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.
by Rachel Miller
I dash down the path
Behind our house.
The grass prickles my feet
As I gaze,
Searching for a patch
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!”
thank you so much – it’s lovely to participate:-)
Thanks for hosting. Here’s my late entry by Douglas Florian called The Caterpillar.
Thanks for hosting! I have one from Boris Pasternak that was read a wedding I recently attended…
Thanks for hosting! I re-posted an original poem about the end of another semester of graduate school.
Thanks for doing the round-up! I’m in with a little Robert Louis Stevenson. http://simpleordinary.blogspot.com/2008/05/poetry-friday-singing.html
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!
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.
I’m reviewing Pretlutsky’s My Dog is a Genius with a bonus poem from the book.
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. 🙂
Thanks for hosting. I’m in with Shakespeare. http://hipwritermama.blogspot.com/2008/05/poetry-friday-shakespeare-sonnet-liii.html
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.
Here’s my Poetry Friday offering:
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!
Thanks for hosting. I’m in with a Wendell Berry poem.
Thanks for hosting, ladies! I’m in with An Agreeable Destruction.
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!
Oh, I forgot to say, I’m in with two posts:
15 Words or Less poems (drop by and add your own)
Immovable: an original poem about Scottish Highland Cattle
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.
You sound incredibly busy at the end of the school year, so thanks for taking the time to host today! My link has been valet parked by Mr. Linky. 🙂 But here it is again: http://saralewisholmes.blogspot.com/2008/05/poetry-friday-run.html
Thanks so much for rounding us up. I’m in today with a sonnet on sleep, something I am sadly lacking right now!
Thanks so much for hosting! I’ve posted my link…
Thanks for doing the roundup this week!
Thanks for hosting! I’m in with a review of Fletcher’s Poetry Matters.
Thanks for hosting. I really like those poems, especially the images in the first.
I’m in this week with a collection of reviews of Paul B. Janeczko’s A Kick In The Head. Perhaps some of this week’s participants will recognize their own.
Thanks for hosting. I put up an original today, just cuz.
it’s here: http://gottabook.blogspot.com/2008/05/my-superhero-band-aid-band-aid-poema.html
Today I’m sharing a song and poetical sayings translated by Hawaii treasure Mary Kawena Pukui: http://jamarattigan.livejournal.com/115072.html.
Thanks for hosting!
Thanks for hosting the round-up !!
Thanks for doing the round-up… I’m in this week…
Thanks for hosting, Stacey and Ruth! My link is in!
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