Friday, February 01, 2008

Poetry Friday: I'm hosting!

Your Poetry Friday hostess feels a great deal more like listening today than prattling on (my usual wont) so I will simply share with you this beautiful poem by Richard Wilbur. Then I will retreat and listen.

Mr. Linky awaits your contribution (scroll to the end of the post.)

The Beautiful Changes
by Richard Wilbur

One wading a Fall meadow finds on all sides
The Queen Anne’s Lace lying like lilies
On water; it glides
So from the walker, it turns
Dry grass to a lake, as the slightest shade of you
Valleys my mind in fabulous blue Lucernes.

The beautiful changes as a forest is changed
By a chameleon’s tuning his skin to it;
As a mantis, arranged
On a green leaf, grows
Into it, makes the leaf leafier, and proves
Any greenness is deeper than anyone knows.

(read the rest here, at the Poetry Foundation.)

And, check back later for summaries and current linkage.

Update: The current linkage begins!

Shannon, at The Cole Mine, was the first in with Eve Merriam's cute "Catch a Little Rhyme."

Suzanne, of Adventures in Daily Living, shares her latest adventure with Luci Shaw.

At The Book Mine Set, John Mutford lets us in on an original poem in progress.

Langston Hughes is wished a happy birthday by Cloudscome at A Wrung Sponge. And, as a bonus, we get a beautiful, original roundel.

Stacey, at Two Writing Teachers is green today, with I Am a Tree.

Marvel with Countee Cullen and Mary Lee at A Year of Reading.

Tricia, at The Miss Rumphius Effect, has the Secret to the Universe.

And, don't forget to take a look at Tricia's roundel challenge, part of her regular Poetry Stretch.

Look to Look Books with Felicity for a powerful poem by Langston Hughes.

Sara Lewis-Holmes, of Read Write Believe, is in with a diabolical little poem that will make every writer laugh.

Andrea offers a sneaky introduction to fractions in verse at Just One More Book!!

TadMack, from Finding Wonderland
, captures the essence of a bitter winter, with help from Shakespeare.

Laura Salas took Tricia's roundel challenge and has her famous 15 Words or Less here.

Elaine has a colorful and tasty review of Yum! MmMm! Que Rico! at Wild Rose Reader.

And at Blue Rose Girls, Elaine reflects on a windowless world.

Dive into Jama Rattigan's Alphabet Soup for a jam-packed post about the connections between poetry and painting.

Sylvia Vardel commemorates the birthday of Langston Hughes with a poem by Walter Dean Myers at Poetry for Children.

Writer2b includes among her Findings a lovely piece by Wendell Berry. And, be sure to pay attention to that gorgeous Winslow Homer in her banner.

Ruth, who knows There's No Such Thing as a God-forsaken Town, offers us Philip Larkin's Days, as she spends a day with an eye on the spectrum of life and death.

Christine's children write simple and extraordinary stuff over at The Simple and the Ordinary. Enjoy a sneak peek at summer on this frigid February day, courtesy of Christine's daughter, KRM.

Shelf Elf gets right to the point, with February, by Margaret Atwood.

Kelly Fineman is Writing and Ruminating on the poetry of Sting (or, perhaps through Kelly's eyes: the poetry that is Sting?)

Anastasia Suen detects a mystery in rhyme at Picture Book a Day.

My own Atticus (why don't you have a blog, honey?) offers Spring and All by William Carlos Williams. And, ummm, Atticus ... This is Just to Say ... that Sam Adams that was in the fridge ....? Just kidding.

Liz in Ink looks at practice, process and perspective, in piano lessons and in life.

Sheila mercifully points out that February is temporary over at The Greenridge Chronicles.

At Knocking from Inside, Tiel Aisha Ansari gives us a sad and lovely original poem.

Becky offers a full review of Henry's Freedom Box and pairs it with a poem.

MsMac shares the joy of revision through the eyes of a 2nd grader.

Jill has us sighing over Yeats at The Well-Read Child.

And Mother Reader is kicking off Black History Month with the powerful and poetic words of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Have you had enough of alphabet books? Of course you haven't. No one possibly could. So, go take a look at another one, at Susan's Chicken Spaghetti, that is a clever mix of rhyme and riddle.

Donna Lupe proves that food and poetry can be the same thing.

AmoXcalli is speaking French after a long hiatus.

At Charlotte's Library, there's a collection of great stuff from Doug Florian, guaranteed to recharge a 7-year old.

AnaMaria at Books Together
picks up where Susan's quilt theme left off with a "quilted fairy tale."

Speaking of fairy tales, Alyssa at The Shady Glade has one, too, by Anne Sexton.

In Marcie's World of Words, Jane Yolen is shaping the rhyme today, with a terrific nature/poetry book.

Elizabeth at Frabjous Days is most anxious to share a Victor Hugo poem. Click over and you'll see why.

At Farm School, Becky has one of my favorites, W.H. Davies.

And, rounding up a few more from the comments section:

Miss Erin is in, and Lisa C. has a post about animal adoption (I'm dedicating that one to my sister, who will soon adopt two new puppies!) And, finally, Sarah from The Reading Zone reminds us that the kids are watching us. Always.


That's it! You're rounded up and I'm linked out. No, wait! Stop the Publish button! This just in: Sarah Miller was so busy today Reading, Writing, Musing ... that we just now got her entry. But, Emily Dickinson is always worth the wait.

Hey, Kim ... we need a new button:

I survived Poetry Friday.

Thanks, everyone!


Shannon said...

Thanks for hosting! I love your 'marriage meme' and may have to steal it...

John Mutford said...

Nice Wilbur poem (and love the Groundhog's Day movie inspired poem!)

I'm in with an original called "Island Preservations"

Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for hosting this week Karen!

Andromeda Jazmon said...

Thanks for doing the round up Karen! I am in with a birthday celebration for Langston Hughes and an original roundel for my Poetry Stretch. I am enjoying your poetry posts today. Have a great weekend!

Mary Lee said...

Thanks for hosting!

Tricia said...

Hi Karen,
Happy Friday! I'm in today with The Secret of the Universe.
Thanks so much for rounding us up.

Sara said...

Thanks, Karen. I love the movie, Groundhog Day, too. You made me want to watch it again!

Andrea -- Just One More Book!! Podcast said...

Thanks for hosting Karen!

For Poetry Friday on JOMB we chat about a rhyming and sneaky introduction to fractions: Full House.

Happy February!

tanita✿davis said...

Wow was Bill Murray young back then. I should watch that movie someday. Anyway - thanks for hosting - in with the Bard's Winter.

laurasalas said...

Thanks for hosting! I'm in with 15 Words or Less poems ( and a roundel from Miss Rumphius' challenge (

Elaine Magliaro said...

Thanks for hosting the roundup!

At Wild Rose Reader, I have a review of YUM! MMMM! QUE RICO!: AMERICAS' SPROUTINGS. It's a book of haiku poems about edible plants native to the Americas written by Pat Mora. The book has great illustrations done by Rafael Lopez.

jama said...

Thanks for hosting, Karen. Like the Wilbur poem and Bill Murray!

Today I'm sharing "Why I Am Not a Painter" by Frank O'Hara:

Anastasia Suen said...

Thanks, Karen! I'm in with a mystery written in rhyme! Detective Small in the Amazing Banana Caper

Sylvia Vardell said...

Thanks for hosting. My posting is in honor of Langston Hughes' birthday today.

Melanie Bettinelli said...

Oh, I really like that Wilbur poem. What a wonderful refreshment on what looks to be a dreary Friday morning.

Ruth said...

I'm in with "Days" by Philip Larkin.

christine M said...

Thanks for hosting, Karen. I'm in with an original poem by my daughter - that evokes a beautiful August day - something to warm us up this February morning.

Anonymous said...

I'm in with Dr. Williams:

Anonymous said...

Lovely Wilbur poem...
I'm in with Linda Pastan, on practice, process and perspective...

sheila said...

Hi Karen,

Not only does your blog have a shockingly clever title, but you are also quite the organized hostess!
I'm in with a poem that has the word February in it. How original!

cheers / sheila

Unknown said...

I'm in again w/ Yeats. Thanks for hosting!

Erin said...

Here's my contribution:

Thanks for doing the roundup!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for hosting! That is indeed a beautiful poem, but I'm also tickled by the Groundhog's Day verse.

My post is here:
In celebration of animal adoption...

Anonymous said...


Anonymous said...

Hi, Karen. Happy Friday. Thank you for putting together the roundup! I am in with a bit about a beautiful picture book, Quilt Alphabet. I left the link with Mr. Linky!

Charlotte said...

Hi Karen,

Thanks for hosting! I'm in with some Douglas Florian, my son's favorite poet.

Anamaria (bookstogether) said...

Hello, and thanks for hosting! Like an idiot I forgot to update my name in Mister Linky, so even though it says Anamaria (Behind the Museum Door), it should say Anamaria (Mother Earth and Her Children). Because I want it to be spring already.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for rounding up, Karen, and happy groundhog day! It's one of our favorite movies, and we've been known to have a family picnic dinner in the living room with Bill Murray on February 2nd :)

Anonymous said...

i'm in!

Anonymous said...

Thanks to your comment ("the poetry that is Sting?"), I am now hearing (no, not Sting), Thomas Dolby on brainradio: "Poetry in motion . . . " That's right. She blinded me, with science!

Marcie Flinchum Atkins said...

I'm in with shape poems by Jane Yolen.

Marcie at World of Words

Frabjous Days said...

Rather pretentiously I've got a poem by Victor Hugo (but there is a reason, honest). I left the link but failed to put the name of my blog (Frabjous Days), but then I am more than 40 weeks pregnant. (There's the reason.)

Anonymous said...

Just wanted to say thanks for doing such a nice job with Poetry Friday. I enjoyed reading your round-up as much as the poems.

Sarah Miller said...

I'm late (again) with something snowy by Emily Dickinson.

Thanks for managing this week!

Ruth said...

I'm with Writer2B (she lets me call her B, but only because we've been friends for so long). You did a great job with the roundup. You made my contribution sound way more interesting than it really was. :-)

Vivian Mahoney said...

Thanks for hosting! Sorry I'm late to the party.

I'm in with A Deadline to Fight for What Kind of World do You Want?

MmeT said...

If you are curious about the similarities between men and buses, my blog is Destined to Become a Classic and my poem is Bloody Men! by British poet Wendy Cope.