Friday, July 6, 2012

Swapping


Thank you for coming to the Poetry Friday round-up! Today Summer Poetry Swap folks are graciously allowing me to share a few of their poems. I think one of the greatest things about this swap is the fact that we all know each other. You're not swapping with a stranger; you're sending a gift to a poetry friend.

Rockhound
by Violet Nesdoly

“I have jars and jars and jars of rocks
and shells in my studio.” ~Katya Czaja


Soapstone and sandstone
porphyry, slag…
I fill all my pockets
and carry a bag.

Scoria, gabbro
schist, mica and flint
in rust, white or yellow
smooth, banded or glint.

Argillite, anthracite
quartz and feldspar—
hurry them home
to my rock collect jar.

Tiger’s eyes, unakites
agates and shales
dream of their middle-earth
riverbed tales.

Travertine, basalt
obsidian, chalk.
Listen. Be still.
You might hear the rocks talk.

Serpentine, marble
jade, pumice and tuff…
I can’t stop collecting
I’ve never enough!

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for Andi Sibley, early July, 2012

An Alphabet for Bilbo Baggins
by Linda Baie

Audacious Bilbo—Clue-finder,
Dragon-slayer, Eagle-friend. Frightened Gollum-
Hobbit Instinct-Jesting, Kindly,
Loving Mystery, Naïve, Outlandish.
Perfect.
Quiet Rivendell Shaped Tolkien
Until Valiant Words Xtreme,
Yielded Zealots.

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Here's one that Diane Mayr sent to Joy Acey:

Dear Friend:

If you're like other children,
you are prone to telling untruths.
Please, consider carefully
the repercussions of a
hastily devised falsehood.
Black or white, big or little,
a lie can cause your nose
to grow--oh Lord, yes it can!
A little sprout becomes
a leafy limb. A leafy limb
becomes a tree with you
at the end of it. It's true!
I swear! Hay fever season is
the worst--that won't be snot
dripping down, it'll be sap.
When you sneeze, oh, oh, oh,
how the splinters will fly!
And I swear--this really,
truly happens--borers
and woodpeckers will come
check you out! Would I lie?

Fondly, Pinocchio

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Here's one from Joy to me. It was inspired by a photo of Shaolin monks standing on their heads:

FLIP ME
by Joy Acey

Flip me over.
Stand me on my head
so I may see the world
all upside-down.

From this true view
let me notice
all the lowly and the small
and the not so very BIG at all.

I offer praise
for the brown ant,
the pillbug, the centipede,
working for the food they need.

I sing
for the anole, the vole,
the long earth worm
each doing a good turn.

Blood rushes to my head.
I will not fall, so I may
give thanks to be alive
to see it all.

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I am heading to Baltimore for another post-op with my son, but I will round up the comments before and after. (By the way, when I was typing the previous sentence, at first I wrote "poet-op" instead of "post-op." Now what would a "poet-op" be? Hmmm...)

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Donna at Mainely Write shares an original poem: "Two Rainbows and the Moon".

At The Poem Farm, Amy LV has a poem about people-as-seashells and also the new slideshow to go with "More Than a Number."

Linda at TeacherDance is excited to share something of an old family diary and a poem clipping inside.

Congratulations to Karin on her new blog, Still in Awe :-) For her first Poetry Friday, she's posted an original poem in honor of next Tuesday's All-Star Game and its anniversary of a great baseball moment.

Joy gives us a poem using onomatopoeia today with another picture of her visit to the Peruvian Rainforest.

At A Year of Reading, Mary Lee is thinking about last week's storm and how life turns on a dime.

At Author Amok, Laura shares an interview with author Joseph Smith, whose home town did not have its own public library. So he started one himself. She's also including "Library Poem" by Julia Donaldson, a children's poet laureate in the U.K. (where she's heading on Tuesday! Lucky!)

Laurie Purdie Salas is in with a poem from Doug Cushman's new collection, Pigmares and this week's train-inspired 15 Words or Less poems. (Plenty of time to still join in!)

Renee at No Water River is also sharing the video for Amy Ludwig VanDerwater and Barry Lane's song "More Than a Number."

Liz at Growing Wild brings us an original poem about the sun.

Robyn at Read, Write, Howl offers a summer afternoon poem by Eavan Boland.

Debbie Diller has An "If" for Girls by Elizabeth Lincoln Otis.

Heidi is in today with a poem by Anne Sexton that took her by painful surprise. (She sent me a great poem this morning that I will share with my next Poetry Swap post!)

At Random Noodling, Diane has Ekphrasis Part II, with an original poem.

Kurious Kitty shares "The Unwritten" by W.S. Merwin, and, Kurious K's Kwotes' quote is by Merwin, too!

Over at The Write Sisters, Diane has several small poems from The Sea and the Honeycomb: A Book of Tiny Poems, a book from several decades ago.

Ruth offers The Mower to the Glow-Worms by Andrew Marvell.

At A Teaching Life, Tara has a poem of advice and beginnings.

My sympathies to Carol, who unexpectedly lost her dog, Jack, this week. She shares a poem on the subject.

Linda Kulp visits an old friend, Randall Jarrell's The Bat Poet.

Elaine at Wild Rose Reader brings us an original memoir poem titled "A Home for the Seasons."

Janet Squires's poetry book selection is "What's for dinner?: quirky, squirmy poems from the animal world" written by Katherine B. Hauth and illustrated by David Clark.

Violet's offering today is a cinquain called "Beach Days."

At GottaBook, Greg has a bunch of stuff, including news, a fib, and a link to the very cool 12th issue of the fib review. Good luck with your packing, Greg!

Books4Learning shares poems from Dinothesaurus by Douglas Florian.

27 comments:

Donna said...

Thanks for hosting!
I have an original "Two Rainbows and the Moon" for today.

Amy Ludwig VanDerwater said...
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Amy Ludwig VanDerwater said...

What a completely cool post. These are all wonderfully notebook-tuckable! And oh how I wish that I did not miss the "Poetry Swap!" Next year, I'm in.

Today at The Poem Farm, I have a poem about people-as-seashells and also the new slideshow to go with "More Than a Number." http://www.poemfarm.amylv.com/2012/07/perfect-seashells-slideshow.html

Good luck today - may you find many poet-op(portunities) at the post-op!

a.

Linda at teacherdance said...

Oh my, the poems (not complimenting mine) are all so beautifully clever & creative. I'm glad you shared, Tabatha. I'm excited to share something of an old family diary and a poem clipping inside. Thank you for hosting-hope your son is good! http://www.teacherdance.blogspot.com/2012/07/ephemera-from-past.html

Karin said...

I love the variety and topics in your swap smorgasbord. Particular kudos to Linda Baie for a delightful alphabet accomplishment.

I've posted an original poem in honor of next Tuesday's All-Star Game and its anniversary of a great baseball moment. Getting my blog up and running and that poem posted for this Poetry Friday has been my goal since that thought occurred to me less than 2 weeks ago. http://karinfisher-golton.com/2012/07/05/ichiros-all-star-feat/

Thank you for hosting! Good wishes with the post-op and all poet-ops. (I also thought of "opportunities.")

Joy said...

I have a poem using onomatopoeia today with another picture of my visit to the Peruvian Rainforest. www.poetryforkidsjoy.blogspot.com
I like poet-op, Thanks for hosting today--with all you have on your plate, where do you find the time? I appreciate you.

Mary Lee said...

I'm still thinking about last week's storm. Life turns on a dime.

http://readingyear.blogspot.com/2012/07/poetry-friday-storm-chasing.html

Author Amok said...

Hi, Tabatha. Good luck with your son. I'll be thinking of you.

I have an interview with author Joseph Smith, whose home town did not have its own public library. So he started one himself. I'm also including "Library Poem" by Julia Donaldson, a children's poet laureate in the U.K. (where I'm heading on Tuesday!)

http://authoramok.blogspot.com/2012/07/poetry-friday-lauding-librarians.html

laurasalas said...

Thank you for hosting, Tabatha--hope all goes well with your son!

I'm in with a poem from Doug Cushman's new collection, Pigmares, at http://laurasalas.wordpress.com/2012/07/06/pigmares/

And this week's train-inspired 15 Words or Less poems are at http://laurasalas.wordpress.com/2012/07/05/train/ (Plenty of time to still join in!)

These poems are so lovely--every one of them. The lines sticking with me right now are

Tiger’s eyes, unakites
agates and shales
dream of their middle-earth
riverbed tales.

(Love the two different ways middle Earth is present in two different poems today!)

Renee LaTulippe said...

Thanks for hosting, Tabatha! Love the Poetry Swap!

I am sharing the completed video for Amy Ludwig VanDerwater and Barry Lane's song "More Than a Number." She shared the lyrics and audio a couple weeks ago, but it's a message that bears repeating -- new and improved with video! :)
http://www.nowaterriver.com/poetry-friday-more-than-a-number-a-song-for-children-by-amy-ludwig-vanderwater-and-barry-lane/

Liz Steinglass said...

Tabatha,
Thanks for hosting. Your summer poetry swap sounds fun!
Today I've posted an original poem about the sun at http://www.lizsteinglass.com/.
Happy Poetry Friday!
Liz

Robyn Hood Black said...

Oh, I love these poems! So glad to reap the reading benefits of this great project. (My summer was a little too crazy to participate.) I have a summer afternoon poem, though, from Eavan Boland:

http://www.robynhoodblack.com/blog.htm?post=863602

Best wishes to your son, and I think I like "poet-up" even better than "cowboy up...."

Debbie Diller said...

Happy Poetry Friday! I have An "If" for Girls by Elizabeth Lincoln Otis on my blog today. Some of the sentiments might be old fashioned, but maybe the overall message is still valid. Enjoy!

Heidi Mordhorst said...

Hi, Tabatha--

Thanks for MORE than hosting. I'm in today with a poem by Anne Sexton that took me by painful surprise this week.

http://myjuicylittleuniverse.blogspot.com/2012/07/blind-feeling-way.html

And thanks to the other swappers for a thrilling variety of poetry gifts. Being a collector I mean packrat of allsorts, I especially love Violet's rock poem.

Diane Mayr said...

My thoughts are with you and your son--blessings to you both.

At Random Noodling I have Ekphrasis Part II, with an original poem.

Kurious Kitty shares "The Unwritten" by W.S. Merwin, and, Kurious K's Kwotes' quote is by Merwin, too!

Over at The Write Sisters I have several small poems from The Sea and the Honeycomb: A Book of Tiny Poems, a book from several decades ago.

Ruth said...

Thank you for hosting! I have some Marvell today for summer, here.

Tara @ A Teaching Life said...

What a wonderful idea...and how clever everyone was in choosing just the right poem. I shall have to think of a way to bring this into my class, Tabatha. I have a poem of advice and beginnings today:
http://tmsteach.blogspot.com/2012/07/poetry-friday-vaclav-havel-poem-for.html
P.S. Good luck in Baltimore!

Carol said...

Oh my gosh! I love the poetry swapping. I wish I was organized enough to participate because it would be so fun to have someone sending gifts of poetry!

I'm in with a found poem, "Where to Bury a Dog."

Linda said...

Thank you for hosting today! I'm in with "Visiting an Old Friend," The Bat Poet by Randell Jarell.
Have a great weekend!

Elaine Magliaro said...

Thanks for doing the roundup this week.

I'm a rock hound myself!

At Wild Rose Reader, I have an original memoir poem titled "A Home for the Seasons."

http://wildrosereader.blogspot.com/2012/07/home-for-seasons-original-memoir-poem.html

Janet S. said...

Thanks for hosting.
My selection is "What's for dinner?: quirky, squirmy poems from the animal world" written by Katherine B. Hauth and illustrated by David Clark.

Violet N. said...

It is so fun to see the other swap poems! I love this project and am so glad I decided to join in! Kudos to you, Tabatha, for the idea and keeping us all going on in it... and for hosting today.

My offering today is a simple cinquain called "Beach Days." It's here:
http://vnesdolypoems.wordpress.com/2012/07/05/beach-day/

Gregory K. said...

Thanks for hosting, Tabatha. I'm up with a bunch of stuff, including news, a fib, and a link to the very cool 12th issue of the fib review.

Books4Learning said...

Thanks for hosting. Please add my post from Dinothesaurus by Douglas Florian.

http://books4learning.blogspot.com/2012/07/poetry-friday-dinothesaurus-by-douglas.html

Author Amok said...

Hi, again, Tabatha! When I read Violet's "Rockhound," it reminded me of something I learned from my daughter recently. There is a category of rock called "nice" -- probably a different spelling, but we got a lot of mileage out of saying, "That's a nice rock!"

Violet N. said...

Right! It's spelled "gneiss" and is a metamorphic rock similar to granite. I love that: "That's a nice (gneiss) rock!"

Katya said...

I missed Poetry Friday last week because of an unexpected family visit, but I have to tell everyone how much I loved Violet's poem. I hung it up in my studio, above the jars of rocks and shells.

@Author... that rock is spelled Gneiss but pronounced 'nice'.
There's a couple of rocks that lend themselves to awful puns. It's important not to that that schist for granite.