Poetry Friday: PostcardXchange

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Thank you, Keri at Keri Recommends, for hosting Poetry Friday today.

Someone recently told me that they think January is an awfully bleak month.  The decorations and lights of November and December  holidays are packed away and the bitter cold of winter has settled around us.  I might have to suggest to this person that they participate in the #postcardXchange for 2018.

Here is what I have received thus far.  They certainly have brightened my snow filled days. Mine are addressed about will be mailed once I am more thawed out.  Hopefully, tomorrow as we have a seventh snow day for school.

Left:  Diane Mayr’s.  I am always intrigued by her collages and would love to know more about her process. And her postcard follows the Japanese New Year tradition of Nengajo.

Right Top: Joy Acey.  I would love to go swimming in the warm waters of Hawaii right now.

Right Bottom:  There wasn’t a name on this one and the envelope vanished.  Thank you, Tabatha.  I love the red of holly berries.

postcards now
welcomed winter break
from the snow

Happy Friday.

Happy Poetry.

Poetry Friday: New Year Poetry Postcard Exchange

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Can you believe it’s December?    So welcome. I am glad you are here.  Poetry is so needed these days. I have been in a slump!  It made me wonder about a fun project I have done with others in the past:  sending out New Year Poems on postcards.

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This is one I sent last year.  And while I created my own photo postcard, it can be as simple as sending a postcard with a poem written, scribbled, etc on the back.  Would it be fun to start 2017 with a poem.  After 2016, I am in need of poetic words.

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These are from a previous year in what I received.  This group was haiku based around the Japanese New Year. As you can see, it was the year of the goat.  This year if you are inclined for a prompt, it’s the year of the rooster.

Here’s the Google Form to sign up if interested.  There are choices like sending five postcards or ten, sending in the states or internationally, your choice.  I really hope that you will consider signing up for this exchange.

I am looking forward to ringing in the New Year with you via poetry post cards.

Thank you Bridget, for hosting Poetry Friday this week.

 

Poetry Friday: Saturday Edition

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The final Poetry Friday for the year is hosted by Holly who’s celebrating a milestone birthday.

I’m late but I am getting the last poem for 2015 posted.  This is my postcard for the Nengajo Post Card Exchange. It’s an opportunity to share haiku for the new year with others around the world.  Similar to the Poetry Swap.

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First draft but then I decided that “resolutions” worked better than “wishes.”

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And here’s to Carol Varsalona who creates amazing poetry galleries to honor the seasons. Thank you for the opportunity to share my work here.

Happy Saturday.

Happy Poetry.

Poetry Friday: Haiku Books

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Thank you Paul for accepting this late entry.
I am so happy to be here this Friday and share three haiku books of note. These are three nominations of the almost forty for the CYBILS poetry award.
HI, KOO! A YEAR of SEASONS Written and illustrated by Jon Muth. Published by Scholastic. What can I say about Jon Muth that hasn’t been said? He takes readers through the year with haiku that doesn’t follow the standard 5-7-5 syllable, three line form. And without overplaying the alphabet theme, this book goes through the alphabet. “Koo” is our panda guide throughout the book. I really liked the author’s note at the book’s beginning.
Book source: from the public library.

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NINJA MOUSE written and illustrated by J.C.Thomas. Published by
SuperUltraGo! Press.
This is a book that I feel middle graders will return too again and again. There’s something mysterious about the presentation. A mouse ninja? It’s it’s illustrations are rendered in such a way that I have read and re-read it several times. There’s a quietness to the story. At the end, the author explains more in depth about writing haiku Japanese versus American. I appreciated that but wished he would have abandoned the 5-7-5 form.Book source: a review copy was sent by the publisher.
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SANTA CLAUSES by Bob Rackza. Published by Carolrhoda Books.
graders. They loved it. I think the illustrations and text are a perfect match. The students and I loved the little secret nods to other literature such as The Christmas Carol and Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer. And the students loved the aurora haiku. Yes, it uses the 5-7-5 form but it read aloud with ease.
Book source: from the public library.

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Happy Friday.
Happy Poetry.

Poetry Friday: Autumn

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Poetry Friday is hosted at Jama’s Alphabet Soup. She always has something yummy at her site.

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Variations on a Theme

fallen maple leaf
the silence of morning
on the river bank

solitary leaf
swirls and twirls downward
maple beats rock

© 2014 Jone Rush MacCulloch all rights reserved

And don’t forget to nominate your favorite books for the CYBILS. Nominations are open until October 15.

Happy Friday.
Happy Poetry.

Poetry Friday: Haiku and Talking Recklessly About Poetry

20140515-210426.jpgPoetry Friday is hosted today by Elizabeth Steinglass.

Throughout the year there is a monthly peer reviewed contest for haiku enthusiasts. It’s a great way to engage with other haiku writers. Last month the Kigo word (season word) was “slow day.”
I entered this:
dogwood blossoms
unfold
one by one

© 2014 Jone Rush MacCulloch all rights reserved

The Free form was “allusion.” Here’s my entry:
the sound of crickets
in the bee-loud glade
he plants nine bean-rows

(Thinking of Yeats…Innisfree]
© 2014 Jone Rush MacCulloch all rights reserved

This month I am working on haiku for “mosquito” (Kigo) and “midnight” (free form).

I am looking for interested people to “talk recklessly” ( as William Stafford would say) about poetry for a monthly interview for Poetry Friday. Here are a couple of examples; Helen Frost, Diane Mayr, Amy VanDerwater.
Please email me at macrush53-at-yahoo-dot-com. I would like to post every second Friday.

Happy Friday.
Happy Poetry.