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Archive for January 8th, 2021

Poetry Friday round-up is with Sylvia at Poetry for Children.
She highlights poetry books coming in 2021.

The Sunday Night Swaggers have entered this new year with a challenge from Heidi Mordhorst. We’ve all read and admired the new poetry collection from Irene Latham, This Poem is a Nest. I reviewed her book on this post.

Irene created the term nestling, which is similar to a found poem. She started with her own poem and found new poems within it. I decided to start with a poem I wrote for Heidi for the Winter Poem Swap.

Essence of Heidi

There you are rolling Play-doh balls,
placing them onto a fake birthday cake, 
lighting each candle
deep breath in, then screen-blow–
a ritual of celebration, exclamation
of You Matter!

There you are creating a caterpillar’s undoing,
how it digests itself
to become something miraculous,
shouting the great wonder–
a ritual of changing, shedding the old,
in silence. 

There you are writing words,
passion-pulsed onto the page
to inspire a child or grown-up–
a ritual of reading aloud, praise
for turn-the-page, frosted ice
melting into a poem. 

–Margaret Simon, 2020 Winter poem swap

Here are my nestlings…

Happy Birthday!
Play-Doh cake
in celebration
of You!
Writing Teacher
Words
inspire-up
praise.
Picture Book
Lighting
a miraculous
child, then
turn-the-page
Autumn
Undoing–
become shedding
silence
Peek-a-Boo
There,
There,
there you are.
Irene’s Nest
Ritual of passion
pulsed the page
into poem
Nestling drafts, Margaret Simon

Read more nestlings from my friends.

Molly Hogan: Nix the Comfort Zone
Linda Mitchell: A Word Edgewise
Catherine Flynn: Reading to the Core
Heidi Mordhorst: My Juicy Little Universe

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