Saturday, April 03, 2010

Poetry Tag: Avis Harley is IT

Poetry Tag continues! X. J. Kennedy gave us “Just the Right Word” yesterday (check it out below) and next up is Avis Harley. She writes, “Each word in X.J. Kennedy's poem lands so neatly, and this idea of a bright word in flight prompted my ‘Dragonfly’ poem. To celebrate words, and National Poetry Month, I've created a new poetic form and named it ‘Intravista,’ where words within words are arranged vertically to reveal a poem within a poem. (How fine a thing am I to be all wing and eye!).” Here is her amazing poem:
Five fun facts about Avis Harley
*she grew up in British Columbia, Canada
*she enjoys singing
*her childhood favorite book of poetry is A Child’s Garden of Verses
*she has taught school in England and Canada
*she invented the “Intravista” poem form
[Based on: Poetry People; A Practical Guide to Children’s Poets]

Look for some of her recent books:
*Fly With Poetry: An ABC of Poetry (Wordsong/Boyds Mills Press 2000)
*Leap Into Poetry: More ABCs of Poetry (Wordsong/Boyds Mills Press 2001)
*Sea Stars: Saltwater Poems (Wordsong/Boyds Mills Press 2006)
*The Monarch’s Progress: Poems with Wings (Wordsong/Boyds Mills Press 2008)
*African Acrostics; A Word in Edgeways (Candlewick, 2009)

Next up: Rebecca Kai Dotlich

Posting (not poem) by Sylvia M. Vardell © 2010. All rights reserved.
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Mary Lee said...

Oh. My. Goodness! Her new form is amazing!

BethMooreSchool said...

Agreed- her line breaks and spacing give the poem just the right feel/movement. Love it.

Janet Wong said...

Brilliant, Avis! Bravo!

Greg Pincus said...


That's my intravista - with the sub poem being "ow!" because that's what my brain screams when I contemplate trying to do what Avis did. That's fabulous!