As the weather warms up, take your teatime outside! And, while you’re at it, try out these fun and easy ideas for sidewalk chalk poetry. After all, poetry and sidewalks go well together--just look at Shel Silverstein’s Where the Sidewalk Ends!
Today we’d like to welcome to Poetry Teatime a children’s poet who is known not just for her clever wordsmithing but also her thought-provoking ideas. Heidi Mordhorst has been called a philosopher as well as a poet.* Her books feature beautiful descriptions of nature that often offer a new perspective.
Oh, ode! Thou art the most beautiful of poetic forms! Thy lines and stanzas so beautifully reflect the object of thy love. In thine eyes, the ordinary is transformed into an object of the highest praise. Ode! Flourish until the end of time!
Today we have a very special guest on the blog, poet Joyce Sidman. Ms. Sidman is an award-winning poet who won the Newbery Honor for her book of poetry, Dark Emperor and Other Poems of the Night, and who was recognized with the NCTE Award for Excellence in Children’s Poetry for her lifetime achievements as a children’s poet.
At Brave Writer, as part of the writing process, we encourage kids to share their work. Sharing writing, whether as a kid or an adult, is one of the most powerful steps in the writing process. Knowing that your work could be read by others stirs up motivation like nothing else.
Today’s poetry activity is a chance to explore your favorite part of someone very special—you! Do you love the sparkle in your eyes? The special tilt to your nose? The wiggle in your toes? Today’s activity is all about celebrating whatever features you love best.
Looking for a road map to the major elements of reading and writing poetry, written by one of the nation’s top poets? Want a short and easy-to-read guidebook that will increase your understanding and enjoyment of the sound and sense of poetry? Look no further than Mary Oliver’s classic behind-the-scenes guide to reading poetry well, A Poetry Handbook.
From the beloved haiku to the lesser known choka and sedoka, Japanese poetry is elegant, simple and versatile. Give it a try and see what you think!