Happy Poetry Friday! (Wondering what Poetry Friday is? Click here.)
OK, I perhaps went a little overboard with Sandra Markle’s Snow School, which I loved! This book was so full of wonderful, vivid action, so my first poetryaction is simply a list of verbs. It’s my way of thinking of all of the things the young snow leopard has to learn to do, in their barest, briefest form.
Then I wrote another poetryaction. In this one, I share the lessons from the mother’s point of view. This might be a found poem–sorry, I have started to keep better notes about the origins of each poetryaction as I write it, but I’ve donated this book to a school and can’t recall whether I actually lifted words/phrases out of the text or not. Anyway, this one really represents the visceral struggle a snow leopard engages in just to survive. We sometimes think of predators as being invulnerable, and this book reminds us that they’re not.
Teacher/poet/blogger/Renaissance woman Mary Lee Hahn over at A Year of Reading has the Poetry Friday Roundup today. Don’t miss it!
P.S. If you’re in a predatory frame of mind, I have a 30 Painless Classroom Poems book called A Need to Feed: Poems of Predators and Prey.? All predators, all the time:)