Thursday, March 26, 2009

POETRY FRIDAY IS HERE!


I'm proud to host Poetry Friday at The Drift Record for the first time today.

Leave a quick comment with the description of your Poetry Friday post and a URL, so that people can link to your post directly from your Comment.

I started re-organizing & re-describing the posts here last night, but when I woke up to 32 comments and that total had gone up to 52 comments before noon, I decided to let readers link from the Comments themselves. Readers today can go to the comments & either click on the link or cut and paste a non-clickable link into their URL field.

Here's what I will add: It's well worth spending some time among the Comments here today - a nice long browse, with maybe a cafe latte in hand (or one in each hand), feet up (and a cup of tea in each foot...?) Be ready to be amazed, because here is what I see so far (and I will add to these summaries as the day goes on):

14 original poems, many of them triolets inspired by the Poetry Stretch for the week, or Magnetic Poetry poems brought on by Cloudscome's post last Friday & by the 15 Words orLess Challenge. There's a cinquain, a sonnet, a poem to add to the Peace Poems project, an ode to the letter B inspired by the recent sharing of letters of the alphabet. Included is a poem that someone claims was written by her car (very shiny, very red.) Spring is seeping slowly into the Poetry Friday originals - ah, Spring!

21 poems by other poets, ranging from Shakespeare to Billy Collins to a Korean nursery rhyme to song lyrics. Here are poets you'll read today: Emily Dickinson, Charles Bukowski, Jacqueline Woodson, Rudyard Kipling, Dorothy Aldis, Shakespeare, Robin Rose Yuran, Beth Ann Fennelly, Karl Shapiro, Paul Muldoon, E. B. White, Justin Souza, Anna Denise, Richard LeGallienne, Mary O'Neill, Yoon Suk Joon, Robert Bly, Billy Collins, John David, Li-Young Lee, Christina Rosetti and Sylvia Plath !!!!!!!!!!!

Wow! As I say, take your time - you'll find an ode to "the-god-with-the-wet-nose" as well as some bubbles aching for a bathtub.

You'll find posts from people around the world - Berlin to Bologna to a town called Jackknife in the Northwest Territories. Two people posting this week, as far as I can tell, are brand new to Poetry Friday. Welcome! We have a lot of fun here - hope you enjoy yourselves today.

There are 21 books reviewed - some reviews are short, some substantial, some full of praise, and one of them is absolutely cranky (by the blogger's own admission.)

One of the posts is a convincing argument in favor of joining Twitter and tweeting about poems. Other links take you not only to poems but to videos and animation. Others send you to blogs newly discovered that share a global love of books (the International Youth Library), or expertise about writing. One fascinating & intelligent new blog takes a look at "how a poem happens." I'm adding some of these sites that people have shared to my Blogs-I-Follow list at The Drift Record. There are reminders about what begins April 1st (Poetry Month!!) and the month-long projects people have going - the 30 Poets/30 Days project at Gotta Book, the poet interviews to be posted each day at The Miss Rumphius Effect, and Sylvia Vardell's review-a-day of good poetry books.

This Poetry Friday will last you through the weekend - try curling up with it on the sofa like you would with the Sunday New York Times. It's as good as the Front Page, the Arts Section, the Book Review, the crossword and Science Tuesday all rolled into one (sorry if I left out your favorite section.)

What a wonderful week for PF! Thanks everyone for posting - and those of you who haven't posted yet, please feel free to post any time today. I'll encourage readers to click on your links in the Comments, but I will also add to this summary as the day goes on.

Julie
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Oh - and here is my contribution for the day, an original poem created at the Magnetic Poetry site, where Cloudscome was playing last Friday. Magnetic Poetry is a Big Black Hole designed specifically for people who are trying to avoid doing the work they should be doing. You pull words out of a tangled pile and build a poem out of them. I've added punctuation and capitalization simply because I prefer using them - there was no punctuation in the word pile, and all words were lower case. And, to be perfectly honest, I didn't pull words from the pile that I didn't want, and I went hunting around for other little words I needed (conjunctions, prepositions, an "s" to make something plural - they're all in the pile.) That's maybe why some of you have commented that it "sounds like a poem" - I picked, I chose - just like we all do when we write poems that are non-magnetic. And serendipity offers words that float (or are pulled) to the surface.

Dark Glass

Yesterday you were salt.
Steam. Fever. Steel. Smoke.
A slow poison. The one ghost
in my dark glass.
No universe was more vast
yet less young.
Your voices haunted me.

Woman, woman,
you must go
put morning and night
there, above the sky,
like wild animals.

63 comments:

  1. Hi Julie! Kurious Kitty talks about brevity and a poem by Paul Muldoon.
    www.kuriouskitty.blogspot.com

    Thanks for hosting!

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  2. Hi Julie,

    I've been enjoying poking around your site! Thanks for hosting PF today, well, tomorrow. Here's my entry in this week's roundup: some poetic lyrics by Welsh songwriter John David: You Are the New Day, plus the song as sung by the King's Singers.

    Happy Friday, all!

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  3. "The one ghost / in my dark glass" -- *shivers.*

    Thanks for hosting, Julie. My contribution is my Poetry Stretch triolet (enjoyed yours, by the way!), "Swing Song."

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  4. Today is my first time participating - what a wonderful feeling to share with people with my same passion. Here's a children's poem I'd like to share called "I Want to Be Bubble Bath Soap".
    http://www.makingthishome.com/2009/01/09/i-want-to-be-bubble-bath-soap-a-relaxing-childrens-poem/

    Looking forward to tomorrow!
    Katie

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  5. Thanks for hosting! I'm in with a rather grumpy review of Eric Miller's "The Day In Moss."

    http://bookmineset.blogspot.com/2009/03/readers-diary-471-eric-miller-day-in.html

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  6. Here's mine, Lili

    Thanks for hosting,

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  7. Thanks for hosting, Julie. I'm up with a post talking about poetry and... Twitter! Nope. Not joking!

    (I figure I've talked enough about 30 Poets/30 Days that I should take a blog off!)

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  8. Thanks for hosting, Julie, and for your nutty and great magnetic poem break! As you already noticed, I've posted about a dozen poetry books from around the world I discovered at the Bologna Children's Book Fair.
    http://poetryforchildren.blogspot.com/
    Sylvia

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  9. Thanks for hosting. I loved your duo of triolets posted for Monday's Poetry Stretch. I have some scribbles and poetry on the Nguni Cow, which is indigenous to Southern Africa and much loved at:http://theweekthatwas.wordpress.com/2009/03/27/poetry-friday-the-nguni-cow/

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  10. This week I am submitting a poem of my own, a dedication to the young women I serve. Find it here.

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  11. And this you made from drawn words? Beautiful. Mystical. Magic.

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  12. Julie,
    Thanks for hosting! You'll have a lot of fun as the day unfolds and the poems start talking to each other! Your magnetic poem is haunting.

    I have an original poem today, written by my new car.

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  13. I love that magnetic poem you wrote a little more every time I read it. Woman woman!

    I have a triolet for my son's birthday up today in response to Trisha's Monday stretch. Thanks for hosting!

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  14. Your poem is pretty amazing. The Muse was definitely looking over your shoulder as you played with the words you drew.

    My post is an E.B. White poem called "Natural History" that draws a lesson from the spider.

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  15. ...and I suppose it would help if I left the link. It's here:

    http://www.acrossthepage.net/?p=2737

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  16. "Steam. Fever. Steel. Smoke." Those words bumping up against each other set off so much poetic resonance. (I've been playing with the Magnetic Poetry set now too and find it's actually harder to find creative ways to use some of the iconic words there. Maybe I'll share the results on a later Poetry Friday.)

    Today, I have a link to a new blog, "How a Poem Happens," and one of the poems posted there. I also ask: How does your Poetry Friday happen? Is it planned or inspired?

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  17. Welcome to hosting duties! I'm in today with How to Turn a Frog Into a Prince by Anna Denise.

    Thanks for inviting us to your place.

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  18. Hello, Julie, and hello to Laura Shovan, who invited me to join the fun of Poetry Friday for the first time. I've posted one of my own poems by way of introduction, and I wish everyone who needs it a hint of spring today:
    http://myjuicylittleuniverse.blogspot.com/

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  19. Hey, Julie! Your magnetic poem turned out lovely.

    7-Imp is in with a poem about Ithaca, NY by Justin Souza, "Scenes from Other Summers." Thanks for hosting!

    http://blaine.org/sevenimpossiblethings/?p=1614

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  20. Today I'm contemplating whether I'm more Japanese or French with a poem by Beth Ann Fennelly.

    Love your poem, and thanks for hosting today, Julie. (I'm still working on my letter "T" post, BTW). :)

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  21. Julie, your Dark Glass poem is gorgeous! Wow. That entire first stanza kills me.

    I'm in today with a poem in praise of B things (part of the random letter challenge you did) at http://laurasalas.livejournal.com/141407.html.

    And I've got everyone's 15 Words or Less poems at http://laurasalas.livejournal.com/141169.html. People can still drop in and add their own poems.

    Thanks for hosting!

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  22. Oops, forgot to leave my link: http://jamarattigan.livejournal.com/256140.html.

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  23. Today we talk about the sweet and spunky rhyming adventure, Duck Tents
    http://tinyurl.com/dzxado

    thanks for gathering us up!
    -Andrea & Mark

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  24. Hi Julie, Thanks for hosting. You're doing a fantastic job! I have an origninal poem, "Stars" at http://ldkwritetime.blogspot.com
    Have a great weekend!

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  25. Julie,

    Thanks for hosting the roundup this week!

    At Wild Rose Reader, I have Things to Do If You Are a Pencil, an original poem that's included in a new anthology edited by Georgia Heard entitled FALLING DOWN THE PAGE.

    http://wildrosereader.blogspot.com/2009/03/things-to-do-if-you-are-pencil-original.html


    At Political Verses, I have a new Limbaughrhyme entitled Rush and his Pussy Cat. It's a parody of Edward Lear's famous poem the Owl and the Pussy-Cat.

    http://politicalverses.blogspot.com/2009/03/rush-and-his-pussy-cat-limbaughrhyme.html


    At Blue Rose Girls, I have a post about Magnetis Poetry and an original poem I composed using one of the online poetry kits.

    http://bluerosegirls.blogspot.com/2009/03/magnetic-poetry.html

    I sure hoped I type all the URLs correctly!

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  26. I've been under some self-imposed deadlines for the last several weeks, so I've been thinking about work.

    That's the theme for today. You can read I Meant To Do My Work Today by Richard LeGallienne at www.theincrediblethinkingwoman.blogspot.com

    I've also posted When Earth's Last Picture is Painted by Rudyard Kipling. You can find it at www.thewritesisters.com

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  27. By the way, Julie, I absolutely love Dark Glass. Really terrific!

    Jet

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  28. I have a review of the new Hopkins book here:http://maclibrary.edublogs.org/2009/03/27/poetry-friday-new-book/
    and original poems here:
    http://deowriter.wordpress.com/2009/03/26/read-write-poem/

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  29. Ooh I like this new place to play with poetry. Thanks for telling me about magnetic poetry. Love the line "the ghost in my dark glass". Thank yo for hosting.

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  30. A Dorothy Aldis poem and a missing large black cat at Ellsworth's Journal. http://ellsworthsjournal.blogspot.
    com.

    It's possible Winchester is snooping around The Writer's new blog, Under the Honeysuckle Vine.
    http://candice_ransom.livejournal.com.

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  31. Julie, I really LOVE your fridge magnet poem. You managed to sound like a POET, whereas I was obviously just playing with words. Well done.

    I'm in with a bit of Bukowski.

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  32. Thanks for hosting, Julie!
    I have an original cinquain today at http://www.kpolark.blogspot.com.
    Loved your poem, Julie!

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  33. Hi Julie,

    Thanks for hosting! I wrote a poem this week for the peace project, using only letters found in the phrase "No more war." It's over at:
    www.marthacalderaro.wordpress.com

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  34. Hi Julie,
    Thanks for hosting! I have Shakespeare's Sonnet 14: Not From The Stars Do I My Judgement Pluck over at Notes from New England

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  35. Here is the poetry selection for this week on The Stenhouse Blog: Buick by Karl Shapiro

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  36. Hi Julie,

    Thanks for hosting...I have talked about a book I read this week written by a young boy, The Journey through Heartsongs.

    http://poet4kids.blogspot.com

    PS loved your magnetic poem!

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  37. Hello! Thanks for hosting.

    Here's a Billy Collins poem, "Forgetfulness", complete with cool animation.

    http://shelfelf.wordpress.com/2009/03/27/poetry-friday-forgetfulness/

    Thanks!

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  38. Hi Julie! I'm in with a review of Dinothesaurus by Douglas Florian. Here's the direct link info: http://kellyrfineman.livejournal.com/400418.html

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  39. What a great community of people. Thank you for your kind words. I'm so happy to be included!
    Katie

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  40. Hi, and thanks so much for hosting.

    My post is here. It's about "unschooling" poetry, and also includes a quick magnetic poem, thanks to Cloudscome's link from last week.

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  41. Thanks for hosting, Julie! Today on Picture Book of the Day we read Gobble Gobble Crash: A Barnyard Counting Bash. It's a natural for inspiring kids to write their own noisy poems.

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  42. http://traciezimmer.livejournal.com/

    THANKS, Julie! I've got The Librarian from my new book Steady Hands.

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  43. Hi Julie!

    I'm in this week after playing at Laura Salas' site with her 15 Words or Less Poetry. Caught is my poem. Thank you! xox

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  44. And at readertotz we have the Korean verse, Springtime Outing. Thanks for hosting!

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  45. Thank you, Julie. I'm offering an original poem for Lent called ENGRAVED.

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  46. Thanks for hosting.

    I'm in with a selection from Mary O'Neill's Take A Number

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  47. Thanks for hosting. I've posted Goblin Market by Christina Rossetti at In Need of Chocolate.
    http://inneedofchocolate.wordpress.com/2009/03/27/poetry-friday-goblin-market/

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  48. I'm double dipping today and am also contributing a review of the poetry book Absolutely Wild.

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  49. Mercy, I don't know if I've ever SEEN so many Poetry Friday entries...

    I'm in with thoughts on process and a poem by Bly...

    Thanks for hosting!

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  50. 'Spose I should've left my link!

    http://liz-scanlon.livejournal.com/104793.html

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  51. I have two books reviewed for Poetry Friday:

    The Cuckoo's Haiku and Other Birding Poems and Falling Down the Page: A Book of List Poems.

    http://apatchworkofbooks.blogspot.com/2009/03/poetry-friday-lists-and-birds.html

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  52. I posted a Sylvia Plath poem today called "Soliloquy of the Solipsist." The post is here.

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  53. I've got "From Blossoms," by Li-Young Lee.

    http://thehollyandtheivy.blogspot.com/2009/03/other-sort-of-heartache.html

    Thank you for hosting!

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  54. Thanks for doing the roundup! I'm in with my favorite Dickinson poem: http://misserinmarie.blogspot.com/2009/03/when-im-earl.html

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  55. Thanks for hosting, Julie. I'm in with an original poem on life, with a short rumination on how it relates to writing.

    http://kristydempsey.livejournal.com/59493.html

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  56. Thanks so much for hosting, Julie! Here's my late-afternoon entry that was inspired by an old love song I heard on hold today. I talk about how the lyric connects to a writer's feelings about all the feedback channels she encounters.

    An "Earworm," or a Writer's Potentially Empowering Refrain?

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  57. Better late than never. I reviewed Douglas Florian's new book DINOTHESAURUS tonight. It's terrific!

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  58. Hi, Julie! This is my first time to post to Poetry Friday, though I've followed it for a while.

    The poem I chose is "Unfolding Bud" by Naoshi Koriyama. The link will take you to the poem (you'll find it near the bottom of the page, a sidebar), as well as a short bio of the poet.

    I've admired this poem for quite a while, but never knew, until today, a thing about the poet. The poem is all the more special to me now.

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  59. Thanks for hosting! I have some poetry and a review from Perfect Fifths!

    http://tushuguan.blogspot.com/2009/03/perfect-fifths-perfect-ending-for.html

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