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Poetry Friday Is Here!

River of Words: Young Poets and Artists on the Nature of Things is a new addition to my growing personal poetry collection. I wasn’t sure what to expect from this text when I saw it listed on Amazon, but I ordered it anyway, hoping that the poetry the kids wrote for this book would be as good as the PS Poem Page’s Poems.

I was NOT disappointed when I received River of Words. In fact, I broke out the sticky tabs to mark the poems I cannot wait to share with my students.

In the meantime, here are excepts from two favorites (to view the poems in their entirety click here for purchasing information):

There Is A Dark River
by Michelle Diaz Garza

There is a dark river
In the gutter of the street
In front of my school.
It was born in the rain
And isn’t flowing anymore.
It’s sort of sad
With drops of gasoline
And a red wrapper
Some kid tossed
After eating a candy.
pg. 25

by Rachel Miller

I dash down the path
Behind our house.
The grass prickles my feet
As I gaze,
Searching for a patch
Of blueberries.
pg. 153

Please use Mr. Linky to link your submission to this post.

NOTE: We’ll post a summary of everyone’s poems later this evening since we’re both teaching all day today.

30 thoughts on “Poetry Friday Is Here!

  1. Thanks for hosting, Stacey and Ruth. The trees here just leafed out this week, so I thought of Millay’s “Counting-out Rhyme”. Have a great weekend!


  2. Thank you for rounding up all the poetry, Stacey and Ruth! I wrote about the book Secret Places, which came highly recommended by my son’s third-grade teacher. I left a link with Mr. Linky.


  3. Thanks for hosting! I’m really happy to join in again.

    I’ve written a poem about writing. I love reading about writing and books, so it inspires me. 🙂


  4. Thanks for hosting us today. I just got my own copy of RIVER OF WORDS and can’t wait to read and review it. Thanks for the nudge! Today I’ve reviewed Helen Frost’s DIAMOND WILLOW.


  5. Thanks for rounding us up today.

    This week we chat about two extremely popular rhyming books, “Over in the Ocean in a Coral Reef ” and “Going Around The Sun: Some Planetary Fun “, both of which are sung to the toddler tune “Over in the Meadow”.

    I’m always surprised how almost any book that involves singing of a catchy tune is an extreme hit at our house.

    Have a great long weekend!


  6. Dang! The more I hear about that book, the more I realize I must see it for myself.

    7-Imp is in with “Making a Fist” by Naomi Shihab Nye. Thanks for rounding up!


  7. Thanks for hosting today! I love kids’ writing, and as you said, it’s so great to share it with kids to encourage them in their own writing. Do you have 10-Second Rainshowers? Love that.


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