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 https://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: Welcome!


Welcome to Poetry Friday. I am so happy to be hosting today. I have just returned from four days at the Oregon coast. While there, I was inspired to write the following poem:

At the Beach

Dream loud
the ocean waves
want to hear
your escapades–
Building sandcastles
Chasing starfish
Digging up treasures

Digging up treasures
Chasing starfish
Building sandcastles–
Your escapades
want to hear
the ocean waves
dream loud
at the beach

~Jone Rush MacCulloch

Please leave you links in the comments and I will add throughout the day. I have my writing critique group midday but I will return.

First up is Robyn Hood Black who’s traveling.

At TeachingAuthors.com, they’re posting about writing contests. April is focused on contests for young writers. Her poem is about the delicious all-body explosion when you find out your work has been accepted and you’re going to be PUBLISHED!

Summer brings sounds of the ocean … and crickets! A cicada poem Charles Ghigna wrote with his favorite poet posted at FATHER GOOSE Blog

Tabatha has a poem from Batman’s Failed Poetry Blog today. She also shared shared Poet Sculptures this week.

Michelle has an ocean-related poem today as well– I explore my feelings about moon jellyfish at Today’s Little Ditty.

Julie has a poem by the wonderful poet Richard Kenney over at
The Drift Record

Laura shares There were mysterious cairns — dozens of small stone towers — in our local river this week. Who put them there and why? You’ll be amazed by the story, and by the beautiful poem “The River” by Peruvian poet Javier Heraud.

Liz has “Bedtime,” an original poem for kids about something a boy has in common with his lizard.

Stephanie’s poem is also about dreaming, but instead of using water to carry the idea, I’ve used a tree.

Matt has an adult poem depicting a scene that we, as children’s writers & readers, may recognize.

At Random Noodling Diane introduces a Poetry Friday Pinterest board. She hopes everyone will help build it! Kurious Kitty has a small poem by Lilian Moore called “Berries.” And, at KK’s Kwotes there’s a magical quote by Moore.

Mary Lee stop by before a day of fly fishing with this poem.

Irene has a post dedicated to Jama: Valerie Worth Food Poems.

Fuse 8 reviewed the upcoming (not out until December) Marilyn Singer/John Hendrix title Rutherford B., Who Was He? Poems About Our Presidents. It includes a book trailer / music video. What’s not to love?

Joanne posted another summer poem, “Turning Point.”

Linda at Teacher Dance has an original poem about nature taking advantage every chance it can.

Kerirecommends shares the poem she wrote for Mary Lee Hahn for the Summer Poetry Swap.

Margaret has a Fibonacci poem about the sunflower. Did you know the sunflower fluorescence is a Fibonacci series? Take a minute to learn about the mathematics of sunflowers there.

Myra at Gathering Books has a Naomi Shihab Nye offering.

Used Books in Classroom has the poem “Invictus” because of the film that told a story about Nelson Mandela’s efforts to unite the country after Apartheid; NPR was broadcasting birthday wishes for him (age 95). My former school had a wonderful tradition about this poem…wanted to share this with everyone.

Janet Squires shares “Barefoot: poems for naked feet written by Stefi Weisburd with illustrations by Lori McElrath-Eslick.

Have a great morning. I will be back this afternoon for later additions.

Evening snacks:
Today at The Poem Farm, Amy has a little fox poem and a warm welcome to artist George Welgemoed of South Africa who has interpreted a couple of her blog poems.

Reading to the Core shares a classic poem about another favorite summertime activity, “The Swing,” by Robert Louis Stevenson.

Little Willow posted Aedh Gives His Beloved Certain Rhymes by W.B. Yeats at her blog, Bildungsroman.

Jen is sharing a new-to-her book of a collection of poems that feature different forms of poetry.

Betsy shares some Earthetry (a new made up word)! Earth inspired poetry is what you will find at I Think in Poems.

Happy Friday. Happy poetry.