Happy Poetry Friday! (Wondering what Poetry Friday is? Click here.)
I wanted to give myself a new poetry challenge for 2018, and here’s what I decided to do. I had bought a Sierra Club desk calendar on clearance. Something about the empty spaces in their orderly 7 spots for each week made me want to fill them in with poetry.
So, I’m collecting random words. Want to suggest one? Yay! Go here to read the directions and make a suggestion. Thanks!
Each week, I’m filling the first three days (Mon-Wed) with words suggested by you! And I’m doing a little brainstorming around each word. Then on days 4-7 (Thu-Sun) I’m playing with short poems inspired by the calendar’s photo and containing the three words.
Here’s my first result:
Thank you to Kathi Wagner-Most, a writer in Red Oak, Iowa, for the word “believe.” My husband Randy gave me “seven,” and my Weight Watchers meeting gave me “beans.” I seriously JUST realized that “seven” didn’t make it in. It started out as 7 Things the Kid Believe In, but then morphed. Oh well, the words are just the starting point. I’m hoping to use all three, but the poem might have other ideas!
Here’s my calendar spread, just to better demonstrate. It might be a couple of weeks before your words start showing up my poems, because these are going to run a few weeks behind, if I even share them all here. That’s so I can pair them with a little watercolor #poemsketch background of some kind and turn them into imagepoems. Thank you for those of you who have already started suggesting words for me. I’d love to get more from students and teachers!
PLEASE NOTE: I’D NEVER BE ABLE TO KEEP TRACK OF WORDS LEFT IN THE COMMENTS, AND I DO WANT TO — USE WORDS IN THE ORDER IN WHICH THEY ARE SUGGESTED. SO IF YOU’D LIKE TO SUGGEST A WORD–GREAT! PLEASE CLICK ON THE LINK TO SUGGEST ONE. THANKS!
And for lots of wonderful poetry, don’t miss the Poetry Friday Roundup with the lovely Kay at Journey Through the Pages.