Agate Magnipoem and Digital Review Copies of My Next Picture Book!

Repeating this from last week ICYMI: Guess what? My next picture book, Line Leads the Way, is available on Netgalley! If you’re a book lover, a blogger, a reviewer, a librarian (big library tie-in in this book!), or a teacher, Capstone Editions and I would be thrilled if you would like to access the digital review copy, read it, and share your opinion anywhere you talk about books! Fair disclosure: This is not a poetry book. I used a lot of wordplay and poetic techniques like alliteration, but it’s a story. I really love this book and can’t wait for it to come out on August 1. It features fabulous art from Alice Caldarella, and I hope you enjoy it! <3 <3 <3

And now on to 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 to try this with students (you can have them just get up close and personal to something and study it closely for a minute). If you want to share online, tag me (@LauraPSalas) or share here in the comments!
 

I love rocks, and I have so many wonderful memories of agate hunting on the shores of Lake Superior. Here’s my agate magnipoem for you. I was thinking about how agates usually form in the air bubbles of volcanic rock, like basalt. And then how glaciers scraped out the basin for Lake Superior in the last Ice Age.

And here’s my process.

For lots of wonderful poetry, be sure to visit climate poet Heidi Mordhorst, who’s hosting the Poetry Friday Roundup this week!

14 Responses

  1. Hi Laura! Last week I don’t think my comment took–hope to have better luck this time. Excited to review LINE LEADS THE WAY. I am loving these Magnipoems; in this one I like the rhyme scheme and “molten secrets to keep”–and then it shares stories anyway!

    1. Thanks, Heidi! Huh, that’s interesting about those two lines. I hadn’t even been aware of the contradiction in those two different thoughts–hehehe!

  2. I like reading the story of your agate searching, Laura, and now, “wears a flame in each caramel line”! One more capture deep down!

  3. Laura, I would love to review Line Leads the Way. I am already imagining your creativity in that book! I am enjoying your closer looks through a magnifying glass and your poems that seem to pour out!

      1. Thanks, Tracey! Some pour out fairly easily…others drip out painfully, one unloved word at a time :>D

  4. “crawled from the ice” is a wonderful line of personification. I love seeing your process. Congrats on the new picture book!

  5. Ooh, “stories from time upon time” — - so hauntingly beautiful, Laura!

  6. “molten secrets to keep” ‑now that is a blend of science and poetic goodness. Laura, congratulations on your new book. I will check if I can get it on net gallery.

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