combine an illustration by Marc Brown of ARTHUR fame with a line from the current adult poet laureate Ada Limon?
open a colorful vista and suggest that each of us, however small in the landscape, has an essential role to play?
(if you can't center poetry every day of every month of every year) make April the epicenter of poetry in the nation's calendar?
As for me, I'm certain that this opening page from the book that taught me to read also taught me what I was meant for...
|"a poet writing poems" in her garret
This makes it look like poeting is a solitary activity done with eyes lifted to the heavens, but we all know that poetry happens in community. First of all, poets write to communicate, and the moment anyone reads our words--even if we don't know them--community begins to develop. Secondly, poets help and support each other as they change and experiment and learn and grow. Thirdly, poets play and collaborate, as we are doing again this year with the Progressive Poem!
Irene Latham began this tradition in 2012 and hosted our month-long collaboration through 2019, when Margaret Simon took over. (Early archives here; recent archives are tabs at the top of Margaret's page.)
Mary Lee Hahn kicks us off this year, following these few rules:
- Each poet-blogger adds a line, creating a poem for children
- by copying the previous lines exactly as written (unless permission from the previous poet is obtained).
- Commentary on the process is welcome but optional.
Suddenly everything fell into place.
Suddenly everything fell into place
like raindrops hitting soil and sinking in.
But think also of all those raindrops that hit rooftops or pavement or other hard places far from soil or stream...they have a ways to go, a more strenuous journey. Do they all get there in the end? Do we? As Mary Lee says, "I love stories that start at the end...Write me a story that ends with sudden clarity."
Our poem will continue tomorrow with Tabatha's line, which you'll find at The Opposite of Indifference.April 1 Mary Lee Hahn, Another Year of Reading
April 2 Heidi Mordhorst, My Juicy Little Universe
April 3 Tabatha, The Opposite of Indifference
April 4 Buffy Silverman
April 5 Rose Cappelli, Imagine the Possibilities
April 6 Donna Smith, Mainely Write
April 7 Margaret Simon, Reflections on the Teche
April 8 Leigh Anne, A Day in the Life
April 9 Linda Mitchell, A Word Edgewise
April 10 Denise Krebs, Dare to Care
April 11 Emma Roller, Penguins and Poems
April 12 Dave Roller, Leap Of Dave
April 13 Irene Latham Live You Poem
April 14 Janice Scully, Salt City Verse
April 15 Jone Rush MacCulloch
April 16 Linda Baie TeacherDance
April 17 Carol Varsalona, Beyond Literacy Link
April 18 Marcie Atkins
April 19 Carol Labuzzetta at The Apples in My Orchard
April 20 Cathy Hutter, Poeturescapes
April 21 Sarah Grace Tuttle at Sarah Grace Tuttle’s Blog,
April 22 Marilyn Garcia
April 23 Catherine at Reading to the Core
April 24 Janet Fagal, hosted by Tabatha, The Opposite of Indifference
April 25 Ruth, There is no Such Thing as a God-Forsaken Town
April 26 Patricia J. Franz, Reverie
April 27 Theresa Gaughan, Theresa’s Teaching Tidbits
April 28 Karin Fisher-Golton, Still in Awe Blog
April 29 Karen Eastlund, Karen’s Got a Blog
April 30 Michelle Kogan Illustration, Painting, and Writing