Poetry Friday: Announcing the CYBILS Poetry Panelists and Judges


It’s Friday. Head to The Poem Farm for more poetry.

Selecting from the CYBILS applicants is always SO difficult. There are such good applicants that are passionate about poetry. It makes me do the happy dance!  After considering those who are seasoned and those who are new, blending together a mixture of librarian, author, parent, and teacher bloggers; may I present Round One and Round Two.  The poetry books will be read by two fabulous groups.

And please, if you weren’t selected or had too much on your plate to consider being on the CYBILS Poetry Team, start thinking about which poetry books should be nominated starting on October 1.

Round One
Kelly Fineman
Writing and Rumination http://kellyfineman.blogspot.com

Nancy Bo Flood
The Pirate Tree http://www.thepiratetree.com

Jone Rush MacCulloch
Check It Out http://maclibrary.wordpress.com

Margaret Simon
Reflections on the Teche http://reflectionsontheteche.wordpress.com

Tricia Stohr-Hunt
The Miss Rumphius Effect http://missrumphiuseffect.blogspot.com

Sylvia Vardell
Poetry For Children http://poetryforchildren.blogspot.com

Bridget Wilson
What is Bridge Reading http://whatisbridgetreading.blogspot.com

Second Round
Linda Baie
Teacher Dance http://www.teacherdance.org

Matt Forrest Esenwine
Radio, Rhythm, and Rhyme http://mattforrest.wordpress.com

Renee La Tulippe
No Water River http://mattforrest.wordpress.com

Diane Mayr
Kurious Kitty’s Kurio http://www.kuriouskitty.blogspot.com

Laura Shovan
Author Amok http://authoramok.blogspot.com

Are you lamenting the end of summer?  Visit the Summer Serenity Gallery created and hosted by Carol Varsalona.  Several of us Poetry Friday contributors are showing their work.

Happy Poetry.

Happy Friday.

Poetry Friday: Gathering Leaves in Grade School


And thanks to Renee at No Water River for hosting Poetry Friday.

The leaves have been scuttling this week. I ran across this poem at The Poetry Foundation which reminded me of something I loved creating.

Gathering Leaves in Grade School

They were smooth ovals,
and some the shade of potatoes—
some had been moth-eaten
or spotted, the maples
were starched, and crackled
like campfire.

We put them under tracing paper
and rubbed our crayons
over them, X-raying
the spread of their bones
and black, veined catacombs.

We colored them green and brown
and orange, and
cut them out along the edges,
labeling them deciduous
or evergreen.

Read the rest of the poem HERE

Find a leaf, “x-ray” it with crayons to find its black, veined catacombs.
Happy Poetry.
Happy Friday.

Celebrate: Five Star Things About This Week


It’s Saturday.  Time to celebrate the week with others at Ruth Ayres Writes.


Students returned to school this week.  Everyone has the spirit and promise of a new year.  I love seeing that in not only the students but the parents and staff.


Students love reading and they want to know you are a reader.

Two comments from students (one actually a sigh)…in answer the question of “what’s your favorite part of the library?” The answer was “I’m surrounded by books.”  

The other was a sigh when I answered the question to “did you read more than ten books this summer?” I said no ( I read nine both kid and adult books). I rechecked my list after class and discovered I actually read ten books. So I plan to share my list.


Am reading Reading in the Wild by Donalynn Miller (was the PD online book for the summer which with shoulder surgery I missed). I. Love. It.  So needed this inspiration.

Als reading Countdown by Deborah Wiles. Incredible.


Meeting with three other writers through Google Chat on my writing this week.  Such a great way to connect.


Signs of fall sneaking in:



What are you celebrating?

Poetry Friday: A Final Poetry Swap Poem


Thank you, Laura, for hosting Poetry Friday at Author Amok.

Last week, I found this poem in the mail.  From Margaret Simon.

On the outside this lovely photo.

Drops of dew Photo credit is "Drops of Dew" @Sergey Khakimullen Dreamstine Stock Photos.



On the inside this even lovelier poem:

Ode to Grass

For today, I will step lightly
for you tenderness 
for the light of the sun upon your greenliness
for tickling my belly
for wriggling between my toes
for your fresh sweet scent
for the settled earth you can draw strength from
for your canvas of wildflowers
for clover crowns
for hiding rollie-pollies, fleas, and snakes
for grass. 

©Margaret Simon, 2014

I love that for all the fabulous things she’s telling the reader that grass does for her, a twist that it hides rollie-pollies, fleas, and snakes…so unexpected.



Happy Friday.

Happy Poetry.

Celebrate: Five Star Things About the Week


It’s Saturday; time to reflect on the goodness of the week. Thanks to Ruth we have a place to share at Ruth Ayres Writes.

Community: I hosted Poetry Friday yesterday. It’s always fun to see who shares poems, originals, and poetry books. Yesterday didn’t disappoint.

Perseverance: Nothing like awaking early this morning, adding a late entry to Poetry Friday, and clicking something which causes all your work to dissapear. So I needed to persevere and rewrite my Poetry Friday post.

Friendship: This week, I was able to have lunch dates with friends. The end of summer means catching up with friends in a leisurely way.

Students and Parents: Thursday evening we had our annual back-to-school bar-b-que. It was so great to reconnect with families after summer break. Students meet their teachers for the coming year.

Poems: I received a poem in the mail this week from Margaret Simon. (plan to share next Friday). The Summer Poetry Swap was a great way to be connected to community and keep writing.

What are you celebrating?

Poetry Friday: Let’s Celebrate!

Welcome everyone! I am so pleased to host PF today. I started the summer hosting and am ending the summer hosting (as according to the school calendar).

First of all, have you considered becoming a CYBILs poetry panelist or judged? There is one week left to apply. You can find out more info about the Poetry Category HERE. To apply, go HERE. It’s fun to discuss the best poetry books of 2014. Join us.

This week has found me at school.

ending. School begins.
Square metal lunch boxes.
Yellow pencils and a new dress.

If you are ready to share your poem, please leave your link in the comments. I will round up throughout the day.

I just had an epic fail. I added a link and lost all the work I did on Friday.

At Beyond Literacy, Carol offers a close of summer.

At Todays’s Little Ditty, Michelle has the end-of-month wrap-up post for Lori Degman’s DMC challenge.

In honor of Monday’s holiday, Bridget has a poem with another perspective on Labor Day.

Linda shares one more swap poem, a bonus from Donna Smith!

Myra’s Poetry Friday post at Gathering Books is this amazing collection of letters, illustrations, folk tales, animal tales, short stories, fragments from longer novels, and most of all poetry that talk about war and peace: “Lines in the Sand: New Writing on War and Peace” edited by Mary Hoffman and Rhiannon Lassiter.

Last week Matt got stung and wrote a poem about it. This week, he got stung and wrote…three poems!

Over at The Drift Record today Julie has a link to my new post on Books Around the Table, where she shares some thoughts about using all six (yes, six) senses to write while she’s in Oaxaca this September. In honor of Poetry Friday, she’s added a previously-shared (by Jama Rattigan) poem of her own about Mexican markets.

Tabatha has two poems today (one is by the Buddha).

Mary Lee shares I have a retro post from 2011 — “I’m Your Mom.”

Margaret has a lesson on fingerprints and my own original fingerprint poem inspired by Eve Merriam.

Bookseedstudio thinks about charmed words.

Tara shares a poignant poem from one of my favorite poets, Naomi Shihab Nye.

Jama features Irene Latham’s debut poetry book, Dear Wandering Wildebeest with a review and a giveaway.

Irene has a post and a poem by James Wright about beginnings.

From Laura, Her “Summer Reads: Chapter & Verse” continues today with guest blogger Kathy MacMillan. Kathy is a fellow 2016 debut author. Her summer read is ENTHUSIASM, by Polly Shulman, a YA romance which features an Austen-obsessed character. The poem is Sonnet 3 from Elizabeth Barrett Brownings’ Sonnets from the Portugese.

Heidi has some long ago and far away right now reflections on HVAC repair and fishing.

Today, at Random Noodling, Diane is celebrating Labor Day with a poem about a little Maine laborer.

And Kurious Kitty has “The Mockingbird” by Mary Oliver.

Linda has two back to school icebreakers at Write Time.

Keri shares one of my poetry swap poems and one by Joy today.

Karen has a new poetry collection from an author I much admire — Mike Aquilina writes a ton of non-fiction, but is a brilliant poet, too.

At the Florian Cafe, Doug has a poem on innocence by Billy Collins, America’s Poet Laureate Forever (in his eyes and ears), as well as a picture of me and a friend age six.

JoAnn at Teaching Authors answers to the question, Do you write on paper or computer?

Becky shares a poem about the “Dog Days” of summer.

Sylvia is in with a “poet to poet” interview between Julie Larios and Skila Brown.

Reading to the Core has Cid Corman’s “Headline. (I wonder if kids will get the reference to newspapers being delivered to the door?)

Donna has an original poem about fall.

At The Poem Farm, Amy offers a poem titled “She Sells Seashells” about a girl she met last week.

Little Willow posted Reality by Anna Wickham at my blog, Bildungsroman.

Violet’s post today is a continuation of the poems she found in a park we visited this summer. Today’s edition is, well, a bit chilly. It will help cool off those of you still in August heat, Dawson Trail tanka (2).

Janet shares “Monumental Verses” by J. Patrick

At On Point Lori has a haiku, Elle of Joy.

Ramona has Toasting Marshamallows, a favorite book of poems to spark summer memories and stories.

Ruth has some Shakespeare today in honor of the opportunity she had in Haiti had last night to attend a traveling production of Hamlet that is visiting every country in the world over the course of two years.

At Booktalking Ananstasia shares a board book poem that is also a song! Dinnertime for Chickies by

Happy Poetry.
Happy Friday.(Actually now Saturday)

Celebrate: Five Things About the Week



It’s Saturday. Time to reflect on the goodness of the week at Ruth Ayres’ Writes.


I was able to drive this week. First time since my surgery!  Woohoo! So thankful that my husband has been there to take me places and to appointments but it’s also so great to be able to be independent.


GRAND GIRLS!! The oldest we get to see a lot as she lives close. But the middle and the youngest live about five hundred miles south of us. Our visits are farther apart.  



Oldest and Middle: They are about 14 months apart. We call them “The Corporation” because these cousins are like sisters and what one doesn’t think of the other does. Like the gloves? They went to the doctor’s appointment with me.


Youngest:  We had time with her alone.  Sometimes when she’s with the olders, she’s the odd person out.






The water park. This is genius to have fountains where there once was a wading pool. 


I finished reading Revolution by Deborah Wiles. I was powerfully moved by the book and wrote about it HERE.  AND the bonus?  I tweeted about it and received a reply from the author: “I *love* this review. Thanks for comparison to BrianSelznick’s work (humbled), and for mention of Ferguson. Another world, yes.”


IMG_1322The CYBILS Award season has started.  I am excited to see that poetry lovers are applying to be either a panelist or a judge.  Are you curious or interested.  Go to the CYBILS site and read about it.

What are you celebrating?