Happy Poetry Friday! (Wondering what Poetry Friday is? Click here.) Many folks in the Poetry Friday community have been sharing their poems from What Is a Friend?, edited by Janet Wong and Sylvia Vardell. This book benefits IBBY, with the editors and poets all donating their efforts. I’m thrilled to share my poem with you, thanks to the nifty graphic the Pomelo Books folks sent to me :>)
And they also sent me some books to share! When my next edition of Small Reads (my monthly e‑letter for educators) goes out, on Nov. 8, I’ll be offering a giveaway of this book to the first 3 responding teachers/librarians. You can subscribe here if you’re not already a subscriber.
Also, if you’re interested in writing process, I shared the process of writing this poem with my Patrons over three videos. Here’s the first video, from August, in which I chose three mentor poems from Amy Ludwig VanDerwater’s Poems Are Teachers, and then wrote first drafts of poems to go with the above image. I try to keep the videos between 5–8 minutes most of the time, but this one is longer. Maybe watch it at 2x :>D
Want to know more about my Patreon group? Just click the Writer in Progress graphic. And for lots of wonderful poetry, don’t miss the Poetry Friday Roundup with poet, educator, former teacher, and climate activist Heidi Mordhorst!