I’ve posted before about Gift Tag, the new poetry e‑thology edited?and published by Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong. It’s only $2.99 (buy it from the link on poetrytagtime.com), a complete bargain for poetry lovers (and perhaps a converter for?kids who aren’t already poetry lovers).
Today, I thought I’d share my poem. We each chose a picture from a bunch of choices and were to write a holiday-related poem about it.
Here’s the picture I chose. And my poem.
We Are Woven
Where one loop goes,
No lonely lines.
No empty hollows.
They dance and chase.
They hold on tight.
Like you and me,
They fit just right!
–Laura Purdie Salas
Each poem has a brief prose introduction by the poet.
I made gazillions of these potholder gifts as a kid! This picture made me think of neat, close things, like farm crops. But holidays mean family! Tight-knit (ha!) families weave several people together, and that’s what my poem is about.
And, finally, each poem is ingeniously linked to the previous poem. Sylvia and Janet are amazing! My poem follows the contemplative “Nativity,” by Lee Bennett Hopkins, which?mentions tight-wrapped presents?in it. So from tight-wrapped, we go to tight-knit families in my poem. And the next poet, the lovely Joan Bransfield Graham, tells a? heartwarming story of a just-right neighbor.
I was re-reading Gift Tag last night, and every time I read it I have new favorites! Last night, it was Amy Ludwig Vanderwater’s “Snow Gifts” and Robert Weinstock’s “Xylophone.” So many fun and fantastic poems here!