Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Why Is Everything Black and White? #NationalPoetryMonth

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.

Today I took a line from a very special book written by Andy Schoenborn's daughter Everly. Andy teaches seniors in Michigan, and they were writing today in response to this picture.

Everly decided to write along with her dad and his students and created this lovely book. The title of her book is Why is Everything Black and White?


In her book, she sees a unicorn, her favorite animal! She is eating a cheeseburger and walking her dog Finn. But she wonders why everything is black and white?

During our Teach Write Workshop on Tuesday night, Everly read her book to us, and I loved the words "Why is everything black and white?" So I borrowed them to create this found poem.

My poem isn't as fun as unicorns and dogs and cheeseburgers, but I still have the same question as Everly.

Photo by Engin Akyurt from Pexels

Check out Jama's round-up of month-long Kitlit poetry events for more inspiration.

And the progressive poem continues with Tara Smith. This year's poem has become a choose-your-own-adventure. Each poet has been offering two lines, and the next person selects which line goes into the poem. 

This week also marks the beginning of the Kidlit Progressive Poem, which is being organized by Margaret Simon at Reflections on the Teche. A different poet adds a line each day for the month of April. For the first time, I am participating and will be adding line 15 (yes, that scares me just a little!). You can find the poem's trail below.

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 Poet 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

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