Thursday, April 23, 2020

My Reflection #NationalPoetryMonth #PoetryFriday

It is April, and I am joining many others in celebrating National Poetry Month. This month many people turn to their gardens and landscapes and play in the dirt. I'd rather do a little playing with words. This month I will be creating found poems by taking words, phrases, and lines from other texts and rearranging them into a "literary collage" with a whole new meaning.

Welcome to Poetry Friday. Christie has the round-up and the lines for the Progressive Poem.

Check out all the poetry goodness on her blog 
Wandering and Wondering.
Today I share a special poem. Back in mid-March when we first learned that we would be teaching remotely, I created a Padlet for students to publish poems. Very few students have participated, but some have been brave and have shared their words.

Today I share two of Elliot's poems. In this first poem, she wrote the words and found the picture of the mirror. I created the digital image with the poem. I like the playfulness of seeing our reflections in the mirror, almost peek-a-boo-ish.

Elli also wrote one about cats. In this poem I like how she used the repetition of I and how the poem is told from the cat's perspective. It also has a nonconformist, e.e. cummings style to it with her use of the uncapitalized I. 


i lick
i cuddle
i purr
i nuzzle
i run
i leap
i sleep
~Elliot, 2020

I am sure that Elli would graciously love to have some feedback on her two poems if you would be so willing to drop her a line or two in the comments. I know her teacher would appreciate it too!

Check out Christie's line she chose from Ruth, and her lines she leaves for Amy. 

1.   Donna Smith at Mainely Write
2.   Irene Latham at Live Your Poem
3.   Jone MacCulloch at deowriter
4.   Liz Steinglass
5.   Buffy Silverman
6.   Kay McGriff at A Journey Through the Pages
7.   Catherine Flynn at Reading to the Core
8.   Tara Smith at Going to Walden
9.   Carol Varsalona at Beyond Literacy Link
10. Matt Forrest Esenwine at Radio, Rhythm, and Rhyme
11. Janet Fagel hosted at Reflections on the Teche
12. Linda Mitchell at A Word Edgewise
13. Kat Apel at Kat Whiskers
14. Margaret Simon at Reflections on the Teche
15. Leigh Anne Eck at A Day in the Life
16. Linda Baie at Teacher Dance
17. Heidi Mordhorst at My Juicy Little Universe
18. Mary Lee Hahn at A Year of Reading
19. Tabitha at Opposite of Indifference
20. Rose Capelli at Imagine the Possibilities
21. Janice Scully at Salt City Verse
22. Julieanne Harmatz at To Read, To Write, To Be
23. Ruth at There is no such thing at a God-forsaken town
24. Christie Wyman at Wondering and Wandering
25. Amy at The Poem Farm
26. Dani Burtsfield at Doing the Work that Matters
27. Robyn Hood Black at Life on the Deckle Edge
29. Fran at lit bits and pieces
20. Michelle Kogan


  1. Elliot is a star poet. I love both of these poems - very playful. My favourite is the cat poem with it's repetition and the rhyme of the last two lines.

  2. Thanks for sharing Elliot's poems, Leigh Anne. I love this new "look" at the feelings after seeing ourselves in a mirror & I think that cats having everyone at home would be joyful that Elliot is noticing all the actions of their days. I, too, like that repetitiion! Happy Friday!

  3. Nice job, Elliot! I particularly enjoyed all those strong cat verbs--they paint a cat picture.

  4. In the past week Leigh Anne, I have seen the written works of a number of brave young poets. Elliot joins the ranks of those wonderful young writers who rise up to the challenge. In order to be brave these young poets require support and guidance. Take a bow...

  5. Thank you for sharing Elliot's poems! Such fun! And her insight about mirrors, "why are you mocking me". :)

  6. I love both of Elli's poems--they are playful. The different points of view make me take a second look at ordinary things.

  7. Where would we be without brave young poets like Elliot? We all have to start somewhere and it looks like she's had a head start with some great poetic instincts! I love the last line of the first poem—it's a terrific "aha" moment. In the second poem I like how she plays with repetition, assonance, and rhyme to create a really nice flow! Keep those poems coming, Elli!