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  • November 23rd, 2007 | 1:53 AM
Poetry Friday & Poetry Friday Round-up

I went looking for a poem that I could connect to my current WIP which is about flying and this one caught my eye because of the title. While I can't connect it in the way I wanted to, I felt moved by it enough to share it. Alfred Kreymborg was an American poet, the son of a couple who ran a cigar store and a lifelong friend of the more famous poet, Carl Sandburg. You can read more about Kreyborg here at Wikipedia.


Is that beautiful old parchment
In which the sun
And the moon
Keep their diary.
To read it all,
One must be a linguist
More learned than Father Wisdom;
And a visionary
More clairvoyant than Mother Dream.
But to feel it,
One must be an apostle:
One who is more than intimate
In having been, always,
The only confidant—
Like the earth
Or the sky.

Alfred Kreymborg (1883–1966) 

If I missed you, please leave a note in the comments and if you are late to the party, never fear and still leave a note so I can add you to the final round-up.

Well I'm in above with "The Sky" by Alfred Kreymborg.  :-)

The Shelf Elf starts things off with a  look at Genevieve Cote's illustrated edition of The Lady of Shalott.

Stacey from Two Writing Teachers shares an original list poem about being thankful.

In with another original poem, Cloudscome at A Wrung Sponge is following Miss Rumphius Effect's poetry stretch in writing an apology poem. 

After a very strange encounter with a spider poem this morning Mary Lee shares "A Noiseless Patient Spider" by Walt Whitman. 

TadMack brings "Those Winter Sundays" by Robert Hayden to the table for us to feast upon.

I'm loving all the creativity Poetry Friday is inspiring. It seems like we are getting more and more submissions of original poems.

John Mutford joins those sharing original poetry with "Written Up: A Novice Poet Down On Paper." 

D.H. Lawrence can be found with Tricia at Miss Rumphius Effect where she shares his poem "At the Window."

Kelly Fineman has some great information about the very poetic Rossetti family including two poems, "Heart's Compass" by Dante Gabriel Rossetti and "Sonnet" by Christina Rossetti.

Jules at 7-Imp has not-shopping and Thomas Merton on the mind today.

Liz Scanlon is in with a little gratitude, a sonnet announcment and a little Rumi. 

Charlotte of Charlottes Library has a plea for help from those familar with the oddities of blogging at blogspot.com. She also shares "Epistle to be left on Earth," by Archibald Macleish. 

Westminster Phase is "Playing" with Mary Oliver.

Ruth challenges you to look at the world through different eyes with  with her post  linking to "Man in a Parking Lot" by Catherine Jagoe and her thoughts on Gwendolyn Brooks poem, "To an Old Black Woman, Homeless and Indistinct" at There is no such thing as a God-forsaken town.

Sheila at Greenridge Chronicles shares a found poem (found on her desk, that is.)

Another original poem very appropriate for Poetry Friday is Magic of Ink by Becky Laney at BLBooks.

Writerjenn has a discussion of a great Marge Piercy book on poetry (and much more). 

A pair of Thanksgiving Poems: "I Ate Too Much Turkey" by Jack Prelutsky and "Giving Thanks" by Eve Merriam courtesy of Shannon Cole at The Cole Mine

Becky at Farm School has Paul Engle's "A Modern Romance", about "a packaged life", which seemed just right for Black Friday. 

Michele at Scholar's Blog is in with her favourite poet - Shakespeare to get us in the mood for winter weather.

You can read "November" by Elizabeth Coatsworth thanks to Suzanne at Adventures in Daily Living. Did you know that each week Suzanne also posts the code for the round-up to be linked to the lovely Poetry Friday button? Thanks, Suzanne.

Crooked House sweetens the day with "Gingerbread Children" by Ilo Orleans.

Marcie at World of Words shares some E.E. Cummings poetry, inspired after reading Catherine Reef's biography of Cummings.

Don't foget to check out Lisa Chellman's review of F E G: Ridiculous Stupid Poems for Intelligent Children, by Robin Hirsch.

A few more late editions (I love this - having them all in one place - so please let me know if you posted something,) 

Kelly at Big A little a is in with some academic haiku.

You can giggle at the The Elf and the Dormouse by Oliver Herford over at Slayground.

And Slyvia Vardell tell us all about the NCTE poetry blast at Poetry for Children.

If I've made any goofs - please let me know so I can correct them.

There are so many stories only you can tell.Tell them, please.


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November 23rd, 2007 11:27 am (UTC)
Poetry Friday from the Shelf Elf
Here is my link for today's round up! A look at Genevieve Cote's illustrated edition of The Lady of Shalott... pretty!


November 23rd, 2007 12:23 pm (UTC)
My submission
Here's a link to a list poem I wrote yesterday about what I am thankful for:
Stacey from Two Writing Teachers
November 23rd, 2007 12:28 pm (UTC)
I like that image of the sky as a parchment. Always something new to read up there.

My link is here: Apology Poem (http://awrungsponge.blogspot.com/2007/11/apology-poem.html). I am following Miss Rumphius Effect's poetry stretch in writing an apology poem.

Thanks for doing the roundup!

November 23rd, 2007 12:30 pm (UTC)
I had a very strange encounter with a spider poem this morning. I write about it here:


Mary Lee
A Year of Reading
November 23rd, 2007 12:48 pm (UTC)
TadMack says:
Thanks for hosting, even though you must be exhausted (and Thanksgiving dinner-stunned!).
I'm in with Robert Hayden Those Winter Sundays (http://writingya.blogspot.com/2007/11/poetry-friday-cold-day-in-fatherland.html)
November 23rd, 2007 12:53 pm (UTC)
Original Poem
Thanks for hosting. I like all the things one must be in the poem you posted.

I'm in with an original of mine entitled: Written Up: A Novice Poet Down On Paper (http://bookmineset.blogspot.com/2007/11/poetry-friday-writers-diary-38.html).

John Mutford
November 23rd, 2007 01:09 pm (UTC)
Good Morning Susan!
I'm in today with a bit of D.H. Lawrence.
November 23rd, 2007 01:44 pm (UTC)
What do you know - I'm up earlyish anyhow. Here's my link (again): http://kellyrfineman.livejournal.com/255904.html

for my Rossetti family post.
November 23rd, 2007 02:00 pm (UTC)
I've got not-shopping and Thomas Merton on the mind today at http://blaine.org/sevenimpossiblethings/?p=1030.

Love the new header at your blog!

-- Jules, 7-Imp
November 24th, 2007 01:13 am (UTC)
Thanks, Jules!
November 23rd, 2007 02:06 pm (UTC)
I stopped back to say that I'm sorry the poem didn't connect up for you, but it kept calling me back. I'm so glad you shared it.
November 24th, 2007 01:14 am (UTC)
Kelly, I love the poem, it just wasn't quite the flying poem I am looking for. I may just have to write some of my own. :-)
November 23rd, 2007 02:30 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Susan, for posting this and for rounding up. I'm in today with a little gratitude, a sonnet announcment and a little Rumi...

November 24th, 2007 01:18 am (UTC)
Liz, Can I just say that every time I see your icon picture I just smile right back at you? It's such a feel good pic.
November 23rd, 2007 02:30 pm (UTC)
here's my post--Epistle to be left on Earth, by Archibald Macleish. There is a plea for help from me at the end--does anyone know how to get blogger to accept that one wants spaces?????



of charlotteslibrary.blogspot.com
November 23rd, 2007 02:37 pm (UTC)
poetry friday
I'm looking at Mary Oliver this week at: http://www.westminsterphase.blogspot.com
November 23rd, 2007 03:51 pm (UTC)

I linked to a couple of poems about seeing people as the babies they used to be, when presumably someone loved them and cared about them.
November 23rd, 2007 03:52 pm (UTC)

I linked to a couple of poems about seeing people as the babies they used to be, when presumably someone loved them and cared about them.

Ruth, from There is No Such Thing as a God-Forsaken Town
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Who am I?I was born on the Cancer/Leo cusp and share a birthday with Ernest Hemingway and Robin Williams. The similarities don't stop there as I can go from depressed to ecstatic without ever passing go. I feel scared most of the time though my friends call me brave and I find it easier to believe in my friends than to believe in my own abilities to make what I want out of my life.

Who am I? A wife, a mother, a daughter, and even, gulp, a grandmother.

Who am I? A writer who never gets tired of playing with words, even when the words are hard to find. A writer of books for children and articles for grown-ups and many things in-between.

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