Category: Poems for Teachers

Chronic Pain and a Poetryaction

Happy Poetry Friday! (Wondering what Poetry Friday is? Click here.) Question for you all: Can you personally recommend any good books about living with chronic pain? I was recently diagnosed with some spinal maladies. At least I have an answer to the back pain that began a year ago and

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Thank You for Asking (an epistolary poem)

Happy Poetry Friday! Welcome, everyone! (Wondering what Poetry Friday is? Click here.) Just a reminder of a free Zoom about Oskar’s Voyage. Hope to see you there! This month, we poetry sisters wrote epistolary poems. I love this form of poems written as letters, even though I’ve only written a

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I Am Heat, a Poetryaction to A River of Dust

  Happy Poetry Friday! (Wondering what Poetry Friday is? Click here.) I am so excited! We got snow last night! My husband Randy is out right now at the airport picking up family that’s visiting from Georgia. They were so hoping for snow! And we got some. It’s our first

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Lake Superior, a Poetryaction to Blue

Happy Poetry Friday, friends! (Wondering what Poetry Friday is? Click here.) I had a lovely World Read Aloud Day on Wednesday, reading to and chatting with students in 5 states and 1 Canadian province. It was fun to share Oskar’s Voyage with them–and if you missed that, there’s an opportunity

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Always Something Burning

Happy Poetry Friday! (Wondering what Poetry Friday is? Click here.) I had MORE good news to share Thursday, plus invitations (both virtual and in person) for educators in my previous post, so please click here if you missed it. Thanks! I’m sharing a poem this week for everyone who loves

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A Pony Frozen in Time

Happy Poetry Friday! Welcome, everyone! (Wondering what Poetry Friday is? Click here.) This month, we wrote poems inspired by the very cool pinata art of Roberto Benevidez. If you go here and scroll down, you’ll see the horse art that I wrote to. Oh, or here’s his IG post with

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Holding My Own Hand

Happy Poetry Friday! (Wondering what Poetry Friday is? Click here.) Have you seen the interesting poems consisting of overheard snippets of conversation that Susan Thomsen’s shared over time at Chicken Spaghetti? This week’s poem isn’t made up of all overheard snippets–but it was inspired by one. I really did hear

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How To Spend a Snowy Day

Happy Poetry Friday! (Wondering what Poetry Friday is? Click here.) I’m feeling that start-of-the-year energy! I kicked some bad writing habits to the curb, and I’m feeling much happier. Will everything get done? Nope. Will writing get done? Absolutely. Four quick things: 1. My next picture book is available for

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Seven Years On — A Breakup Poem #PoetryFriday

Happy Poetry Friday! (Wondering what Poetry Friday is? Click here.) Hello, friends, and Happy 2024! I’m starting the year with lots of hopes and plans to share more kinds of poetry, to make more time for writing poetry, and to spend less time on business and promotion stuff. It’s just

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December, an Elfchen

Happy Poetry Friday! Welcome, everyone, to the final Poetry Friday of 2023! (Wondering what Poetry Friday is? Click here.) Amazing watercolorist Michelle Hogan is hosting the Poetry Friday Roundup this week. I feel like I’m in a contest to see how many times I can say the same two words

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