Happy Poetry Friday! (Wondering what Poetry Friday is? Click here.)
Howdy, everybody! Thanks for all your well wishes–my back is feeling better! It’s been a super busy February so far with author visits, my 35th wedding anniversary <3, freelance deadlines, and endless promotion for my 3 spring books. But I’m really trying to hang in there with Poetry Friday! I love you guys.
This week, I read A Poem Grows Inside You, by Katey Howes and Heather Brockman Lee. It’s a lovely book that I won in the giveway from Laura Shovan. You can read Laura’s very cool writeup about this book here.
I felt inspired by this book, and I decided to write a poetryaction. Here’s what I came up with, and there’s a bit of writing process below the poem. I’m trying to share writing process thoughts a bit more often to help educators write poems with students!
I was sitting at a McDonald’s when I wrote this. What entered my head was “a thought in a pot of hot water.” I often use cooking language with ideas, even though I hate cooking! A story simmers, I put a project on the back burner, etc.
I wanted a different setting from a kitchen, so I decided on a campfire and wrote the first draft down the left side below.
Then I realized I wanted a few more concrete, sensory details to support that outside setting. So I made some changes and added the phrases on the right side below.
As I typed the poem into my Poetry Diary, and then as I created the Canva graphic, I made a couple more tiny adjustments on the fly. I often do that. The result was the poetryaction above.
Molly at Nix the Comfort Zone has the Poetry Friday Roundup this week. I’m out Thursday night overnight and all day Friday and Friday evening. But I’m looking forward to visiting some posts on Saturday!