Friday, October 24, 2008
It's Poetry Friday
Happy Poetry Day, everybody! Tomorrow, I'm going to SCBWI Mid Atlantic's annual fall conference. The keynote speaker is Jane Yolen. She's written so many wonderful children's books. One of our favorites is "Sleeping Ugly" -- a great twist on the Sleeping Beauty fairy tale. In her poem "Fat is Not a Fairy Tale," Yolen jokingly and scathingly critiques the fairy tale genre. What a powerful message for kids... Fat Is Not a Fairy Tale Jane Yolen I am thinking of a fairy tale, Cinder Elephant, Sleeping Tubby, Snow Weight, where the princess is not anorexic, wasp-waisted, flinging herself down the stairs. I am thinking of a fairy tale, Hansel and Great, Repoundsel, Bounty and the Beast, where the beauty has a pillowed breast, and fingers plump as sausage. Read the rest of the poem here: http://www.loc.gov/poetry/180/056.html (Poetry 180 has poems for every day of the high school year -- check it out!) Writing Exercise: Write your own fractured fairy tale. Another poet to check out -- Anne Sexton, who rewrote several fairy tales (darkly) in her book Transformations. The Poetry Friday round-up is at Big A, Little a this week.