Sometimes it’s not the teachers you get along with that change you the most but the teachers you have a difficult relationship with. As a teen (who knew everything about poetry, of course) I had a fierce discussion with Mr. G about some of the poetry he had selected for the class to read. I was especially offended by cummings’ “in just spring”. I told him that “in just spring” wasn’t poetry at all. He gave me a small books of e.e. cummings and told me he would discuss cummings’ merits as a poet with me once I finished reading the book. That book, and the subsequent discussion, profoundly changed my understanding of poetry. Thank you, Mr. G.
Here’s one of the first poems I dog-eared in that book:
picker of buttercups
And the big bullying daisies
through the field wonderful
with eyes a little sorry
also picking flowers
Did you ever have a teacher who profoundly changed your view on something?
**** Welcome to Poetry Friday ****
Starting us off with a caffeinated offering from Janet Wong is Robyn Hood Black.
Amy at Mrs. Merrill’s Book Break is sharing a favorite school-related poem.
Heidi at My Juicy Little Universe offers us an interesting poem involving a panda’s behind and Alice down the rabbit hole.
At NC Teacher Stuff, Jeff features Sid Farrar’s debut book, The Year Comes Round: Haiku through the Seasons.
Diane has a plethora of poetic offerings for us. At Random Noodling you can read “Wild Geese” by Mary Oliver. Kurious Kitty celebrates International Literacy Day with a poem by Ann Turner. Kurious K’s Kwotes’ has a great quote by Wallace Stevens. At The Write Sisters we look at “before I die” wishes.
Sylvia Vardell shares am excerpt from the Poetry Friday Anthology — a school poem and 5 activities to accompany it.
Charles Ghigna at Father Goose is still waiting for “The Call.”
Violet Nesdoly is sharing a poem she wrote for Laura Purdie Salas’s 15-words-or-less prompts, called “Train song.”
An unexpected visitor inspired Linda at Teacherdance to write “Evening’s Gift”.
Vikram at 1000 Poems shares a humorous twisted nursery tale titled “Franken-Jack and Franken-Jill.”
For another adaptation, visit Gathering Books where Fats is in today with Tony Diterlizzi’s “The Spider and the Fly.”
If you need some helping qualifying for next year’s US Open, visit Douglas at Florian Cafe for a tennis tip.
Over at The Drift Record, Julie Larios has a poem about apples by Hattie Howard, and a note about Julie Paschkis’s new book, APPLE CAKE.
If you need more apple treats, Renee at No Water River has a video of her original ditty for fall called “Apple Pie with Synonym.”
Mary Lee at A Year of Reading posts the answer to a colleague’s question about how Poetry Friday works in her classroom.
Jama celebrates Jack Perlutsky’s birthday at Friday Feast. She shares some poems from his latest book, I’ve Lost My Hippopotamus.
Laura at Author Amok features the release of The Collected Poems of Lucille Clifton, 1965-2010. This book will blow you away because of the depth and breadth of Clifton’s work. She includes a writing prompt for MS/HS students.
Tabatha Yeatts at The Opposite of Indifference shares a poem by Scott Armitage.
At Radio, Rhythym, & Rhyme, Matt shares a poem inspired by 5 days spent working at the Hopkinton State Fair.
Karen Edmisten shares The Good Nights by Joseph Mills.
At Book Aunt, Kate Coombs shares an original poem called “Clock” today.
At Bigfoot Reads, Morzant the Alien discusses poetry with Joyce Sidman. The conversation ranges from chocolate to synesthesia.
Amy at The Poem Farm has a poem about something she doesn’t want to talk about…and something she does.
At Mainely Write, Donna shares an original poem, “Lessons From Dad’s Baseball Games.”
*I’m back from driving kids to sports and catching up on the afternoon’s entries!*
Jone at Check It Out is sharing some Poetry Friday Anthology love.
Tricia at Miss Rumphius Effect has a poem by Sandburg and the weekly poetry stretch results.
At There is No Such Thing as a Godforsaken Town, Ruth shares a scientific lullaby.
Marjorie at Paper Tigers shares a Japanese poetry book that centers on Hiroshima.
At The Small Nouns, Ben shares one of his favorite poetry sites and a poem by Allery Akers.
Samuel of I Droo It (I Drew It!) has some cute poems. Did he visit my youngest son’s bedroom before writing “In My Bedroom”?
Janet at All About Books with Janet Squires shares her enjoyment of There’s No Place Like School by Jack Perlutsky
Jane Yolen invites us to visit Terri Winding’s blog — The Drawing Board for inspiration. Terri posts artwork, photography, and fascinating information about culture and mythology. Look in the comments section for a special treat — previously unpublished poems by poets including Jane.