Poetry Friday Round-Up

PoetryfridayThe wonderful Kelly at Big A little a needed a volunteer for this week’s Poetry Friday Round-Up and so here we are; this is my first time hosting, so if I miss your poem please e-mail me (link up and to the right) or comment on this post. I’ll be adding new ones as I see them today. Here’s my own contribution, a lovely poem by Nathalie Anderson that will be included in the fantasy half of the forthcoming edition of The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror.

Michele at Scholar’s Blog brings us two war-themed selections in honor of yesterday’s anniversary of the death of Archduke Franz Ferdinand (not the band).

Cloudscome at A Wrung Sponge offers a cool beach poem by Andromeda Jazmon, perfect for dreaming of relief from the oppressive heat of summer.

Meanwhile, Elaine of the Blue Rose Girls is feeling the love for Mary Oliver (and who isn’t?) with "The Summer Day."

And Elaine, wondrous poetry fool, also has reviews over at Wild Rose Reader of two poetry-filled picture books about the sea, "Into the A, B, Sea" and "What the Sea Saw."

Betsy at FuseNumber8 continues posting fabulous Susan Ramey poems; this week it’s "August." (Again, furthering a theme of heat and sweat and growth and life — and war, hmmm, Michele, heat makes me combative too — and summertime.)

Eisha at Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast posts about one of my own favorite collections from the past couple of years, Eireann Lorsung’s Music for Landing Planes By, including links to several poems and a snippet of "Dressmaker."

Nancy at Journey Woman is focusing on the ultimate summer holiday, Fourth of July, with selections about America from poems by e.e. cummings, Walt Whitman, Emma Lazarus, and Robert Frost.

Akelda at Saints and Spinners has a wonderful barking-dog-inspired Billy Collins poem called "Another Reason Why I Don’t Keep a Gun in the House."

Kelly Fineman at Writing and Ruminations provides an excerpt from Lord Byron’s Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage, A Romaunt, along with some background info.

Mother of Invention at Spilling Out offers a cat-themed poem of her own, "Mooky, Come In!"

Christine at the simple and the ordinary (so many fabulous new-to-me blogs, my feed reader is groaning!) has a fibonacci poem by her son that returns to our summer days theme by focusing on every kid’s favorite thing about summer: "Summer Vacation."

John Mutford at The Book Mine Set shares his thoughts on An Ear to the Ground: An Anthology of Contemporary American Poetry edited by Marie Harris and Kathleen Aguero.

Literacy Teacher at Mentor Texts and More has "Children Will Listen" by Stephen Sondheim from Teaching With Fire: Poetry That Sustains the Courage to Teach. And she posted another one too: "Children Learn What They Live" by Dorothy Law Nolte.

Laura from the Wordy Girls blog has collected several "15 words or less" poems written by community members this week (more summertime stuff too), and also has a post on generating ideas for your own poetry.

Karen Edmisten runs one of the best camping-inspired poems I’ve ever seen, from nearly-five-year-old Ramona.

Becky of Becky’s Book Reviews shares "Crib Critters" from Dawn to Dreams: Poems for Busy Babies by Peggy Archer, illustrated by Hanako Wakiyama.

And the ever-fabulous Mitali Perkins presents the winners of the Fire Escape’s 2007 teen poetry and short fiction contests. Check them out.

Eva at Digital Changeling posts a charming poem from 1906 by Philia Butler Bowman (what a very 1906 name) called "A Salad."

Gregory at GottaBook has a fibonacci based on random fib-related search terms that brought people to his site. (What a great idea!)

Becky at Farm School has two excellent poems in celebration of the Fourth of July, Elias Lieberman’s "I Am an American," and of Canada Day, Bliss Carman’s "Rivers of Canada." (Bliss Carman is a wonderful name, no?)

The indefatigable Little Willow of Bildungsroman offers a fun one in memory of her own kitty — "How a Cat Was Annoyed and a Poet Was Booted" by Guy Wetmore Carryl.

Liz Scanlon at Liz in Ink offers a completely different kind of fireworks poem by Austin poet and teacher W. Joe Hoppe; it’s called "It’d be a Happy Ending."

TadMack over at Finding Wonderland is focusing on Mark Jarman this week, and his fabulous poem "Ground Swell," adding to the chorus of summertimes a summertime past.

Suzanne at Adventures in Daily Living posts one of the best poems ever (in my humble opinion), Christina Rosetti’s "Goblin Market." Who can resist fairy fruit in warm weather? Those stronger than I. (Note: Suzanne is so fancy that she has offered code to link back here this week with that pretty graphic up at the top — it’s at the bottom of her post.)

Jennie at Bibliophile has two lovely Chinese poems in translation.

Charlotte at Charlotte’s Library spotlights three books featuring poems about space: Douglas Florian’s "Comets, Stars, the Moon and Mars"; "Blast Off! Poems about Space"; and Frederick Winson’s "The Space Child’s Mother Goose."

Katie at Pixie Palace puts up a funny Danish nursery rhyme; I’m so going to start calling people sippernip.

Lectitans has posted Matthew Arnold’s "Had Tiberius Been a Cat," thus furthering the pets vs. summer competition (who will win?!).

Tricia at The Miss Rumphius Effect brings the Rilke with "Before Summer Rain."

Marcie at World of Words shares a poem about the first house she lived in growing up in Ashland, Kentucky. (Kentucky, respresent!)

Melissa at Here in the Bonny Glenn has posted a Scottish ballad written by Englishmen, "Bonny Mary o’ Argyle."

Schelle at Brand New Ending has Australian bush poems for wintertime.

Sam Riddleburger has a specially-commissioned, wonderful haiku by Mary Hall.

Susan at Chicken Spaghetti comes in under the wire with a post about Song of the Water Boatman by Joyce Sidman.

Kim from Hiraeth jumps over the wire with "The Glory of the Garden" by Rudyard Kipling.

And I think that’s everybody. Thanks, y’all, for playing along.

33 thoughts on “Poetry Friday Round-Up”

  1. Thanks so much for catching my post without me. I just now remembered to give you the link, and you’ve already taken care of me.
    Happy weekend! Happy 4th of July!

  2. Hey, Gwenda. Thanks so much for putting this together. I’m in with a squib about Joyce Sidman’s picture book “Song of the Water Boatman.”

  3. Wow! What a feast for poetry lovers and thanks for including me! You must have spent hours on this! I get given a word on Thurs. and usually write my own poem about it, but all these references to poets and their work is great too.

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