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  • September 3rd, 2010 | 12:00 AM
Poetry Friday is here!


It has been a while since I participated in Poetry Friday but it seems the right way to get myself back into the blogosphere. I went looking for something to share and, as I often to, I started poking around the Poetry Foundation dropping in keywords and names and waiting for something to grab me. Then I glanced at the sidebar and the title of the poem came up and it seemed to fit my mood for the day (week? month?) Some of you who know me well will see some of me within the lines. I do not know this poet but after finding this poem, I'll looking to read more of her work.


DO NOT MAKE THINGS TOO EASY

Do not make things too easy.
There are rocks and abysses in the mind
As well as meadows.
There are things knotty and hard: intractable.
Do not talk to me of love and understanding.
I am sick of blandishments.
I want the rock to be met by a rock.
If I am vile, and behave hideously,
Do not tell me it was just a misunderstanding.

by Martha Baird


Here are the links so far for this week's Poetry Friday:


laurasalas shares a poem from jeannineatkins exquisite book, Borrowed Names here. Also check out
this week's 15 Words or Less poems.

MsMac has "Learning in the First Grade"  by Jane Kenyon.

Amy at the Poem Farm says, "I have #15 in my series of poems about poems, "Her Voice". Also, I invite teachers and students to share poetry or their favorite poetry ideas at The Poem Farm."

Alison says, "I have walls on my mind today, with Frost's Mending Wallover at Wistful Wanderings.

When you need to take a break and destress, pop over and check out the poetic cartoon Tanita shared. You'll be snorting and laughing.

Tabatha Yeatts gets things moving with an educational rap.

Mary Lee has a perfect poem for Labor Day over at A Reading Year.

Ruth shares an original poem.

Random Noodling looks at haiku by famous writers.

Kurious Kitty features Shakespeare's 27th sonnet. The quote at Kurious K's Kwotes is by Jean Cocteau.

The Write Sisters has "The New Colossus" by Emma Lazarus.

Karen Edmisten shares Morning Song by Marcia F. Brown

Heidi Mordhorst perks things up with The Hello Song from PBS "Dragon Tales"

For Labor Day Shelly has some poems about some hard-working people

Jeannine Atkins says, "I wrote a post called Ways to Listen to the World about poetic inspiration."

Over at on the Stenhouse Blog they have a great poem from Stenhouse author Charles Fuhrken.

At Wild Rose Reader Elaine Magliaro shares an original poem titled "Toasting Marshmallows." and at Blue Rose Girls Elaine posts have a poem by Kalli Dakos titled "A Teacher's Lament."

Cassy says, "I'm on a campaign to create wonder over at my blog, and so I posted a poem called "Halleluiah" by Mary Oliver.

PaperTigers is in with a post about the poetry of Jorge Argueta.

Jeni Bell, aka, jeniwrites  shared an excerpt from the Tori Amos song "Winter" and offers thoughts on how it relates to Maggie Stiefvater's new book LINGER ("Winter" was part of the playlist for the book).

Semicolon's contribution to Poetry Friday is Young Lochinvar by Sir Walter Scott .

"Rivers" is the topic for Ben's Poetry Mix tape this week.

Janet Squires shares Young Cornrows Callin Out the Moon: Poem, written by Ruth Forman with illustrations by Cbabi Bayoc.

At Bildungsroman today you can check out the lyrics and video for Shadowfeet by Brooke Fraser.

Carol Wilcox at Carol's Corner shares some football poems to get us in the mood for the season.





Please add your links to Poetry Friday in the comments and I'll round them up throughout the day! Thanks for participating!
There are so many stories only you can tell.Tell them, please.



Comments

( 24 comments — Leave comment )
amyklv
September 3rd, 2010 04:10 am (UTC)
Thank you for hosting, Susan! This week I have #15 in my series of poems about poems, "Her Voice". Also, I invite teachers and students to share poetry or their favorite poetry ideas at The Poem Farm.
http://poemfarm.blogspot.com/2010/09/poetry-friday-156-her-voice.html
(Anonymous)
September 3rd, 2010 08:53 am (UTC)
Mending Wall
Hi Susan, thanks for hosting. It's been a while since I've participated in Poetry Friday, too.

I have walls on my mind today, with Frost's Mending Wall over at Wistful Wanderings (http://alisonstevens.blogspot.com/2010/09/poetry-friday-frosts-mending-wall.html). Wishing everyone a wonderful weekend, Alison.
(Anonymous)
September 3rd, 2010 08:55 am (UTC)
tanita says:
I love that you find poems sometimes like I do!

And I really like this one. It sounds cranky... but really, it's a plea for straightforwardness, which I can appreciate.

I haven't done Poetry Friday for awhile, and since I posted more a <a href="http://writingya.blogspot.com/2010/09/poetry-friday-snorting-and.html>joke</a> than a poem, I'm not really doing it today - but I'm lurking so thanks for hosting!
(Anonymous)
September 3rd, 2010 08:56 am (UTC)
I had to google the definition of "blandishments" after I read your poem, Susan. I like the poem a lot! Thanks for hosting. I have educational rap today: http://www.tabathayeatts.blogspot.com/

Tabatha
mlyearofreading
September 3rd, 2010 09:44 am (UTC)
I have a poem for Labor Day:

http://readingyear.blogspot.com/2010/09/poetry-friday-okay-i-wont-complain.html

Happy Long Weekend, everyone! (or everyone who doesn't have to work!!)
(Anonymous)
September 3rd, 2010 11:15 am (UTC)
http://thereisnosuchthingasagodforsakentown.blogspot.com/2010/09/poetry-friday-charcoal.html

I'm in with an original poem today. Thanks for hosting!
(Anonymous)
September 3rd, 2010 11:16 am (UTC)
And here it is as a link. (http://thereisnosuchthingasagodforsakentown.blogspot.com/2010/09/poetry-friday-charcoal.html)
(Anonymous)
September 3rd, 2010 11:28 am (UTC)
POETRY FRIDAY
I'm in with a couple of football poems, in honor of the beginning of my guys' season…
dmayr
September 3rd, 2010 11:51 am (UTC)
Welcome back, Susan!

Random Noodling looks at haiku by famous writers.

Kurious Kitty features Shakespeare's 27th sonnet.

The quote at Kurious K's Kwotes is by Jean Cocteau.

The Write Sisters has "The New Colossus" by Emma Lazarus.
karen_edmisten
September 3rd, 2010 11:52 am (UTC)
Thanks for hosting, Susan. I'm in this week with a poem by Marcia F. Brown. It's here.

I, too, sometimes just poke around the Poetry Foundation for whatever fits my mood. :)

myjuicylittleuniverse.blogspot.com
September 3rd, 2010 12:16 pm (UTC)
Get up on your feet
and say hello with a first-day-of-anything song!

http://myjuicylittleuniverse.blogspot.com/
(Anonymous)
September 3rd, 2010 12:35 pm (UTC)
Hard Work
For Labor Day, poems about some hard-working people:

http://dustbowlpoetry.wordpress.com

Thanks, Susan!

Shelley
jeannineatkins
September 3rd, 2010 12:45 pm (UTC)
Susan! So great to see you back with the Poetry Friday gang (where you belong), and hosting, too! Thank you!

I wrote a post called Ways to Listen to the World about poetic inspiration at: http://jeannineatkins.livejournal.com/138453.html

Hope you find some quiet in your weekend.
(Anonymous)
September 3rd, 2010 12:59 pm (UTC)
Poetry Friday on the Stenhouse Blog
This week we have a great poem from Stenhouse author Charles Fuhrken (http://blog.stenhouse.com/archives/2010/09/03/poetry-friday-thank-you-notes-to-elementary-school-teachers/). Enjoy!
(Anonymous)
September 3rd, 2010 01:13 pm (UTC)
Poetry Friday
Susan,

Thanks for doing the roundup this holiday weekend!

At Wild Rose Reader, I have an original poem titled "Toasting Marshmallows."

http://wildrosereader.blogspot.com/2010/09/toasting-marshmallows-original-poem.html

Elaine Magliaro
(Anonymous)
September 3rd, 2010 01:16 pm (UTC)
Poetry Friday: The Poetry of Jose Argueta
PaperTigers is in with my post about the poetry of Jorge Argueta. It's at:http://www.papertigers.org/wordpress/poetry-friday-the-poetry-of-jorge-argueta/
(Anonymous)
September 3rd, 2010 01:36 pm (UTC)
Poetry Friday
I'm back! At Blue Rose Girls, I have a poem by Kalli Dakos titled "A Teacher's Lament."

http://bluerosegirls.blogspot.com/2010/09/teachers-lament-by-kalli-dakos.html

Elaine Magliaro
ext_246973
September 3rd, 2010 05:56 pm (UTC)
Poetry Friday
Hi,
I'm on a campaign to create wonder over at my blog, and so I posted a poem called Halleluiah by Mary Oliver. http://cassylee.wordpress.com/2010/09/03/poetry-friday-halleluiah/
May you all feel as if you have wings this weekend!
-Cassy
jeniwrites
September 3rd, 2010 07:53 pm (UTC)
I posted an excerpt from the Tori Amos song "Winter" and offer thoughts on how it relates to Maggie Stiefvater's new book LINGER ("Winter" was part of the playlist for the book):
http://jeniwrites.livejournal.com/32184.html

Thank you for hosting! I love the poem you shared (especially the line, "I want the rock to be met by a rock").
(Anonymous)
September 3rd, 2010 07:57 pm (UTC)
Semicolon's Poetry Friday
I've featured Young Lochinvar by Sir Walter Scott for my contribution this Friday.

http://www.semicolonblog.com/?p=11254
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(Anonymous)
September 4th, 2010 02:04 am (UTC)
Poetry Friday
Here's my latest Poetry Mix Tape. This week's topic: Rivers. Hope you enjoy and hope you have a river poem to share. Thanks for hosting.

Ben

http://thesmallnouns.blogspot.com/2010/09/poetry-friday-poetry-mix-taperivers.html
janetsquires.blogspot.com
September 4th, 2010 02:17 am (UTC)
Thanks for hosting.
My selection is Young Cornrows Callin Out the Moon: Poem, written by Ruth Forman with illustrations by Cbabi Bayoc.
slayground
September 4th, 2010 02:36 am (UTC)
Hi Susan! Thanks for hosting.

I posted the lyrics and video for Shadowfeet by Brooke Fraser at Bildungsroman today.
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