For readers who hear talk about Poetry Friday and may not know what it is, here is an explanation.
Kelly Herold, who blogs at Big A, little a, brought Poetry Friday to the children's book blogging world. She had seen a similar tradition at some of the academic blogs.
At the end of the week many children's book aficionados and bloggers contribute favorite poems or chat about something poetical in an event called Poetry Friday. At their own sites, people talk about both works for children and/or works for adults. In the past I've written about rhyming picture books, posted links to poems at copyright protected sites, and rambled on about this or that tangentially related to poetry. Someone usually volunteers to round up all the posts on the subject, so that poetry aficionados can read more posts on a favorite subject. Today the round-up is at the blog A Chair, A Fireplace, and A Tea Cozy; that blogger will post something poetry-related and then she will list the others who are participating. Anyone can participate by leaving a link to one's own post, in the comment section at A Chair, A Fireplace, and A Tea Cozy.
I advise adhering to copyright fair-use restrictions; if a poem is under copyright protection (and most contemporary ones are), I can quote only a couple of lines and then link to the rest of the poem. Otherwise, I am violating copyright. It is unlikely that a publisher's attorney will come after me if I post, say, a whole poem by Mark Doty (and I so admire Mark Doty's work), but that still wouldn't make it right. If I quote an entire poem, I am possibly depriving the poet of income from that poem.
Enough with the legal stuff! I am going to concoct a more lyrically inclined post later, but wanted to encourage all readers interested in poetry to contribute to the conversation. The more, the merrier.
P.S., if you would like to spread the word about Poetry Friday, feel free to lift this entire post. That's what it's here for. I promise I won't come after you with a cease & desist order!