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 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 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…

April 17, 2012

Thank you,  Janet Wong, for being today’s guest poetry poster, especially since I messed up the post originally! Now, finally, the correct post from Janet!   One year ago Sylvia Vardell and I launched our PoetryTagTime series of original poetry e-books. Why e-books? We wanted to make poetry affordable—less than a cup of coffee and…

April 12, 2012

Today’s guest poetry poster is Sylvia Vardell, whose blog is Poetry for Children Find Sylvia on Facebook   Test your Poetry IQ Sylvia says since April is National Poetry Month it’s the perfect time to test what you know about poetry! No cheating by scrolling down to check the answers! See how you do on…

April 8, 2012

Today’s guest poetry poster is Bobbi Katz!   No time? Write bad haiku! If you’re in a hurry, there’s nothing faster than writing a bad haiku. Three lines, 17 syllables: What could be easier? The trick is to use the word “nice” in two or more lines! Oh, yes, remember that traditional haiku focus on…

April 6, 2012

Today’s guest poet poster is Lesléa Newman. Follow Lesléa on Facebook here. Follow her on Twitter.   Fun with Formal Poetry “Why do you write formal poetry?” I am often asked. The question always puzzles me. Why wouldn’t I write in form? I am a poet, after all. I want to do everything I can…