So, here I am, hopping along in’the Children’s Poetry Blog Hop and happy to be here.
Here’s how to hop ?Mortimer Minute? style!
- Answer 3 questions. Pick one question from the previous Hopper. Add two of your own. Keep it short, please! This is a Blog Hop, not a Blog Long Jump. This is The Mortimer Minute?not The Mortimer Millennium!
- Invite friends. Invite 1-3 bloggers who love children’s poetry to follow you. They can be writers, teachers, librarians, or just plain old poetry lovers.
- Say thank you. In your own post, link to The Previous Hopper. Then keep The Mortimer Minute going ? let us know who your Hoppers are and when they plan to post their own Mortimer Minute.
Mortimer: Is there a children’s poem that you wish you had written?
Oh, Mortimer. There are hundreds–most from poets I admire who are writing today. But I’m going to share one I wish I had written (and feel like it’s almost within the realm of possibility that I could write a poem like this on one of my best days). It’s by the late Barbara Juster Esbensen, an amazing poet, and it’s from Swing Around the Sun (Carolrhoda/Lerner, 1965, 2003 — beautiful re-issue with stunning art from four artists, one for each season).
Elm leaves fall
In a golden shower.
Wind runs howling,
Rain slants cold;
Elm leaves pave
The streets with gold.
–Barbara Juster Esbensen, all rights reserved
Mortimer:?Who inspired you to start writing children’s poetry?
Barbara Juster Esbensen, speaking at an SCBWI conference not too long before her death.
Mortimer: What poetic skill/technique do you struggle most with?
I find whimsy almost impossible to do, and varying/breaking meter to good effect is really difficult, too. Sometimes I’m just too regimented! Maybe I was in the military in a former life.
And that’s my Mortimer Minute!
Now let me introduce you to the Hopper who will bound down The Mortimer Minute path at her blog in two weeks. I just finished writing poems in a group with this fabulous blogger, educator, and poet (more to come on that next week!), and I’m excited to hand off the carrot to Tricia Stohr-Hunt of The Miss Rumphius Effect!
My first poem was published at the age of 7 in the kids pull-out section of the local newspaper. Since then, all my publishing has been academic. In an interview with J. Patrick Lewis he said “I had been writing for many years in my field of economics (groan), which requires a mind at odds with the universe and one that conveys itself in prose of lead.” I feel much the same way about my writing for work. ?
I’ve been a teacher for most of my life, though I’ve also worked as a boat hand on a private yacht, assembled physics equipment in a factory, taught (and survived!) middle school, and even tested dog biscuits for fat content. In my current position I serve on the faculty at the University of Richmond where I have the distinct honor and pleasure of preparing future teachers in the areas of math and science. Children’s books and poetry are part of my daily life and have an honored place in my classroom.
Doraine Bennett at Dori Reads has the Poetry Friday Roundup today! Enjoy!