Friday, August 24, 2007

Poetry Friday- Gulp! Hosting Duties!

Welcome to my humble blog, fellow poetry bloggers and regular visitors! I hope you take the time to check out all the wonderful links below. It's a grab-bag of emotions this week for sure. (Oh and while you're here, please take a moment to vote on the Atwood/Irving showdown in the sidebar.)


Hey now, don't dream it's over! Both Literacy Teacher and Becky use Marci Ridlon's "That Was Summer" to remind us of a summer that's unfortunately almost over. Keeping with the same theme, Karen Edmisten offers up Emily Dickinson's "As imperceptibly as Grief". Suzanne hopes to squeeze out a little more sun for August, using "Fairest of The Months" as a sort of incantation. Elaine Magliaro at Blue Rose Girls, on the other hand, seems to be welcoming autumn and the cooler weather that comes with it. She presents us with Sophie Jewett's "In Harvest."

Tea for the Tillerman? Over at Tricia's tea is being served. I suggest you take it with ample cream and sugar, even if that's not your usual way!

The future is unwritten. Stacey Shubitz brings us an inspiring poem by Brog Bagert entitled, "My Writer's Notebook".

Your dreams were your ticket out. Franki reminds us all that it's that time of year again, welcoming us back to school with a poem by Kenn Nesbitt. Wild Rose Reader also provides links to some wonderful back-to-school poems and gives us reviews of two poetry collections on the same topic. Mother Reader reviews a very fun sounding book: Jennifer Holm's Middle School Is Worse Than Meatloaf (No, it's not about the 70's singer.) With a very impressive list of poetry books that focus on school, Sylvia Vardell also shares one of her favourite back-to-school poems: Carol Diggory Shields's "Pledge."

Never was a cornflake girl. Sara Lewis Holmes presents us with a beautiful original poem that is anything but corny. see what he could see. Sam Riddleburger shows us that Kenneth Koch had the uncanny ability to teach poetry- not only to children, but to polar bears as well (perfect for a submission to my blog!)

Bottle full of bub. Jama Rattigan gives us the funny this week, "For I Had But Fifty Cents" by Billy Mortimer.

Stop, hey, what's that sound? With the second Emily Dickinson poem this week ("'Hope' Is the Thing with Feathers"), Kelly Fineman discusses the "tune" of Dickinson and the importance of the dash.

The fairy feller's master stroke. This week Little Willow gives us Edgar Allan Poe's "Fairy-Land."

Bad to the bone. What does Adrienne think about You Know Who? Don't worry, it's not bad.

It's a long way down. Not really- it's a very short journey actually. Laura Salas at Wordy Girls gives us seven poems of 15 words or less. Kim from Hiraeth highlights her own contribution to the Wordy Girl post, here.

Which way you goin' Billy? Kelly gives us parents a gift in the form of Billy Collins's "The Lanyard." Also check out the critique of the way schools handle poetry.

Our house, is a very, very fine house. Head over to Chicken Spaghetti to read Grace Paley's "House: Some Instructions." I suggest you click on her link to read the entire thing- it's great.

'neath the green, green grass of home. Gina MarySol Ruiz is in with a haunting Garcia Lorca poem entitled "Romance Sonambula."

I hate the TV. Becky channels Roald Dahl to give us "Mike Teavee" from Charlie and The Chocolate Factory.

Tell me lies, tell me sweet little lies. Head over to Gregory K's (he's the inventor of the fib, don't you know), to find a Search Fib.

We are shakin' the tree. Alan Dugan's very interesting poem "On Looking For Models" can be found at Journey Woman's.

You'll wake one day, in your own world. Miss Erin gives us a Puck piece from Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream.

A night lit in candles. Feeling in a contemplative mood? Allow Michelle to shed some light with a Gerard Manley Hopkins poem "The Candle Indoors."

I hear a lotta buzzing. Cloudscome sees optimism through the eyes of bee.

Comfortably numb. Charlotte reviews a poetry collection with an intriguing theme: comfort. Check out her thoughts on This Place I Know: Poems of Comfort edited by Georgia Heard.

You've got to roll with the punches. If Yeats played Yahtzee? Allow Katie at Pixiepalace to elaborate.

Inside my present So, so much past. Jennie at Biblio File gives us a poem by Petr Ginz "Remembering Prague" and reviews his diary of life in Prague just before being taken to a concentration camp. David Elzey comes in with a couple war poems: Carl Sandburg's "Grass" (about WWI) and Denise Levertov's "What Were They Like?" (about the Vietnam War.) And while not war-related, TadMack is also in a remembering mood and focuses on Grace Paley and Siobhan Dowd.

I'm going to break my rusty cage. For the Maya Angelou classic, "I know why the caged bird sings," head on over to Dominant Reality.

Be one of the things that life just won't quit. A Fuse #8 Production gives us "Lip Service."

I am...I said. Linda Acorn joins us for the first time with a poem by one of my favourite poets Langston Hughes entitled, "I, Too."

You can check out anytime you like. Finally, Jeneflower offers up a spoof of the Eagles classic "Hotel California."

I greatly enjoyed all the submissions this week, and if I haven't commented on your blogs yet, I have checked them all out and will definitely drop by with a few words tomorrow. Thanks to everyone for participating, it was a blast.

I thought I'd leave you with another of my all-time favourite poems, "Erosion" by E. J. Pratt:

It took the sea a thousand years,
A thousand years to trace
The granite features of this cliff,
In crag and scarp and base.

It took the sea an hour one night,
An hour of storm to place
The sculpture of these granite seams
Upon a woman's face.

For a great selection of E. J. Pratt poems, including audio recordings by the poet himself, introductory commentary, and more check out this excellent website put together by Trent University.


Stacey Shubitz said...

Thank you for hosting this week John!

Karen Edmisten said...

I'm in with Emily Dickinson this week. Thank you for hosting!

Tricia said...

Morning John!
I'm in today with a poem about a child's tea party.
Thanks for hosting!

Anonymous said...

Good Morning!

I posted a great poem by Brod Bagert this week. Here's the link:

Thanks so much for hosting this on your website this week!


Sara said...

I have an original poem up: "and you know this."

Thanks for being the host!

Anonymous said...

I'm in with notes from Kenneth Koch on teaching poetry writing to kids and polar bears. (Not at the same time.) The bear piece is one of the greatest things I've ever read...

jama said...

Greetings, John!
This week I'm sharing the humorous poem, "For I Had But Fifty Cents," which for the past 40 years, just won't leave me alone.
Thanks so much for hosting this week:)!

Elaine Magliaro said...

Thanks for doing the roundup this week, John.

At Wild Rose Reader, I have links to some back-to-school poems and reviews of two books of school poems.

Elaine Magliaro said...

At Blue Rose Girls, I have a poem written by Sophie Jewett entitled "In Harvest."

Anonymous said...

Thanks for hosting! Wordy Girls is in with our weekly collection of 15 Words or Less poems. Come check them out (and maybe write your own while you're there!).

Little Willow said...

Thanks for doing the round-up this week! I have Fairy-Tale Land by Edgar Allan Poe up at my blog, Bildungsroman.

Anonymous said...

I'm in with Emily Dickinson this week -- and I see that so was Karen E. I've got "Hope" is the Thing with Feathers. Off to see what Karen put up.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for hosting.

I am in with a poem by Grace Paley, "House: Some Instructions."

Becky said...

I'm in with the very same Marci Ridlon poem Literacy Teacher picked! But it's the perfect poem so I'm going to stick with it, and maybe with two votes it can be the unofficial poem of the day...

Thanks for rounding up, John, and watch out for those polar bears!

Becky said...

I was such a silly with Mr. Linky. I meant to say that my poem was Mike Teavee.

Greg Pincus said...

Thanks for hosting, John. I plopped up a Search Fib for no good reason!

Nancy said...

Thanks for the roundup John!

I'm in with a poem by Alan Dugan.

Kelly said...

WOW what a list.

Ruth Ayres said...

Thanks for hosting! :)_

Unknown said...

Thanks for hosting!!! I'm in with Garcia Lorca.

Michele said...

Thanks for hosting... I'm in with Gerard Manley Hopkins.

Anonymous said...

John: The poem you posted is just lovely -- I meant to tell you that earlier. Only somehow, "Erosion" doesn't seem strong enough a word for such a sudden loss! (At least, that's my reading, that she lost a man at sea. I could be wrong -- wouldn't be the first time!)

Charlotte said...

I'm in with a look at This Place I Know: Poems of Comfort, eidted by Georgia Heard.



Jennie said...

Thanks for hosting! I'm in this week with a poem from and a review of The Diary of Petr Ginz.

MotherReader said...

Running late. Darn that trip to Target. But I've got up a poem from the book Middle School is Worse than Meatloaf.

Mike Thomson said...

Good work. I've been posting poetry on Fridays for more than a year without joining in on the group fun. This week I've posted a little diddy by Maya Angelou.

tanita✿davis said...

I'm late but here - with another of Grace Paley's poems. Thanks for hosting.

Sylvia Vardell said...

My posting today includes a list of "back to school" poetry books and my favorite school poem. Enjoy!

david elzey said...

Two about war this week. Under the wire, but better late than never. Thanks for hosting.

LindaBudz said...

I'm in for my first Poetry Friday ever, with "I, Too" by Langston Hughes. Thank you for hosting!

Anonymous said...

I don't have an actual poem today, but a look at some poetry dice.

It's here:

John Mutford said...

Great turnout- thanks everyone!

MyUtopia: Hope you get a chance to check some of them out.

Kelly Fineman: Good point. (And I'm pretty sure that's what it's about.) Perhaps the seams in both stanzas are to be viewed differently- in the cliffs they're the end result of the erosion, in the woman's face they're just the beginning.

Erin said...

Thanks for the round-up!

Jennefer said...

I had written a Friday poem. It was too cheesy to include BUT then Suzanne from Adventures in Daily Living double dog dared me to give you my link. So that left me with no choice. Better late than never I say.