April 12, 2016

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Pantone Poetry Friday: 2014 Poetry Project

Happy Poetry Friday, Writerly Friends. I am announcing a Pantone® Poetry Project giveaway today! But first...

Do not listen to the calendar. It cannot be February 21 already. In actuality, it is Day 19 of the Pantone
® Poetry Project. If you're new to Author Amok or the project, you can read all about it at this post.

Next, stop by Karen Edmisten's blog for all the Poetry Friday links and a lovely poem from Richard Wilbur.

Today, we have two paint colors to inspire us, Orange Pepper and Soothing Sea.

Day 19 Orange Pepper
Pantone ®  16-1164
Day 19 Soothing Sea
Pantone ®  12-5209
In a moment of laziness Just for fun, I decided to try using an online form for today's poem. Diamantes are a perfect poetic form for plugging-in -- kind of like poetry Mad Libs.

A Poetry MadLib from the Poetry Foundation.
Find the whole article here.
My moment of inspiration came when I found this diamante form, which called for starting and ending on opposites.

Wait a minute -- could a hot, spicy orange pepper and a soothing sea be considered opposites? You bet.

Pantone Diamante

by Laura Shovan

orange, spicy
crunches, heats, burns
shiny glisten, smooth curves
sprays, froths, floats
salty, soothing

Poetry Friday blogger Linda Baie has contributed regularly to the Pantone Project. This is one of those days where each poet's response to the colors is wildly different.

Orange Pepper, Please
by Linda Baie (Teacher Dance)

My feline sweetheart,
tabby orange, Pepper-named,
purring and lap-sitting
belies her name.

Linda Baie © All Rights Reserved

This orange and white tabby looks
like our long-ago sweet boy, Nutmeg.
Photo: MSCPA
And Diane Mayr of Random Noodling is in with a delicious haiku.

in from the cold 
--red and orange peppers 

Did you picture peppers, but also a roaring fire place? I did.

Margaret Simon (Reflections on the Teche) used this writing prompt to find her way in to today's color poem: 

  • Wear it: Imagine you are putting on an article of clothing in this color. What happens when you walk out your front door?

I bought a tangerine purse--
orange pepper for my shoulder.
My daughter said I looked like I was carrying a satsuma.
The mailman asked if I had anything toxic or potentially hazardous.
But you said, 
"Hey, I see sunshine on your shoulder.
Let's walk together."

by Margaret Simon

Donna Smith of Mainely Write closes us out today. Like me, she saw Orange Pepper and Soothing Sea as potential opposites. I love the form her Orange Pepper takes.

orange pepper
buoys bobbing
marking traps
waves lapping
slapping my boat
I pause before
staring into the
soothing sea

by Donna Smith

Feel free to leave an Orange Pepper poem or a Soothing Sea sonnet in the comments. I will post it as soon as possible.

There will be no Pantone Poetry posts this weekend.

1) Saturday is my birthday.
2) I will be in New York for SCBWI. Therefore
3) I'm taking a few days off from blogging.

Will you be at the conference? I'll be the girl in the party hat.

One of my favorite pages in all
of children's literature is from
Go, Dog. Go! by P.D. Eastman
Why should I be the only one to celebrate on my birthday? You've all been such fabulous collaborators and comrades during the Pantone® Poetry Project. I think YOU deserve a gift.

I'm giving away prizes to the five authors who share the most written responses to our daily colors. Each of you will receive a set of five Pantone Postcards -- good for writing inspiration. The author who checks in most often with a poem, AKA The Winner, will earn a Pantone® Writerly Notebook, with my compliments.

This notebook, in all its colorful
glory, could be yours!
While I'm enjoying the City that Never Sleeps with a few thousand of my kids' lit buddies, you'll have extra days to write in response to the Day 20 colors. They are:
Day 20 Silver Bullet
Pantone ®  17-3933
And, fitting for the city that inspired "Rhapsody in Blue" ...

Day 20 Rhapsody
Pantone ®  16-3817


Diane Mayr said...

Have a great birthday!

I love the diamante with its smooth transition--the colored font gives it a little something extra, too.

Enjoy your trip and conference and we'll see you when you get back.

Fats Suela from Gathering Books said...

Love reading the poems! They all gave me an orange-y feeling of sunshine and happiness! Have a blessed and wonderful birthday, Laura! =)

Author Amok said...

Thanks, Diane. I'm looking forward to the weekend.

Glad you stopped by, Fats!

Linda B said...

Happy to see Margaret back too. Love them all and that they are different looks of that orange pepper. Have a fabulous weekend Laura!

patricia said...

Another lovely pantone day

Robyn Hood Black said...

Happy Birthday! So this is what I get for dropping off the face of the blogosphere earth to move... I missed out on this terrific series! Well, it will be delicious to catch up on. LOVE these warm and wonderful offerings today - thanks to you and the warm and wonderful poets.
(I've used paint chip cards for poetry writing exercises during school visits for years - endless inspiration!) ENJOY SCBWI!

Tara said...

Happy Birthday, Laura! Always a treat to stop by and savor these orange peppery poems!

jama said...

Fabulous diamante. It's great to see how different the responses to each color prompt are.

Have the best birthday in NYC and enjoy the conference!

Donna Smith said...

I don't know if this is for today or yesterday or what, but here it is:

orange pepper
buoys bobbing
marking traps
waves lapping
slapping my boat
I pause before

Happy birthday! Enjoy your weekend.
staring into the
soothing sea

Donna Smith said...

Try again! Don't know how I put the birthday wishes in the poem! duh

orange pepper
buoys bobbing
marking traps
waves lapping
slapping my boat
I pause before
staring into the
soothing sea

Karen Edmisten said...

Happy birthday, Laura, and what a fun, rich post! My 11 yr. old loves to collect paint colors from the hardware store ... must share this idea with her!

Michelle Heidenrich Barnes said...

Today's poems are a delight to the senses. Enjoy your special weekend-- I bet you'll be brimming with inspiration upon your return!