April 27, 2012

Today’s guest poetry poster (despite the title) is my talented friend April Pulley Sayre. When I got to the part about what her teacher did to her, I gasped. Here is what April sent me: I don’t think of myself as a poet. The moniker “poet” kind of scares me. Like I’d have to act…

April 26, 2012

Thank you, Michael J. Rosen, for being today’s guest poetry poster! Here is an interview with Michael and here is the podcast I did with him. In “Running with Trains,” two boys speak in alternating poems. By the end of the book they do meet, but for most of the novel, they observe one another…

April 24, 2012

The funny and fabulously talented Lisa Wheeler is today’s guest poetry poster! Why not check out (and LIKE) Lisa’s Facebook Page? Mother Goose was my very first introduction to poetry. Equally attracted to both the metered rhyme and colorful artwork, I embraced the poems wholeheartedly. I still do. I’ve been collecting Mother Goose books for…

April 23, 2012

Please welcome Charles Ghigna as today’s guest poetry poster!     “I hate poetry.” I’ve heard that a million times. I used to say it myself. As a teenager, I thought poetry was for sissies and grandmothers. I didn’t want any part of it. I was only interested in cars, sports, and girls — not…

April 22, 2012

Today’s guest poetry poster is Laurel Snyder. It breaks my heart when I talk to a kid who says they “hate poetry” or that they “can’t read poetry.”  Especially if they think it’s “too hard.”  Poetry is the easiest thing in the world. Or it can be.    If it feels hard, and you don’t want…

April 21, 2012

Today’s guest poet poster is Anastasia Suen. Follow Anastasia on Facebook. Follow her on Twitter. Anastasia at age 12: I wrote my first book when I was eleven. It was a picture book, and poetry wasn’t far behind. I wrote poetry in junior high and high school. Combining the two — picture books and poetry…

April 20, 2012

Betsy’s site Betsy on Twitter   From Betsy:   Poetry’s a portal I walk through, where I scratch scabs to find forgotten memories, where I tickle kids with tiny details, where I even wake up teens with no interest in writing, whatsoever. ‘Cause poetry can do that. ‘Cause poetry’s a portal anyone can walk through….

April 19, 2012

Today’s guest poetry poster is Rebecca Kai Dotlich, giving a very serious lesson, so pay extra attention. 1. Put yourself in a rhyme trance, focusing only on rhyme. Hummmmm cat bat hat hmmmmmm sat fat rat hmmmmmm …. Get the point, joint?   2. Make sure the rhyme is forced.      Frog loved to play music…