The poet Naomi Shihab Nye edited the poetry anthology SALTING THE OCEAN, which is afloat with the vibrant writings of young poets. Like Nye, I think that attention paid to young poet voices can build peace, provide future strong leaders and just make any poet’s day.
If you agree, Poetry Out Loud, is a brilliant program you may want to run out & connect with. I volunteered with POL recently & hope to help out more, next time around.
In the 1950s in my state, Florida, a Putlizer-Prize winning author thought about a young poet.
In doing so, the author created a character not seen often then. An elementary-age poet character. If you know of a recent (within 3 years or forthcoming) picture book or illustrated book (not YA, which pays tribute to teen poet charactersoften enough) for children that features a elementary age character who is a poet, I would like to know for my list.
In the meantime, young poet Calpurnia is a character to consider. She is inspired by her dog, to write poetry:
My dog’s name is Buggy-horse
Our young poet further writes:
Come what may.
If I did not love
and my father
I would run away.
it is a running-away
Kind of day.
from THE SECRET RIVER
With the birds chit-chittering outside my open window
With the two kinds of azalea in the yard (native & exotic) nodding pink petals on the March breeze
With my Western cousins having just swept through town on their way home, enticing us with video of their kayak adventures among manatees, alligators and living whelks
a running-away day.
I can’t run.
just been away in Boston & then immediately after, Central Florida
hosting a critique meeting soon
have 3 essay deadlines
And mostly, my writing deserves this keyboard time.
But – if you are north of Garden Zone 8 & your winter has lasted longer than usual this year, is it time for your running-away day?
I hope so, remembering the advice of one of my favorite writers for children, Cynthia Rylant, who said that instead of reading an interview with her online, a writer should probably go and play.
Did you guess the adult creator of the young poet who was inspired by her dog?
It is Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, in THE SECRET RIVER.
Timeless, lovely story, in each of its two editions: