Happy Poetry Friday! Welcome, everyone! (Wondering what Poetry Friday is? Click here.)
A quick invitation before my poem today! Click on the graphic for details and free registration.
So, this month, our Poetry Princess challenge was a Wordplay poem, my choice–whee! Now, lots of poems have wordplay in them, of course, but what I’m talking about is the form Nikki Grimes described here (scroll down): “When I talk about wordplay, I’m talking about studying a word from top to bottom, and inside out, considering every aspect of the word: What it looks like, sounds like, feels like. What it does, how it’s used, etc. The idea is to bring all of your senses into the act.” I like to incorporate what the word ITSELF looks like and work that into the poem or even use it as the framework for the whole poem. Not sure that’s what Nikki intends, but I have a blast with them!
Here’s my draft for this week, followed by some extras if you want more–more details, more process, more lesson plans, etc. With my new picture book that published on Tuesday (launch event next Wednesday evening–hope you can come!), I’ve had sheep on the brain a lot! So I decided to start with a sheep for my topic.
Here’s a screen capture of drafts 1 and 2 of this sheep poem. I recommend muting it and choosing a playback speed of 2. That way it’ll be 6 minutes instead of 12!
I did several more drafts and it changed a lot! I did this latest draft while doing live writing with my Poetry Sisters. I had rolled the Metaphor Dice to offer a few words as possible topics. I knew I wanted to work on “Sheep,” so I wasn’t looking for a topic, but when I got to the stage where I was polishing draft 4, I looked at the dice as I had put them back in the box:
I had fun working a few of these words into the draft!
More __ Is a Word poems I’ve done since then
My lesson plan (with messed up photos) from a young authors conference where I taught this form
And here are more Wordplay poems from my Poetry Sisters!
Click here to see all our previous Poetry Princesses collaborations.
Poetry Peeps! You’re invited to join our challenge for the month of November! Here’s the scoop: We’re writing an Ode to Autumn. An ode is a lyrical poem, and like the ancient Greeks, modern humans also enjoy marking an occasion with a song. Whether you choose an irregular ode with no set pattern or rhyme, or the ten-line, three-to-five stanza famed by Homer himself, we hope you’ll join us in singing in the season of leaf-fall and pie. Are you in? Good! You’ve got a month to craft your creation(s), then share your offering with the rest of us on November 26th (the Friday after Thanksgiving, so plan ahead) in a post and/or on social media with the tag #PoetryPals.
And the generous Linda at TeacherDance is rounding us up on this wonderful Poetry Friday!