Friday, April 17, 2009

Poetry Friday Round-up

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Julie 11:04 PM  

Thanks for hosting, Becky. I have a response to Tricia's Poetry Stretch this week - an ekrphrastic poem that looks at Monet's Woman with a Parasol. The poem is at The Drift Record

Mary Ann Scheuer 12:30 AM  

Hi Becky - thanks for hosting! Over at Great Kid Books, I've reviewed Blueberry Girl, by Neil Gaiman. While this is under picture books, it's a lovely poem for all mothers and daughters. thanks again, Mary Ann Scheuer

Greg Pincus 2:17 AM  

Thanks for hosting, Becky. Besides the new Jon Scieszka poem today, since last Poetry Friday I've had poems up by Betsy Franco, Mary Ann Hoberman, Linda Sue Park, Lee Bennett Hopkins, Nikki Grimes, and Avis Harey. Hope you all come check 'em out!

Mary Lee 4:02 AM  

Bummer about the spam, but thank goodness for comment moderation!

Thanks for hosting! I got your message about hosting again this summer. I'll put you on the schedule for July 17, exactly three months from now!

Marjorie 4:21 AM  

Sorry - I got a bit muddled with Mr Linky - I've added a link to Sally's poetry Friday post on paperTigers about YA poetry book SoCool by Canadian poet Dennis Lee. Thank you for hosting.

Andromeda Jazmon 4:34 AM  

Thanks for doing the round up Becky! I always like to use Mr. Linky cause it is so easy to click on everyone's posts.

Sara 5:09 AM  

Hi Becky! Thank you for hosting. I'm in today with my poetry quote of the day and Jack Spicer's poem which begins "any fool can get into an ocean. . ."

jama 6:35 AM  

Today I'm lingering in Emily Dickinson's kitchen with a poem about her famous black cake by Sandra M. Gilbert.

Thanks for hosting today, Becky!

Anonymous,  6:49 AM  

Hi Becky,

I have an original double dactyl welcoming Bo, the First Dog, over at my site:

Thanks for hosting!

Christina 7:29 AM  

Hi Becky,

Thanks for hosting today. I'm in with another poem by Sara Teasdale this week, in yet another "music meets poetry" bit of kismet in my life. This week's poem is all about personal peace, which I think many of us can appreciate. Peace by Sara Teasdale at A Habit of Reading.

Lisa Chellman 7:59 AM  

Thanks for hosting, Becky. My contribution is an original poem called "Guernica Burns."

Kimberly @ lectitans 8:16 AM  

I did my own translation of Vergil's Aeneid, Book I, Lines 12 - 18.

Little Willow 9:55 AM  

Thanks for hosting, Becky! :)

Jules at 7-Imp 11:11 AM  

Thanks for hosting!

Anonymous,  11:52 AM  

Becky, thanks so much for hosting Poetry Friday this week!

Sylvia Vardell 12:42 PM  

Thanks for hosting, Becky! Always good to connect in the blogworld! My post is a review of IVY IN BLOOM, a new poetry mash-up picture book.

Kelly Polark 1:48 PM  

Thanks for hosting Becky! I'm celebrating LIbrary week!

Melissa 2:22 PM  

Thanks for hosting, Becky - I've got a Sherman Alexie poem up this week.

Em 6:21 PM  

Just a fun little poem about reading. :)

Thanks for hosting and enjoy your weekend!

susan 2:41 AM  

I posted really late. I'm participating in NaPoWriMo and to say it is challenging is an understatement. I'm sharing a very rough, still wet ink draft.

Now I'm off to read and comment.

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