OK, I feel kind of dumb not doing a love poem on the Friday before Valentine’s Day, but I’m guessing all the other Poetry Friday bloggers have this covered!
|Although I like to look at birds, especially raptors, I’m not a very good birdwatcher. I can never remember which bird is which, so if it’s not a cardinal, robin, blue jay, or bald eagle, I probably just call it "that hawklike bird sitting on the streetlight," or some other equally scientific observation.
This book, The Robin Makes a Laughing Sound (Charlesbridge, 2010), by Sallie Wolf, is a lovely book representation of a birder’s art journal. It has sketches, paintings, words, phrases, lists, and poems. Often, you can see the genesis of the poems in the scribbled lines off to the side.
Here’s one of my favorites:Downy Woodpecker
white and black.
Patch of red
upon his head.
–Sallie Wolf, all rights reserved
I enjoyed all the elements, which surprised me. I thought I would zero in on the poems and kind of ignore the rest. But in fact, I don’t know that I would have enjoyed just the poems pulled out. Some of them aren’t my style. But because they’re in the context of seeing how this creative person’s mind works, they all make sense and draw me in.
I think this could make a great book to have students use as a model. What a fun way to bring content area, wordplay, art, observation all together in one project!
Lee Wind has the Poetry Friday Roundup today. Go read some poems–you’ll love it (there–I at least worked love in!).