It's a lucky Friday because there's poetry in the air. Greetings, everyone. Leave your links in the comments below, and I will round up at various points during the day! (Because of spam problems, I have to approve the comments before they're published. So, don't worry if you don't see yours crop up right away. It's comin'.)
First up is Little Willow, with "King of Griefs" from Sara Lewis Holmes' novel, The Rapunzel Letters. (It's high time I read that one!)
By the way, Sara L.H. joined the blogosphere recently. Stop by and say howdy. Chiming in on Poetry Friday, she shares a poem by Beverly McLoughland, a friend who "doesn't have a blog, a web site or a wikipedia entry. She prefers to focus on her writing, the very act of writing, and not at all on the publicity surrounding it." Welcome, Sara!
Summer weather inspired Kelly Fineman's original haiku. Check it out, and hum Martha Reeves & the Vandellas' "Heat Wave" as you head over.
A Wrung Sponge considers Rilke's Book of Hours, after hearing about it in a sermon.
Elaine M. goes poetic at two blogs. She reports, "At Wild Rose Reader I have two poems entitled "Bed in Summer." One was written by Robert Louis Stevenson--the other by me...many years ago. At Blue Rose Girls I'm going with nostalgia and a poem by Geraldine Connolly entitled "The Summer I Was Sixteen."
You'll find a bouquet of flower poems at The Miss Rumphius Effect: daisies, sunflowers, bluebells.
Scholar's Blog celebrates the birthday of John Clare and tells us a bit about his life. "Clare ...may be the poorest person to ever become a major writer in English literature."
Here's a book we all need: Sylvia Vardell's Poetry People: A Practical Guide to Children's Poets. Sylvia says, "This new book provides a comprehensive introduction to more than 60 contemporary poets writing for young people, from Arnold Adoff to Douglas Florian to J. Patrick Lewis to Naomi Shihab Nye to Gary Soto to Janet Wong, and many more."
Over at Becky's Book Reviews, you'll find a tribute to a mentor in the form of a poem by Judith Viorst.
Saints and Spinners has something cool: Carl Sandburg's "Arithmetic" and a link to a film of the same.
7 Imp's Eisha offers a haiku by Basho as she gets ready to leave Cambridge. (Eisha, don't forget Cavafy: "As you set out for Ithaka / hope your road is a long one, / full of adventure, full of discovery...")
Author Sam Riddleburger joins the fray with "kid poetry that won [the] Instant Poetry Contest at yesterday's school appearance." Sam says it's revolting (and he's right), but it's really funny.
Charlotte's Library looks at the anthology Talking Like Rain (great baby shower gift, by the way), which includes Joan Aiken's "John's Song."
Light verse and a very sad sonnet pop up in the fields at Farm School.
Karen Edmisten posts some advice on learning to read, by way of Jane Yolen's poem "Read to Me."
You're going to love the summer poem at The Simple and the Ordinary. Three children wrote it!
The Book Mine Set puts a tanka challenge on the table. Head that away to see the details.
Is this list intriguing or what? Journey Woman says, "I'm in with Maxine Kumin, lost horses, woodchuck murders, and a little bit about Cowboy Poetry."
Knights, dragons, and A.A. Milne turn up at Pixiepalace today. Oh, and Legos, too.
Sarah (Miss Spitfire) Miller offers a poem from the Persian Middle Ages: Hafiz's "Startled by God."
W.H. Davies' "The Boy" is the poem of the day at Colleen Ryckert Cook's place.
"The Test Scores Are In," written by A Year of Reading's own Mary Lee, is a cause for celebration.
"Tell me not in mournful numbers, / Life is but an empty dream! / For the soul is dead that slumbers, / And things are not what they seem." That's from Longfellow's "A Psalm of Life," and you can read the whole poem at Hiraeth.
Reminding us that July 16th is Tell an Author You Care Day, MotherReader reviews Alison McGhee's Someday.
As someone who has tried to read Pablo Neruda in Spanish, I'm especially interested in World of Words' entry. She mentions a picture-book biography of the Chilean poet.
The Excelsior File remembers his radio days and broadcasts Big Poppa E's "The Wussy Boy Manifesto." "bar fight? pshaw! / you think you can take me, huh? / just because i like poetry / better than sports illustrated?"
A history of Britain, rendered in iambic tetrameter, is well worth reading, says The Old Coot.
A big welcome goes to Ipsa Dixit, "a tasteful stream of consciousness about opera, home education, knitting, environmental paranoia, parenting, and vegetarian cookery... not necessarily in that order," who offers some Mary Oliver.
A most helpful guide to first graders' favorite books of poetry can be found at Creative Literacy. (Yay! I'm saving this one to use at the school where I volunteer.)
Finding Wonderland has a poem by W.S. Merwin about absence.