Thursday, April 16, 2020

Poetry Friday: Spring Welcome

Hello, dear poetry friends, and welcome to Poetry Friday. This week's round up is hosted by Molly at Nix the Comfort Zone

I've thought of you often and read many of your posts over the last month. Unfortunately, I've struggled mightily to create my own poetry these last several weeks. With everything going on, I can't seem to find the right few words in the right order. I am writing in my journal. It's helping me to process my feelings and deal with this very new world we're living in. 

We have a robin nesting in the corner of our front porch. So, today I'm sharing the poem, Spring Welcome, from Deborah Rudell's collection, A WHIFF OF PINE, A HINT OF SKUNK: A FOREST OF POEMS.


A million arms in woody sleeves
wave a zillion brand-new leaves,
inviting wrens to be their guests,
the orioles to build their nests,
and calling all the chickadees
to stay and raise their families.

Deborah's book introduces several forest animals and their happenings throughout the four seasons. The poems are beautifully crafted and paired with Joan Rankin's whimsical illustrations. 

I know some parts of the country are still seeing a bit of snow, but hopefully, we'll all be enjoying beautiful spring weather soon! Thanks for stopping by. 

Thursday, March 5, 2020

Poetry Friday: Time Change

Welcome to Poetry Friday! This week's round up is hosted by Rebecca at Sloth Reads blog. Be sure to click over to read all of this week's poetry goodness.

Saturday evening, before most of us climb into bed, we'll be springing our clocks forward. Yes, this means more daylight, but as for Sunday morning, it will mean less sleep. This dilemma inspired this week's poem.

Time Change

Time to spring
ahead one hour.
But when I wake,
I'll feel quite sour.

Thou there's more light
when the clock leaps,
I really just want 
more time to sleep!

Copyright March 5, 2019 Kimberly M. Hutmacher

Speaking of clocks, we have a new vlog on the topic of clocks and calendars posted over at STEAM Powered Poetry. Be sure to check it out.

For those of you who subscribe, the Poetry Friday article so many of you graciously helped with, is in this month's issue of Children's Book Insider. In the article side bar, I linked to the blogs of everyone who offered contributions. My eternal gratitude and thanks to all of you.

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Poetry Friday: Mailbox Goodies and Thank you

Welcome to Poetry Friday! Linda is hosting this week's round up. Click over to enjoy all of this week's poetry goodness. Well, I meant this post to be for last week, but then I forgot to link up. So, on this Valentine's Day, I share some more mailbox love and gratitude.

From Robert



Thank you for brightening these cold, dank, dreary days with the beauty and hope of your poetry. Every word is a treasure.

I also want to thank each and every one of you who answered questions and contributed to my Poetry Friday article for Children's Book Insider. Because of word count restrictions, I wasn't able to use every quote from every contributor, but our community was very well represented. The article includes a side bar with links to all contributor's blogs. For those of you that subscribe, the article will run in the March issue. 

I'm in the midst of another wfh book series with a tight deadline. I may not be able to post for the rest of February, but I will try to visit your blogs as much as possible, and I plan to be back in March. 

Thursday, January 9, 2020

Poetry Friday: Blown Engines, Postcards, and Gratitude

Welcome to Poetry Friday! This week's round up is hosted by Sally Murphy. Sally shares an opportunity for us to help with  the fire relief effort in Australia via the #authorsforfireys auction happening on Twitter. She also shares what she's been reading. Click over to read her post and to enjoy all of this week's poetry goodness.

Knocking...Knocking...nothing left
Engine end of life

Ugh! Yes, unfortunately, we had to begin the new year with an unexpected new car expense. As yucky as that is, I'm grateful my husband was close to home and not stranded in the middle of nowhere when things went south. We live in the country, and hubby is famous for not carrying his phone. I'm also grateful that we were in the financial position to be able to buy a replacement. Last but not least, I'm grateful for the sunshine that arrived in mailbox this week in the form of postcards from Poetry Friday friends. Linda and Irene, thank you for the lovely words and pictures you shared. They were a huge bright spot in my week!

Now I need to ask for your help. I'm writing an article about Poetry Fridays and our little community for Children's Book Insider. I've been around for a few years, but I don't really know who originally spearheaded it and how it got started. Would any of you be willing to share some Poetry Friday history with me? Also, I would love to hear any little personal anecdotes from your time in the community (connections, friendships, growth, opportunity). If you would like to contribute, please email me at kimberlyhutmacher at gmail dot com. I'm looking forward to chatting with you and celebrating our poetry family.

One last thing! Submissions for this year's poetry video contest at STEAM Powered Poetry are opening soon. If you know of anyone you think might be interested, please feel free to pass along the contest info. Thank you!

Thursday, December 12, 2019

Poetry Friday: H is For Haiku

Welcome to Poetry Friday! This week's round up is hosted by Elizabeth Steinglass. When you've finished here, be sure to click over to enjoy all of this week's poetry goodness.

This week, I had the pleasure of reading H is For Haiku: A Treasury of Haiku from A to Z by Sydell Rosenberg. Though Sydell Rosenberg is no longer with us, her daughter, Amy Losak, gathered Ms. Rosenberg's poems into an anthology. The anthology was published by Penny Candy Books in 2018, and lucky for us, Ms. Rosenberg's work lives on for all of us to read and enjoy.

This book introduces young readers to the Japanese form of poetry, haiku. It includes helpful notes by both the author and her daughter. The author had an eye for seeing the poetry in everyday experiences. Her work encourages readers to slow down and pay attention to the world around them. This anthology is a lovely introduction to haiku and a superb addition to any poetry bookshelf. Below, are a few of my favorite moments that Ms. Rosenberg's words and Ms. Chalabi's illustrations captured so beautifully.

Holding umbrellas
Children like rows of mushrooms
Glisten in the rain

Neon wings of moth
Exploding into headlights
On a country road

See what I mean? Those little/big moments are captured so vividly.

Hi For Haiku: A Treasury of Haiku From A to Z
Written by Sydell Rosenberg
Illustrated by Sawsan Chalabi
Published by Penny Candy Books
40 Pages
ISBN: 0998799971

In other news this week, I contributed a writing workout to the Teaching Author's blog.
Also, in STEAM Powered Poetry news, Heidi and I are looking for a high school senior or college class that would be willing to create 1-minute videos for our poetry vlog. Cash prizes are awarded for the best, and all videos of good quality will be published. If you teach a high school or college class and think you might want to participate, please email me at kimberlyhutmacher at gmail dot com as soon as possible. This would be a great class project leading up to National Poetry Month, and we would love to work with your group.

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Poetry Friday: Today's Little Ditty 2017-2018

Welcome to Poetry Friday. This week's round up is hosted by Rebecca Herzog at Sloth Reads blog. Be sure to click over to enjoy all of this week's poetry goodness.

Look at what came in the mail this week!

I'm so excited to have a print copy of this anthology co-created by our little community. Michelle Heidenrich Barnes hosts these monthly challenges, blog guests issue the individual challenges, and we accept the challenges and contribute. Michelle assembles a group of judges who carefully read and consider every poem. It was an honor and a pleasure for me to help choose the included poems this year (though I must say several tough decisions had to be made along the way). Michelle organizes final choices and puts them into book form. Michelle's daughter creates a beautiful cover. And voila! A treasured keepsake is born. 

Michelle dedicated this anthology to the memory of Lee Bennett Hopkins, "with utmost gratitude for his guiding light."
Today, in honor of Lee and Michelle, I share this poem from the book:
Don't Ask a Hopkinsaurus
for Lee Bennett Hopkins
by Michelle Heidenrich Barnes

The L.B. Hopkinsaurus
is a rare and noble breed--
a prince among the wordivores,
he always takes the lead.

At feasting "dino"ccasions
when poetry is served,
his taste for inky gobbling
is robust and unreserved.

He might appear well-mannered
but once he's on a roll,
he holds the Guiness record
for collections swallowed whole!

The L.B. Hopkinsaurus
wears a venerable crown.
Don't ask him to retire,
or even to slow down.

This Energizer Dino
with his charismatic roar
says when it comes to Poetry,
we all should eat much more!

Thank you, Lee! Thank you, Michelle! Thank you, Poetry Friday community! If you don't already have a copy, treat yourself. This book is a gem!


Thursday, November 7, 2019

Poetry Friday: Dear Poet

Welcome to Poetry Friday! This week's round up is hosted by Irene Latham at Live Your Poem blog. Be sure to click over to enjoy all of this week's poetry goodness. 

A few weeks ago, Jama introduced us to Charles Ghigna's new book, Dear Poet: Notes To A Young Writer. After reading Jama's post, I couldn't wait to get my hands on the book. I quickly ordered it. It arrived this week, and this book did not disappoint!

Through a series of poetic reflections, Charles shares a bounty of crafty wisdom, inspiration, and thoughts about what exactly poetry is. The book is short. The first time I read it, it took me all of 10 minutes, but you will want to read this book over and over and over again. And don't let the title fool you. It's my only complaint about the book. It's not just for young writers. Every poetry lover will resonate with and learn from this tiny but powerful treasure of a book. 

And now I'll share a few of the treasures with you.

by Charles Ghigna

Style is not
how you

It is how
you do not


by Charles Ghigna

A poem
is a whisper, a shout,
thoughts turned inside out.

A poem
is a laugh, a sigh,
an echo passing by.

A poem
is a rhythm, a rhyme,
a moment caught in time.

A poem
is a moon, a star,
a glimpse of who you are.

I really couldn't pick favorites. Every page is just as good as the last. This book would make a great stocking stuffer for your favorite poetry lover.

Over at STEAM POWERED POETRY, we've added new videos, and we're giving away a copy of Laura Purdie Salas's new book, SNACK, SNOOZE, SKEDADDLE: HOW ANIMALS GET READY FOR WINTER. Click over and scroll down to enter for your chance to win!