Happy Poetry Friday! (Wondering what Poetry Friday is? Click here.)
These are hard days for writers, aren’t they? Especially ones who aren’t big names. And who have books from last year not selling too well along with books publishing this year and facing extra challenges. (I know, these are hard days for everyone, including mostly people with much bigger problems than this!) It makes any good news extra wonderful! This is not new news, but I was so excited to see it. When School Library Journal appeared in my inbox with a free digital edition to read, I was happy to go through it. I was surprised and delighted to see a three-page spread celebrating NCTE’s Notable Poetry and Novels in Verse awards. Seeing my name and three of my titles on this list buoyed me for the whole day, and the gratitude lingers. It was made extra fun by seeing again books by some participants in Poetry Friday and the general online kidlit poetry community. Spot anybody you know in this little excerpt?
Okay, now on to this week’s poem! Last week, I posted my Things to Do if You Are Spring poem that appeared in the Spring edition of Children & Libraries. I invited you guys to share your own lines for a community version, and many of you did. Thank you! I adore the variety of voices here, and I think this really reflects the messiness, and yet the beauty, of this time.
And for lots more wonderful poetry, don’t miss the Poetry Friday Roundup with Amy at the Poem Farm. Poetry is such a comforting shelter these days.