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We were scrambling for our form this month, and Tricia suggested anagram poems. She was inspired by Linda Baie’s lovely idea and poem here. As a theme, we picked weather or umbrellas or natural cycles.
I wrote my poem mostly on a flight to Denver for the awesome Denver Children’s Festival of Stories (photos here from my trip).
And here’s a bit of my process. I thought I was done after draft two, because I just didn’t have time to work further on it. But then, as I made my imagepoem above, I tweaked a few more things on the fly. In that final tweaking, I lost one anagram pair. So this poem has four anagram pairs total. Can you spot them?
I’m looking forward to seeing what my Poetry Sisters have come up with–right along with you guys! I have been on a school visit at Bayview Elementary School all week, so I wrote this a couple weeks ago and haven’t been able to participate in the conversation that’s been flying around!
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Linda KulpTrout says
Loved seeing your process for writing this poem, Laura!
So many great sound words and strong verbs. Love this poem, but I hope it wasn’t storming like this while you were on your flight!
I love this! I have never written an anagram poem. Now I am intrigued!
I am delighted, Laura, love that you all are trying this, and love the metaphor of a “Sky Love Story”. I will keep at it, have found 3 pair & 2 words that are anagrams you didn’t use. I’m impressed with the the staccato beat, just like a thunderstorm, at least for a while!
Tricia Stohr-Hunt says
This is a much better approach to writing this poem. I got hung up on word pairs. I think you’ve done a remarkable job with this challenge. I love the pairs you have chosen and particularly love the second and fourth stanzas. Well done!
So cool how you got the whole cycle in this short poem. Great choice of wording, too!
I think I have poem envy just for your organizational skills. You are SO much better at this than any of us, but you… have a businesslike way with your poems. Meanwhile, I sort of flail… I LOVE this. Excellent job!
Liz Garton Scanlon says
With rhyme, even! Overachiever!! I love the shape of this, especially, and I always always love seeing your process revealed!
Sara Lewis Holmes says
Wow. Love how this is both playful and precise in its embodiment of a storm. I want to say it aloud, over and over and over! And to “hide” your anagram pairs, too….like an “Easter Egg” yes? Lovely.
Fun! Ruth, thereisnosuchthingasagodforsakentown.blogspot.com
Alice Nine says
Anagrams are such fun. I enjoyed thumbing the pages of your notebook. Thank you for sharing. One of my favorite places to write is in a plane. My thoughts seem to be unleashed when I fly.
I especially love your last lines here. Life goes one no matter what kinds storm we experience.
Michelle Kogan says
I love the rhythm of your poem too, and I think it could be a picture book Laura! Thanks for sharing your drafts.
Wondering and Wandering says
I need more coffee this morning to find your pairs! 🙂 I adore this, though, as my Kindergarten poets have been jumping in lots of mud puddles this week after several stormy days. Tis the season! Cheers! — Christie
Always good to give poetry a little time to percolate. What a delightful poem in word, rhythm, shape and meaning.
I always appreciate when you share your process, Laura. Your poem is wonderful, full of energy, and it was fun to try and find the anagram pairs, too. I bet kids would love that challenge!
This anagram poem is amazing, especially your process. it is hard to believe that a plane ride was where you mostly gather the poem together. There is such drama in this poem and a delightful ending.
Karen Edmisten says
I am loving these anagram poems, and can’t wait to try out the form with my daughter and her friends at our writing group. Yours is so creative and lovely, Laura!