Friday, April 30, 2021
Friday, April 23, 2021
Today is Unesco's World Book and Copyright Day. I was fortunate enough to start my educational life at a school that encouraged reading, and it was there that my love of story took root.
Mine was a fairly solitary childhood, but with a book, I could enter the worlds of the characters I was reading about, and they became my companions.
- Line 1: One word, that is also the title
- Line 2: Two adjectives that describe the word in line one
- Line 3: Three words that give more information about the subject
- [alternatively, three gerunds -ing verbs - that show the action of the subject]
- Line 4: Four words (individual words or a phrase/sentence) that show emotion about the subject
- [alternatively, that describe another aspect of the subject]
- Line 5: A synonym of the title or a word very similar to it.
Paperback. Pixellated.Engrossing, enlightening, inspiring.My companions through life.Guidebooks.
(c) 2021 Elisabeth Norton
Wednesday, April 14, 2021
Last April I posted a golden shovel poem based on Robert Frost's "Ghost House." Now, a year later, almost to the day, I'm posting about poetry again, with yet another nod to Robert Frost.
It's been a poetic year for me. It's also been a year with limited time for writing. Perhaps that's why, since writing that poem last April, I've been spending more and more time in poetry. I've discovered new favorite poems, and new favorite poets. New poetry is becoming a part of my DNA, the words and phrases coming to mind spontaneously as they resonate on the same frequency as my life.
Yesterday, walking in the park, I saw this fellow standing in the stream.
As soon as I saw him standing there, the opening lines of Robert Frost's poem "The Road Not Taken" sprang to mind:
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;
I carried Frost's words with me as we walked home, their cadence rolling through my mind, calling up memories of my own diverging paths, and interjecting mindful, reflective moments into an otherwise ordinary day.
I've written more poetry in the last year than in the past several years combined. Most of the poems are not for kids, but lyrical language has also become my focus in the writing I'm doing for young readers. I'm working on picture books, some rhyming, some not, but all of them written with lyrical language.
I love the process of carefully considering words - their meaning, their shape, their sound.
I love how good it feels when you know you've discovered just the right one.
I love the patterns they form on the page.
I love the rise and fall of their syllables in my ear.
In the US, it's the 25th annual National Poetry Month.
If you're feeling poetic, you can discover new poems and poets here and here. You can even get a new poem sent to your inbox every day. And if you want to follow along during the month of April, poet and writer Bridget Magee is writing a poem a day as part of National Poetry Month. You can check out her fun and funny poems on her website.