It’s important to catch a smile when you can.
When you have a moment, what are your go-to smiles?
Good luck, wishes for healthy days and nights.
It’s important to catch a smile when you can.
When you have a moment, what are your go-to smiles?
Good luck, wishes for healthy days and nights.
POETRY FRIDAY’s annual Progressive Poem is here at Bookseedstudio this very
Thursday, of April, Day Twenty-Tive. (With great thanks to the Live Your Poem! godmother.)
If you are new to the game, progressive in the title means that each day by day, progressively, one poet after another, adds a line. It’s like one of those neighborhood feasts where appetizers are at the Apple Family, walk over to salads from the Spinach folks, the Main course is with the Macaroni Family (we wish!), Fruit is on offer by the fun Fig couple & a Sweet is served by the Sherbet Sisters.
Today’s new line is
You’re simply the best
. . . .After holding myself back from reading any of the lovely lines leading up to today’s Day 25 until this morn, I discover that we are working with found lines! And not just any sources. I expect a festival of great blog reading between now & this Sunday to learn how each creative person grabbed their line … from lyrics! Does
You’re simply the best
fit? With great joy for so much musicality – this line dance is ready for your groove:
Endless summer; I can see for miles…
Fun, fun, fun – and the whole world smiles.
No time for school- just time to play,
we swim the laughin’ sea each and every day.
You had only to rise, lean from your window,
the curtain opens on a portrait of today.
Kodachrome greens, dazzling blue,
it’s the chance of a lifetime,
make it last forever–ready? Set? Let’s Go!
Come, we’ll take a walk, the sun is shining down
Not a cloud in the sky, got the sun in my eyes
Tomorrow’s here. It’s called today.
Gonna get me a piece o’ the sky.
I wanna fly like an eagle, to the sea
and there’s a tiger in my veins Oh,
won’t you come with me waltzing the waves, diving the deep?
It’s not easy to know
less than one minute old
we’re closer now than light years to go
To the land where the honey runs
…we can be anyone we want to be…
There’s no stopping curiosity.
What’s so amazing that keeps us stargazing
Looking for a sign of life
You’re simply the best
. . . .
(which is how I feel about all you line-leaders & line-a-day readers!)
AND SO like a springtime jigsaw puzzle that awaits just a few pieces, I hand this baton to
April 26 Linda @Write Time
April 27 Sheila @Sheila Renfro
April 28 Liz @Elizabeth Steinglass
April 29 Irene, the Closer @Live Your Poem
Here are line sources, taken from Wednesday’s fun blog by Tabatha, with thanks:
L1 The Who, ‘I Can See for Miles’ / The Beach Boys, ‘Endless Summer’
L2 The Beach Boys, ‘Fun, Fun, Fun’ / Dean Martin, ‘When You’re Smiling’
L3 The Jamies, ‘Summertime, Summertime’
L4 The Doors ‘Summer’s Almost Gone’/ Led Zeppelin ‘Good Times, Bad Times’
L5 Ray Bradbury, Dandelion Wine “You had only to rise, lean from your window,”
L6 Joni Mitchell, “Chelsea Morning”
L7 Paul Simon, “Kodachrome,” “Dazzling Blue”
L8 Dan Fogelberg, “Run for the Roses”
L9 Spice Girls, “Wannabe”/ Will Smith, “Gettin’ Jiggy Wit It”
L10 The Beatles, “Good Day Sunshine”
L11 The Carpenters, “Top of the World”
L12 Lin-Manuel Miranda, “Underneath the Lovely London Sky” from Mary Poppins Returns
L13 Carol King, “Hi-de-ho (That Old Sweet Roll)”
L14 Steve Miller, “Fly Like An Eagle”
L15 Don Felder, “Wild Life”
L16 Nowleen Leeroy, “Song of the Sea ” (lullaby)
L17 Sara Bareilles, “She Used to Be Mine” from WAITRESS
L18 Stevie Wonder, “Isn’t She Lovely”
L19 R.E.M, “Find the River”
L20 Carole King, “Way Over Yonder”
L21 Mint Juleps, “Groovin” by The Young Rascals
L22 Jack Johnson, “Upside Down”
L23 Kermit the Frog (Jim Henson), “Rainbow Connection” from The Muppet Movie
L24 The Foo Fighters, “Learning to Fly”
L25 Tina Turner, “The Best”
BUT BEFORE you leave me today, I prepared a few things. Or come back later?
Last weekend when I realized that my Family’s Easter Weekend joy overlapped with many of my dear Friend’s Passover commemorations, I pulled out two favorite books for young readers about Anne Frank, always remembering that she was not passed over.
A History for Today, Anne Frank from the Anne Frank House, Amsterdam
The Life of Anne Frank by Menno Metesellar and Rudd Van Der Rol
Of the many inspirations that the young author left for the World , here is just one
“I can shake off
as I write
my sorrows disappear
my courage is reborn.”
I am also reading
Birmingham, 1963 by Carole Boston Weatherford, actually a re-read for me, of this poignant poem in book form.
Thurgood Marshall, American Revolutionary, the bio by Juan Williams, which has insights about emotions & ideas in the justice’s child days, including passionate political dinner table discussions led by Willie Marshall, Father, who fed his family, in those times, working as a sleeping-car train porter.
Acts of Light, poems from Emily Dickinson, illustrations by Nancy Ekholm Burkert
I just finished (& so did my husband, double pleasure when we read a book one just after the other) The Bridge Home by Padma Venkatraman. This novel of India is a game-changer. In it we dwell in the world of extreme privation of children, beginning with abuse by a violent father and continuing to life on mean streets- but we can’t help feeling how events unfold in an underlying, uplifting way. I cried a little & I think sensitive middle and high school students will have a tear, too. Followed by vigorous good discussion guided by their teaching librarian or classroom teacher. The four child characters in this page-turner of a story show us their creativity, humanity & humor. Yes!
I fell in love with each of the two girls and two boys who created this experience, which the author bases on extensive knowledge – her own, told in a fascinating author’s note which made me fall in love with Padma’s Mother. As someone who has been transported by all Padma’s novels, I know her trademark practice, in bringing on board informed beta readers, is instructive & to be followed. This is a book for all and of special interest to the disability community and of special interest in the domestic violence community.
(For those with an interest in the indigenous community you will be enriched with this author’s Adamans Island novel, Island’s End.)
ALSO in the tap tap tap of writing news – a word about poem projects. The young readers project continues along well on a WWII history topic theme very close to my heart. And when I rest that story in verse for an afternoon or a day, I look into the paused verse novel from pre-Civil War days, about an impoverished, white, abolition family. Plus, in this surge of spring, maybe one day a week, I work on other poems on a theme – 54 of them, so far. (none of this poem-ness could occur without having found a nurturing, poetry community, especially Poetry Friday nor without the Highlights Foundation verse novel workshop. The newest poem project flows from my fascination with a unique peninsula that is lapped by both the Atlantic Ocean & the Gulf of Mexico.
And so this little ditty buzzed in, after a recent walk at our non-beachy & clean-water coast…
with appreciations to Emily Dickinson
caught you on your shopping spree
you flounce along salty store I roam
whilst thistles tower in marsh loam
seems like just yesterday
you were last year’s memory
pink-purpled spring spikes signal
that social insect whistle – hear!
buzz buzz coming in for a landing
glad to snap you, m’Dear
LASTLY This may not be the only place you’ve admired a lively National Poetry Month Post Card, but I am tickled to share this, courtesy of artist Robert Mensan and his poet fan, Irene Latham, who has all the month’s line leaders listed at her site.
Whee! Here We Go!
Just the sort of thing I would sing after –
a holiday weekend traffic jam is unstuck, OR
we set out on a loooong beach walk that doesn’t end until land ends, OR
my verse novel clocks in at halfway home.
I can now say I’ve experienced these three.
So this post celebrates a gift that Bookseedstudio
received aways back, awarded for my correctly
guessing the number of dactyls jammed into in a jelly jar
or somesuch feat over at Today’s Little Ditty,
which is also known by me as
Today’s Little Delight.
My prize is to finally pop the cork on my
pretty copy of the
anthology HERE WE GO, created by poetry mavens
Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong.
My particular sample of the book is graced with
autographs from poem makers Robyn Hood Black and
Michelle Heidenrich Barnes. Alongside them, between
World art covers from Franzi Draws, are
Naomi Shihab Nye, Joseph Bruchac,
David Harrison and Renee LaTulippe, among a buncha
poet luminaries whose work I
like to fetch off the shelf for fuel.
Because of this book
I am also now a fan of artist Franzi. Go look
HERE WE GO, lifts up ideas on every
page of the slim volume,
which is also a workbook. But I especially
want to share just a coupla lines from two poems.
I saved lions
some endangered species
using every strong, skillful word
Look for the Helpers
Look for the helpers
The main character I’m moving through
life in my 1800s-set story,
is in the business of
saving, similar to the character
in “Girl Grit.”
And she is also looking for the
of “Look for the Helpers.”
The full poems are in the book. If your students or you are about saving
and helping, remember to crack open your
copy if you have one, or find a sample for your
table. Lucky you, if you nailed a coupla autographs!
Inspired by J. Patrick Lewis, who created a poetry
form called Careerhyme, I offer, “ELF.”
ELF: A sprite, an industrious assister;
A rare visitor; A child charmer,
Who delivers wishes come true;
A needed part of Holiday frivolity.
I wish one, or a bunch, for you.
– c. Jan Godown Annino
Appreciations not only to JPL, but also to his
colleague David L. Harrison, for his generous blog,
which shares writing prompts + much more.
Do you love Christmas books as much as I do?
This year, the first book I’m reading is the volume of
Father Christmas letters of J.R. R. Tolkein to his children.
Then I will nest in the rest.
I hope your nest is your best!
(first- a deertale – follow the blue words for POETRY FRIDAY.)
My heart is wrapped in appreciations.
& I want to share a few of them.
I have seen the eyes-wide
open photographs of Ian, a bursting-new babe in my
Circle of Love world.
I wake up every morning & am fortunate to see
the smiling face of my handsome husband.
And, this is indulgent, forgive me, but I see
good news for my work.
So I am thinking – THANKU
As you may guess from the inventive name,
a Thanku is a form of Haiku.
So, a 5 syllables, 7 syllables, 5 syllables construct is the guide.
An appreciation is given. Like that – a ThankU.
So if you have time to read now, or later, I’m sharing
three. All c. Jan Godown Annino. And ThankU, for visiting
Stretchy legs feel air
Wide eyes seek out shapes of love
Toes say “nibble me”
Morning wake-up call
Wrinkled faces meet at lips
Doesn’t feel routine
ThankU, Book notes
is the finest kind
Regarding the last ThankU, recent developments
related to a book of mine published back in 2010
are quite fine.
BETTY MAE TIGER JUMPER, first news
In 2016 the trail-blazing BETTY MAE TIGER JUMPER (1923-2001),
the subject of SHE SANG PROMISE, will be celebrated alongside other
great women of achievement. The National Women’s History Project will honor Betty Mae Tiger Jumper’s historic leadership of the Seminole Tribe of Florida.
BETTY MAE TIGER JUMPER, 2nd news
This fall, Betty Mae Tiger Jumper was honored by the Library of
Congress when that same title was featured at the LOC
National Book Festival, as one of 52 Great Reads for Young Readers.
(see poster, below)
Also, Scholastic has brought out SHE SANG PROMISE in a lovely paperbound edition. It’s on sale at a nifty price right now at the Scholastic Teacher Store.
Some of the opening lines in SHE SANG PROMISE are –
Think of the gigantic glades near the end of land
A mama alligator floats babies on her back
And itchy black bear takes a palm tree scratch
Leaving soft fur tufts that swamp mice fetch
© Jan Godown Annino
My November cornucopia is ripe, sweet, spilling.
I am thankful to all helping along this book’s path, especially
the Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum & Store (where She Sang Promise is sold online),
the family of Betty Mae Tiger Jumper, notably Moses Jumper, Jr. the artist
Lisa Desimini, the editors, especially Jennifer Emmett.
Hello – Poetry Friday is hosted by the creative Diane Mayr –
photographer to the woodchuck kingdom – at
(And, in truth, she is a whole lot more.)
Out of the goodness of her heart, an artist of moody
coastal shacks and lush palmetto thickets invited
strangers to her easel. Her lessons benefited an art program
for public school students in an historic Florida oyster village
where a water use war over the Apalachicola River may end up
at the U.S. Supreme Court.
She scraped off her palette – Cynthia Edmonds uses glass,
because it’s easier to clean. She shared her color choices of the
day and showed off the canvas possibilities that recent Sunday
of the cerulean blue sky. Such fun I had, to stand next to this
ultratalented & fascinating artist & pick up a brush &
push around real oil paints.
So this day of play rewarded me many times over. My hubby & I enjoyed more of this slice of Florida Panhandle coast, which I’ve visited since 1980 (and where my novel in progress is set.) At home, I pulled down
my books that blend art and literature. I re-read a longtime favorite,
EXCHANGING HATS (1971 edition, William Benton)
The subject, poet Elisabeth Bishop, lived for awhile in Key West.
And she painted there.
you tube book synopsis
But today for Poetry Friday, the volume I’m sharing some lines from, is compiled by award-winning art topic author Jan Greenberg. HEART TO HEART, New Poems Inspired by Twentieth-Century American Art pairs works by O’Keefe, Calder, Benton, Avery & others with works by poets.
Have you written pantoums? What was your path into them?
Last month I was challenged by J. Patrick Lewis to write in more forms that I usually attempt. So I’ve selected the repeated-line pantoum poem form.
(I am not special – he suggested that of everyone reading his article on a specific day as presented by Angie Karcher, my Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators colleague.
I’m reading more pantoums than I have ever before, piled on my plate due to the urging on to stretch, from Mr. JPL.
One that blinks at me is from a poet whose book FOLD ME A POEM, I find such fun to share with K & 1st graders through BookPALS.
But the pantoum is not in the lovely FOLD picture book from poet Kristine O’Connell George & beautifully illustrated by Lauren Stringer.
Kristine O’Connell George selected an intriguing print by
Kiki Smith, Untitled (Fluttering Eyes) 1990 to use as catalyst for her poem.
Pantoum for These Eyes
by Kristine O’Connell George
Let yourself slide under their spell –
these eyes have something to say.
Write the stories these eye tell,
look deeply, don’t look away.
These eyes have something to say
Come, come meet these eyes.
Look deeply, don’t look away,
find their truth, discover their lies.
© Kristine O’Connell George
This shivers me. For the impact of the complete poem and print together, please find the book, HEART TO HEART.
The form is perfect for the eyes in the KiKi Smith print (if I find a link to an
image online will come back & post later. But I didn’t see it & that included looking at her representative, Barbara Krakow Gallery.) There are four sets of the eyes. The poems’ repetition is as hypnotic as the eyes. How could there ever be an equal pantoum?
So now I have a way to conjure a topic for a pantoum. When an art image speaks to me, it may be my pantoum catalyst. I would like to be well along working on this JPL pantoum challenge by the end of the year. Have you written a pantoum? What inspired it? Are you still writing them?
And I hope your path takes you listening & looking,
down Apalachicola way some day.
So much to ponder this glorious day. But before pondering,
Poetry Friday today is hosted by
my pal with the perfect name,
haiku wrangler Robyn Hood Black, at her blog, Life on the Deckle Edge.
Days of Remembrance.
The White Rose resistance of teens against Hitler is on my mind
these days of Remembrance April 16-19.
And I have no book of poems for younger students on The Holocaust
to recommend. (Later in the post the poems from Terezin are mentioned.)
Bully Poems for the youngest?
An illustrated collection of poems about bullies, for the youngest
readers could be a start, if anyone knows such a collection. If not,
perhaps Poetry Friday should originate one. I would imagine subjects
of the poems would be bully-animals in the wild or at home,
top-cat, top-dog pets who scratch and bite the other family feline &
canine members. Perhaps.
Our bully is Ginger, who will not tolerate any other animals.
When the puppy visited
by Jan Godown Annino
Old Ginger cat arches at the door
stares down the
him back out the door
I hope any educator researching for their classroom can
look at award-winning former teacher Susan Campbell Bartoletti’s
HITLER’S YOUTH. This non-fiction 170-page photo-illustrated reference
not only documents what you would expect from the title, but also those
brave German non-Jewish teens who paid with their lives, by creating an underground in Hamburg and other locations.
Artwork & poems of the children and young people
held in the Czech concentration camp
called Terezin are presented with important contextual essays of the
history of the enclave in I NEVER SAW ANOTHER BUTTERFLY. It is for
teachers and older students and very ably illuminated at this school site.
It’s National Library Week.
I was able to hug not one, not two, but three favorite librarians recently
at the WordofSouth celebration of books and music. Where, I am proud to say
our StoryFort’s offerings including the sharing of student art submitted to our
regional Holocaust Resource Education Council.My hubby & I attended
other gre8t events, which I will cover here on another day.
Appreciate your family, your friends & your one & only life, this day & every day.
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