Friday, September 26, 2008

Poetry Friday Is Here!

**I know all you early birds thought I'd forgotten you. Let's just say that my brain took a little vacation and set the publish date for 9-27. Ummm.... that would be tomorrow. Sorry folks! I am truly the absent-minded professor today.

This week I'm sharing a bit of Emily Dickinson. This poem comes from Part One: Life of her Complete Poems.
Our share of night to bear,
Our share of morning,
Our blank in bliss to fill,
Our blank in scorning.

Here a star, and there a star,
Some lose their way.
Here a mist, and there a mist,
There is no Mr. Linky here, so please leave me a comment about your entry and I'll round up posts throughout the day.

Book Reviews
Shelf Elf gives us a review of the poetry book Hip Hop Speaks to Children.

Jill at the Well-Read Child gives us her review of the verse novel T4 by Ann Clare LeZotte.

Mark and Andrea at Just One More Book have given us a review of the book The Noisy Airplane Ride and dedicated it to everyone heading off to the Second Annual KidLit Conference in Portland, Oregon.

Kelly Fineman of Writing and Ruminating also shares her review of Hip Hop Speaks to Children.

Over at Poetry for Children, Sylvia Vardell reviews two new poetry books--Gary Soto’s Partly Cloudy; Poems of Love and Longing and Pat Mora's Join Hands! The Ways We Celebrate Life.

Original Poems
Greg K. has written another one of his Oddaptations. This one is for Where's Waldo?

Laura Salas shares an original poem entitled Written in the Stars, as well as the results of this week's fifteen words or less picture poetry challenge.

Linda Kulp at Write Time gives us an original autumn cinquain entitled Contemplation.

Debbie Diesen of Jumping the Candlestick shares her very funny poem entitled Not While You're Living on My Roof.

Ellsworth's writer (Candice Ransom) shares the heartfelt poem September 2008.

Elaine of Wild Rose Reader shares a fall acrostic entitled Maple.

Shelia at the Greenridge Chronicles shares a poetry lesson and the results.

Julie Larios at The Drift Record shares an original poem entitled Natural Curiosity, as well as the Hayden Carruth poem The Cows at Night.

ebin_5446 at Amy, Aaron and the mini-Wheats shares an untitled original.

Other Poems
Little Willow shares Beginning by James Wright.

Stacey at Two Writing Teachers shares some Rainer Marie Rilke.

Mary Lee at A Year of Reading shares The Little Ways That Encourage Good Fortune by William Stafford.

Jama Rattigan is thinking politics (sort of!) and shares The Exquisite Candidate by Denise Duhamel and Maureen Seatonby.

Janet at Across the Page shares the poem Please Hear What I Am Not Saying by Charles C. Finn.

Lisa at A Little of This, a Little of That shares us a cento. The poem was "arranged " by Richard Thompson, but the words are all George W. Bush. The poem is entitled Make the Pie Higher.

TadMack from Finding Wonderland shares the words of a character from the 1859 novel A Life for a Life by the English writer Dinah Maria Mulock Craik.

Jone (Ms. Mac) at Check It Out is also in today with a short poem by Emily Dickinson. (Great minds think alike, no?)

Sarah from Just Another Day of Catholic Pondering gives us the John Updike poem September.

Over at the Blue Rose Girls, Elaine shares the poem After Apple Picking by Robert Frost.

Diane from The Write Sisters shares the Valerie Worth poem lunchbox.

Karen Edmisten is in with the Wordsworth poem Surprised by Joy.

Yat-Yee Chong gives us a lovely poem by Valerie Bloom entitled Autumn Gilt.

In honor of T.S. Eliot's birthday, Sherry at Semicolon shares the poem Hysteria.

Becky at Farm School is also thinking Frost and apples, though her selection is The Cow in Apple Time.

Monica at educating alice is in with the stirring J. Patrick Lewis poem The Innocent.

Becky of Becky's Book Reviews is sharing two Dracula poems by Douglas Florian.

Liz Scanlon from Liz in Ink shares Robert Herrick's poem To Music: A Song.

Susan at Chicken Spaghetti gives us Kenn Nesbitt's poem If School Were More Like Baseball.

Miss Erin is in with Sleeplessness by Peter Leithart.

Michelle at Scholar's Blog shares a portion of Samuel Coleridge's Rime of the Ancient Mariner.

Jennie of Biblio File shares a little Ogden Nash with A Drink With Something In It.


Over at the Shady Glade, Alyssa shares the lyrics to All I Need by Ryan Shupe and the Rubberband.

Em from Em's Bookshelf gives us the lyrics to She Will Be Loved by Adam Levine, James Valentine, Jesse Carmichael, Mickey Madden, Ryan Dusick.

Barbara at Stray Thoughts shares the words to the hymn Thy Sea is Great, Our Boats Are Small.


  1. Hi Tricia--thanks for hosting. That's a Dickinson I don't remember hearing before. It's lovely. My entries today deal with time, death and stars, too--perfect!

    I have an original poem (with death and stars) plus musings on phrase acrostics at

    And this week's 15 Words or Less poems all deal with time:

  2. Just glad you're okay!

    I'm in with some William Stafford:

  3. Love the Dickinson, Tricia!

    Today I'm serving political ham for breakfast:

    Thanks for hosting :).

  4. I've never met a Dickinson poem I didn't like! Thanks for this one.

    My post about masks is here:

    Thanks for hosting!

  5. Hi Tricia!

    Here is my review of a popular one around the kidlitosphere recently: Hip Hop Speaks to Children:

    Thanks for the roundup!


    I'm early for once!

  7. Hi Tricia,
    Man, you always find the amazing Dickenson. That's really lovely.

    I'm in with an oldie but goodie. Thanks for hosting!

  8. Hi, and thanks for hosting! I'm in at The Well-Read Child with T4, a new middle grade novel written in free verse.

  9. Tricia, are we ona a Emily Diuckinson wave length. Mine is an Emily as well.
    Here it is:

  10. Hi Tricia,

    Thanks for hosting. I have a cinquain a
    Have a great weekend1

  11. I've got a poem up today over at

    Thanks for hosting,
    Debbie Diesen

  12. Happy Poetry Friday, Tricia!

    In honour of those of us who are making their way to Portland today, we've published a reassuring, rhyming book that takes the fear out of flying: The Noisy Airplane Ride.

    Thanks for rounding us up!

  13. Thanks for hosting!

    I was looking for a post about the corn harvest, but I didn't find what I I shared a bit from "September", out of A Child's Calendar, by John Updike. My post is here.

  14. Hi Trish: Thanks for hosting. My brain took a vacation too today. I can't figure out the link, but it's today's post at Ellsworth's Journal. Original poem.



  15. Tricia,

    Thanks for doing the roundup this week.

    At Wild Rose Reader, I have a short acrostic for autumn.

    At Blue Rose Girls, I have a Robert Frost poem entitled "After Apple Picking."

  16. Diane at The Write Sisters talks about bite-sized children's poems.

  17. Stick me in with Shelf Elf today. I've got A Review of Hip Hop Speaks to Children, with a quote from Nikki Giovanni from an interview I recently did.

    Here's the direct link:

  18. May I say how much I enjoyed your Dickinson pick today? I've been on an Emily kick myself lately - I honestly think it's the fall weather that does it, since I binged on her about this time last year, too.

  19. Thank you for hosting, Tricia.

    I have some Wordsworth this week, about the grief of losing a child.

    It's here.

  20. Thanks for hosting, absent-mindedly or otherwise....

  21. Thanks for sharing this lovely Dickinson poem-- and for hosting this week. I'm in with two reviews of new poetry books by Gary Soto and Pat Mora.

  22. Thanks for hosting today. I have a short poem by Valerie Bloom over at


  23. I'm in with a poetry workshop I did with my kids yesterday (we homeschool), based on Jack Prelutsky's Pizza, Pigs, and Poetry. My kids' poems are my offerings.


  24. My contribution in honor of T.S. Eliot's birthday:

  25. I haven't been able to get one of these up for awhile, but here you go!

  26. Thanks for rounding up, Tricia, and for the lovely lines for Emily Dickinson with which to start the day. I'm in with some Robert Frost for apple time...

  27. Thanks for hosting this week! I'm in with a song this time. Just to shake it up a bit. :-)

    Have a good Friday!

  28. I have a post:

  29. Thanks for hosting! I am not familiar with that one by Dickinson, either.

    I am sharing a poem I know as "Thy Sea is Great, Our Boats Are Small" here:

  30. Thanks for hosting! I'm in this week with two Douglas Florian poems.

  31. Hi Tricia... Thanks for rounding up. And isn't Dickinson just almost always the right choice?

    I've got Robert Herrick on music today...

    Cheers, Liz

  32. Tricia, thank you so much for rounding up.

    Chicken Spaghetti is in with a baseball/school poem by Kenn Nesbitt.

  33. Thanks for doing the roundup! here's my contribution:

  34. Dickinson's one of the few American poets I actually know anything of, being an ignorant Brit!

    I'm in with some of the Rime of the Ancient Mariner.

    Thanks for rounding up!

  35. Thanks for hosting, Tricia. The Dickinson is wonderful. I'm in this week with two poems about wonder: THE COWS AT NIGHT by Hayden Carruth, and a poem of my own titled NATURAL CURIOSITY.

  36. Thanks for hosting - I have an original poem at

  37. Thanks for hosting! I'm in with some Ogden Nash

  38. Sorry I'm late. Here's my submission: