Good morning, Sylvia. I can't wait to check out the new anthology.

This morning, I'm wondering, "When did you fall in love with poetry?" For me, it was reading Robert Louis Stevenson's poem "The Swing" as a child.

Heidi Mordhorst said...

Good morning, Sylvia! I'm in with the first of a series of favorites from the PFA and a post written for my colleagues at school--an exhortation to make Poetry Friday become a standard (but never standardized) in American schools!

Irene Latham said...

Mini-grants? Brilliant! Thank you, Sylvia, for all your amazing work on the anthology AND for hosting roundup! I've got an original "nerdy" poem in honor of my guest post over at Nerdy Book Club:
Happy day to you!

Janet Wong said...

What a terrific selection of Poetry Friday posts--TGI (Poetry) Friday!!

jama said...

Congrats to you and Janet on another spectacular anthology! Brilliant to offer the e-version for different grade levels too!

Today I'm featuring two poems from the Dare to Dream . . . Change the World anthology that's also launching tomorrow:

Thanks for hosting; have a good holiday weekend!

Tara @ A Teaching Life said...

Thanks for hosting today! At "A Teaching Life" I am remembering the activist and writer Joshua Casteel with a poem by Edna St. Vincent Millay.

Karen Edmisten said...

Thanks for hosting! I'm in with Emily Dickinson's To-Do List. It's here.

Doraine said...

I'm looking forward to seeing this new project, too. Thanks for hosting. Over at DoriReads, I'm saying goodbye to my sweet grandchildren who are headed to Africa.

Tara @ A Teaching Life said...

Oops, I forgot to leave a link:

Carmela Martino said...

Congratulations on the release of the Poetry Friday Anthology, Sylvia. I can't wait to see it--it features poems from two of my co-bloggers, Esther Hershenhorn and April Halprin Wayland!
Today at TeachingAuthors, we're celebrating the release of an anthology I'm privileged to be included in: And the Crowd Goes Wild! A Global Gathering of Sports Poems. My post includes excerpts from two poems in the book (one about a paralympic runner competing this weekend in London). And readers can enter to win a copy of the book.

Andromeda Jazmon said...

I am so thrilled and proud of you for doing this FP anthology for schools!!! I wish I had had it back in the day when I was teaching first grade. It is going to be so fabulous for all the classrooms who use it!!!

Today I am thinking about back to school things, and posted my attempt at a new form for me: The Lai, introduced by Trisha for her Monday Poetry Stretch. Thanks for hosting!

Douglas Florian said...

Hey Sylvia, Super Congrats on your Poetry Friday Anthology, and thanks for mentioning my blog Florian Cafe, where today I answer the question:
Can a robot join Facebook?
Now I have to answer the Captcha to prove I'm not a robot, even though I AM.

Pentimento said...

Thank you for hosting. In honor of the beginning of the school year, I've posted Paul Zimmer's poem "Zimmer in Grade School."

Charles Ghigna said...

Thanks, Sylvia! Your POETRY FRIDAY ANTHOLOGY is a real treasure! Chock full of treats for all who love poetry and all who love children! Your new book even inspires poetry! Here's the new one I wrote after reading my author copy! I couldn't resist including a pic of my grandson, Christopher and his amazing mother.

Mrs. Merrill said...
Hi Sylvia! This is my second week being a part of the this wonderful community of poetry lovers! I am sharing about the impact of poetry on children. I also am quoting from the marvelous Sharron Creech! Thanks for having me! :)

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Violet N. said...

Hi Sylvia,
Your project sounds wonderful. Makes me wish I had a class to try it on! And thanks for hosting.

My PF post is three haiga I call "Beach Poems" inspired by my recent holiday. They are here:

Ben Curran said...

Hi Sylvia,
Thanks for hosting! This looks like an amazing roundup this week, happy to be a part of it.

I wrote about A.R. Ammons today on The Small Nouns:



Amy LV said...

As you know, I love the anthology and am happy to be giving away another copy this week!

Today I have a poem about last night's blue moon...and Neil Armstrong too.

Thank you for hosting!


Amy LV said...

Oops! Forgot my link!

Little Willow said...

Congratulations again to everyone included in the anthology!

I posted A Big Waste by Jennifer L. Holm, as featured in her book Eighth Grade is Making Me Sick.

Tabatha said...

Hi Sylvia! Irene pointed out to me that the link to my post leads somewhere else. Could you please fix that when you get a chance? Thanks!

Alvaro Salinas Jr said...

Thanks for hosting! Here is my poem "The 2nd Day of 1st Grade"

M. M. Socks

Samuel Kent said...

Sweet! I posted five kid-ready poems this week on

Tricia said...

Hi Sylvia!
I'm in today with Russell Hoban's classic poem School Buses.
Thanks for hosting!

Anastasia Suen said...

I can't wait to see the new book, Sylvia! I'm in today with One Two That’s My Shoe! by Alison Murray

Ruth said...

I have a Longfellow poem today. Hope I'm not too late for the party.

Sylvia Vardell said...

Thank you Diane, Jone, Myra, Linda, Steven, Ed, Vikram, Tabatha, Renee, Jeff, Mary Lee, Liz, Robyn, Joy, Katya, Matt, Andi, Heidi, Irene, Janet, Jama, Tara, Karen, Doraine, Carmela, Douglas, Charles, Violet, Mrs. Merrill, Ben, Amy, Pentimento, Little Willow, Alvaro, Samuel, Tricia, Anastasia, and Ruth! (I hope I didn't miss anyone!) Thank you all for stopping by, sharing interesting poetry postings, and your kind words about my project too. I hope our paths will cross again on many a future Friday!

Perogyo said...

I hope I am not too late, but here is my contribution for my first Poetry Friday, a book of poems about soccer.