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!

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Poetry Friday: Walnut Tree

Welcome to Poetry Friday. Laura Purdie Salas shared this for her Thursday 15 words of less poetry challenge. Laura's photo got the ball rolling, but I found myself thinking more and more about the walnut tree and its tendency to lose its leaves in early autumn. We've had a few nights that have dipped below the freezing mark, and I can't help but feel for the almost naked tree. 

Walnut in Autumn
by Kimberly M. Hutmacher

Tree arms shiver
Naked of their shrug
Reaching, stretching, pleading,
for a hearty warm-up hug.

Copyright October 2019

We are giving away a copy of Patricia Toht's Pick A Pumpkin over at STEAM Powered Poetry this week. Be sure to click over and scroll down to enter to win.

This week's round up is hosted by Karen Edmiston. You'll want to head over and enjoy all of this week's bounty of poetry goodness.

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Poetry Friday: It Feels Like Fall

Welcome to Poetry Friday! The leaves are turning vibrant shades of orange, yellow, and red. The air is crisper, and as you can see from the photo above, my porch is bursting with cororful blooming mums and an array of pumpkins. It feels like fall y'all, and it is my absolute favorite time of the year!

This week I'm sharing a few autumn-themed poems from my friend and vlog partner, Heidi Bee Roemer's collection COME TO MY PARTY AND OTHER SHAPE POEMS (Henry Holt 2004). 

Dancing Leaves

Crimson and coral and yellow as butter--
We reach up to snatch waltzing leaves as they flutter.

Hip, hip, hooray for fall's festive confetti!
Let's-- Heap the leaves up and jump!
Are you ready?

Pumpkins for Sale

Rumple dimple dumplin' pumpkin patch!
Buy a perfect pumpkin- mix and match.
Riddle diddle rumpkin pumpkin spree.
Pick one you can carry...
and your pumpkin is free!

I believe this was Heidi's first published trade book. It is full of delightful poems for all seasons, and it's one that has lasted the test of time. It was a favorite of my children, and now my granddaughter is enjoying it, too!

Catherine Flynn at Reading to the Core blog is hosting this week's round up. Click over to enjoy all of this week's poetry goodness.

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Poetry Friday: Hot Air Balloons

I had this post ready for last Friday, and then we lost our internet for four days. Technology is wonderful- when it works! Thankfully, a tech had us up and running again by the end of the weekend. So, we're back in business.

Welcome to Poetry Friday! This week's round up is hosted by Carol at Beyond Literacy Link. Be sure to click over to enjoy all of this week's poetry goodness.

We have an annual hot air balloon festival in our region every fall. Images of festivals past inspired this week's poem.

Balloon Magic

Zigzags, checks, and polkadots,
Rainbows flickering across the sky.
Dancing with clouds, kissing sun,
Bouquets of happy- summer's last sigh.

Copyright 2019 Kimberly M. Hutmacher

We've been giving away books galore over at STEAM Powered Poetry. Click over and scroll down to enter to win this week's giveaway, GIVE ME BACK MY BONES written by Kim Norman. And Congrats to Angel and Cassandra who each won a copy of my picture book, PAWS, CLAWS, HANDS, AND FEET.

Friday, September 6, 2019

Poetry Friday: What Kinds of Seeds Are These? Giveaway

Welcome to Poetry Friday! This week's round up is hosted by Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong at the Poetry For Children Blog. Be sure to click over to enjoy all of this week's poetry goodness!

I've spent the last month completing three books in a series for a nonfiction publisher. It's been fast, educational, and fun, and I'll share more on that when I can. I've tried to read as many of your posts as I could, but I have missed posting myself, and I have missed all of you!

Over at STEAM Powered Poetry, we are hosting several book giveaways in the month of September. The first book to go to a lucky entrant is, WHAT KIND OF SEEDS ARE THESE? written by my vlog partner, Heidi Bee Roemer. 

Through rhyming text and clues, Heidi introduces nine different seeds. Her language is positively delicious- angel-winged maple seeds and hitchhiking burdock burrs are just a few examples. The riddle form works perfectly! Heidi provides several activities at the end of the book to keep the fun and learning rolling along.

Here are the giveaway details:
Enter for a chance to win WHAT KINDS OF SEEDS ARE THESE? at (home page) to enter on Rafflecopter. Share our link to the giveaway on Twitter or follow us @steampoweredpo1. Tweet once per day for extra entries! ENDS Sat. 9/7/18. Thank you for your friendship and support! (U.S. entries only, please.)

If you happen to read this post after the deadline for this giveaway, no worries. Once this giveaway closes, the next giveaway will immediately begin.

Have a great week!

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Lee Bennett Hopkins: Good Books, Good Times

Welcome to Poetry Friday. This week's round up is hosted by  Molly at Nix the Comfort Zone. Please click over to savor all of this week's poetry goodness.

I had originally planned something else for today's post, but then I heard that the world lost Lee, and everything else seemed less. I never had the pleasure of meeting Lee in person. We conversed a bit on social media, but mostly I was just a huge fan. Today's post is for celebrating the life and work of the greatest poet I've ever known. Lee's talent was immeasurable and his prolific work seems boundless. How lucky are we to have such an incredible legacy of expertly weaved words and wisdom. Today, I simply share one of my favorites that seems oh so perfect. He put so much GOOD into this world. 

Good Books, Good Times
by Lee Bennett Hopkins

Good books.
Good times.
Good stories.
Good rhymes.

Good beginnings.
Good ends.
Good people.
Good friends.

Good fiction.
Good facts.
Good adventures.
Good acts.

Good stories.
Good rhymes.
Good books.
Good times.

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Poetry Friday: A Found Spider Web Haiku

Welcome to Poetry Friday! This week's round up is hosted by Margaret Simon at Reflctions on the Teche blog. This week, Margaret shares a lovely poem she created as a result of an exercise from the book, STEAL LIKE AN ARTIST. Be sure to click over to enjoy that poem and all of this week's other poetry goodness.

My post this week is in response to Linda Mitchell's Today's Little Ditty Challenge to create a "found haiku" from phrases taken from an article that fascinates us. I recently wanted to learn a bit more about spider webs, so I read this article. I pulled three phrases from the article with just the right syllable counts to create my new "found haiku." This web on some bushes in my front yard also served as inspiration.

                             Half as strong as steel
                      Silk produced from spinnerets
                              All done by instinct

           Copyright 2019 Kimberly M. Hutmacher

Be sure to check out Michelle's padlet with all of the contributions that have been made to this month's challenge.

One last thing! We've added a few more videos and support materials over at STEAM Powered Poetry. Be sure to pop over and check it out, and thanks again for all the likes, shares, and love you've given to our new endeavor. We truly appreciate it.