Friday, August 4, 2017

grab your summer poem swap!

A welcome to Poetry Friday here
Wow.  It goes without saying that this Poetry Friday community is a community of creatives, but my fellow Summer Poem Swappers keep exceeding my expectations!  Go here and scroll down to see Tabatha's genius idea explained.


From Linda Baie I received a very full package:  the poem you see below, a repurposed Altoids tin full of the best gifts in the world--WORDS--and a bag of genuine Captiva Island sand complete with  beach treasures. 




Just look at Linda's lovely poetry invitation, customized with little references to details Linda has noticed about little ol' me!  


It was all fabulous, but the collection of words clipped from magazines--"A box of words hums your name"--was instantly put to use.  I've been having some trouble accounting for my time this summer (which is part of the point of a summer break, right?), but I know that a lot of it that week was spent playing happily with my box of words. The "monster box" poem is just one of the many permutations I've explored.


Fun, right?  Thank you, Linda--I look forward to more playtime...


In other news, I have a question for the PF Hivemind.  I'm sure many of us are aware of the classic Hailstones and Halibut Bones by Mary O'Neill, but how familiar is anyone with another similar collection of hers called Take a Number?  Long out of print, it is rather fantastic, and seems to do rather exactly what I've been trying to do with my math poetry collection.  This could be very good or very bad....  Let me know in the comments.

Today's round-up is hosted by Donna at Mainely Write--go grab some more summer poetry memories!

14 comments:

  1. Technicolor war room! You *were* born to be free, Heidi. What a fun gift (and in your size, too)!

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  2. What a LOVELY game!! That's the coolest.

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  3. oooooooh! A box of words is such a fun gift. I love that you can play and play with them. Yes, the Poetry Friday Community is a group of creatives...what's so great is that it feels like it expands into infinity! I'm always wowed.

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  4. heidi, Linda and you are on the same wavelength-passions to pass away the time. Summer #Poetrylove in bloom! I can see why you had fun playing with Linda's word box. Did you stick your toes in her sandbox too?

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  5. Oh Heidi, I love your "Monster Box" and that you've had fun playing with those words! It is so much fun writing and creating for you. Hope your weekend is a good one!

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  6. I can think of worse ways to lose a week! Looks like a fun diversion...glad you're enjoying your Monster Box!

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  7. What a thoughtful swap poem and gifts (beach in a box--how perfect!). Love that word collection, especially that they're all different sizes and shapes. I don't count time playing with words as wasted--ever.

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  8. I'm sure Linda had just as much fun creating this gift as you had in receiving it. Isn't that what PF is all about?
    If Mary O'Neill's book is out of print, I think it's good that you are following her footsteps to a more modern take on number sense. There is always room for more poetry.

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  9. I agree with Margaret about your collection.

    Your gift from Linda is all kinds of fun...as is the poem you made with it!

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  10. I don't know that book, Take a Number. Linda's package is outstanding! I wonder what it would be like if you had those words made with a math theme. Might take you in new directions.

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  11. Leave it to Linda to think of such a clever gift! Love her poem, your poem, all the possibilities for poems!

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  12. That is such a fabulous idea! Linda is so thoughtful and clever!

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  13. What a great swap! So much fun in a little package, and a great way to spend some hours!

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  14. "Born to be Free" what a delightful Summer Poetry Swap, it sure looks like you both had fun, thanks!

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