It’s Poetry Friday This time next week, I’ll be basking in the poetic glow of the Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival. Here are the highlights of the 2008 lineup: Chris Abani, Coleman Barks, Coral Bracho, Billy Collins, Lucille Clifton, Mark Doty, Martín Espada, Joy Harjo, Robert Hass, Brenda Hillman, Edward Hirsch, Jane Hirshfield, Ted Kooser, Maxine Kumin, Naomi Shihab Nye, Sharon Olds, Linda Pastan, Charles Simic, C. D. Wright, Franz Wright.
Find more info at http://www.dodgepoetry.org/. Festival organizer Jim Haba always invites several international poets to the event. At the last festival, 2006, Taha Muhammad Ali was one of those poets. I heard Ali speak several times during the four-day festival, but it was his poem, “Revenge,” that made a lasting impression. The poem begins with Ali’s desire to meet and duel the man who killed his father. It goes on…
But if it came to light,
when my rival appeared,
that he had a mother
waiting for him,
or a father who’d put
his right hand over
the heart’s place in his chest
whenever his son was late
even by just a quarter-hour
for a meeting they’d set—
then I would not kill him,
even if I could.
Read the rest of the poem here: http://www.grdodge.org/2006festival_revengetext_english.htm I’m sure many felt, as I did, echoes of our own country’s conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan as Ali and his translator read “Revenge.” Ali has the gravelly, enticing voice of a storyteller. But don’t take my word for it. The Dodge team has a video clip of the reading that you can access here: http://www.grdodge.org/2006festival_revenge.htm Writing Exercise (Recommended High School and Up) Poem: Revenge is a Desire Ali begins his poem with a strong desire for revenge. He argues himself out of action without losing any of the power of his desire. Your desire might be for brownies, or to say what you really think to a neighbor. It could be a need for revenge, or to steal something. Can you argue yourself out of acting on that desire without losing any of its sweetness or sting? Poetry Friday Friends: I’ll do a procrastinators’ round-up early Saturday AM. Visit next week for an interview with Electronic Arts lead designer Rex Dickson about how realistically (or not) video games are portrayed in current MG and YA fiction.
Your Poetry Friday Round-Up:
Linda has an original poem about feeling different at http://ldkwritetime.blogspot.com/.
Check out Julie Larios's blog "The Drift Record" for a poem by May Swenson: http://julielarios.blogspot.com/
John Mutford has a review of Randall Maggs' "Night Work The Sawchuk Poems" – a verse biography of a hockey goalie. http://bookmineset.blogspot.com/2008/09/readers-diary-397-randall-maggs-night.html Gregory K. is getting creative with a very clever original poetry today: I'm Pretty Well Connected.
Michele at Scholar’s Blog has some topical Keats! An ode written on September 19, 1819. At Reading Year, Mary Lee is contributing a review of Judy Sierra's Beastly Rhymes. Looks like a great collection to share with kids: http://readingyear.blogspot.com/2008/09/poetry-friday-review.html
Visit twowritingteachers for a school-related poem: http://twowritingteachers.wordpress.com/2008/09/19/pf-getting-to-know-the-teacher/
Andrea -- Just One More Book!! Podcast is in with a podcast review of a book my kids and I love, Stella, Unleashed! The poems are in the voice of a sassy rescue dog. Janet has a post and poem about Johnny Appleseed: http://acrossthepage.net/?p=242
Shelf Elf offer us Mark Strand’s "Lines for Winter,” hauntingly read by actress Mary Louise Parker. Thanks for sharing a poem in performance. http://shelfelf.wordpress.com/2008/09/19/poetry-friday-mark-strand-read-by-mary-louise-parker/
jama is in with a Stephen Dobyn’s poem, “How to Like It" http://jamarattigan.livejournal.com/177475.html
TadMack at Finding Wonderland brings us “God in the Details” by Mike White .
Jules at Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast is offering a William Stafford poem that’s new to me: “You Reading This, Be Ready.”
Ruth's poem this week is To Night by Joseph Blanco White. Tricia must have been reading my post “Questions.” I’ll be pining for England after I read Wordsworth’s Upon Westminster Bridge.
Sara at Read, Write, Believe has something exciting… Poetry Foundations series of poems as comic strips.
Kelly has news. The Cybils blog is announcing the 2008 Panel of Poetry judges: http://dadtalk.typepad.com/cybils/2008/09/the-poetry-pane.html
laurasalas has an interview with both the poet and the illustrator of Pirates! http://laurasalas.livejournal.com/95226.html You’ll want to see more of this book, so head to Sylvia Vardell’s post in honor of "international talk like a pirate day." She reviews PIRATES at http://poetryforchildren.blogspot.com/ Elaine Magliaro at Wild Rose Reader is reviewing three children's books with autumn poems and DAPPLED APPLES, a picture book written in verse. http://wildrosereader.blogspot.com/2008/09/fall-into-poetry.html
At Blue Rose Girls, you’ll find a poem by Bruce Weigl entitled HOME.http://bluerosegirls.blogspot.com/2008/09/poetry-friday-home-by-bruce-weigl.html ellsworth is sharing a vintage children's poem, "September," by Helen Hunt Jackson, an amazing woman. http://ellsworthsjournal.blogspot.com/2009/09/poetry-friday_19.html Today barbarah has a poem today called "Grandmother's Beatitudes," and/or "Beatitudes for friends of the aged." It’s here. Maybe we should vote on which is the best title.
Mitali Perkins brings us an original poem about solitude at Mitali's Fire Escape called Evening Walk. http://www.mitaliblog.com/2008/09/poetry-friday-evening-walk.html Jim D was inspired to share a lovely original children's poem after rare sightings of a hummingbird in his yard. http://jdwrites4kids.blogspot.com/2008/09/poetry-friday-original-hummingbird.html
My buddy Tabatha Yeatts is having technical trouble, too. She can’t post a comment, but asked me to share this: “I'm in with some poetry postcards (I saw that you are going to be sending poetry postcards soon -- these ones I am sharing are literally cards!)” http://www.threeleggeddragon.com/tabatha/poetryfriday.htm
Wow! We’re going multi-sensory today. If you’re overloaded, visit Karen E. for a poem by Billy Collins called “Silence.” It's here.
It’s cooler here in Central MD today. slayground has an autumn poem, Mnemosyne by Trumbull Stickney. http://slayground.livejournal.com/418838.html Becky at farmschool is also thinking fall. She’s got a scarecrow poem at: http://farmschool.wordpress.com/2008/09/19/poetry-friday-harvest-edition-2/
Liz in Ink said... “I spent my first book advance on a trip to the Geraldine Dodge Poetry Festival.” Bet she left feeling richer, despite the lighter wallet. She posted Norman Dubie’s “Of Politics & Art.” http://liz-scanlon.livejournal.com/83677.html
Becky made me hungry with Alien Conspiracy, Or The Cheese Song by Andrew Peterson. Be prepared for a cheesy photo.http://blbooks.blogspot.com/2008/09/poetry-friday-alien-conspiracy-cheese.html Yat-Yee is going multi-sensory with a Taylor Mali poem about music: http://yatyeechong.blogspot.com/. She also reminds us, “Don't forget to enter the free book giveaway of Red Glass.”
MotherReader has more animal poems in her review of The Seldom-Ever-Shady Glades. The children’s book is illustrated with beautiful quilt-art that you can check out at: http://www.motherreader.com/2008/09/poetry-friday-seldom-ever-shady-glades.html deowriter has a Lucille Clifton poem from a collection edited by Naomi Shihab Nye. http://maclibrary.edublogs.org/2008/09/19/poetry-friday-from-what-have-you-lost/ Both poets will be at Dodge this year. Meehumm at Semicolon has an original poem by her nine-year-old “misspellings and lack of meter abound. Mom, of course, thinks its precious.” So do I! http://www.semicolonblog.com/?p=2672 barefootinhighheels is one of several people new to Poetry Friday. Follow the link to a poem from a Barefoot Books collection, “Someone I Like, Poems About People.” Find a coupon at this blog for Barefoot Books -- a wonderful series of themed folklore, poetry and short story collections for kids. http://barefootinhighheels.wordpress.com/2008/09/19/poetry-friday/
Kim of Page After Page is also new to Poetry Friday. She’s giving us “The Moon,” courtesy of Robert Louis Stevenson. http://pageafterpage-kim.blogspot.com/2008/09/moon-moon-has-face-like-clock-in-hall.html
Kelly Fineman is better late than never with an Emily Dickinson autumn poem. http://kellyrfineman.livejournal.com/334927.html Janet at The Write Sisters introduces the poetry of Wilma Elizabeth McDaniel with some powerful poems, including “Roster.”http://thewritesisters.blogspot.com/2008/09/wilma-elizabeth-mcdaniel.html
A counterpoint to “Stella Unleashed,” Anamaria (bookstogether) has a quote from and a comment about Catherine Lazo's rhyming picture book “Someday When My Cat Can Talk”:http://bookstogether.squarespace.com/blog/2008/9/19/pf-someday-when-my-cat-can-talk.html
Charlotte discusses an update of “I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly.” This one’s called “I Know an Old Teacher,” by Anne Bowen: http://charlotteslibrary.blogspot.com/2008/09/i-know-old-teacher-by-anne-bowen.html david elzey has a beautiful prayer for Easter Island, which he says current occupants call: Te Pito O Te Henua http://fomagrams.wordpress.com/2008/09/19/poetry-friday-from-the-belly-button-of-the-world/
Suzanne at Adventures in Daily Living has another seasonal poem, Applesauce. (It's by Ted Kooser, who will also be at Dodge.) And I’ll close with a welcome to Fiddler at Rockhound Place. She’s bringing J.R.R. Tolkein’s “Far Over the Misty Mountains” to her first Poetry Friday. Thanks, everyone, for your comments and links. Hosting was a blast! See you next Friday.
Hi there and thanks for hosting Poetry Friday. I'm in with a review of Randall Maggs' "Night Work The Sawchuk Poems". It's a biography of a hockey goalie of all people and it's amazing.
I'm up with an original today:
I'm Pretty Well Connected.
Thanks for hosting!
Hi. Thanks for rounding up. I'm in with some topical Keats!
Thanks for rounding up this week! I'll come back and browse your blog tonight or tomorrow -- yours is new to me! Fun to make new discoveries through Poetry Friday!
I've got a review of Judy Sierra's Beastly Rhymes this week:
Thanks for hosting this week. Here's a link to my poem: http://twowritingteachers.wordpress.com/2008/09/19/pf-getting-to-know-the-teacher/.
Thanks for rounding us up.
Today Mark & I chat about an absolutely fabulous collection of autobiographical poems by a family pooch:
That looks like a wonderful poetry festival! Have a great time...
My post is about Johnny Appleseed: http://acrossthepage.net/?p=242
Thanks for hosting the round-up today!
I'm offering "Lines for Winter" by Mark Strand, as read by actress Mary Louise Parker. I chose it just cuz it's so darn beautiful. Here's the link:
Thanks for hosting!
Today I'm sharing, "How to Like It," by Stephen Dobyns: http://jamarattigan.livejournal.com/177475.html.
Thanks for hosting, and have a nice weekend :)!
I'm in with a newly discover poet and God in the Details. Thank you for hosting.
Also, Jules at Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast forgot to link her William Stafford poem.
Mine this week is To Night. Thank you for hosting the roundup.
I'm in today with some Wordsworth and the poem Upon Westminster Bridge.
Thanks so much for hosting us!
It's great to discover a new-to-me blog. I'll be back to read your interview about video games in books.
Today, I'm in with a post about photos and the Poetry Foundations series of poems as comic strips.
The Cybils blog announces the 2008 Panel of Poetry judges:
Thanks for hosting :)
Hi, I'm having trouble getting my comment to post so I'll try one more time.
I'm in with an original poem about feeling "different" at http://ldkwritetime.blogspot.com
Thanks for hosting!
Thanks for hosting! At The Well-Read Child, I'm in with Crocs! a rhyming picture book by David T. Greenberg.
Thanks for hosting! I'm in with an interview with both the poet and the illustrator of Pirates!
I'm in with William Stafford at http://blaine.org/sevenimpossiblethings/?p=1441.
Jules at 7-Imp
At Wild Rose Reader, I have reviews of three children's books with autumn poems and DAPPLED APPLES, a picture book written in verse.
At Blue Rose Girls, I hame a poem by Bruce Weigl entitled HOME.
Hi! I am sharing another vintage children's poem, "September," by Helen Hunt Jackson, an amazing woman.
Thanks for hosting the round-up!
I have a poem today I have seen at some places titled "Grandmother's Beatitudes," at others, "Beatitudes for friends of the aged" here.
I offer an original poem about solitude at Mitali's Fire Escape called Evening Walk.
Thanks for your hospitality.
Thank you for hosting. I'll hope you'll tell us more about the festival next week. I'd love to go to that some day! Meanwhile, my post is in honor of "international talk like a pirate day"-- a review of David L. Harrison's new poetry book, PIRATES.
Thanks for hosting!
I'm in with an original children's poem I wrote a few years back and revisited after rare sightings of a hummingbird in my yard a couple weeks ago.
Would you mind changing the way you've listed my post so that it's under my name -- Janet -- ? I only used my google handle "Shelfling" because it was impossible to leave a link to my actual site, which isn't hosted by google or any of the other options listed in the open i.d.
Sylvia and all:
I get back from the Dodge Festival on 9/28. I'll be posting "poetry postcards" all week. Expect to see reviews of the readings and panels, reactions to poets -- especially those who are new to me, and a behind-the-scenes interview with Michael Z Murphy and Khalil Murrell. Both are poets who work with festival organizer Jim Haba on the event.
Thanks for hosting! I'm in with Billy Collins and thoughts on silence.
Btw, the poetry festival sounds like a taste of heaven!
Good morning! Thanks for hosting. Here's my entry: http://slayground.livejournal.com/418838.html
Oh! I spent my first book advance on a trip to the Geraldine Dodge Poetry Festival. What a dream...
I posted a Norman Dubie poem today -- Of Politics & Art.
Thanks for hosting.
Thanks for hosting!
Today I have Alien Conspiracy, Or The Cheese Song by Andrew Peterson.
Thanks for hosting. My offering this week combines music, words, and the learning process, my passions all.
Here's the link: http://yatyeechong.blogspot.com/
While you're there, don't forget to enter the free book giveaway of Red Glass.
I am looking forward to a weekend of leisurely sampling all the poems here.
Thanks for rounding up and hosting, Laura. I'm in this week with a scarecrow poem, since we farm and are in the midst of our harvest,
Becky at Farm School
MotherReader has a poem from and review of The Seldom-Ever-Shady Glades at
Thanks for hosting. Here is mine:http://maclibrary.edublogs.org/2008/09/19/poetry-friday-from-what-have-you-lost/
My nine year old asked to share her poem today. I couldn't bear to edit it, so it's an original, misspellings and lack of meter abound. Mom, of course, thinks its precious.
Janet -- you're all set!
Karen E. -- The Dodge Festival is as amazing as it sounds. Hope you can get to it someday. Maybe tomorrow I'll post a poem I wrote about the festival a few years ago.
I'm new to Poetry Friday!! Here's my link to a poem from a Barefoot Books collection of poetry called Someone I Like, Poems About People.
Oops!! There was an error in my link in the previous post. Here you go:
Hope that works!
Jealous to hear that Nye and Clifton with be at Dodge. I want to be at that Poetry Conference!
Joining for the first time!
Late to the party today, but I'm in with Emily Dickinson. Here's the direct link: http://kellyrfineman.livejournal.com/334927.html
Deowriter & all who can't make it to the Dodge Poetry Festival:
You might be able to find Bill Moyers' TV programs on the event. One is called, "The Language of Life" and has a companion book. I believe the other one is "Fooling With Words."
Moyers' has a memorable interview with William Stafford on one of the shows.
Janet at The Write Sisters introduces many of us to the poetry of Wilma Elizabeth McDaniel.
Hi, and thanks for hosting. I have a quote from and a comment about Catherine Lazo's rhyming picture book Someday When My Cat Can Talk:
I'm in with a look at I Know an Old Teacher, by Anne Bowen: http://charlotteslibrary.blogspot.com/2008/09/i-know-old-teacher-by-anne-bowen.html
Thanks for hosting!
I've got a prayer from Easter Island this week.
Thanks for hosting!
I'm in with Applesauce.
Chiming in for the first time, albeit a bit late here on the East Coast. A poem by J.R.R. Tolkien over at Rockhound Place. Thanks!
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