I already mentioned that the second book in my 30 Painless Classroom Poems series is going to be Riddle-ku: Haiku for Very Close Reading. You might remember that I shared these poems here during National Poetry Month earlier this year. What was cool as I went through editing the riddle-ku to be part of this book was getting to share a little of my revision/thinking process with students and teachers through the Note from the Poet feature. Every poem in every 30 Painless Classroom Poems book has a Note from the Poet with it. The Notes are short, just a few sentences, but they give readers a peek into my brain. Here’s an example of one poem in the book and how it changed. Lots of times, it was comments from you that helped me know when a riddle-ku was too hard or could be interpreted too many ways, so thank you!
My tail wags my nose
when I lie round as a dime
I wish you were home?
Photos by Laura Purdie Salas (model: Captain Jack Sparrow:>)
TITLE (AND ANSWER):
A Note from the Poet:
My first line used to be ?My tail whisks my nose.? I love the verb ?whisks.? But I realized there was nothing in the poem to give you a hint about whether this was a dog or a cat. So I (somewhat sadly) changed ?whisks? to ?wags.? There are a lot of things to think about when choosing words in poems!