Archive for April, 2010

Putting My Money where my Mouth Is

April 12, 2010

Ok, people. I confess! I confess! I am the one who went on the morning announcements this month – twice! – to encourage children to write a poem a day for National Poetry Writing Month (NaPoWriMo, not to be confused with November’s NaNoWriMo – National Novel Writing Month). And I think I’ve started something good! I’ve gotten poems from kids K-5, and boy has it been exciting?

I guess you’re wondering where my stuff is, huh?

If it makes you feel any better, I’ve been writing too. Some of it’s been inspired by life as a mom, some of it comes from working with kids. Some of it’s good stuff, some of it – well, as they say: If you want to have GOOD ideas, you have to have a LOT of ideas.

Here’s what I posted on my other blog today:

The Eye of the Beholder

April 12, 2010 by Lainie Levin

So what’s the difference between poetry and prose? At what point do you realize, when you walk those thin lettered lines, you have crossed them, yet another time? Is it in the rhythm or the sway? The lines that break

Just

this

way?

And another, from earlier on:

Poem for the Day

April 7, 2010 by Lainie Levin

What can I say? This one is admittedly rough around the edges. But it came to me this afternoon. Two days ago I went on the morning announcements at school and encouraged the kids to participate in poetry writing month. Who knew that Kindergarten through fifth graders would take me up on the offer? I was touched.

Come one, come all I said

Write your poems;

Pour your hearts

on paper

the pictures you see

the stories you tell

Write them for your teacher

for me

for you

for nobody

But write them

Each and every day

So they dispatched their words

Released them to the world with outstretched arms

And the hope that someone would read,

Would notice,

Would enjoy

with a message of encouragement in return.

Want to read more? I’ll send you the link to my other blog.

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