Wednesday, March 31, 2010

National Poetry Month celebrated by bloggers:


  • Gregory K. will once again host 30 Poets/30 Days with previously unpublished poems by favorite children's authors.

  • Tricia Stohr-Hunt will interview 30 children's poets. The Poetry Makers list is stellar!

  • Lee Wind shares GLBTQ Teen Poetry.

  • Jone MacCulloch offers Thirty Days, Thirty Students, Thirty Poems. Original poems by students. Request yours now.

  • Check out Mary Lee Hahn's daily poems about teaching each day in April.

  • Stop by Jama Rattigan's site as she shares Poetry and Food items all month long.

  • Irene Latham will give away a favorite poetry anthology each poetry Friday during April.

  • Sylvia Vardell will review a book of poetry each day in April.


    These folks challenged themselves to write a poem a day.

  • Susan Taylor Brown

  • Irene Latham

  • Jone MacCulloch

  • Elizabeth Moore

  • And right here at A Wrung Sponge I will be posting a "haiga" ( haiku and photo) every day in April. Come by and join the fun!

    Review: Once Upon a Time; Traditional Latin American Tales

    Habia una vez; Cuentos tradicionales latinoamericanos by Rueben Martinex, Illustrated by Raul Colon. HarperColins, 2010. (Review copy) This charming bilingual collection of folktales will entertain adults and children alike. Stories from Spain and Latin America are retold side by side in Spanish and English. Characters such as a vain rooster, foolish coyote, sweet and lovable cockroach and a couple michevious fellows will delight readers. The illustrations by Raul Colon, who also illustrated Frank McCourt's Angela and the Baby Jesus, are vibrant and rich with color and detail. This volume would be idea for bilingual families and schools. I am recommending it to our school Spanish teacher to use in her classes with elementary students. Marinez is the founder of the bookstore Librería Martinez in Santa Ana, California. He is also the co-founder of the Latino Book Festival.

    Saturday, March 27, 2010

    Loveliest of Trees

    fifty springs

    Loveliest of trees, the cherry now
    Is hung with bloom along the bough,
    And stands about the woodland ride
    Wearing white for Eastertide. 

    Now, of my threescore years and ten,
    Twenty will not come again,
    And take from seventy springs a score,
    It only leaves me fifty more. 

    And since to look at things in bloom
    Fifty springs are little room,
    About the woodlands I will go
    To see the cherry hung with snow.

    -A. E. Housman

    My cherries are about to burst into bloom. National Poetry Month is about to start. The Kidlitosphere is getting geared up to celebrate with all kinds of poetry type posts; more to come on that in a few days! I have been busy with my school library work, grad school work and family fun as my youngest turns five. Time to slow down and plan to leave some empty time just for gazing at cherry blossoms, wandering the garden among the daffodils and roasting marshmallows over the backyard firepit on those long lingering spring evenings...

    Take some time yourself to browse the poetry posted this weekend; the round up is hosted by The Drift Record/Julie Larios.

    Friday, March 19, 2010

    Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee

    Buddy, my 7 year old, has begun to play "Ode to Joy" on the piano. He started taking lessons last summer. All week long, as he practices, the lyrics have been running through my head. I'm thinking of the poem "Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee", written by Henry Van Dyke in 1907. He meant it to be sung to the melody from Beethoven's 9th Symphony, commonly called "Ode to Joy". Here's the first verse:

    "Joyful, joyful, we adore Thee, God of glory, Lord of love;
    Hearts unfold like flowers before Thee,
    Opening to their sun above.
    Melt the clouds of sin and sadness,
    Drive the dark of doubt away;
    Giver of immortal gladness, Fill us with the light of day."

    Read the rest here. It seems to go perfectly well with the burst of lovely Spring weather we've had this week. Hearts are unfolding like flowers all over the place!

    In the movie Sister Act II the choir sings it this way:

    Doesn't that make you want to jump up and dance with joy? We are out celebrating Spring for all we are worth over here! The rest of the Friday Poetry celebration is over at Some Novel Ideas. Enjoy your weekend!

    Friday, March 05, 2010

    Friday Poetry: Roundeau Redoublé

    I've been inspired again by my Poetry Sisters - six amazing poet women who keep challenging each other to try new forms and test new poetic waters. Roundeau Redouble is a form I've never attempted before. It tremendously difficult! It sounds simple enough; six stanzas with a simple rhyme where stanzas two through six repeat a line from the first stanza. (Kelly explains it better.) The key is to write a really kicking first stanza. That's where I spent most of my time struggling. I've been revising it right up to the last minute. But it's time to t publish! Click over to Tanita Davis, Kelly Fineman, Sara Lewis Holmes, Laura Purdie Salas and Liz Garton Scanlon's blogs to read their poems for the full effect. (Trisha is taking some time out on this round.) And stop by  Danika at the for the Friday Poetry Round up. Enjoy your weekend - spring is coming!

    A note about the flower pictured: snowdrops (galanthus) are a late winter/early spring bulb that flower in February or March in my neighborhood. This year they were covered with snow until just recently, but i have some in my yard in bloom today. They are known to actually produce a heat in the growing tips of green, which melts the frozen ground and snow and ice in order for them to push out and grow. Amazing, don't you think?

    snopdrop march 1

        Snowdrop's Fire


        A bud's a precious hopeful thing.
        A sword of tender heat cuts bones of snow;
        drawn as the tide of mud screams "spring"!
        Come weary children; shelter in its glow.
        Ancient seed, defeat the cold and grow; 
        far spheres new circles start as petals fling
        rough ice from raging fire drawn deep & low.
        A bud's a precious hopeful thing
        as bold as red that flashes on the wing. 
        Relentless though the winds still blow,
        light's longer days each leaf will bring.
        A sword of tender heat cuts bones of snow.
        Do not despair, trust what the feathers know.
        Slow shifting in the heavens; bright bells ring
        announcing melting ice. Cracked crystals flow,
        drawn as the tide of mud screams "spring"!
        Come round this fire and jingle in its bling!
        God's surging glory all their jangles show.
        The blossoms' brazen throats in chorus sing.
        Come weary children; shelter in it's glow.
        Let's linger on the path, our footsteps slow -
        reset our cadence to the snowdrop's swing
        receive the blessing of this fragile row
        to this wild hope our hungry hearts still cling.
        Come weary children!

    ...........- Andromeda Jazmon

    Wednesday, March 03, 2010

    Keep Reading!

    First seen at the Educational Software Blog of Learning Today. Read the post there to find out more about how this Flordia middle school made the video. Inspiring indeed!