Happy Poetry Friday! Welcome, everyone! (Wondering what Poetry Friday is? Click here.) I’m so happy to be hosting this week. I’m feeling sad about a breakup in the family, and this is a good distraction–along with being super busy with deadlines, storytimes, and promoting my forthcoming picture book.
Poetry Princesses Challenge
This month, our Poetry Princess challenge was to choose a poem by a poetry sister and write a tanka in response or inspired by or in conversation with. I’ve never felt comfortable with tankas, though I love haiku, which are related. You can learn more about tankas in this post from Kelly. She says, “The final two lines elaborate on the subject by delving deeper into the emotional heart of the poem. The use of metaphor or simile is encouraged in the tanka, particularly in the closing two lines.” So I delved.
This one was inspired by Mary Lee’s gorgeous haiku on the sounds of autumn. I wondered what the trees of early fall were saying, and this is what came out. I wanted to work in the mournful creak of the U‑Haul as we sadly unloaded boxes down the ramp, but it didn’t fit.
Then I picked another poem, a recent one from Liz. It was her fabulous deeper wisdom poem about pennies. I’m afraid I couldn’t let go of autumn, one of my favorite poetry topics.
And that’s all I’ve got, unlike some of my ambitious sisters! Don’t forget to check in with them!
(And click here to see all our previous Poetry Princesses collaborations.)
Did you write a tanka along with us? Please share using #PoetryPals or just stick it in the comments. Looking forward to seeing them!
My Forthcoming Picture Book
Also, I want to take a moment to share that I have a new picture book coming out in October. It’s called If You Want to Knit Some Mittens, and it’s a crafting/friendship story about how wool gets from a sheep to mittens. Illustrator Angela Matteson and I (but mostly Angela!) have put together some activity sheets, and you can also see the book trailer and more about the books if you click on the link above or the cover below. Please feel free to spread the word to any of your crafter/maker/knitter friends!
Mr. Schu revealed our book trailer on Monday. Check it out here!
Want to write with us in October? Our challenge is a Wordplay Poem, as invented by Nikki Grimes. Wordplay poems are fabulous! Check out Nikki’s description here on Michelle Heidenrich Barnes’ lovely blog: https://michellehbarnes.blogspot.com/2015/05/spotlight-on-nikki-grimes-dmc-challenge.html You’ll have to scroll down a ways to get to it. Here’s my poem for that challenge: https://michellehbarnes.blogspot.com/2015/05/dmc-blanket-by-laura-purdie-salas.html And here are a few more _ Is a Word poems I’ve done since then: https://laurasalas.com/tag/wordplay/ And here are all the ones done by loads of people for that original challenge: https://michellehbarnes.blogspot.com/2015/05/may-dmc-wrap-up-giveaway.html And here’s my lesson plan (with messed up photos) from a young authors conference where I taught this form. https://laurasalas.com/writers-in-the-schools/wordplay-yac/ No need to look at ALL of this. Just giving you options :>) So write your Wordplay Poem and post it on October 29th! Share it with #PoetryPals if you post to social media, too!
Mr. Linky is rounding us up today, so please fill out the doohickey below to both leave your link and to check out all the other links you can explore. Thanks for being part of Poetry Friday, and I look forward to reading all of your posts throughout the weekend!