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Happy Poetry Friday!

I’ve been re-reading Words with Wrinkled Knees: Animal Poems, an old collection by Barbara Juster Esbensen (who also wrote one of my favorite poetry collections ever, Swing Around the Sun). Here’s one poem I love:

You must read
this word under water
wavering nets of cool
A vertical word
with its fragile head     blown
from glass     a curled tail
beneath     The eyes   serious
almost have lashes     blink
No one races here     no crowds cheer
gentle     upright swims
toward us     We can barely hear
the whinny

–Barbara Juster Esbensen, all rights reserved

The Cybils nominations are now closed, and I hope you’ve all nominated some books you love. I can’t wait to see the short lists and the winners. And a huge thank you to all of you bloggers who are always championing books, authors, and illustrators. I read many books that I would never know about because I see them on your blogs. You help me find such great books and poems every single week–thank you!

OK, Mister Linky’s below. Click on Mister Linky and add your link there. You can leave a comment to this post, too, if you want, but you’ve gotta leave a Mister Linky link to appear in the master list. Thanks!


Here are the links you’ve left with Mister Linky so far. You keep leaving links with him, and I’ll update this list throughout the day (though you can click on him to see all the links at any time).

1. Kurious Kitty takes a look at Mary Oliver’s Evidence
2. Diane Mayr reviews a novel about poetry, The Anthologist by Nicholson Baker
3. Susan Taylor Brown has an original poem, Four- legged Love
4. Father Goose
5. Blue Rose Girls (Blogging My Poetry)
6. Wild Rose Reader (Original Witch Poems)
7. Political Verses (A Double Dactyl by Julie Larios)
8. Julie Larios (Poetry Stretch: A Love Poem to the World)
9. Sally @Paper Tigers (Poetry Comics: An Animated Anthology by Dave Morice)
10. Laura Salas (15 Words or Less Poems)
11. Gregory K. (Oddaptation of Where the Wild Things Are)
12. Carol
13. Tricia (October by Robert Frost)
14. Shelf Elf (Early Frost)
15. Sara Lewis Holmes (Jody Calls and LGM Photos)
16. Jama Rattigan (Thompson’s Lunch Room — Grand Central Station by Amy Lowell)
17. Carmela (Poem by April Halprin Wayland for National Day on Writing)
18. Sherry at Semicolon
19. Tabatha (A Dream of Horses)
20. Jules — Denise Doyen stops by 7‑Imp
21. The Stenhouse Blog (Lucky by Tony Hoagland)
22. Barbara H (September)
23. Karen Edmisten (Jane Kenyon)
24. Gavin( October 10 — Wendell Berry)
25. Gisele (Haiku from Black Swan/ White Crow)
26. Liz in Ink (with haiku)
27. Book Aunt (Valerie Worth poems)
28. Little Willow — The Immortal Realm by Frewin Jones
29. Heidi Mordhorst (musing on a conflict of interest in teaching poetry
30. readertotz (I had a Little Nut- Tree)
31. Color Online Original poetry by daughter
32. Lorie Ann Grover (Dogged Through Autumn)
33. Sylvia (poetry tidbits)
34. Ms Mac (Things I Love poem)
35. Milly Marie (Trees by Joyce Kilmer)
36. Priya (Old Houses by Sharon Hart Addy)
37. Maya Ganesan (7:30 p.m.)
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