Poetry Friday: Call for the Cybils

summer’s end
reading, blogging book love
cybils arrive

Yes, yes, yes, it’s THAT time of year. Not just the return to school but the CYBILS!  The Cybils have opened up the call for volunteers. It will stay open through August 31st, and we should announce the panels mid-September. As the organizer of the Poetry category, I am looking for those readers and bloggers who love, love, love poetry for children.  I want two well-rounded committees of teachers, writers, librarians, poets, parents, and athletes (remember March Poetry Madness?).

First round judges will read at least 30 poetry books(wouldn’t it be great to have more than thirty nominated?) to select the finalists for round two.  In the second round, committee members will read five to seven books to decide which poetry book has the triple threat in books: kid appeal, literary merit, and accessibility.  I mean, don’t we want to foster the love of poetry to children and young adults?

The deadline to apply is in two weeks, AUGUST 31. So don’t delay.

All the information you need to apply can be found here: http://www.cybils.com/2012/08/2012-cybils-call-for-judges.html#comments
If you have any questions, please email Cybils09@gmail.com.

The CYBILS site is HERE

Poetry Friday is at A Year of Reading. Thanks, Mary Lee.

Happy Reading.

MsMac

Poetry Friday: At the Beach

My family and I are at the coast this week.  Opportunity to play with my new lens and write.

sparrow perched upon
evergreen branches leads the
way to the ocean

tillamook head stands
in the distance, clouds caress
surfer’s paradise

black beetles scurries
home with sand, a reminder
of a day at the beach

rain crystals adorn
lupine leaf
water peapods

Poetry Friday is held at  A Teaching Life.

Happy Reading.

MsMac

Poetry Friday: Welcome All Poetry Fans

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Today I am happy to be hosting Poetry Friday on a day where I am home and not trying to squeeze in poetry updates between students and classes.

poetry friday
welcome all who gather here
celebrate poems

Robyn Hood Black treats us to an original poem about TIME.
Violet has a poem tribute to Doc Watson.
Linda B. has a poem inspired by Violet’s poem a few weeks ago.
Amy from The Poem Farm has a Poetry Peek with second grade teacher, Barbara Phillips.
Tabatha shares a poem by Marie-Elizabeth Mali.
Ed has a poem about MLB pitcher Kerry Wood at The Hardball Times:
Statistics drive the structure and sounds of the poem.
Mary Lee has the Chigger Blues
Laura Salas is in with 15 Words or Less Poems this week. Everybody is welcome to come read poems, write a poem, and quack like a duck.
Gathering Books has a poem by Richard Macwilliam, and about immigrant workers. Have a wonderful, stress-free Friday!
Haitiruth has a Mary Oliver poem for us.
Katya has coffee, sestinas and Elizabeth Bishop over at Write. Sketch. Repeat.
Donna shares a poem she wrote about a seagull.

At Random Noodling more poetry poems, today, with ones by Archibald MacLeish.
It’s going to be hot and humid here in New England, so Kurious Kitty has found two cool poems on watermelons.
And at KK’s Kwotes, the quote is by Charles Simic.

The Write Sisters looks at two translations of an ancient Greek poem–the same but different.
Poetry Advocates interviews Melissa Manlove, editor of some great poetry titles and picture books at Chronicle Books.
Irene shares a poem about what she learned from five and six year olds.
Renee is featuring a poetry video and interview with fellow Poetry Friday guy Jim Hill, with his child-spookin’ poem “Monstrous”
Theresa shares her end-of-the-year writing that is sort of a poem.
At NC Teacher Stuff, Jeff posted a review of The House That George Built. It’s a new book with a historical spin on the House That Jack Built rhyme.
Yikes! A bolt of lightning woke the world last night in a “Summer Storm at Midnight” .
Carol has a Mary Oliver poem, “Little Summer Poem on the Subject of Faith.”
At Wild Rose Reader, there’s an original memoir poem titled “Summer Ritual.”

At A Teaching Life the original lyrics to Woody Guthrie’s “This Land is Your Land” to celebrate his 100th. birthday – which is tomorrow.
Heidi is waxing rhapsodic about the pleasures of summer reading today, but the poem I’m sharing is about dressing rhapsodic.

At On Point, Lori has a haiku, Moss Mouth.

And at readertotz, we have a review of A Cuddle for Little Duck.

Ben is sharing 3 poems today after a long hiatus.

At Poetry for Kids Joy, there’s a lovely poem and photo of a quail.

Liz has an original poem about moving at Growing Wild.
Karen treats us to Robert Frost this week.

Janet has “The Swamps of Sleethe: poems from beyond the solar system” written by Jack Prelutsky with illustrations by Jimmy Pickering.

Doug cools us down with a dove in the snow at Florian Cafe

Meredith shares some Shakespeare.
Please leave your links in the comments and I will check back during the day to add on.

Julie brings us an original poem about “bad signs” (omens!) over at The Drift Record
Happy reading.
MsMac