Laura Purdie Salas

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Laura Purdie Salas

Statue [15 words or less]

August 14, 2014
Laura


Photo: Laura Purdie Salas

Wake up your poetry brains with 15 Words or Less (guidelines here)!

15WOLs

Here’s a pic I snapped in Vegas last spring. It makes me think of:

1) a deck of cards
2) gila monsters and how their bacteria-laden saliva is what kills their prey
3) standup paddleboarding

And here’s my first draft:

Conqueror

I rule over
   land
   man
   beast

Next,
the skies
must sink

low before
Me

–Laura Purdie Salas, all rights reserved

Now it’s your turn! Have fun and stick to 15 WORDS OR LESS!  (Title doesn’t count toward word count:>) 

 

Camp Read-a-Lot in Rochester, Minnesota

August 11, 2014
Laura

Last Tuesday, I presented to Camp Read-a-Lot in Rochester, MN. We had about 30 educators for a day of learning and talking about great nonfiction and poetry books. Here are some highlights (you can click on any thumbnail to view a bigger pic). Thank you, SELCO (Southeastern Libraries Cooperating), for organizing such a wonderful event!

Poetry Friday – “The Mollusk That Made You,” by Joyce Sidman

August 7, 2014
Laura

I love Ubiquitous, by Joyce Sidman, and here’s one of my favorite poems from it! I wish you could see the delicate, beautiful art that goes with this poem.

The Mollusk That Made You

Shell of the sunrise,
sunrise shell,
yours is the pink lip
of a pearled world.

Who swirled your whorls and ridges?
Was it the shy gray wizard
shuttered inside you?
I hear he walks on one foot
and wears a magic mantle,
trailing stars.

O Shell,
if only I could shrink!
I’d climb your bristled back,
      slide down the spiral
             of your heart.
I’d knock on your tiny door
      and ask to meet
      the mollusk
      that made you.

–Joyce Sidman, all rights reserved

Here’s my reading of it, but you should read this one aloud yourself–it’s a pleasure!

Teacher, blogger, poet, speaker, author (holy moly!) Mary Lee Hahn has the Poetry Friday Roundup today! Enjoy!

Shooting Star [15 words or less]

August 7, 2014
Laura


Photo: Laura Purdie Salas

Wake up your poetry brains with 15 Words or Less (guidelines here)!

15WOLs

Here’s a little prop from our Minnesota Brass show this season, Supernova! It makes me think of:

1) a shooting star
2) a squid
3) New Year’s Eve

And here’s my first draft:

Comet

I arc above

Stars applaud
my sparkling wake of
dust and dreams

–Laura Purdie Salas, all rights reserved

Now it’s your turn! Have fun and stick to 15 WORDS OR LESS!  (Title doesn’t count toward word count:>) 

 

Hands [15 words or less]

July 31, 2014
Laura


Photo: Laura Purdie Salas

Wake up your poetry brains with 15 Words or Less (guidelines here)!

15WOLs

Our drum corps, Minnesota Brass, rehearsed at a middle school over the weekend, and this interesting sculpture was hanging in the corner. It makes me think of:

1) a dandelion
2) Freddy Krueger (there’s a scene in particular in reminds me of, but I can’t pinpoint the plot around it or find an image of it!)
3) plaster plaques with kids’ handprints in them

And here’s my first draft (I know–I cheated–16 words–ack!):

Things To Do If You Are Dandelion Fluff

Re-e-e-a-c-c-c-h toward sky
Wave in breeze
High-five trees
Hold hands with soil and 

Don’t

Let

Go

–Laura Purdie Salas, all rights reserved

Now it’s your turn! Have fun and stick to 15 WORDS OR LESS!  (Title doesn’t count toward word count:>) 

 

Fungus [15 words or less]

July 24, 2014
Laura

Wake up your poetry brains with 15 Words or Less (guidelines here)!

15WOLs

Here’s a picture I took during my nature-poetry-writing workshop in Bemidji, MN, earlier this summer. This image makes me think of:

1) cauliflower
2) Alice in Wonderland
3) s’mores!

And here’s my first draft:

When I Eat S’mores, I Taste… 

smoky ghost stories,
crisp Superior winds,
crunchy, damp tennis shoes,

fiery orange life preservers…

perfection

–Laura Purdie Salas, all rights reserved

Now it’s your turn! Have fun and stick to 15 WORDS OR LESS!  (Title doesn’t count toward word count:>) 

P.S. I’m in my FINAL week of summer school this week–going around school to school to admire all the students’ CAN BE… books! On the downside, I will not be home to respond to your poems. I will read them, but I won’t have time to comment on them. I’m sorry about that.

 

Go Fly a Kite, by Laura Purdie Salas [Poetry Friday]

July 17, 2014
Laura

Poetry Friday

Today’s poem comes from the fabulous Poetry Friday Anthology for Science, edited by Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong.

This latest offering in their Poetry Friday Anthology series is chock-full of poems exploring everything from physics to scientific methods to nature to machines to scientists. There’s a teacher’s edition, and then grade by grade student editions–with line art illustrations and bonus poems.

Go Fly a Kite

Above the kite, the pressure’s low.
The air’s a streaming, breezy flow.

Below the kite, the pressure’s higher.
Up! Up! Up! This one’s a fly-er!

Lift versus drag.
Lift wins!
That’s why…

your kite
breaks
free
and
climbs
the
sky!

–Laura Purdie Salas, all rights reserved

I highly recommend ALL the Poetry Friday Anthology books, and of course it’s fun to see lots of regular Poetry Friday participants in there:>)

Here I am reading “Go Fly a Kite!”

 

Tabatha Yeatts has the Poetry Friday Roundup today at The Opposite of Indifference–enjoy!

Metal Woman [15 words or less]

July 17, 2014
Laura

Wake up your poetry brains with 15 Words or Less (guidelines here)!

15WOLs

Here’s a forgotten photo I found on my phone . This is a sculpture in an art gallery in one of the skyways in downtown Minneapolis. This image makes me think of:

1) the Jetsons
2) how would you shower if you were made of metal?
3) who would push an empty stroller?

And here’s my first draft:

Oil Rain

Amber oil splashes
from translucent gold sky 

Steel farmers unfold,
creaking,
from the fields

–Laura Purdie Salas, all rights reserved

Now it’s your turn! Have fun and stick to 15 WORDS OR LESS!  (Title doesn’t count toward word count:>) 

Also, I want to give a shout-out to Lauren McBride, a long-time 15 Words or Less participant who has actually gone on to publish a number of poems that started out as drafts for the 15WOL weekly challenge. Lauren specializes in speculative poetry, and you can see her latest publication, a gorgeous poem called “Mournful,” here–and she even mentions 15 Words or Less! Thanks, Lauren, and congratulations!