|Last year, at Wild Rose Reader, I won a copy of Falling Down the Page: A Book of List Poems, the new Georgia Heard poetry anthology with a poem in it by Elaine Magliaro. Publication got pushed back a year, and I was so delighted to recently receive my copy from Elaine.
What a fantastic group of poems! Even though these are all list poems, there’s still a huge, wonderful variety in the shapes and forms. Even though all boil down to a list at some level, it never feels repetitive or boring.
This anthology includes poems by so many of my favorite poets–it’s amazing! Usually with poetry collections, I post several excerpts to entice you into checking out the collection for yourself, but with an anthology, I feel more hesitant to share someone’s entire contribution.
Luckily, there are some posted online already:
You can see Sylvia Vardell’s post here, which shares Georgia Heard’s poem, "Recipe for Writing an Autumn Poem," as well as some terrific ideas for sharing the poems in the classroom.
Check out Elaine Magliaro’s wonderful "Things to Do If You Are a Pencil."
Read "Ways to Greet a Friend," by Avis Harley.
In this fabulous poetry resource for teachers, by J. Patrick Lewis, scroll to page 6 to read his "What Is Earth?"
This is a truly terrific anthology. I love all the concrete nouns and images. Every poem feels stuffed to bursting with things–things kids will recognize, understand, relate to. But those things are now parts of larger ideas, and kids and grownups won’t look at those things the same way ever again.
Race out to grab this anthology–I hope you love it as much as I do!
The Poetry Friday roundup this week is at Sara Lewis Holmes’ Read Write Believe.
P.S. And Linda just posted the nicest post about my newly-ended Rhyme Time poetry workshop. Thanks!