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Howdy, everyone–I’m (theoretically) in Central Florida visiting family this long weekend–if Idalia doesn’t stop my trip. Anyway, I won’t be around to visit everyone’s blogs, but I wanted to post this poetryaction and say Happy Poetry Friday!
And here’s what I read for the Sealey Challenge this final week. Maybe next week, I’ll have a few minutes to reflect on the month. But overall, I’m happy that I did the Challenge–and I didn’t miss a single day! Whee! Thanks for the reminder and inspiration, Marcie Flinchum Atkins!
- Bob Raczka’s inventiveness & joy in wordplay has long inspired me. Today, I reread LEMONADE: AND OTHER POEMS SQUEEZED FROM A SINGLE WORD. So clever! #theSealeyChallenge #poetry
- From Douglas Florian, I’ve learned the sheer joy of witty wordplay and rhyme and the beautiful impact of white space. Today, MAMMALABILIA. #theSealeyChallenge #poetry
- I learned so much from Lee Bennett Hopkins’ poems & anthologies, esp about not underestimating young readers. Here’s 1 I treasure, signed to me, & dedicated to another favorite poet of mine, Rebecca Kai Dotlich! Great memories here RIP Lee. ALPHATHOUGHTS #theSealeyChallenge
- I love David Elliott’s poetry. One of the things I’ve tried to absorb from his work is the ability to capture a big personality or tell a big story in 30 words or less! Today, IN THE WILD. #theSealeyChallenge
- Another poet whose work has taught me–Jane Yolen. Her collections & anthologies reveal the lush possibilities of a single topic, poems inspired by photos, and the beauty of going into the darkness. Today, anthology ONCE UPON ICE, one of my favorites. #theSealeyChallenge.
- From Ralph Fletcher, I learned about writing poems in a kid’s voice. Poems that speak big truths. Today, A WRITING KIND OF DAY. I’m also going to pull out my trusty POETRY MATTERS for a reread! #theSealeyChallenge
- Eons ago at a CLN conf, Tracie Vaughn Zimmer told me about Billy Collins. TY, Tracie THE TROUBLE WITH POETRY wasn’t the first Collins I read, but it’s today’s pick for #theSealeyChallenge. I always learn from the path Collins takes readers down, those turns at the end.
And for lots of wonderful poetry, don’t miss the Poetry Friday Roundup with fabulous retired teacher and book lover Ramona!