Poetry Monday: The Poetry Friday Anthology Poet-a-Palooza!

October 22, 2012 59 Comments by Renee M. LaTulippe

WELCOME TO THE INAUGURAL NO WATER RIVER

POET-A-PALOOZA!

featuring the prolific producers and some poetry stars of

TODAY’S MENU

AMUSE BOUCHE: Introduction to Grazing
APPETIZER:
What Makes This Anthology So Delicious?
ENTRÉE: A Meaty Interview with SYLVIA VARDELL and JANET WONG
DESSERT: Four slices of video poetry pie in four flavors:
JANE YOLEN  ~  KEN SLESARIK  ~  STEPHANIE CALMENSON  ~  MICHAEL J. ROSEN
CORDIAL: Meet the PFA Poets!
DOGGY BAG: A tasty giveaway of The Poetry Friday Anthology

BUON APPETITO!

AMUSE BOUCHE: Introduction to Grazing

You know when people ask you what your favorite band or book or author or color or animal or food is? I will never ask you that question. That question makes me crazy because I do not have a favorite anything. Much more appealing than a sit-down meal, a buffet allows me to putter around the pâtés, sashay past that seafood station, chew the fat at the cheese table, and dawdle over dips and desserts. Everything is beautiful at a buffet, where I can stick my toothpicks into lots of different things and, yes, maybe even double-dip.

That is why I am such a big fan of BIG anthologies. My wrinkly, coffee-stained, undergrad edition of The Norton Anthology of Literature by Women — where I first read Jane Eyre and met the likes of Virginia Woolf, Adrienne Rich, Flannery O’Connor, and Toni Morrison — is still one of my most prized books. Anthologies contain a multitude of worlds, an exuberance of voices, a cornucopia of possibilities…and all that between two little covers!

So imagine how pleased I was about the publication of The Poetry Friday Anthology, the latest venture by Janet Wong and Sylvia Vardell that needs to be on every teacher’s desk.

APPETIZER: What Makes This Anthology So Delicious?

Well, I suppose it could be the generous dollop of incredible poets that the book features…seventy-six of them, in fact. Poets like X.J. Kennedy, Sara Holbrook, Jack Prelutsky, Allan Wolf, Joan Bransfield Graham, Michael J. Rosen, Betsy Franco, and Margarita Engle.

Not to mention the familiar names and new friends who have made appearances on No Water River — fifteen from this book alone! — like Julie Larios, Amy Ludwig VanDerwater, J. Patrick Lewis, Irene Latham, David L. Harrison, Laura Purdie Salas, and so many other talented and inspiring writers.

Or it could be the gigantic spoonful of delectable poems those poets wrote in dozens of different subject areas, from pets and school to family and food. That’s a year’s worth of freshly baked poems — over 200 of ‘em! — for every Friday and for every grade level K-5.

Or maybe it’s the precisely measured seasoning of learning activities anchored in the Common Core standards (or TEKS standards in Texas). Doled out in sensible portions, the Take 5 activities help teachers share each poem with their students in fun and imaginative ways…a little buffet of extended learning, to be sampled and savored at will.

 Whatever it is, I can assure you that it’s a lip-smackin’, finger-lickin’ recipe.

 ENTRÉE: A Meaty Interview with SYLVIA VARDELL and JANET WONG

Janet Wong

Janet and Sylvia were kind enough to let me open their fridge and peruse the raw ingredients. Here’s how they cooked up the feast!

Why did you create The Poetry Friday Anthology?
In professional workshops we’ve met lots of teachers and librarians who are uncomfortable with poetry—usually because of the way it was taught (or not) when they were students. Many of those same teachers and librarians really want to teach poetry to their students—or now need to teach it because of the Common Core (or state-adopted standards such as the TEKS in Texas). We created this book for them—to provide fun and easy guidelines for teaching and sharing poetry.

Besides the 218 poems, the book also contains the “Take Five” feature, which provides five activities for each poem. Could you tell us a bit about how these activities correlate with TEKS and/or the Common Core standards? Why did you decide to include these tie-ins?
There are so many demands on classroom time. We knew that we could create the best poetry curriculum book ever, but if it were too complicated to use, or took too much prep time, it might never be used. We decided that the most important thing was to provide a clear and consistent framework that was easy to follow and could be squeezed into a teacher’s busy day. A teacher can open our book, follow the Take 5 steps, and lead a valuable and memorable lesson in 5 minutes flat. Curriculum standards and skills like identifying alliteration, understanding free verse, or discussing metapor are gently folded in to these activities, but the focus remains on enjoying and exploring the poems together.

Sylvia Vardell

Is this an anthology that kids can enjoy on their own? What do you hope kids take away from this collection?
Kids definitely can read this book on their own, enjoying the poems and completely ignoring the Take 5 activities that we designed for teachers. There are very few books like ours, with more than 200 poems in them on a wide a variety of topics. If you’re a kid who likes sports, we have poems for you; if you like dancing, there are poems for you; and everyone likes poems about pets! Most of all we’d like kids to read (or hear) poems in our book and think, “Wow! A poem can be about ANYTHING!”

You’ve put a mini-grant program into place for the anthology and already have quite a few PFA “ambassadors” around the country. Could you explain what this program is and how people can participate?
Our Poetry Friday Ambassadors are teachers and librarians who are extra-motivated to teach poetry. Some have had decades of wonderful poetry experiences (with students who want to decorate cakes with poems and mow poems into lawns) and others are like the teachers that we described above, teachers whose poetry backgrounds were not positive but who want to change that for their students. This is a group of educators that we’d like to treat as a focus group; we hope that their feedback will help us design great follow-up support for teachers that we can post on our Poetry Friday Anthology blog.

Can you tell us a bit about the poet-wrangling stage of the project? What challenges and/or joys did you face?
In the beginning we had just one goal: to assemble 216 or so poems–a poem per week for the whole school year for each grade, K-5–and to write curriculum connections for each poem. When poems came in, we found ourselves immersed in the joys and challenges at the same time. Some poems easily fit into certain categories, but other favorite poems didn’t align with enough other poems to form themes. Omitting poems was extremely painful. There were at least a hundred poems that we wanted to use but there simply wasn’t room. As it is, the book is 288 pages long!

The Poetry Friday Anthology is not your first joint foray into self-publishing, as you previously published the PoetryTagTime e-book series and, for Janet, even a collection or two of your own poems. What prompted your excursions into self-publishing
We’d love to be able to do what we’re doing with a traditional publisher, but it would be impossible. With our first book, our primary goal was to make quality poetry affordable—less than a cup of coffee. The only way this could be achieved was by making e-books, so we created the PoetryTagTime e-book series—PoetryTagTime, P*TAG (for teens), and Gift Tag (holiday poems). (And note: This would’ve been impossible to do without the generosity of our poets, who agreed to an extremely modest royalty rather than flat permissions fees for their poems.)

You started your publishing venture, Pomelo Books, in part to fulfill your dream “to produce 5-10 quality poetry books each year.” Will Pomelo’s focus be on more projects like The Poetry Friday Anthology, or do have an eye toward becoming a small press publisher of poetry?
Perhaps our proudest accomplishment with The Poetry Friday Anthology is the way we were able to feature poems by prominent and beloved poets who haven’t published much in the past decade. Some of our finest poems are by X.J. Kennedy, Patricia Hubbell, Deborah Chandra, Constance Levy, and Monica Gunning, poets with important collections that are now out of print. One of our goals is to bring back favorite poems from the past several decades and introduce them to a new generation of readers in anthologies with curriculum connections that will enable teachers and librarians to share those poems in a focused way.

How are you handling the particular challenges that come with self-publishing, especially distribution, marketing, and even getting the word out about the mini-grant?
We’re handling the distribution and marketing as best as we can—with a lot of help from blogger friends like you! Seriously, the word-of-mouth on our books has been extremely positive and helpful. Teachers tell friends in other districts, parents buy books as gifts for their school libraries, librarians tell booksellers. Any author, whether self-published or published by a traditional publisher, needs to think about marketing issues today. Not just “needs” to, but should WANT to think about these issues. If you are writing to communicate, teach, or entertain (rather than simply to express yourself), your books need to find their way to your readers! We were particularly pleased to get a great review in Reading Today, published by the International Reading Association.

Is there anything you learned along the way that you wish you’d known before you started?
We wish we’d known how tremendous the demand for a middle school version of this book is—maybe we would’ve made it a K-8 edition instead of K-5. (We’re working on a middle school version now.)

What advice would you give to budding anthologists?
Be willing to try new things and experiment. This is a very exciting time to be involved in the world of books!

What can we expect next from this dynamic duo?
After the middle school version of The Poetry Friday Anthology, after producing curriculum connections for the PoetryTagTime series, and after bringing some favorite out-of-print poems back to life, who knows . . . How about a poetry app? 

Where’s the best place to pick up a copy of the anthology?
Right here at Pomelo Books, where we have various versions available, from the complete anthology to single grade-level versions to e-books.

RESOURCES:

Learn more about: Janet and Sylvia
Book Website: The Poetry Friday Anthology blog
Publishing Website: Pomelo Books
Facebook Page: Pomelo Books
PFA Reviews: Reading Today, ALSC Blog, Paper Tigers
Interview on Cynsations: ”Celebrating Poetry: Sylvia Vardell on Teaching, Awards, Trends, Challenges & New Releases” 
Guest post on Katie Davis: Janet Wong’s “How to Publish a Poetry E-book in 7 Simple Steps”

DESSERT: Four slices of video poetry pie in four flavors

This is the Poet-a-Palooza part of the post, in case you were wondering! And I apologize in advance for making you sit through my repetitive intros, but these sweet treats are going directly from here into the permanent NWR Poetry Video Library, so the intros had to be done. I infiltrated an archeological site of newly dug Roman ruins (you can see a bit behind me), so just enjoy the view until the poems start.

And what poems they are! I am beyond thrilled to welcome four of the poets from The Poetry Friday Anthology – and boy did they go above and beyond the call of duty to bring you these videos. Each poet reads multiple poems — some with special effects! — to give you a drool-worthy sampling of the flavors this book offers. I have included the text to one poem for each poet, as a little something to feast your eyes on as well. Tie your napkins around your necks and dig in!

JANE YOLEN  

…is an author of children’s books, fantasy, and science fiction — over 300 books in all, including the popular Owl Moon, The Devil’s Arithmetic, and How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight? She is also a poet, a teacher of writing and literature, and a reviewer of children’s literature. She has been called the Hans Christian Andersen of America and the Aesop of the twentieth century. Recent poetry collections include Take Two! A Celebration of Twins and Last Laughs: Animal Epitaphs, both co-authored with J. Patrick Lewis, and Bug Off! Creepy, Crawly Poems.

Jane Yolen’s books and stories have won the Caldecott Medal, two Nebula Awards, two Christopher Medals, the World Fantasy Award, three Mythopoeic Fantasy Awards, the Golden Kite Award, the Jewish Book Award, the World Fantasy Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Association of Jewish Libraries Award, among many others. Learn more about Jane and her work at JaneYolen.com. (Bio from the author’s website.)

    FIRST TAKE

First take a noun:
……………………………………grass;
Follow with a verb:
……………………………………shoots;
Embolden it:
……………………………………suddenly;
Stretch it:
……………………………………towards the sky;
And you have a sentence
followed by a period
……….of time:
……………………………………spring.

 

KEN SLESARIK 

…is a poet and special education teacher in Phoenix, Arizona, currently in his sixteenth year of teaching. When not teaching or spending time with his kids, he can be found pursuing his other passion as a children’s poet. Ken’s poems have been used in fundraisers, school functions, and cookbooks, as well as in The Poetry Friday Anthology. Ken also enjoys performing poetry in an occasional bookstore, coffeehouse, or library, and facilitates an after-school poetry club called “Poetry Rocks.” (Bio provided by the author.)

 THE WOODLAND VOLE

The Woodland Vole
prefers to stroll,
walking leisurely.

A tiny soul,
the Woodland Vole,
don’t chase it, let it be.

The Woodland Vole
just doesn’t know,
when fleeing fast and free,

how very slow,
the Woodland Vole
can seem to you and me.

STEPHANIE CALMENSON

…is a former teacher and children’s book editor, and the author of over 100 books for children, ranging from concept books to poetry to nonfiction books about dogs. Some of her most popular titles include Dinner at the Panda Palace, a PBS StoryTime Book; The Principal’s New Clothes; Jazzmatazz; Late for School; Oopsy, Teacher!; Ollie’s School Day; and May I Pet Your Dog? Her poetry is described as “joyously exuberant” (Kirkus); “whimsical and lively” (SLJ); “a rainbow of sound…a bright syncopated jazz session” (Kirkus), and “sure to grab the attention of even the littlest listeners” (SLJ). Visit Stephanie at her website for more info and reviews: StephanieCalmenson.com(Bio provided by the author.)

 THEY CALL IT “SCIENCE”

They call it science.
I call it why-ence.
Why is the sky blue?
Why do I look like me and not like you?
Why can’t I see the sun at night?
When water turns to snow, why is it white?
Why isn’t there butter in a butterfly?
Why don’t they call it why-ence?
I like to ask “WHY?”!

MICHAEL J. ROSEN

…is the author, editor, or illustrator—sometimes all three!—of some 100 books for young readers and adults. For 35 years, he has been working with kids and teachers across the country, sharing his creativity, humor, passion, and wild imagination. His recent books of poetry are Running with Trains: A Novel in Poetry and Two Voices (Wordsong, Boyds Mills Press); Sailing the Unknown: Around the World with Captain Cook, a blank-verse journal of Young Nick, a boy aboard the ship Endeavor (Creative Editions); and Chanukah Lights, a celebration of the Festival of Lights with Robert Sabuda’s majestic pop-ups (Candlewick Books). Visit Michael at his website: www.fidosopher.com(Bio provided by the author.)

 FUNNY BONE (HUMERUS)

Your upper arm, the humerus,
has no idea what’s funny:
slip on a dropped banana peel,
invent something punny,
make your hand and armpit squeal–
how can it tell what’s humorous?

Even though your humeri
have biceps with a belly
they’re not for making belly laughs.
That name is simply silly!
Did someone on the O.R. staff,
thinking it’d be humorous

in the midst of a humorless
dissection, to make a pun
about the bone and how it hurts
like crazy when you stun
that tender elbow nerve that blurts
out PAIN and, more or less,

turns you into pancake batter?
That bone’s no laughing matter.

~~~

How great was that? Thank you, poets, for contributing to this poet-a-palooza and sharing your wonderful work with us!

CORDIAL: Meet the PFA Poets!

And here they are, all seventy-six of them! Click the links to see their work and find out more about these talented folks.

 

DOGGY BAG: A tasty giveaway of The Poetry Friday Anthology

Janet and Sylvia have kindly offered to send a Poetry Friday Anthology to one lucky reader. To enter the drawing, just leave a comment on this post. You will all be spun in the salad spinner, then one lucky name will be scientifically extracted by one or more very small hands. The winner will be announced here and on Facebook on Monday the 29th. (PFA poets, I hope you don’t mind if I don’t include you as we’re looking to spread the poetry goodies around!)

I hope you’ve enjoyed this look inside the marvelous and important Poetry Friday Anthology. It really is a treasure for teachers, students, and grazers like me!

Many, many thanks

to Janet, Sylvia, Jane, Ken, Stephanie, Michael, and all the PFA poets for joining me at No Water River and for creating this scrumptious poetry resource! 

A POEM A DAY

A poem a day
keeps the blues away.
Write one.
Read one.
Do you really
need one?
Yes!
A poem a day
keeps the blues away.

–Stephanie Calmenson

COMING OCTOBER 29: Special Halloween Edition feat. Shakespeare

See more poems in my poetry video library.

All poems copyright 2012 by their respective authors.

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56 Comments

  1. Amy Ludwig VanDerwater
    638 days ago

    Wow, Renee. Once again, you offer all of us a rich and satisfying post full of goodness! I love your joyful and clever post structures! What a great idea to include a few selected videos from the PFA. It’s an honor to be a part of this book, just the latest in a series of Sylvia-Janet brainchildren! a

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  2. Janet F.
    638 days ago

    What a way to start the day! I LOVE LOVE LOVE this book!!! Janet and Sylvia graciously sent me some copies to use as giveaways next week at the NY State Reading Conference!! And NOW I can link them to this fabulous blog post!! It is great to learn even more about Janet and Sylvia’s work. Also the delightfully clever repast you have provided along with the poets reading their own works. Gives a teacher lots of wonderful tasty treats for their students. So glad to know there will be more works coming! And so nice of the poets to to be so generous with their work, too.

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    • Renee M. LaTulippe
      638 days ago

      Wonderful, Janet! By all means link them up here to help spread the word. And you’re not kidding about generous poets! Aren’t they fabulous?

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  3. rhythm
    638 days ago

    I love this post and feel sure that I will love the book as well! You gave us a good sampling and presented it all in an enticing way. For me, the best way to present anything is in an edible form. You have me drooling. I can’t wait to check this one out. Thanks!

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  4. Sally
    638 days ago

    Oh, what a lovely way to start a new week!
    My head is full of images, my heart is full of a love for poetry and the people who make our days better by sharing it. Thanks for your joy in the written word and your willingness to devote time and attention to those wonderful people who fill our cups with poetry. I loved hearing the poets read their poems!

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    • Renee M. LaTulippe
      638 days ago

      Thanks for coming, Sally, and I’m so glad you enjoyed the meal! :) It’s easy to devote time to such wonderful poems and people.

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  5. Elizabeth Stevens Omlor
    638 days ago

    Wow. That is all I can say. Well, actually, I have a bit more to add. THIS WAS AMAZING! What an amazing resource for teachers. Great idea and I am glad they are working on a middle school version as well.=) Your poet guests were fabulous. JANE YOLEN?! Wow. Please throw me into the salad spinner. I would love to win a copy of this book!

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  6. Julie Hedlund
    638 days ago

    Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant! Project, book, post, everything!!

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    • Renee M. LaTulippe
      638 days ago

      Thanks, Julie! Your kids would find lots of stuff to love in this book, I’m sure.

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  7. Stephanie Calmenson
    638 days ago

    You write that “the marvelous and important Poetry Friday Anthology…is a treasure for teachers, students, and grazers…” You, RENEE LaTULIPPE are a treasure to all of us who love poetry and who want to share it with kids. It’s an honor to be included on your blog. Thank you!

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    • Renee M. LaTulippe
      638 days ago

      You are the sweetest person EVER! Just finished ANOTHER reading of Panda Palace, by the way. Claudio is particularly fond of it. :)

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  8. Joy Acey
    638 days ago

    Absolutely fabulous post, Renee. I’m sure teachers will love to come check this out. Thanks for all the links to the poets–what a fun way to learn more (even if you did change the alphabetical order by first name). I hope you eventually get all of the poems on video. What fun.
    so how long did it take you to put this post together? It is amazing. Well done!

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    • Renee M. LaTulippe
      638 days ago

      I think it’s the casual side of me that I need to alphabetize by first name, haha. Perhaps not the most useful thing for others…maybe I should change that!

      Wouldn’t that be amazing to have all those poems on video? Wow, that would take me a while to organize!

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  9. Cathy Mealey
    638 days ago

    Renee – this post was a tour de force! Congratulations! Such a great resource of links and information. Thank you.

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  10. Matt Forrest
    638 days ago

    What a massive effort putting this together must have been! No wonder you needed extra time…it’s a Blog-Postapalooza! Some really great material is in this book. Thanks for all your hard work putting the vids together and sharing the poetry- it was well worth it, and we all appreciate it!

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    • Renee M. LaTulippe
      638 days ago

      Yes, the Poet-a-Palooza thing did take a rather large amount of time…and I’m having another next month! What can I say? Too much poetry, not enough time!

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  11. Juanita Havill
    638 days ago

    I enjoyed every word of this fabulous post. Thank you, Renee, for a labor of love and enthusiasm in sharing The Poetry Friday Anthology with your readers. Obviously love and enthusiasm are what set Sylvia and Janet off on their priceless poetry projects. May there be many more!

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  12. Mary Lee
    638 days ago

    What a fabulous post! WOW!!

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  13. Erik - This Kid Reviews Books
    638 days ago

    Great post! I really liked the videos! :) I have to get this book!

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  14. Robyn Hood Black
    638 days ago

    If I keep writing “Wow” in the comments on all your posts, Renee, will the word lose its punch? How about SPLENDIFOROUS for this one today? Thank you!

    Love the way you’ve presented this amazing resource. I’ve been enjoying getting it in the hands of media specialists and teachers in my neck of the north Georgia woods, and into my daughter’s ed program at college. Janet and Sylvia are visionaries. (I think there’s something magical or at least very potent in the Pomelo juice…) ;0) Beyond honored to be included.

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    • Renee M. LaTulippe
      637 days ago

      That’s so great that your daughter is able to use PFA in her ed program – yippee! And where can we get some of that pomelo juice, anyway?

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  15. Carrie F
    637 days ago

    Renee, what a wonderful post! You have been entertaining me all day long with this. I read most of it while eating my lunch (vegetable soup with cheese and crackers, if you want to know. Not quite living up to your menu but still quite tasty). Now I’m enjoying the rest as a digestif. Thanks for all this scrumptiousness. And I’m very impressed that you managed to interview Shakespeare for your next post. You do get around! I’ll look forward to that one.

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    • Renee M. LaTulippe
      637 days ago

      Veggie soup with a slice of poetry pie? Sounds good to me!

      Yes, Shakespeare’s agent gave me the runaround for a while, but I finally managed to nab him!

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  16. Linda Baie
    637 days ago

    Burp! Isn’t that what one does when finishing a tasty meal, all served up so wonderfully. The anthology is marvelous, & it’s quite exciting to hear that there is to be one for middle school kids, too. Thank you Renee for sharing especially the videos. Hearing the three read made the poems more special, and that little one at the end by Stephanie Calmenson is such a good dessert. Yum!

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    • Renee M. LaTulippe
      637 days ago

      Aren’t those videos great? Such a treat to hear the poets’ words in their own voices!

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  17. Eric VanRaepenbusch
    637 days ago

    Thank you for inviting Jane Yolen to read her poetry. Enjoyed it very much.

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  18. Hannah Holt
    637 days ago

    I love these videos. Watching a poet read her own poetry is like watching a composer play her own music — priceless! You’ve served up an especially delightful spread today. Thanks to all the poets for participating!

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  19. Penny Klostermann
    637 days ago

    Delicious!!! I loved it all. I am continually amazed and entertained by your posts. You are a creative genius that contributes unbelievably to the world of children’s poetry!!! The book sounds amazing! It was so great to hear parts of it from some of the talented and famous poets. I have visited with so many teachers that find teaching poetry a chore for the exact reasons mentioned in your post. I see this book as a tool that will be classrooms everywhere and will breathe new life into poetry. I will have this book one way or the other. So, I’d love to win it here, but even if I don’t….I will add it to my collection.
    I have shared about the book with several teachers, but I don’t think they understand the “ease of use” part. I will share even further when I get the book. I am going into a classroom to talk about poetry this spring and the book will go with me. Thanks, Renee.

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    • Renee LaTulippe
      637 days ago

      Thanks for your enthusiasm, Penny! Please do talk up this book to every poetry-shy teacher you meet, because kids need to have poetry in their lives!

      What in tarnation can we do to break down this wall of fear that surrounds poetry? Here’s to breathing new life into it, as you say, and to you for taking up the cause. Yay, Penny!

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  20. Joanna
    637 days ago

    This is one of your tastiest posts yet, Renee- just fantabulous. I will be passing this post along to many ex teaching colleagues pronto!

    I would say to Sylvia and Janet that I actually think it is great to have two anthologies, the K-5 AND the middle school version. I am excited they are working on the second.

    I feel replete in every way after reading so many meaty morsels here; Thanks to all the contributors.

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  21. Janet Wong
    637 days ago

    What a beautifully-crafted post, Renee! I am so impressed by the way you took such a wide variety of elements and assembled them together here in this Poetry Feast.

    And what great videos! I love the way Jane Yolen reads her poem “the second way” for us and springs forward when she says “Spring!” I adore Ken Slesarik’s “The Woodland Vole”–I sometimes think of it when I find myself behind REALLY slow people in the supermarket–so it was neat to hear him read it. The gorgeous display of books behind Stephanie reminds me that I need to see which of her hundred(!) books are in our library. And, as for Michael Rosen’s “Centipede”: how could you beat all those little marching centipede feet and the perfect pigtail antennae?

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    • Renee LaTulippe
      637 days ago

      Yes! I’m with you on Jane’s “First Take” reading – that’s why I put it last in the video. I love the final, jubilant word and the sweet expression at the end. Ken’s vole is catchy indeed, and Stephanie just downright fabulous. (She sent Dinner at the Panda Palace to my boys and they ask for it all the time!) I must diverge on Michael, however – love all his videos, but “Humerus” really speaks to my dark side AND my funny bone!

      :)

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  22. Catherine Johnson
    637 days ago

    Absolutely amazing, Renee! This is a poetry feast indeed. YUM! Thank you so much for all your work putting these together.

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  23. Iza Trapani
    637 days ago

    Wow, wow, wow, Renee, what a feast! Loved it!

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  24. Sylvia Vardell
    636 days ago

    I know I’m late to the party, but I just wanted to chime in with my thanks and admiration for this wonderful post! Of course we appreciate the compliment and support, but I love the layers and layers of poet and poetry gems you have provided here. It makes me fall in love with The Poetry Friday Anthology and our amazing poets all over again! :-)

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    • Renee M. LaTulippe
      634 days ago

      I’m glad you think I did PFA justice, Sylvia. It deserves all the accolades and attention it can get!

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  25. Vikram Madan
    636 days ago

    Thanks for the behind-the-scenes peak into the PFA book. Hope to see you included in a future edition :)

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  26. David Harrison
    636 days ago

    Renee, what a glorious production. It’s far too encompasing to be called a post. Thank you for all the work you put into this marvelous presentation. It’s great fun and should definitely win some blue ribbons at the next fair.

    David

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    • Renee M. LaTulippe
      634 days ago

      Thank you, David! I did plan on trotting it out next to my pig and fatted calf at the county fair, so let’s see how it does! Maybe you can come by and cook me up some son-of-a-gun stew.

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  27. Charles Waters
    636 days ago

    I’m so impressed by what you do Renee. Honestly this is a poetry buffet! Thank you.

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    • Renee M. LaTulippe
      634 days ago

      Glad you enjoyed it, Charles – and I enjoyed your poems in the PFA. Congrats!!!

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  28. Jeanne Poland
    634 days ago

    Dear Renee:
    The first time I opened your poet-a palooza, I couldn’t access the videos which showed up black and dead!
    But today, David Harrison sent a link and Voila! Heart-warming interviews with you! Each video perfectly edited and a living tribute to their talent and your gracious hostessing.
    Once again, the juiciest delights issue forth from Italy!
    And they’re in English!

    BRAVO!
    BENNISSIMO!

    Jeanne Poland

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  29. Ruth
    634 days ago

    This book is on my wish list, and I can see I’m going to have to break down and buy it.

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  30. Myra from GatheringBooks
    634 days ago

    Oh wow, Renee, this is such a beautiful labor of love and joy – all in celebration of one of the things we love the mostest – poetry! I know about this anthology and can’t wait to get my hands on it and introduce it to my teacher-students – I’m sure it would be a hit here in Singapore as well! The video clips are all great, but I have to go for Michael Rosen’s Funny Bone as my personal fave! :)

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  31. Renee C.
    600 days ago

    I am beyond impressed! Poetry is so under-valued and under-taught within the school curriculum. What a wonderful resource. We recently read Shel Silverstein’s book of poems, Where the Sidewalk Ends and I was very surprised that my son thoroughly enjoyed it. There is hope but it’s so true that there needs to be appropriate resources for teachers. And, *poof* here it is in the form of this FANTASTIC anthology!! I’m so excited by this. (i.e., I’ve tweeted about it!) lol

    Thanks so much for linking into the Kid Lit Blog Hop Renee! I’m so glad we connected and I’m now following you via email and other ways too! :-)

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    • Renee M. LaTulippe
      599 days ago

      Renee, I’m so glad your son enjoyed Shel’s book. Children LOVE poetry just like they love stories, but for some reason they just aren’t exposed to it enough. I think there is an unfounded fear of poetry, and lots of us poets are working to abolish it.

      This anthology is such an important resource, indeed. Thanks for spreading the word!

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  32. Renee C.
    600 days ago

    Oh, one more thing I wanted to add. I REALLY enjoyed the poem THEY CALL IT “SCIENCE” – I’m so going to use why-ence with my kids! lol

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    • Renee M. LaTulippe
      599 days ago

      Isn’t Stephanie Calmenson great? I’ve got a couple of twin toddlers who are heavily into the WHY-ENCE phase!

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