Friday, July 01, 2011

Friday Poetry Is Here Today!

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Salvia spikes
behind my garden bench
or before?

-Andromeda Jazmon

I'm not sure I've got that haiku nailed yet. I might come back and edit it some more. I am trying to get the feel for the question in my mind; what comes first, the garden bench or the perennials? Some may plan the garden structures first and fill in with the plants but I would tend to throw the plants in willy nilly over a few seasons and then think "Hey I need a bench right here!" What do you think?

And check out my cool new QR code in the sidebar. Blogger now has a mobile edition so if you are reading on a smart phone or iPod you get better formatting for a small screen. It seems cool and fun but I am a bit confused about how they will be used for blogs. I mean it's posted here so if you see it on a big screen you can point your device with a QR reader & camera at it and get a link to open on the small screen. I am just not sure how one juggles the machines; are you reading over a friend's shoulder on their laptop and think "cool I want to see that on my phone!"? Or are you on your own laptop and see the blog post and think "I need to read this on the small screen." ?? Walking down the street and see it on a monitor in a window and pull out your phone? Really, what is the point of putting QR codes on a blog post? Who is using them?

I'm hosting the poetry round up today. Friday Poetry is a weekly celebration of poetry from all around the children's literature blogosphere. Anyone can join in just by posting a link to a poem, something about poetry, an original poem, or a review of a poetry book.

We try to respect copyright and authors and artists by not reprinting the entire poem of copyrighted works, often linking to the full text published at an approved site where permission has been granted.

Leave your name (poet or poem title) and the URL to your Friday Poetry post in the form below. Then come back later to enjoy the rest of the poetry!

27 comments:

Mary Lee said...

Thanks for doing the roundup! Happy Friday!!

Diane Mayr said...

Thanks for hosting--we've missed you the past few weeks. I had a little trouble with Mr. Linky, so Random Noodling is in there twice, the first time with the wrong link. Is there any way to remove a link? Have a great Independence Day!

Robyn Hood Black said...

Thanks so much for hosting! I forgot to add my topic before I clicked in Mr. Linky - oops! Today I have poetry and an interview from Gisele LeBlanc, and the latest news about Berry Blue Haiku: http://www.robynhoodblack.com/blog.htm?post=798034

Andromeda Jazmon said...

Thanks for the comment Robin, that looks great!

Diane, I went in and edited your links so the Snails one point to the right blog post. Thanks!

laurasalas said...

Hi Andi, Thanks for hosting! Until last week, I hadn't done Poetry Friday for a month or two. Just two swamped. So lovely to be in the mix again, and to stop by and see a beautiful photo/haiku at your blog.

I interpreted "or before?" in your haiku the wrong way. I thought you were pondering whether the salvia was behind or in front of the bench, like it was a visual trick, not a timing question.

Maybe a bench grows salvia? Or the salvia plants a bench for people to admire it? Just throwing out thoughts!

Good question about the QRs on blogs. I haven't used them at all, have just seen them. I'm waiting for the dust to settle to see how they fare and what works well with them. I am SO not an early adapter and appreciate those of y'all who are!

Tara said...

Thanks for hosting Poetry Friday! I'm with you in the order of activity - flowers first, and then the bench.

Mary Lee said...

Here's what you could do with that cool QR code -- make blog business cards with it!!

Ruth said...

Thanks for hosting. I always love your haiku. Today I'm thinking about July: here's my post.

Andromeda Jazmon said...

Mary Lee that is a great idea! Maybe some kind of sticker you could put on a badge or tag or something to whip out at a meet up? Then folks can grab your URL while you chat. My only problem with QR codes is that they look so ugly. I wish there was a way to make them colorful or appealing in some interesting way. They look like an ink smudge to me and that turns me off!

Elaine Magliaro said...

Andi,

Thanks for doing the roundup this week. At Wild Rose Reader, I'm celebrating Independence Day with poetry! I have an original rhyming acrostic titled "Fireworks." I also have three anonymous poems and a video reading of Valerie Worth's poem "Fireworks."

I hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday weekend!!!

Irene Latham said...

Andromeda, I share your uncertainty about haiku! Thanks for sharing AND for hosting roundup.

Blythe Woolston said...

You have wound a lot of time and space into those syllables. Thank you for hosting today.

poemhome said...

Thanx for hosting at the Wrong Sponge. A poem about loss by Elizabeth Bishop at the Florian Cafe: http://floriancafe.blogspot.com/
Happy Holiday
Douglas

david elzey said...

thanks for hosting, and i sometimes feel like haiku might be like trying to plan where a bench goes in a garden. sometimes the change of light in the day makes a morning placement not right in the afternoon. so keep playing around!

i think the QR codes are going to become more important in general but i'm with you in not understanding their placement on a blog.

MotherReader said...

Thanks for the incentive to capture something important to me.

CW-G said...

I love your poem and your picture. Salvia persists in my garden when few other plants dare...

Joyce Ray said...

Thanks for rounding up all our words today! I'm still not a regular - keep forgetting! But I love to read the Roundup. I love your haibun! You remind me to practice that wonderful form.

Charles Ghigna (Father Goose) said...

Thanks, Andromeda!

Here's a poem for Pollock @ The BALD EGO Blog

Janet S. said...

Thanks for hosting.
Summer seems like the perfect time for a visit to Trinidad so my selection is "Earth Magic" written by Dionne Brand and illustrated by Eugenie Fernandes.

Karen Edmisten said...

Andi, I missed Poetry Friday yesterday, and am just now catching up. Thanks for hosting, even though I didn't make it. :)

About the QR code -- it's new to me (I'm always behind the curve on the techie stuff) but here's what I just learned about it: I looked at my blog on my iTouch and then looked at yours. Yours has a great, easy-to-read format on my Touch (via your QR code, apparently, though there's also a "View Web Version" option at the bottom of the page) and mine still has the old, harder-to-read look.

So, it appears to me that the advantage to adding QR code to your blog is just to make life easier on your readers (those who read you via a mobile device) without them even knowing that you're using QR.

Am I making sense? Because when it comes to techie stuff, I don't always make sense, especially since I'm generally in the midst of puzzling it out. :)

Anyway, you made me investigate QR code and I think I need to add it to my blog -- so many people do read on the run!

david elzey said...

i did a little poking around as well on the QR front and i think what would be a great use of the QR code would be for digital business cards. i picked up a free iphone app called scan that not only reads QR codes but stores your history.

so i imagine that if authors had a code printed up (maybe in a sticker) that they could attach to their badges at conferences and other gatherings people could scan your code and be taken right to your blog/website without having to worry about losing, organizing, or keeping track of business cards. then later when you're home you have that information accessible via the history.

just something i thought about after some breif research. perhaps people are already doing this and i'm behind the curve.

Amy LV said...

Andi, I am a willy nilly planter too...but I love the way you choose to put words and pictures together. Thank you for hosting! A.

Andromeda Jazmon said...

Karen,
The thing I learned about reading blogs on the iPod is that blogger has a new option in the templates menu that optimizes your blog for reading on small scream devices. I just checked it for mine in the settings and it makes a bog difference! The QR code is a link but that' not what makes it readable.

Andromeda Jazmon said...

Typing is a royal pain on the iPod, that's for sure! lOL

Karen Edmisten said...

Thanks, Andi! I see what you mean -- I made the change for mobile on my blog yesterday. Thanks!

jama said...

Thanks for including my link and for hosting the Roundup. Hope you had a great Fourth, Andi :).

Anita said...

Oh! I'm horrible at writing poetry, but I enjoy reading it...I'll check out some of these URLs...thanks!