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This is my 30th Haiku in the 30 days of April. I've posted one every day for National Poetry Month. It's been a great month. Looking forward to May!
"Long ago in China there lived a stone carver named Chan Lo. Chan Lo spent his days carving birds and deer and water buffalo from the colored stones he found near the river.
"How do you know what to carve?" his young apprentice asked.
"I always listen to the stone," replied Chan Lo. "The stone tells me what it wants to be."
"Chan Lo could not carve what he did not hear, but he was afraid to disobey the emperor. His fear weighed heavy in him like a great stone as he picked up his tools and began to carve. He worked slowly and carefully for a year and a day."
"A sestina is a highly structured Poem consisting of six six-line stanzas followed by a tercet envoy or tornada, for a total of thirty-nine lines. The same set of six words ends the lines of each of the six-line stanzas, but in a different order each time."The order of the end words is woven in a complex patterned further described as "kneading bread", where the first and middle end words of each stanza fold over and under repeatedly in a braid. I can not visualize this or keep it in my head even with an ABC diagram, so I was happy to find this site that is an end word generator for sestinas. You chose your six end words carefully, making them flexible and broadly definable, and then you go to town.
September rain falls on the house.
In the failing light, the old grandmother
sits in the kitchen with the child
beside the Little Marvel Stove,
reading the jokes from the almanac,
laughing and talking to hide her tears.
She thinks that her equinoctial tears
and the rain that beats on the roof of the house
were both foretold by the almanac,
but only known to a grandmother.
The iron kettle sings on the stove.
She cuts some bread and says to the child,
It's time for tea now; but the child
is watching the teakettle's small hard tears
"These were the students who initiated dialogue groups on campus, brought a multicultural perspective to their student organizations, and began to expand their own horizons by seeking out friendship networks more diverse than those they had before taking the course, and still had two more years to practice those skills before they moved on to the next phase of their lives. Courses that actively encourage cross-group dialogue can be very useful, but they need to happen early in the young person's college experience for maximum benefit. A great example of a first-year seminar that affirms identity, builds community, and cultivates leadership is the African Diaspora and the World (ADW) course at Spelman. Established in 1992 as a writing-intensive seminar required for all first-year students, its creation was a faculty-directed effort to re-imagine the World Civilization (History) and World Literature (English) core course requirements in ways that would (1) place the African Diaspora at the center of the student's socio-historical, literary, and cultural studies; (2) reflect the shifting demographics of the United States and the world; and (3) prepare Spelman women for a new era of diversity and global interaction."This sentence is in the heart of the chapter called, "What Kind of Friendship is That?: The Search for Authenticity, Mutuality, and Social Transformation in Cross-Racial Relationships." Fascinating stuff! I'm tagging five bloggers that I would love to sit down with to discuss this book:
"Let me be real clear" my whup-ass expands far beyond just a physical punishment. It's about whatever I can do to change a negative behavior. It is about taking something away from a child and how he feels about it. Believe me. I've got a lot of tricks up my sleeve for making that happen. I can unleash whup-ass disciplinary techniques like nobody's business."I need to see that action. After 25 years of teaching and 20 years of parenting I think I have a pretty good range of whup-ass my own-self, but sometimes it just doesn't feel like enough. I need her to come over here and show me, because I want my kids to turn out like hers.
"Here, in his first book, Dunbar had already struck a balance between a clear-eyed look at the way things are and a more forgiving glance at the way they had been. He would maintain this balance throughout his career and eventually find people willing to part with far more than a dollar to hear it. [...] Whether writing in his own voice or in the dialect of a farmhand, he always aimed his work at any individual confused and pained by the quickly changing world."
"These 12 animated films were created by students working with docUWM, a documentary media center at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and the University's creative writing program, in association with the Poetry Foundation."Look at these videos:
Trisha has the form "kyrille" as her Monday Poetry Stretch this week. She explains it:
"A kyrielle is a French from that was originally used by Troubadours. In the original French kyrielle, lines had eight syllables. Written in English, the lines are usually iambic tetrameters. The distinctive feature of a kyrielle is the refrain in which the final line of every stanza is the same. The name of the form comes from the word kyrie, a form of prayer in which the phrase "Lord have mercy" (kyrie eleison) is repeated.Last Friday Elaine at Wild Rose Reader interviewed Janet Wong. It's a great interview. The two of them invited (challenged?) us to write a poem including the three words "ring, drum, blanket". I had been pondering it and decided to try to work the two challenges together. Here's my attempt:
A kyrielle can be any length as long as it is written 4 line stanzas of iambic tetrameters. A kyrielle also has a rhyme scheme. Two popular forms are aabB/ccbB/ddbB etc. or abaB/cbcB/dbdB etc., where B is the repeated refrain."
First the Flower, Then the Leaf
I found it hard when it was dark
and frozen rain drummed barren bark
to know again we'd find relief
in first the flower and then the leaf.
Long cold and empty was the world
when all that breathed kept tightly curled;
our sun's round ring played dim and brief
but then came flower recalling leaf.
Drear days are past, the shadow flees
bright mornings come to light the trees
that spread their boughs to ease our grief
in first the flower and then the leaf.
The hidden sap has been reborn
to rise and blanket hearts forlorn;
a balm that gently builds belief
till comes the flower and then the leaf.
On hopeful afternoons we roam,
we plant our gardens in dark loam;
denying once again time's thief
might fade the flower and bruise the leaf.
The idea is simple: take your TV, your DVD player, your video iPod, your XBOX 360, your laptop, your PSP, and say goodbye to them all for seven days. Simple, but not at all easy. Like millions of others before you, you’ll be shocked at just how difficult - yet also how life-changing - a week spent unplugged can really be.
"Justina Chen Headley, co-founder of readergirlz and award-winning novelist, wanted to find a way to support teen patients going through such difficulties through a massive book drop. “While touring my local children’s hospital to research my novel, Girl Overboard, I couldn’t help noticing that teen patients didn’t seem to have the comfort objects that the little ones did,” she said. “As an author, I knew that YA books—books with exceptional characters and fabulous stories—could provide teen patients with some of the escape and inspiration they needed. And I knew that readergirlz and YALSA were just the groups to spearhead a teen literacy program of this magnitude.”
Operation TBD also aims to encourage teens to choose reading for pleasure as a leisure activity, as young adults now have many options for entertainment and often choose reading less often.
To help incite the broader teen community to participate in Operation TBD in its drive to spur reading on a national scale, readergirlz has invited all teens and YA authors to leave a book in a public place on April 17. When visiting www.readergirlz.com, participants can download bookplates to insert into the books they’ll leave behind, which explain the surprise to the recipient and tell them to read and enjoy."
" We invite all readergirlz and authors to join our online two-hour book party hosted at the readergirlz MySpace group forum (http://groups.myspace.com/readergirlz), on April 17th (Support Teen Literature Day), from 6-8pm Pacific/9-11pm Eastern. The chat will be in a thread titled "TBD Post Op Party." The readergirlz divas will be giving away books and prizes, and chatting with teens and authors from around the world. We've invited so many authors and girlz you just never know who you might end up chatting with!"
"A Crown Sonnet is a string of seven interconnected sonnets. Each sonnet after the first one will use the last line from the preceding sonnet as its first line. The final sonnet (#7) uses the last line of sonnet six as its first line AND the first line of the very first sonnet as its last line. The perfect book-end."
"Rom was still somehow connected to Spot. His vision returned, and he could see the controls in his mind. The power bar ticked up. The triangle flashed green. Cold rationality spoke to him: Calculate a victory; do not jump up in a blind rage. A whirl of emotions came over him, blending together. A brute instinct to survive. A desire to save Riley. A comprehensive understanding of Muddy and his weaknesses. For the first time, all three aspects were in harmony. Could he control the demon without the triggit? Ramirez had said his father could control his demon naturally, without the use of technology. Did Rom have the same ability?"
The March/April 2008 issue of The Edge of the Forest is up! "The Edge of the Forest" is the kidlit e-zine put together by Kelly Harold of Big A little a. It's a wild mix of recommended book lists, reviews, author interviews, podcasts and articles about blogging and children's literature.
There are many exciting features for you this month:
It's a quick read and very direct. I finished in in two evenings. Simple, dramatic changes in the products you use around your house and yard can make a big impact on the health of your family and the environment. I am glad to have a guide to making the quickest, most effective changes.
"Filled with easy steps and simple solutions to improve family living without wreaking havoc on schedules or budgets, this book includes inspiring ideas for safe, eco-friendly cleaning methods, choosing healthier food, pet and garden care, nursery and home building materials, plus extensive tips for energy saving and family fun. With contributions from environmental science and public-health experts such as Dr. Harvey Karp, as well as many celebrity supporters (including Gwyneth Paltrow, Brooke Shields, and Tom Hanks), Healthy Child HealthyWorld is the essential guidebook for parents and children’s health advocates. "
"The plastic used in so many cheap, colorful toys, especially PVC (polyvinyl chloride) plastic, releases toxic fumes into the air (known as off-gassing), exposing kids to the risks of inhalation. Soft plastic toys are particularly troublesome -rubber ducks, bath books, plastic cars, inflatable figures, dolls, and learning toys also contain phthalates, softening agents used to make PVC pliable, the same stuff used in vinyl flooring. Studies have proven that phthalates can be hormonally disruptive in animals, and can easily leach out when kids suck or chew on a toy, like flavor out of gum."Lord Have Mercy. I threw out the rubber duckies sitting beside our tub immediately. But what toys to buy for my three year old? I searched for the perfect tricycle, only to end up buying a hard plastic one that I could afford and I thought would fit him. I'll just have to make sure he doesn't suck the handle bars, right? I am going to work on getting more of the plastic out of our house.
"Something must be wrong with our building materials", the pigs said. "We have to try something different. But what?"Herein lies the kernel of radical wisdom. The pigs do something few people would imagine. When a flamingo comes down the road with a wheelbarrow full of flowers the pigs decide to build a house of flowers. Seems crazy, right? The walls are made of daffodils, roses, and cherry blossoms.
"They had water lilies in their bathtub, and buttercups in their refrigerator." It was a rather fragile house and it swayed in the wind, but it was very beautiful."