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Poetry Friday -- Right Here, Folks! C'mon In!
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So, for Christmas I bought myself A Year With Rilke --
Daily Readings from the Best of Rainer Maria Rilke
.

This was partly inspired, I'm sure, by a good friend who recently had a baby named Rainer.
But also, I wanted to see what it felt like to read a little bit of somebody, everyday, all year long.
And what if that someone was Rilke? 

I'm a person who really needs a practice -- yoga, writing -- to keep from spinning myself into the air like a top or into the ground like an ice auger. And sure enough, this book seems to be a steadying force -- anticentrifugal, if you will -- before bed each night.

Poetry Friday is like that, I think, on a weekly basis. Each Friday we meet at someone's house, saying very little but exchanging poems to read while we drink our morning coffee or our afternoon tea. By the end of the exchange I, for one, am breathing differently. More deeply and with greater ease. I've never hosted Poetry Friday before and I'm so happy to today. Pull up a chair or a cushion. There are hot drinks on the counter and half-and-half in the fridge. Read all you'd like and let yourself out when you're finished. Brighten. Wallow. Enjoy.

(Those of you who know me know that something as newfangled as Mr. Linky is waaaaay beyond me, so we'll be doing this the old-fashioned way today: Leave your link in the comments and I'll gather them together a few times throughout the day, amending this post as needed. Thanks for coming by...)

And, to kick things off, a line or two from Rilke:

As you unfold as an artist, just keep on, quietly and earnestly, growing through all that happens to you. You cannot disrupt this process more violently than by looking outside yourself for answers that may only be found by attending to your innermost feeling. 
 
                   -- Rainer Maria Rilke
                       Paris, February 17, 1903
                       Letters to a Young Poet


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PRE-DAWN VISITS:

John Mutford dropped by with a review of a book of -- my favorite! -- Japanese haiku!

Our own Father Goose came to read some original work-in-progress wordplay.

Dear Mary Lee over at A Year in Reading is feeling bright again -- hurrah! -- and she shares Joy and a sunflower with us all.

After having a bit of honey toast with Mary Lee, Mandy at Enjoy and Embrace Learning wants us to join her on The Swing -- and why not?

And then let's sit with my friend Tanita S. Davis, aka author of Mare's War, aka Coretta Scott King Honor winner (!!!), and have some fruit compote and mull over the strange balance our bodies strike when faced with, yes, happiness.

That's all for now. I'll tidy up, wash the mugs and be ready for the rest of you around breakfast time!

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BREAKFAST VISITS:

The lovely Laura Salas, who gets more done before her eggs cool than the rest of us do in any whole day, brings us an original piece about a 3rd grade spelling test trauma. And she invites us all to her weekly 15 Words or Less poetry party! AND (see what I mean about her overacheiving??) she's also done the good work of creating a clearinghouse for all, regular, online poetry prompts. How great is that?

Meanwhile, Carol at Carol's Corner brings us some sweet nostalgia via a lovely Linda Pastan poem and the cutest darn picture of a bicycle you've ever seen.

Shelfelf follows up with some spare and wintery beauty by Anne Porter. Read it aloud. It's very, very fine that way.

Keeping with the winter theme, Diane Mayr at Random Noodling (I so love the name of that blog) shares an original haiga and a gorgeous photo and an inspiring quote by Katherine Hepburn! She also wants us to know about her geology-poetry book review at Kurious Kitty's Kurio Kabinet and a quote by Shelly at Kurious K's Kwotes! (Diane is apparently as productive as Laura Salas. Sheesh!)

Jeannine Atkins leads our breakfast bookclub discussion of a novel in verse that I think I must get immediately. (Her review is like a little poem itself...)

And speaking of a little poem, The Write Sisters share a strikingly beautiful sentiment from Charlotte Bronte this morning.

Then my own sister-of-sorts, the dear and lovely Sara Lewis Holmes, pops in with a breakfast surprise. No, not pumpkin bread with chocolate chips, but almost! She has done a serious blush-worthy post about (seriously, you guys, I'm kind of embarrassed) Me! And she includes a poem I posted quite awhile back. She will be hugged and severely chastised when I see her next week at a conference here in Austin. Squee!!

Thank goodness Karen Edmisten comes along next (diverting Sara Lewis Holmes attention -- sheesh!) with the always, always warm and wonderful Billy Collins.

And Ms. Mac with the equally wonderful and inspiring Ms. Dickinson. (There's also a call to action there that I should think noone worth their salt could ignore!)

I have a mid-morning commitment now, friends, so I'll dart off and continue rounding up later. There's plenty here to nibble on for now, I assure you!

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LUNCHTIME VISITS:

We're back! Pull up a stool, grab some hummus and pita and a lemonade and enjoy!!

Thanks for coming, Miss Rumphius (aka Tricia) and for sharing a lovely Philip Pardi poem and a great blog recommendation!

Oh, and you, too, Jama (of Jama Rattigan's Alphabet Soup). Jama brought her teddy bears and some onions and a poem by Roy Blount Jr. and her always generous effervescence. Natch.

Now here comes Sylvia of Poetry for Children, and this might just get some of us into trouble at the bookstore! She's got a sneak-peek list of lots of the poetry books we can expect to see in 2010. Lust and hunger, hunger and lust!

Poet Kristy Dempsey adds a pot of soup to our lunch buffet -- her own wonderful and simple soup. Have some -- I did, and I feel better already.

Elaine Magliaro is a constant on Fridays -- lucky for all of us! Today she brings us poems about eating (how appropriate, at lunchtime!) and more books to look forward to, at Wild Rose Reader, and a poem about writing (how appropriate, on Poetry Friday!) at Blue Rose Girls.

Then, to remind us of the big, wide world outside Cloudscome arrived with a found poem she created using words and phrases from President Obama. It's like a meal in and of itself.

But don't get overwhelmed because here's The Simple and the Ordinary with a poem about Jack and the Beanstalk, magic beans and all.

Madelyn Rosenberg says she's "seasonally confused" but thank goodness for that because she brings us a Sherman Alexie poem, an Ole Risom poem, and one of her own, all of which I'd enjoy summer, spring, winter or fall...

Next, from TheTeachingBooks.net blog we're given a fictional verse memoir (who knew there was such a thing?) by Carole Boston Weatherford and a really great audio link.

You guys didn't think we'd have a whole day of poetry and not invite William Shakespeare, did you? Pour yourself another glass of lemonade and welcome Becky who has come with The Bard himself -- Manga Style! (Seriously!) (Another one in the "who knew?!?!" category!)

And Jennie at Biblio File, welcome to you, too! Jennie gets us back in bookclub mode with some dust bowl reviews -- including Karen Hesse's Out of the Dust. And she mulls over whether its award-winning status transcends time. I gotta say, I think it does. But then I'm a huge fan of the verse novel.

I think I may go read one (Love that Dog, maybe?) until this afternoon's tea time update. Must tidy up the lunch dishes, now. Ta-ta!

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TEA-TIME (aka COCKTAIL HOUR) VISITS:


Cha-cha-cha, people. Just in time for Friday evening, PaperTigers stops by with poems from the Carribean.

Enjoy those, and then have a seat and enjoy a Byronic conversation with Semicolon! Put your feet up. Take your time. It's the end of a long week...

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Haiku

(Anonymous)
Well, I've been away from these Poetry Fridays for a while, and have really missed it. Thanks for hosting today!

My post is a review of Kenneth Yasuda's The Japanese Haiku:

http://bookmineset.blogspot.com/2010/01/readers-diary-569-kenneth-yasuda.html

--John Mutford

Thanks for hosting, Liz! Congrats again on the Caldecott! I've posted a couple of samples on the Father Goose blog from a new work-in-progress called THE CHEW-WA-WA and Other Colorful Creature Poems.

FATHER GOOSE blog

Thanks for inviting us to your house today for Poetry Friday! I've brought a single sunflower on a long stem to put in a jar of water for the kitchen table. Watch out for the bee...

http://readingyear.blogspot.com/2010/01/poetry-friday-sweet.html

poetry friday share

(Anonymous)
Thanks for hosting poetry friday and I love the thought of gathering, sharing and breathing differently in the hustle of life. I've shared what I thought was a song and learned as an adult it's a poem with a quick review of a great collection for young readers.

Sorry, I didn't mean to be anonymous or forget the link. http://enjoy-embracelearning.blogspot.com/2010/01/swing.html

Tanita Says :)

(Anonymous)
We have a friend who had a baby and named him... Søren. So far, this has not inspired me to read Kierkegaard in quite the same way Rainer might have ...

Thanks for hosting! You're a heroine! I'm up with ...excerpts of fruit poems (http://tanitasdavis.com/blog/2010/01/poetry-friday-still-life-with-fruit.html). Fruit and happiness. It seems to work. :)

Happy Poetry Friday!


Congratulations on your big week! And now you are having us in for coffee? Thanks so much for hosting! I'm in with a poem for my son, who turned 16 earlier this week.

Dang! I forgot to leave the link! It's www.carolwscorner.blogspot.com Sorry!

Poetry Friday

(Anonymous)
Here's my little poem for today, Winter Twilight, by Anne Porter:

http://shelfelf.wordpress.com/2010/01/22/poetry-friday-winter-twilight/

Thanks for hosting Liz!

Good morning! I have an original haiga today at Random Noodling.

Kurious Kitty looks at a book of geology poems called Earthshake: Poems from the Ground Up. And, there's a quote by Shelley at Kurious K's Kwotes. Great quote by Rilke by the way!

Liz, Thank you for all the cheer and inspiration and hot tea. I'd spend every morning with you as long as I didn't have to run (yoga is fine).

I wrote about a moving verse novel, All the Broken Pieces by Ann Burg, at http://jeannineatkins.livejournal.com/ Thank you for hosting!

Poetry Friday

(Anonymous)
Andy checking in with a poem from Charlotte Bronte over at The Write Sisters (http://www.thewritesisters.blogspot.com).

I am beyond jealous that the two of you get to see each other soon. You each owe the other a hug, from me. :)

Hugs WILL be exchanged!!!

Love Rilke, and thanks for hosting.

I'm in with Billy Collins and his delightful "Creatures" -- the link is here.

Hi Liz,
Thank you for hosting. I am in with Emily Dickinson: http://maclibrary.wordpress.com/2010/01/22/poetry-friday-dwell-in-possibility/

Hello poetry friend! I'm sharing a poem today by Philip Pardi called Drinking With My Father in London.
http://missrumphiuseffect.blogspot.com/2010/01/poetry-friday-drinking-with-my-father.html

Thank you for hosting this shindig!

What a lovely welcome, Liz! Thanks so much for hosting today :).

Today, I weep for onions: http://jamarattigan.livejournal.com/367805.html.

P.S. I've got to get that Rilke book!

Beautiful Rilke quote-- thanks for sharing-- and hosting! I've posted a list of all the poetry books for children coming in 2010-- that I know of, so far!
Sylvia

http://poetryforchildren.blogspot.com/

Thanks for hosting! I don't have an entry today, but I'm just visiting. (What a nice introduction to Poetry Fridays.)

Jules
7-Imp

Jules... thanks for coming by!

Thanks for hosting today, Liz. I'm in with some ruminations on calm and focus, as well as Simple as Soup, an original poem I wrote for a group of fourth graders.

http://kristydempsey.livejournal.com/73380.html

Poetry Friday

(Anonymous)
Elaine Magliaro

Liz--Mister Linky is beyond me too! Thanks for doing the roundup this week! I hope you had a good vacation with your sister.

At Wild Rose Reader, I have two poems about "eating" poetry and a look at some of the children's poetry books that will be published in the first half of 2010 that I can't wait to read.
http://wildrosereader.blogspot.com/2010/01/looking-ahead-some-childrens-poetry.html

At Blue Rose Girls, I have a poem about writing poetry by Karen Swank-Fitch titled "I Leave Bits of Me Everywhere."
http://bluerosegirls.blogspot.com/2010/01/i-leave-bits-of-me-everywhere-by-karen.html

Yay Liz I am so glad you are hosting today! I love Rilke. Great choice for a year of reading!

I have an original found poem (that phrase seems to be an oxymoron...) today of words by Pres. Obama. http://awrungsponge.blogspot.com/2010/01/found-poem.html

Christine M says

(Anonymous)
I have an original poem by my daughter - contemplating the fairy tale of Jack and the Beanstalk - posted over at The Simple and the Ordinary. Here's the link: http://simpleordinary.blogspot.com/2010/01/poetry-friday.html

Thanks for doing the round-up!

I suppose that makes me second breakfast. (A good thing; I do love second breakfast and I'm not always so good at the first.)

Inspired by the rain, I'll contribute Sherman Alexie's Summer of the Black Widows, a poem of my own about hardware, and a hat-tip to Ole Risom's I am a Bunny.

Thanks so much for hosting. And congratulations for last week!!!

Oh, my link: http://www.squealermusic.com/madclips/wordpress2/?p=264

Thanks again,
Madelyn

Urgh. That link works, but the blog is at madelynrosenberg.com, which doesn't show up in the link. (Technical genius I'm not.)

Poetry Friday

(Anonymous)
Thanks for hosting today! I'm sharing about how poetry reveals human nature to us in new ways and helps us learn about others over on The TeachingBooks.net Blog, featuring a poem by Carole Boston Weatherford from BECOMING BILLIE HOLIDAY. I learned about a new style of poetry too from Carole called fictional verse memoir.

http://forum.teachingbooks.net/?p=3196



Poetry Friday

(Anonymous)
I'm in this week with some William Shakespeare (http://blbooks.blogspot.com/2010/01/manga-shakespeare-much-ado-about.html).

Becky

Thank you so much for hosting! I'm in with a review of and poem from Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse:

http://www.jenrothschild.com/2010/01/year-of-historical-poetry-friday.html

Thank you for hosting!

PaperTigers is in with a peek into some Caribbean poets - some reflected sunshine!

Marjorie

And whoops! Here's the link!

http://www.papertigers.org/wordpress/poetry-friday-a-caribbean-dozen/

Semicolon's Poetry Friday

(Anonymous)
It's Lord Byron's birthday, so I'm being all byronic over at Semicolon.

http://www.semicolonblog.com/?p=8914

Thanks for hosting.

Poetry on ice

(Anonymous)
I'm wondering whether Dutch poets really used to carve their poems in ice?

http://bookstogether.squarespace.com/blog/2010/1/22/poetry-on-ice.html

Congratulations to you and All the World! And thank you for hosting today.

Thanks Liz for connecting with me and my students through poetry last Friday. You might like to see my post today, it's about you!

http://enjoy-embracelearning.blogspot.com/
Mandy

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