Friday, November 27, 2009

Poetry Friday Round-Up

Hi! Welcome to Becky's Book Reviews. I'm happy to be hosting this week's Poetry Friday round-up. Please leave a link in the comments. I'll be rounding up throughout the day as I can.

Author Amok is sharing a pi/e poem.

Susan Taylor Brown is sharing Grocery Shopping with Mom.

A Year of Reading is in with Manners.

Reflective Ink is in with two haiku.

Shelf Elf is in with Winter Trees.

PaperTigers is in with a post on the poetry of Spike Milligan.

Write Time is in with an original Thanksgiving poem.

Random Noodling is in with Perhaps the World Ends Here.

Ruth is in with a review of E-Mails from Scheherazad.

A Chair, A Fireplace, & A Tea Cozy is in with a review of Only A Witch Can Fly.

Wild Rose Reader shares pictures and links for a party celebrating Lee Bennett Hopkins.

Political Verses shares a poem about Sarah Palin.

Blue Rose Girls shares Eating Poetry, a poem honoring Lee Bennett Hopkins.

Carol is in with a review of Pony Island.

Color Online is spotlighting Tara Betts.

Poetry for Children is in with a review of Pumpkin Butterfly.

Writing and Ruminating is in with some Lewis Carroll.

Julie shares The Day After.

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Susan Taylor Brown 3:05 AM  

Thanks for hosting, Becky.

I'm in with an original poem. GROCERY SHOPPING WITH MOM, one that was cut from my book, HUGGING THE ROCK.

Mary Lee 4:47 AM  

I have a poem today about manners -- equally applicable to yesterday's feasting and today's shopping:

Thanks for hosting!

Author Amok 6:54 AM  

Hi, Becky. Thanks for hosting. Because we're enjoying T-day leftovers, I'm sharing a pie poem. But it's also a Pi poem -- every line corresponds to a digit in Pi. Clever Loreen Pelletier is the poet.

G.R. LeBlanc 7:08 AM  

Hi, Becky, and thanks for hosting this week!

I'm sharing two original haiku at my blog, Reflective Ink.

Gisele :)

Shelf Elf 7:13 AM  

Thanks for hosting Becky! Happy Thanksgiving to all those celebrating.

Here is the link to my poem, Winter Trees, by William Carlos Williams

Elaine Magliaro 7:16 AM  


Thanks for doing the roundup on the day after Thanksgiving.

At Wild Rose Reader, I have pictures from the Poetry Party that was held in honor of Lee Bennett Hopkins at the 2009 NCTE Annual Convention. The post also includes a poem by Billy Collins and a link to "Eating Poetry," the poem that I wrote for Lee's tribute book.

At Politcal Verses, I have "Who's the Turkey," an original poem about Sarah Palin.

Sally Ito 7:32 AM  

PaperTigers is in today with a post on the poetry of Spike Milligan.

Linda 7:33 AM  

Hi Becky, thanks for hosting! I'm in with an original Thanksgiving poem at

Diane Mayr 7:37 AM  

Happy Leftovers Day! I have a poem by Joy Harjo, "Perhaps the World Ends Here" at

Ruth 7:56 AM  

I posted a review of Mohja Kahf's book E-Mails from Scheherazad here. Thanks for hosting!

Liz B 8:11 AM  

I'm in with a review of ONLY A WITCH CAN FLY at

Marjorie 8:32 AM  

Here's the link to Sally's post for PaperTigers!

Thanks fpr hosting :-)

Elaine Magliaro 9:30 AM  

At Blue Rose Girls, I have A Poem for a Poetry Man.

Carol 9:37 AM  

I'm in with a review of PONY ISLAND for the horse lovers in the crowd!

Color Online 9:49 AM  

Twice a month at Color Online, we spotlight a woman writer of color. This week, we feature poet, Tara Betts. Hope you'll check out what Ms. Betts has to say.

Sylvia Vardell 10:03 AM  

Thanks for hosting, Becky. Today I'm writing about PUMPKIN BUTTERFLY, a new collection by Heidi Mordhorst. See you soon!

Anonymous,  11:59 AM  

Hi Becky! Thanks for hosting!

I'm in today with The Walrus and the Carpenter by Lewis Carroll. Here's my link info for you:

Julie Reinhardt 2:43 PM  

I've posted a poem called "The Day After", as a sort of "poke to self" to remember there are billions of hungry people in the world.

I'm Jet . . . 10:48 AM  

I'm here late to the party with a poem -- odd and lovely all at the same time.

You can find it here at

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