Last Friday I attended a wonderful session of the Fay B. Kaigler Children’s Book Festival. Irene Latham, Laura Purdie Salas, and Vikram Madan all gave great tips on sharing and inspiring poetry with students, using examples from their own and other’s poems. If you’re interested, you can find a recording of the workshop here. As part of the session, Irene introduced her book NINE, A Book of Nonet Poems and had participants start writing a nonet. Here’s Irene’s poetic instructions for writing a nonet:
Irene gave examples of the first words she used in the nonets in her book, as well as a list of other powerful words to inspire our writing. Leap and hop were two of the words, and my brain leaped and hopped to Peep, which has been the noisiest sound around my house for the last month. Here’s my nonet:
sound surrounds you.
Daylight fades to dusk.
You search from pond to shore
but no frog is visible
in the mucky, marshy shadows.
I’ve spent many hours with peeps echoing around me without being able to locate the singer. While I’m busy not finding spring peepers, sometimes I catch sight of other treasures like this muskrat and wood duck!
Speaking of treasures, be sure to find your way to Reading to the Core, where Catherine has this week’s Poetry Friday round-up.