Friday, April 04, 2008

Poetry Friday Roundup

I'm happy to be hosting this week's edition of Poetry Friday. If you'll leave your link in the comments, I'll be sure to include you. I'll be updating this post throughout the day. So check back often to see what others are contributing!

Tiel Aisha Ansari from Knocking From Inside is in with an original piece, Black Smoke, White Heat.

Tricia from The Miss Rumphius Effect is in with two sonnets by Percy Bysshe Shelley.

Liz in Ink is contributing a poem by Lola Haskins, Sleep Positions.

David Elzey of the excelsior file and fomagrams is in with a review of America at War. He is highlighting the e.e. cummings poem, my sweet old etcetera and another poem (from the same book) by Heidi Bee Roemer, The Hague, Holland May 10, 1940.

John Mutford of the Book Mine Set is in with a review of Far Voyages by Douglas LePan.

Suzanne from Adventures in Daily Living is in with an Elizabeth Coatsworth poem, Rain Poem.

Gregory K. from GottaBook is in with an original poem, Bubble Wrap; while you're there be sure to read his other original poems from this week. He's celebrating National Poetry Month by posting original poems each day. (I especially loved Allergic to Homework.)

Michele from Scholar's Blog is in with a Christina Rossetti poem, Remember.

Cloudscome from a wrung sponge has an original haiku. (There are other great original poems as well you should check out.)

Stacey from Two Writing Teachers is in with "First They Came For The Jews." Which not to play favorites or anything, has always been one of my favorites. It's just so powerful.

Mary Lee from A Year Of Reading is in with a few '15 words or less poems' written by her students.

Sarah from In Need of Chocolate is in with an original poem, One Day.

Jama from Jama Rattigan's Alphabet Soup in her post, tea and poetry, is sharing a poem and inviting us all to a tea party. To participate in the party, "share your favorite tea time recipes, tea reflections or memories, or favorite tea scenes from books or film." Go to her site to find out more.

Writer2B from Findings is in with a poem by Denise Levertov.

Elaine Magliaro of Blue Rose Girls and Wild Rose Reader is in with The Poet by Tom Wayman and an interview with J. Patrick Lewis.

Shelf Elf is in with a review of all the small poems and fourteen more by Valerie Worth.

Sara from Read Write Believe is in with Before the Rain by Lianne Spidel and an original poem as well.

Laura Salas is in with a 15 Words or Less Poems post and a post, "Where I Steal My Poem Ideas From."

Karen Edmisten is in with an Emily Dickinson poem.

Sarah from Just Another Day of Catholic Pondering is in with her post, Ruminations on Cat Feet.

Marianne H. Nielsen from Doing the Write Thing is in with a few poems from the book Til all the Stars Have Fallen.

Kristy Dempsey is in with with an original poem, Puzzles.

TadMack from Finding Wonderland is in with "The Hour."

Christine M. from The Simple and the Ordinary is in with part of an original poem.

Susan from Chicken Spaghetti is in with a post about cowboy songs.

Little Willow is in with The Drifter by David Poe.

Anastasia Suen is giving a copy of her book, Subway, away for Poetry Friday. She's also in with a review of A Fishing Surprise.

Sarah Miller is in with a Maya Angelou poem, Alone.

Sylvia Vardell of Poetry for Children is posting all month long in celebration of National Poetry Month. Her post today is on Poetry for Seniors.

Wes is in with an original poem, Crossing the Hellespont, at The Well-Read Child.

Kelly Fineman of Writing and Ruminating is in with "Strange Meeting" by Wilfred Owen.

Becky Levine is in with an original poem, Still Here.

Mme T of destined to become a classic is in with "Manifesto: The Mad Farmer Liberation Front" by Wendell Berry.

Becky of Farm School is in with Lift Every Voice and Sing by James Weldon Johnson. (Love that one!)

Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast is in with Cold Spring.

Lee Wind of I'm Here. I'm Queer. What the Hell Do I Read? is in with a post "Your Favorite Gay Poems: Lord Byron's Love Poems to John Edleston."

MsMac from Check It Out is in with a post, "It Is National Poetry Month."

My contribution to Poetry Friday is "Alphabet" by Jane Yolen as found in America at War.

Lisa from Passionately Curious is in with a poem written by an 8 year old, "Poetry is Waiting."

Anne of Book Buds is in with a review of Oodles of Animals by Lois Ehlert.

Kelly of Big A Little A is in with "To Vladimir, Address Unknown."

Amanda of A Patchwork of Books is in with a review of "Where Is Spring?"

Erin of Miss Erin is in with a discussion of Shark Girl by Kelly Bingham.

A. Fortis from Finding Wonderland's contribution is "What Do I Write With?" and "The Magic of the Pencil."

Jennie from Biblio File is in with "You made crusty bread rolls" by Gary Johnson.

Annie from Crazy for Kids Books highlights Ogden Nash.

Laurel Snyder is in with "The Marks of Walter B.'s Power" by Sabrina Orah Mark.

The Reading Zone offers Judith Viorst's "And Then the Prince Knelt Down..."

Look Books brings us "The Rider" by Naomi Shibab Nye.

Ruth from There Is No Such Thing As A God-Forsaken Town is in with a post about several poetry collections.


Tiel Aisha Ansari said...

I have an original piece:

Black Smoke, White Heat

Tricia said...

Hi Becky,
I'm in with two sonnets by P.B. Shelley.
Thanks so much for rounding us up.

Anonymous said...

Hi Becky -- thanks for rounding up. I'm in with a poem by Lola Haskins...

david elzey said...

Greetings Becky and All!

I'm in this week with a different poem at each of my blog homes.

e.e. cummings is in the trenches over at the excelsior file,

heidi bee roemer is fluttering around at fomagrams.

John Mutford said...

Thanks for hosting Becky. I'm in with a review of a Douglas LePan book entitled "Far Voyages."

Suzanne said...

I'm sharing another Elizabeth Coatsworth poem at :: Adventures in Daily Living ::

Greg Pincus said...

Thanks for hosting, Becky. I'm up with an original (like every day in April!)...

Bubble Wrap

Michele said...

I'm in with Christina Rossetti

Andromeda Jazmon said...

Thanks for hosting Becky! I have an original haiku (part of my April series). a wrung sponge

Anonymous said...

Hi Becky,

I'm in with a poem that deals with speaking up and using your voice. You can find it at It's called "First They Came for the Jews."


Mary Lee said...
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Sarah said...

Hi Becky,
Thanks for hosting. I posted a poem I wrote at

jama said...

Today I'm inviting everyone to tea, with poems from Lu T'ung and Jane Kenyon.

Thanks for hosting, Becky!

Anonymous said...

Hi Becky,

My post today, a Denise Levertov poem, is here:

Thanks for hosting today!

Elaine Magliaro said...

Thanks for doing the roundup this week, Becky!

At Wild Rose Reader, I have an interview with the children's poet J. Patrick Lewis.

At Blue Rose Girls, I have a poem by Tom Wayman entitled "The Poet."

Anonymous said...

Here's my link:

It's a look at Valerie Worth's perfect collection: all the small things and fourteen more.

Ta ta!

Sara said...

Hi Becky. I'm in today with two poems about listening and the rain; one is by Lianne Spidel, and the other is original. Link.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for hosting, Becky. I'm in with 15 Words or Less poems (stop by and add yours) at

And also a bit about where I steal my ideas for poems from. That one's at

Karen Edmisten said...

Thanks for hosting! My link for today is here.

Sarah Reinhard said...

It's my first week participating and what fun! Thanks for hosting!

Here's my submission:
Ruminations on Cat Feet

MHN said...

Hi Becky,

I'm in with a couple of poems from Canadian poets from the book Til The Stars Have Fallen.

Thanks for hosting :)

MHN said...

Oops! The title of the book is Til All The Stars Have Fallen :)

Anonymous said...

Hi, Becky!

I'm in with some thoughts and an original poem today (and all month long!) at:



tanita✿davis said...

Hi Becky, I'm in with a poem called "The Hours," (and I'm sorry if I've posted this twice!) Thanks for hosting.

christine M said...

Thanks for doing the round up. I have an couple of lines from an original poem.

Elaine Magliaro said...

I left out a letter in the URL for my post at Wild Rose Reader (An Interview with J. Patrick Lewis). I hope I type it correctly this time. Thanks to Cloudscome for alerting me.

Anonymous said...

Hi, Becky. Thank you for rounding up today. I'm in with a post about cowboy songs.

Susan T.
Chicken Spaghetti

Little Willow said...

Lyrics from The Drifter by David Poe

Thanks for hosting!

Sarah Miller said...

I'm in with birthday girl Maya Angelou.

Thanks for rounding us all up!

Sylvia Vardell said...

Thanks for hosting, Becky-- and congrats! I'm posting DAILY for Poetry Month and today's post is about using poetry with senior citizens.

Mary Lee said...

Let me try this again:

In celebration of Poetry Month, I have a few 15 Words or Less poems written by my students. The permission slips trickled in slowly this week. I may edit my post mid-morning if a few key permissions come in today!

(I guess I need another html lesson so that I can leave a working link in my comment!!!)

Unknown said...

Wes is in with an original at The Well-Read Child. Thanks for hosting.

Crossing the Hellespont

Anonymous said...

I'm in with Strange Meeting by Wilfred Owen. It's at my usual blog:

Anonymous said...


Thanks for hosting the round-up. I'm trying to join in with Poetry Friday just for Poetry Month. I've got an original poem--"Still Here" at my blog:

And if any of you talented people can tell me how to put an actual LINK into a comment, I'd be forever thankful! :)

Anonymous said...

I forgot that Blogger doesn't automatically generate a link.

Becky Levine: you need to add some coding around it: before the text, and after it, only you must insert your link address inside the quotes, and delete any spaces within the brackets.

MmeT said...

Oooh. I'm late again. I have a Wendell Berry poem that I think may become my new rules for living.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for hosting and rounding up today, Becky!

I'm remembering Dr. King with some poetry by James Weldon Johnson,

or just use this, Remembering Dr. King

Thanks again.

eisha said...

Hi, Becky. 7-Imp is in with "Cold Spring" by Lawrence Raab. Thanks for hosting!

Lee Wind, M.Ed. said...

Hi Becky,

For the first time ever, I'm in too!

Or maybe I should say "I'm Out?"
as I'm blogging this month sharing my favorite and my blog readers' favorite Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning and Queer Poems (to celebrate the month) at:

Check out the cool Queer poems already up by Lord Byron, Paula Gunn Allen, and Robert Friend.

Thanks for doin' the round up!


Anonymous said...

Becky, I hope I am not repeating but here is mine.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for hosting! Here's my link- a wonderful poem written by a second grader.

Anonymous said...

Hi Becky!

I have a poem about Spring.


Erin said...

I'm in with a verse novel roundtable:

Thanks, Becky!

Sarah Stevenson said...

Hi Becky! Thanks for hosting. I'm a little late, but I'm in with some children's poetry over at Finding Wonderland.

Jennie said...

I'm in with something from last week's Writer's Almanac!

Kelly said...

Hi Becky:

Thanks so much for finding me already. Crazy day. Just had a moment to sneak in my link :)

Anonymous said...

In with Judith Viorst!

Anonymous said...
The Rider by Naomi Shibab Nye

Thanks for the roundup!


Dewey said...

Aw, drat, I missed it! I had an Atwood poem for National Poetry Month. But it just slipped my mind. Well, I'll try to remember to join the Poetry Train on Monday. Otherwise! Next Friday! Hope you had fun hosting. :)

Ruth said...

Do I still have time to get in the roundup? I posted some reviews of poetry books I have. Here's the link.