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Laura Purdie Salas

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!

What Rhino Knows, by Irene Latham [Poetry Friday]

July 10, 2014
Laura

Poetry Friday

Today’s poem comes courtesy of the lovely Irene Latham, who is just as delightful in person as she is in her books and on her blog. I’m proud that she is a housemate now, as her newest book (out August 1) is with Millbrook Press, my Can Be… home. The book is Dear Wandering Wildebeest and Other Poems from the Watering Hole, and it’s a terrific collection of poems and short prose sidebars about African animals.  Here’s one of my favorite poems from this book that will be a great addition to a science classroom as well as just being awesome poetry for every reader.

What Rhino Knows

Rhino knows
to wait for starshine
and moonglow.

Rhino knows
to snort and paw,
puff and blow.

Rhino knows
to charge like a bull
at the rodeo.

Rhino knows
he’s strong as
an armored buffalo.

Rhino knows
alone
is the only way to go.

–Irene Latham, all rights reserved

 

I love how much information she works into this poem–a poem that is still a feast of wonderful language. And the fabulous illustrations by Anna Wadham are another reason kids and grown-ups will return to this book. Don’t miss this one!

Poet Linda Kulp has the Poetry Friday Roundup today at Write Time–enjoy!

Hoofing It [15 words or less]

July 10, 2014
Laura

The horses at this Fourth of July parade had better pedicures than me.
Photo: Laura Purdie Salas

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

15WOLs

Happy Thursday, and if you’re visiting as a result of Mary Lee Hahn’s kind shoutout at nErDcamp MI, welcome! We love having new people drop by and give this a try–or use it with their students, even if they never post. On the Fourth, my husband and I helped out Minnesota Brass Drum and Bugle Corps at two parades, and I snapped this glittery hoof at one of them. This image makes me think of:

1) dogs in silly outfits, like bridal gowns
2) wonder whether a horse would be proud or embarrassed by this hooficure
3) glittery hoofprints that might be left behind

And here’s my first draft:

My feet flash like fireworks!
Sparks explode each time
they strike the street!

–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 at summer school today, working with students on their Can Be… books! I will try to stop by and comment on each poem, but it might take me an extra day or two!

Fireworks, by Rebecca Kai Dotlich [Poetry Friday]

July 3, 2014
Laura

Poetry Friday

Happy Fourth of July! I’m sharing a poem today by Rebecca Kai Dotlich, from her wonderful book, Lemonade Sun (Wordsong, 2001). 

I could take or leave fireworks, for the most part, but this poem makes an explosion in my brain–a beautiful, noisy, poetic burst. When I first started reading children’s poetry, I made little photo albums full of some of the best ones I read. Even though I have the actual Lemonade Sun book, it’s still fun to come across it in my homemade “anthology.”

FIREWORKS

Emerald glitter
fills the sky;
a thousand dashing
dragon eyes
sparkle! flash!
spiral,
climb –
leaping,
leaving Earth
behind.
Roman candles
sizzle,
shatter,
diamonds dazzle,
rubies
scatter,
spilling silver
stars of fire–
blasting bits
of coper wire.
Sapphires crumble
in the sky,
tinsel tumbles
down to die,
onto city streets
and roads;
CRACKLE–
POP!
The sky
explodes!

–Rebecca Kai Dotlich, from LEMONADE SUN, all rights reserved

Here I am reading “Fireworks,” by Rebecca Kai Dotlich.

Poet and kindergarten teacher (oh, the material!) Heidi Mordhorst has the Poetry Friday Roundup today at My Juicy Little Universe–enjoy!

Hallway Beacon [15 words or less]

July 3, 2014
Laura

Photo: Laura Purdie Salas

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

15WOLs

Surprising nature images are my favorite poetry prompt, but everyday stuff works, too! Here’s our upstairs hall light. The image makes me think of:

1) an invisible creature watching (one eye is the light; the other eye is the reflection of the light on the hall wall)
2) a mechanical sun
3) a lighthouse

And here’s my first draft:

Lonely Lighthouse

Warns ships away
(but wishes they would stay)

cries a sea of salty tears

–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:>) 

Lem Tremolo, by Kurt Cyrus [Poetry Friday]

June 26, 2014
Laura

Poetry Friday

 

I’m sharing a poem today by Kurt Cyrus, the poet and illustrator of one of my top five poetry collections, Hotel Deep (which I blogged about here). This one is from Your Skeleton Is Showing: Rhymes of Blunder from Six Feet Under (Disney-Hyperion, 2013, illustrated by Crab Scrambly). It’s a funny, morbid collection, and I’m sure you know some kids who love funny, morbid stuff!

Your Skeleton Is Showing, by Kurt Cyrus

I used to have a terrible fear of public speaking, so this is one of my favorites from the book:

Lem Tremolo

Once upon a podium
a public speaker died
from sweating so much sodium
he shriveled up inside.

Terror frozen on his face,
body fluids leaking.
Just another routine case
of death by public speaking.

–Kurt Cyrus, all rights reserved

Here I am reading “Lem Tremolo,” by Kurt Cyrus.

Poet Buffy Silverman has the Poetry Friday Roundup today at Buffy’s Blog–enjoy!