I just did something dumb. Like really-really dumb. SUPERDUMB.
I opened a “Family Size” bag of Doritos, dumped the entire contents onto my kitchen table, and …
Ate them? No. (That would have been smart.)
Crushed them into tiny crumbs and fashioned action figures out of them? No. (But that would have been fun.)
Carefully picked up the chips one at a time, hand-counted and recorded the number of individual flecks of spice on each, and placed them neatly back into the bag?
Yes. Yes, I did.
(Like I said: DUMB.)
And, naturally, that brings us to Poetry Friday!
Welcome to the 372nd ever Poetry Friday roundup. (Not counting the two Fridays back in 2006 where there was no roundup.)
I am so pleased to be hosting here at TKT for the second time. (Joining 16 other sites to have hosted PF exactly twice, and 63 total multiple-occasion hosts.)
I am hoping for a high turnout today! (More than the average 39.7 links that are contributed during Poetry Fridays in May.)
And a nice variety of contributions, too. (Like the 28 original poems, 14 posts covering other poets, and 10 opinion/editorial/news/announcements/other links contributed the last time I hosted.)
If you haven’t caught on by now:
Poetry Friday roundups = Doritos
Individual Poetry Friday contributions = Flecks of Spice
For reasons that I still cannot explain to myself, I have spent the last few weeks visiting every Poetry Friday roundup ever published, from Kelly Herold’s original to today. I counted many, many links — by my estimation 13,405 of them in Poetry Friday history. I clicked on hundreds of them, unable to resist the allure of potential poetic goodness awaiting me on the other side. I was often rewarded. For example, I discovered a t-shirt with the following haiku posted at Mother Reader on 10/13/2006:
Haikus are easy
But sometimes they don’t make sense
That alone was worth the effort. But I also discovered some new-to-me baseball poems, pinpointed the first-ever use of Mr. Linky in a Poetry Friday roundup, was mesmerized by Sylvia Vardell’s research about Lee Bennett Hopkins’ creation of an anthology of poems by kids over 40 years ago, found this life-equating jigsaw puzzle poem by Russell Hoban, learned the phrase “explode the moment”, did flips over this poem Constantly Risking Absurdity (#15) by Lawrence Ferlinghetti, and so much more.
Have I mentioned that I love Doritos?
I may share more about my Poetry Friday Dorito Dive in the coming weeks.
But now, on to this week’s roundup!
Readers: Check out the table below to find what you want or discover something new.
Contributors: Please complete the form below for each link that you wish to share.
Poetry Friday Links for May 17, 2013
|Contributor||Title||Summary||Category||Mood||Time to Read (Minutes)|
|Greg Pincus||Good||I mean, really now, who gets to define what's "good" behavior? Isn't it up for debate? Yes. Yes. I'm sure it must be!||Original Poem||Silly||2|
|The Poem Farm||Love Letters and Chalk Poems||Listen to an original poem about what trees do all winter, and then celebrate the world around you with kindergarten poets (from Betsy Hubbard's classroom) and chalk!||Original Poem||Joyous||3|
|Catherine @ Reading to the Core||America the Beautiful||Thoughts about Katherine Lee Bates's poem and several picture that bring her words to life.||Coverage Of Another Poet (Poem, Interview, Book Review, etc.)||Patriotic||5|
|Tabatha at The Opposite of Indifference||Sonnets by Michelangelo||As refulgent as Michelangelo was as an artist and sculptor, you might think he would be impuissant at sonnets. Au contraire!||Coverage Of Another Poet (Poem, Interview, Book Review, etc.)|
|Elizabeth Steinglass||Haiku for Kids, Questions for Bloggers||3 original haiku about small moments for kids and grown-ups and and 2 big questions about blogging||Original Poem||curious||5|
|Carol||"To Be Of Use"||An old favorite seen through new eyes.||Coverage Of Another Poet (Poem, Interview, Book Review, etc.)||Pensive||2|
|Laura Shovan @AuthorAmok||Portrait Poems: Starting with What's Real||Third grade poets imagine that they are: a werewolf, an artiste, a disobedient child, a fugitive on the run.||Other||Brainsonfire||3|
|Tara||Preparing to say goodbye to my sixth graders||It's that time of year - soon, my sixth graders will leave my classroom, and I am getting ready for this.||Coverage Of Another Poet (Poem, Interview, Book Review, etc.)||Reflective||10|
|Laura Purdie Salas||"Robby" (by Judith Viorst) and Poem Starter Video Request||Robby wants the poet to write a poem about him, but he wants to dictate the content. Of course, Robby wants the poem to highlight his better qualities and downplay his...well, I'll let you read to discover that. A funny poem by Judith Viorst that reminds me of some of the challenges of writing poems on assignment for assessment companies. (Thanks for hosting, Ed!)||Coverage Of Another Poet (Poem, Interview, Book Review, etc.)||Funny||3|
|Michelle @ Today's Little Ditty||Meet Me at Limerick Alley||Join me at Limerick Alley and meet Grandpa Joe Shears, limerick du jour.||Original Poem||fun||0|
|Robyn Hood Black||Poetry Friday - Some Rumi for my Son upon his Graduation||"Tending Two Shops" with Rumi||Coverage Of Another Poet (Poem, Interview, Book Review, etc.)||encouraging||2|
|Donna - Mainely Write||This is Not the Poem||Kind of an announcement in a poem format...no big deal really.||Original Poem||Happy||3.5|
|Steven Withrow||"Details from John Singer Sargent's A Boating Party"||An original poem inspired by one of the masters of visual art.||Original Poem||sun-dazzled||3|
|Diane Mayr||The Secret Society of Enjambment||You are invited! First meeting today! Sing our secret society song!||Other||excitement||4|
|Buffy Silverman||Crayfish, Crows, and Comics||I'm in with a response to two poetry challenges--one featuring many words with "cr" sounds", the other a response to a photo that took me back to my silly putty days.||Original Poem||cawish||1.23|
|Kurious Kitty||"Two Horses"||The first Kentucky Derby was held on this day.||Coverage Of Another Poet (Poem, Interview, Book Review, etc.)||horsey||1|
|Jama's Alphabet Soup||Hawai'i's Food Trucks on the Go!||A tasty tour of O'ahu via some adorable food trucks with a virtual sampling of local specialties.||Coverage Of Another Poet (Poem, Interview, Book Review, etc.)||Lipsmacking||3|
|Betsy||Contrails and the Light||Did you ever notice that light beams interrupted by the ground are much like a contrail following a plane in the sky? Coming and going, bright then light, hmmm...well, that's how my brain works. :)||Original Poem||Wispy||5|
|Linda Baie||end of year goodbyes||Sending students off at the end of the year with a 'goodbye' poem is a tradition in my class. Since I'm finishing the year for another teacher, I get to do it once again.||Original Poem||bittersweet||10|
|Matt Forrest Esenwine (Radio, Rhythm & Rhyme)||"Summer Frost"||An adult poem and a brief look at the unusual way it came to be.||Original Poem||contemplative||5|
|Jeannine Atkins||Poetry in the Greenhouse||Poems inspired by flowers, with a focus on Sylvia Plath||Coverage Of Another Poet (Poem, Interview, Book Review, etc.)||reflective||3|
|The Drawer of M M Socks||Slide||An education no classroom can teach||Original Poem||Fearless||1|
|Catherine Johnson||M.M. Socks||An interview with M.M.Socks and three delightful poems from him too.||Coverage Of Another Poet (Poem, Interview, Book Review, etc.)||Fun||6|
|Little Willow (Bildungsroman)||The Language Inside by Holly Thompson||then we talk about journeys|
the different meanings of the word...
|Coverage Of Another Poet (Poem, Interview, Book Review, etc.)||journey||1|
|MotherReader||"Shop Vac"||Another in my songs as poetry series, a hip song that no one can afford to miss.||Other||Fun||4|
|Doraine Bennett||Conversion Chart for My Husband||My sincere effort at really bad poetry.||Original Poem||Ridiculous||2|
|Charles Ghigna - Father Goose||"Skydiver"||Returning to earth with a soaring new smile and attitude||Original Poem||Uplifting||1|
|Keri Collins Lewis||Masquerade -- a spider poem||An original poem inspired by an error-filled non-fiction picture book.||Original Poem||Hungry||1|
|April Halprin Wayland||Searching for Lost Books from Childhood!||Join me on my search for that book that I loved so much by...um...about a surprise party put on by all the animals on the farm for their beloved woman's 76th birthday called..um...?...and then read my poem about the search!||Original Poem||mystery!||5|
|Lorie Ann Grover, On Point||A Glimpse of My Crinoline||In which you catch a peek in my haiku||Original Poem||bouncy||1|
|readertotz||Around the Block with Ernie||In which Ernie gets in some sweet poetic sound with Sammy the Snake||Other||Silly||4|
|Esther Hershenhorn||Exercise: Poetry With a Plot!||Stop by TeachingAuthors.com to say hello to Holly Thompson, her latest (wonderfully reviewed) verse novel and her poetry exercise that's sure to inspire you and/or your students!||Poetry Lesson||Inspiring!||3|
|Books4Learning||Follow, Follow||Fairy Tale Reversos||Coverage Of Another Poet (Poem, Interview, Book Review, etc.)||Clever||5|
|Becky Shillington||POETRY FRIDAY: A Poem for Children's Book Week||Today I have posted a great poem by Emily Dickinson to help celebrate Children's Book Week.||Coverage Of Another Poet (Poem, Interview, Book Review, etc.)||fun||2|
|Poetry For Kids Joy||Happy Syttende Mai||The family is having a party over at my blog to celebrate Norwegian Constitution Day. Since next year is the centenial, there should be lots of celebrations through out the year. An original free verse poem and a poetry challenge are presented.||Original Poem||foody||3|
|Opening a Can of Bookworms - Nessa Morris||The Pentopus||Limerick for kids about an octopus and a shark duking it out. Includes an original illustration by yours truly (who is most definitely NOT an illustrator).||Original Poem||wet||1|
|Anastasia Suen @ Booktalking||Out on the Prairie||Count the animals that live on the prairie from one to ten||Coverage Of Another Poet (Poem, Interview, Book Review, etc.)||lyrical||2|
|Ruth||Sestina: Like||A. E. Stallings makes fun of the way we use the word "like" for everything. Click "like" if you agree.||Coverage Of Another Poet (Poem, Interview, Book Review, etc.)||Snarky||3|