Happy Poetry Friday! (Wondering what Poetry Friday is? Click here.)
I’m listening to The Poet X, by Elizabeth Acevedo right now. Wow. I don’t know why I haven’t read it before, other than I don’t read a lot of ya, and I had some strange idea that it was related to Malcolm X, and the title just didn’t draw me in. I was totally wrong, and it’s a fabulous novel in verse about finding your worth and your voice–and I love hearing it read by the poet herself. Anyway, one poem had the line, “Freedom is a complicated word.” As soon as I heard that, I knew I wanted to write a wordplay poem a la Nikki Grimes. (Not sure what that is? Check out my post here, and another post here where I share my lesson plan for using this form with students at a young authors conference.)
Here’s my draft from Wednesday. It still needs work, but it felt good to write it.
And for lots of early September, start of the school year, poetry, don’t miss the Poetry Friday Roundup with poetry and technology magician Carol Varsalona!