Poetry Friday: John Brehm, Portland Poet


Welcome to Poetry Friday, hosted today by Elizabeth Steinglass.

One of the coolest things in the Portland area is the Ledding Library which sponsors  poetry readings and  poetry workshops.  I have taken two since October. This Saturday, John Brehm will be holding a workshop, “Poetic Closure”.

So today, a poem by John Brehm:

On the Subway Platform by John Brehm

    —for Kate

Where are you going I said
and she said I’m going

to look for a book
and I said what kind

of book? A book on

she said and I said
make sure you get

the right one—
which brought forth

such perfect laughter
from her perfect heart.


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Poetry Friday: It’s That Time of Year

Poetry Friday is held at Mainely Write with Donna.


Students began writing poems this week in preparation for National Poetry Month.  What I love most is integrating what students are learning in the classroom.  Third graders are researching animals.  Fifth graders are writing a variety of poems.  Here’s a sneak peak:

mysterious killer whale
I am as ferocious as a tiger shark
I hunt in a group.
I take down whales bigger than me.
I live up to 30 to 50 years
I’m a ferocious orcinus orca.

Luke M., 3rd grade


Scared is white like the ghost you just saw.
It sounds like people screaming like the ones around you.
It tastes bitter like the burnt popcorn you’re eating whale watching that horror movie.
It smells like the thick fog in the graveyard that you’re walking in.
It looks like five faceless ghosts surrounding you… like they are right now!
It makes me feel powerless… like you are now.

Morgan S., 5th grade

Would you like to receive a poem in April?  Visit HERE.

Happy Friday.

Happy Poetry.



Congratulations to Julie Paschkis


The 2015 CYBILS winner for Poetry. For a list of all CYBILS winners, visit HERE.
And a big thank you to the round 2 judges:
Linda Baie


Teacher Dance


Rosemary Marotta


Rosemary’s Reading Circle


Diane Mayr


Kurious Kitty’s Kurio Kabinet


Heidi Mordhorst


My Juicy Little Universe


Laura Shovan


Author Amok


Poetry Friday: Art, Music, and Postcards


Welcome come to Poetry Friday.  Today it’s hosted by Kimberly at Written Reflections.


Tabatha Yeatts suggested quite the challenge: match music to poetry.  I didn’t think I could make this happen and yet when I received this postcard from Donna as part of a postcard exchange, Enya’s  Orinoco Flow (Sail Away) came to mind.


Creating art and exchanging it was great fun.  I received these:

postcards PF

postcards in the mailbox
four by six
art pieces flung out
into the world

Left: from Lisa in Washington DC.
Middle: from Donna in Maine
Right: from Amy, Oregon (and organizer of the exchange) PS  Amy heads up Get Sparked as well.

Speaking of postcards, it’s not too early to signup for the Poetry Postcard Project for National Poetry Month.  Fill out this FORM or go HERE.

Be sure to return Sunday, February 14th for the big reveal of the 2015 CYBILS Poetry Award.  I am very pleased and excited.

Happy Poetry.

Happy Friday.