Happy Poetry Friday! (Wondering what Poetry Friday is? Click here.)
I haven’t read as many picture books/poetry books this year as I usually do. But I finally got my hands on one I’ve been eager to read. I bet you’ve read or at least read about Irene Latham’s lovely The Museum on the Moon poetry collection. It’s so wonderful–the kind of mash-up of poetry and nonfiction that I adore. I learned so much! More importantly for me, I was enchanted. I already love the moon, but this collection both broadened and deepened my connection to it. Thank you, Irene.
My favorite poem in the collection is called “Moon’s Message Upon Reading the Apollo 11 Silicon Disc.” It both begins and ends with the line, “Me, Moon.” And it features lines like “Clear mirror of peace” and “Unshakable. Wild. Beautiful.” Sigh. I couldn’t get the moon off my mind after reading this book, so I decided to write a poetryaction, modeled a bit after that favorite poem. I was thinking about how the moon always feels both so very close and so very far away. It’s like a best friend who knows all your secrets, but it’s also got the wisdom and perspective of something distant and objective. What a contradiction! Here’s my draft. (You can see all my poetryactions here.)
You can learn more about Irene and the beautiful books she writes at her website.
And for more poetry, including poems about mysterious, silly, terrible, and fabulous topics, check out the Poetry Friday Roundup with the imaginative and kind Janice Scully at Salt City Verse.