Happy Poetry Friday! Welcome, everyone! (Wondering what Poetry Friday is? Click here.) Today, I’m sharing a poem I wrote during a March Madness poetry competition several years ago. When I initially signed up to host, this would have been a Poetry Princesses Friday, but then we changed our schedule. Sooooooo, you get a random poem instead :>)
Now, I’ve been thinking about anxiety lately.
- About my writing career (these are very bad times for working writers)
- About the world
- About all my teacher friends starting school
- About promoting my new picture book, Clover Kitty Goes to Kittygarten, about a kitty who is anxious about and then overwhelmed by starting school
- About folks new to the Poetry Friday Community who have mentioned feeling too nervous to share their poems, etc.
I can’t do much about most of these. But the last one…I thought I’d give it a try. I thought about what I might say to a student if I were still a teacher, or what I would say to Clover Kitty, or to a friend. So I’m offering a little poetry advice/reassurance. You can click on it for a printable .pdf (though my .pdfs aren’t loading properly in Firefox, so try another browser, like IE, if it doesn’t open for you). Shoutout to Jeannine Atkins, the wonderful poet who shared that Kay Ryan quotation (go to https://twitter.com/jeannineatkins/status/1290452198766321675?s=20 to see the slightly longer full quotation).
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