Happy Poetry Friday! Welcome, everyone! (Wondering what Poetry Friday is? Click here.)
Well, I missed the Poetry Princess August posting because I was visiting family in Florida for the first time in almost two years! But I love the form they played with: What _ Knows.
I wrote this one during and after my 2019 voyage on a Great Lakes freighter. It’s called “What Detroit Knows,” because I’ve never been to Detroit and was just enchanted by the sparkling city we saw from the river as we glided by. And by the steel mills and their power and steam!
I’ve written a couple of other What _ Knows poems in the past too (but nothing last month). I hope to share those when I get somewhat caught up! You know, I worked on schedule, full-time, all during the pandemic. My work itself did not change much, though my income and speaking events were definitely impacted. But NOW, as we transition into a new time, with more interaction but still danger, and also with our move this year, I just can’t seem to get it together. Much tougher for me, creativity-wise, than the lockdown pandemic was!
Anyway, here’s my poem, and it’s helping me relive my amazing trip on the Tregurtha (thank you, Interlake!). A picture book based on that trip will be coming out in the next few years, and I can’t wait to share that!
Of course, my Poetry Sisters wrote beautiful poems for this challenge.
Andi and Tricia–like me–were away last week!
Click here to see all our previous Poetry Princesses collaborations.
This month, we’rewriting tankas. Since tankas were originally take-offs on other poets’ haiku, we invite you to dig into the Poetry Friday archive, find any poem you admire (haiku or not), and compose a tanka inspired by it or in conversation with it (obviously given credit where credit’s due). Then post online and tag #PoetryPals!
And for more delicious poetry, check out the Poetry Roundup with Heidi Mordhorst!