Category: Poems for Teachers

The Moon Has Lost Her Memory

Happy Poetry Friday, and welcome! (Wondering what Poetry Friday is? Click here.) I have so many friends (including here in the PF community) and family members, including our own immediate family, supporting people with memory loss, Alzheimer’s, dementia, etc. It’s such a devastating thing, and yet watching people guide and

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Homage to My Backbone

Happy Poetry Friday! Welcome, everyone! (Wondering what Poetry Friday is? Click here.) It’s the last Friday of the month, which means it’s Poetry Sisters time! We wrote poems in the style of Lucille Clifton’s “homage to my hips.” Such a fantastic poem, and so hard for me to write in

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Dreaming of Savannah

[ETA: I updated my How Much Money Does a Writer Make? page with my 2023 income report. Sadly, the answer is “not much!”] Welcome to Poetry Friday! Whether you’re a familiar face or a new visitor, I’m happy you’re here. (Wondering what Poetry Friday is? Click here.) Recently, I received

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We Are…a Community

Happy Poetry Friday! (Wondering what Poetry Friday is? Click here.) On Wednesday, I shared a bit about the Minnesota Book Awards event last week. Finding Family didn’t win, but it was a wonderful night! I also shared this poem as I thought about my Minnesota kidlit community. But the poem

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In the Carolina Mountains

Happy Poetry Friday! (Wondering what Poetry Friday is? Click here.) Whew! I’ve been in a whirlwind with NPM, some work-for-hire work, a trip to Madison, and much more. All good stuff. But. Not a lot of poetry writing in the past month, other than NPM! Here’s something I wrote back

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Looking Back at National Poetry Month

Happy Poetry Friday! (Wondering what Poetry Friday is? Click here.) I’m in Madison, Wisconsin, for a few days. Finding Family is an Honor selection for the Charlotte Zolotow Award, and I’m going for the ceremony. I’ll get to tour the CCBC, meet the committee, and see my niece, Lily, who’s

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Hyacinth Magnipoem

Hi, and welcome! During National Poetry Month, I’m posting a magnipoem each day that I can. That’s a poem inspired by my simply looking at an object under a magnifying glass for 1 minute each day, and then jotting a poem. Feel free to try this with students (you can

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Birthday Gift Magnipoem

Hi, and welcome! During National Poetry Month, I’m posting a magnipoem each day that I can. That’s a poem inspired by my simply looking at an object under a magnifying glass for 1 minute each day, and then jotting a poem. Feel free to try this with students (you can

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Unanswerable Question Poem with the Poetry Sisters

Happy Poetry Friday! (Wondering what Poetry Friday is? Click here.) During National Poetry Month, I’m posting a magnipoem each day that I can. That’s a poem inspired by my simply looking at an object under a magnifying glass for 1 minute each day, and then jotting a poem. Feel free

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