30 Poems to Teach Analysis with The Big Six
I love this poem. I love the imagery, the title, the metaphor, but most of all, I love how teachable it is. The poem has a great deal of mystery and room for debatable discussions about author’s intent, but it’s also accessible to students who might feel intimidated by poetry - or even just intimidated by language. That was the goal I had in mind while making this list: I wanted to find poems that were challenging and worth discussing in class, but also poems that could be tackled by…
12 Poems to Read for Black History Month
12 Poems to Read for Black History Month - February is Black History Month, and to celebrate the contributions black poets have made, and continue to...
Clever is as clever does. Poetry lovers, are you hungry for some "mind-doodling, eye-dazzling, ear-bending, new-fangled, old-fashioned fun"? Look no further than Marjorie Maddox's fab new book, Inside Out: Poems on Writing and Reading Poems (Daffydowndilly Press/Kelsay Books, 2020)! Whether you're hoping to jump-start your own writing, or are looking for a unique tween…
Chinese Company Ships Crates of Masks to Italy Covered in Italian Poetry: We Are ‘Leaves of the Same Tree’
Chinese electronics company Xiaomi sent crates filled with protective masks to Italy and stapled loving roman poetry on the sides.
#HFGather: Saran Aronson and Nikki Grimes, 040820
This #HFGather was a special National Poetry Month treat, with Sarah Aronson having a powerful chat with Nikki Grimes.
What Makes a Good Poem? - Marilyn Singer
In 2002, I asked a group of authors, editors, and other book people this question. Here are their responses, along with some recommended titles. There are answers from Jane Yolen, Nikki Grimes, J. Patrick Lewis, Lee Bennett Hopkins, Naomi Shihab Nye, Paul Janeczko and many others. (Click here for article.)
2020 National Poetry Month Kidlitosphere Events Roundup
Happy April and Happy National Poetry Month! It’s time once again to read, write, share, and simply indulge your love for poetry in every way. Need some ideas? Visit poets.org for the full scoop on how you can participate, including 30 Ways to Celebrate National Poetry Month, Poem in Your Pocket Day (April 30,…