So many exciting poetry events online in April! If you have not yet perused all of this month’s poetry goodness, check out the full list at Jama’s Alphabet Soup.
My first stop for poetry inspiration this month was 100 Scope Notes, where Travis is inviting folks to write book spine poems. I did not take many books with me for our North Carolina sojourn so I wasn’t sure if I had enough titles on hand to make a sensible poem, but I managed to put two together with my large stack o’books from the Durham County Library:
Catching fireflies on a summer night ranks high on my list of favorite activities. Inspiration for this poem came from: Flicker Flash, a wonderful collection of light-related shape poems by Joan Bransfield Graham; Fireflies at Midnight, an animal poetry romp from dawn ’til dark by Marilyn Singer; and Starry Safari, a charming picture book for the youngest set by Linda Ashman.
Did you know that garter snakes swim in ponds and catch fish? Titles for this poem came from three exquisite poetry books: Splish, Splash, another book of shape poems by Joan Bransfield Graham, Tamera Will Wissinger’s Gone Fishing, A Novel in Verse, and Kate Coombs’ Water Sings Blue. And look, my Garter Snake book is snuck in among these poetry greats!
I’m aiming to write at least one poem and read a poetry collection or picture book every day in April as part of the Angie Karcher’s RhyPiBoMo pledge. Usually I fall behind on internet challenges, but maybe I’ll keep up with this one–so far, so good.
Here’s my April Fool’s Day poem, inspired by Miss Rumphius’ Monday Poetry Stretch, which in turn was inspired by Laura Purdie Salas’ project of writing riddle-ku (riddle haikus) every day in April. Can you guess the answer to my riddle?
Fuzzy scrolls uncurl–
spring spirals of greenery
wave and greet the sun.
–Buffy Silverman, 4/1/2014
The fiddleheads are up! It must be spring.
In other April news, I’ve got a story this month in Click Magazine about nesting trumpeter swans. Grab your favorite six-year old and listen to it here: http://www.clickmagkids.com/read/swan-lake
Check out today’s Poetry Friday links at The Poem Farm.