Hello, all! It’s the twenty-fifth day of Na/GloPoWriMo. We’re really in the home stretch now!
Today, our featured participant is Zouxzoux, where the elegy for Day Twenty-Four breathes life into a lost dancer.
We bring you a new interview today, with Rodney Gomez, whose book Citizens of the Mausoleum, is being put out by Sundress Publications. Gomez is the author of several chapbooks, and his poems have previously been published in journals including Poetry, The Gettysburg Review, Blackbird, Pleiades, Denver Quarterly, and Puerto del Sol, You can read some of Gomez’s poems here and here, and our interview with him here.
And now for our daily prompt (optional, as always). Today, we challenge you to write a poem that takes the form of a warning label . . . for yourself! (Mine definitely includes the statement: “Do Not Feed More Than Four Cookies Per Hour.”)
I thoroughly enjoyed catching up with the reading. I loved Probability of the Sparrow by Rodney Gomez and liked discovering some of his work through the links provided, a new fan is born. I have also added a new blog to my reader list, about 10 so far this NaPoWriMo – Zouxzoux’s Elegy poem was lovely, a good one to re-read.
I had a pleasant time writing today’s poem, a warning for my heart. I am fairly satisfied with the results.
It weighs less than a billiard ball,
and is a lot easier to crack.
The Poetry School Day 25
Day 25: Poems for Children
Good morning poets. A fun one for you today. I’d like you to write poems for children. It helps to have an age in mind when you write – a poem for a three year old being very different to young adult poetry – so please include your intended reading age when you post. It’ll help people give better feedback.
A couple of traps to avoid. Firstly, don’t, because you’re writing for children, suddenly decide to write like a Victorian. (I don’t know why people do this.) Secondly, try to avoid moralising.
Your first example poem is ‘From a Railway Carriage’, from Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic A Child’s Garden of Verses, which I’m sure many of you are familiar with.
The second example poem is ‘Falling Up’ by Shel Silverstein, which is number 6 in this list of his poems.
Sometimes, of course, children write the best poetry themselves. This is ‘The Tiger’ by Nael, age 6.
At the time of reading this morning, I had lots of ideas for this – since then I have been preparing for the festival and many of my original thoughts have been forgotten, hoping they will come back when my mind is free-er.
I wrote about Evacuees as this is the new theme at work and I thought I may be able to use it in PE.
It needs some more work.
We all had labels attached to us,
as if we were parcels –