UPDATE – FEBRUARY 21: THE GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED.
The winner will be announced later today. Thank you for your interest and good luck!
I’m back! (Almost.)
Hello, friends. Welcome to another Poetry Friday roundup! I’m trying out a thumbnail linky list, so please add your link, image, and short title to the list at the end of the post and we’ll see how it goes.
It’s also time to announce the winner of the giveaway from last week. Random.com tells me that the proud new owner of The Poem That Will Not End by Joan Bransfield Graham is….
Congratulations, Linda! I’ll be contacting you for your address. I know you’ll enjoy this marvelous book!
On to the Poetry Friday festivities….
As you may have noticed, I have largely been missing from Poetry Friday for the past few months. I’ve missed you! The NCTE SPOTLIGHT SERIES takes a crazy amount of time, and I’ll be focusing mostly on that this year. But never fear – I still have some amazing poetic talents lined up for the spring, their videos already in the coffers. I’ve made it easier to find what you’re looking for by adding a new BLOG POST INDEX tab to the navigation bar. Check it out!
I’ve also been scrambling to write stories for two new leveled readers due out this summer. But the main reason I’ve been absent is that I’ve been holed up since October developing an online writing course. And now I’m pleased to announce the imminent launch of
Consider this my little way of bringing more people to poetry and more poetry to prose! I won’t get into too many details on this post since interested parties can click here to check out the new LYRICAL LANGUAGE LAB information page.
I will just say that this is a language-level course designed for
- Rhyming PB writers who would like a stronger foundation in the mechanics of poetry
- Prose PB writers who would like to punch up the lyricism of their writing through poetic techniques
- Writers who would like to learn more about writing poetry for children
The first class begins on April 1, 2014. And there’s a giveaway below!
For Poetry Friday, several of my beta testers (all children’s writers, most non-rhymers, and most first-timers to Poetry Friday) have posted some of their short practice poems from the meter lessons, some along with the feedback I gave on their drafts. Please visit them to see what they’ve been up to.
- “We Are Cephalopods Too” (dactylic poem) by Sylvia Liu (the post includes my feedback on her first draft)
- “The First and the Great” (double dactyl) by Teresa Robeson
- “6 Quatrains” (iambic and anapestic poems) by Alayne Kay Christian (includes my feedback)
- “A Cup of Tea” and “Wantagh Winter” (iambic and anapestic poems) by Julie Rowan-Zoch
- “Muddy Footprints” (trochaic poem) and “Peter Ferfluffety” (double dactyl) by Yvonne Mes
- “Purramew Kittynips” (double dactyl) by Penny Parker Klostermann
- “Writer’s Complaint” (trochaic poem) by Elaine Kiely Kearns
And I will share a further couple of poems by another beta tester, this one from the lesson on anapests.
by Victoria Richardson Warneck
In the heart of the woods where I walk every day
an improbable boulder digests its address.
Could it talk it might tell of a home far away
that it left long ago on the glacier express.
And this one from the double dactyl challenge. I can relate!
by Victoria Richardson Warneck
seldom awoke before
quarter to one.
Prone on her sofa she’d
moan that she never got
To celebrate the launch, I’m giving away one admission to the course to be redeemed in the month of the winner’s choosing. Just leave a comment letting me know you’d like to be entered. You can enter for yourself or give the course to someone else if you win. Names will be entered into random.org and the winner announced on February 21.
Now bring on the poetry links!
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“Erratic” and “Lazy Victoria” © 2014 Victoria Richardson Warneck. All other content © 2014 Renee M. LaTulippe. All rights reserved.