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."
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."
...to 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!)
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.
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 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.