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Poetry Friday -- Hosting!

Hello, friends ...

I haven't hosted Poetry Friday in a long time and, if the truth be known,
I've only been a mediocre participant for awhile.
So I'm really happy that we're gathering here today --
it legitimizes my wallowing in words for most of a day, and I get to catch up with all of you...

It's been a time of big and heavy around here. 
One of my closest pals lost her beloved sister this week, way too early.
Another friend finalized her divorce.
And then, the Chileans pulled 33 miners out of a hole in the ground -- alive and well after 70 days buried and scared. 

Life is like this, so startling in its tragedies and its miracles.
And here we are, so ill equipped but carrying on -- crying as we need to and laughing when we can.
Thank goodness for poems that seem to understand.

Here's my selection for today:



From a documentary on marsupials I learn
that a pillowcase makes a fine
substitute pouch for an orphaned kangaroo.

I am drawn to such dramas of animal rescue.
They are warm in the throat. I suffer, the critic proclaims,
from an overabundance of maternal genes.

Bring me your fallen fledgling, your bummer lamb,

lead the abused, the starvelings, into my barn.

(Read the rest here...)

And here are yours:


Amy at The Poem Farm shares a wealth of poetic examples and musings, including her 199th original poem in a year-long daily poem effort!

Susan Taylor Brown keeps with the poetic theme, bringing us a Borges poem about Browning!

Tabatha Yeatts has been playing with reversos or, in her case, same-os, and Greg at GottaBook keeps it original with This is Not a Poem.

Tanita Davis broached both poetry and fiction with a piece by Marie Ponsot.

At Carol's Corner, you'll find a poignant piece by Henry Van Dyke.

Follow that with one of Andi's trademark photo-and-poem conbos at a wrung sponge.

Mary Lee at A Year of Reading has a deserved day off, and is heading to the county fair!

And lucky, lucky Author Amok has been at The Dodge Poetry Festival (along with poet Kay Ryan).

So has Diane at Random Noodling, and she's in with a full report. (Plus, from her other blogs, we've got a look at Cynthia Rylant's Boris, a lovely Cynthia Rylant quote, and a bonus video with some cat poems, too!)

Linda Kulp has it out with stink bugs at Write Time.

You'll appreciate the seasonal thoughts -- and Wendell Berry's poem -- at Across the Page and ALSO at There is No Such Things as a God-forsaken Town -- with a Robert Frost poem. Great minds think alike.

Deo Writer's been on retreat and wouldn't mind going back (as illustrated by Thomas P. Lynch).

And talk about retreats, don't you want to go to Hawaii with Jama Rattigan and Robert Louis Stevenson?

Karen Edmisten shares just a lovely Ellen Bass poem that maybe, in tone and theme, is not unlike the Maxine Kumin I shared.

Sara Lewis Holmes takes us to one of my favorite poetry sites for a poem by Julie Leschevsky.

And from another one of my Poetry Sisters, Laura Salas, this poem by Wislawa Szymborska. (Also, it's Laura's birthday so swing on by to wish her well!) Also, go get yourself a prompt at her 15 Words or Less and don't forget to read the poetic responses!

The always lovely and thoughtful Jeannine Atkins discusses inspiration at her blog this morning.

And Father Goose IS inspired -- by bluebells! And also check out his painted window at Bald Ego.


It's National Poetry Month in Great Britian and our friendly fomograms wants us to know about g.p.s. -- the global poetry system for found poems. Tres cool!

Elaine Magliaro has, as usual, shared some finely wrought originality over at Wild Rose Reader.

From the Windowsill has a seasonally-appropriate review today, of Scarum Fair.

The Stenhouse Blog brings us an original, dog-centric poem by a 2nd grader -- pretty remarkable.

And speaking of dogs, Jeni Bell shares a Valerie Worth poem called.... drum roll, please.... DOG!

We have another review from Paper Tigers Blog -- of a book called Around the World in Eighty Poems.

And finally -- something to listen to, with our friends at TeachingBooks.Net!


Heidi at My Juicy Little Universe shares another seasonal poem -- a delightful original. 

And finally The Small Nouns brings us a Deborah Garrison poem.

Thanks for being here everyone...

Poetry Friday - Jorge Luis Borges

User susanwrites referenced to your post from Poetry Friday - Jorge Luis Borges saying: [...] be Robert Browning. Jorge Luis Borges Liz Scanlon is hosting the Poetry Friday Round-up today. [...]

May poetry help to heal your friends' pain and to soothe the souls around you in these days. Thank you for hosting and for allowing us to still gather 'round here.
Today I'm in with "The Poem Palace", #20 in my series of poems about poems, #199 in my year of daily poems. I also have a peek into a fourth grade class from Hamburg, NY as they share some community poems, one of which helped with their own healing.

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Beautiful ending on that poem, Liz. You always pick good ones.

I've been playing around with reversos: http://www.tabathayeatts.blogspot.com/


Thanks for hosting, Liz! Nice to see you jumping back into Poetry Friday....

I'm up with something called This is Not a Poem. But maybe I'm lying?


tanita says:

I'm in with The Problem of Fiction by Marie Ponsot. (http://tanitasdavis.com/wp/?p=2577)

I love that poem, Nurture. I'm not sure I "suffer" from an overabundance of maternal genes, but I think I like the idea of offering safe harbor for all the wild children...

Re: tanita says:

Hey, Tanita -- couldn't comment on your blog, but I had to tell you I heard Marie Ponsot read this poem at the Dodge Festival. Fabulous poem!

"Life is like this, so startling in its tragedies and its miracles.
And here we are, so ill equipped but carrying on -- crying as we need to and laughing when we can.
Thank goodness for poems that seem to understand..."
So true. That sounds like a poem to me.

This weekend is a time of profound joy for my highschoolers, who are ramped up about homecoming, and a time of profound sadness to me, as I say goodbye to a dear friend who passed away last week. I'm in with a poem by Henry Van Dyke. Thanks for hosting!
Carol (www.carolwscorner.blogspot.com)

That poem scares me, frankly. The bit about howl at the end sent a chill. I have an original haiku from one of our rambles up at A Wrung Sponge. Thanks for rounding up!

"...so ill equipped but carrying on..."

Isn't that the truth of It All.

I'm in today with a couple of poems about county fairs -- I'll be going to one of Ohio's last of the season today.


from Laura @AuthorAmok

Hi, Liz.

I'm reporting on last week's Dodge Poetry Festival. U.S. Poet Laureate Kay Ryan's talk on craft was amazing. I have new insights into her poem, "He Lit a Fire with Icicles" and into her use of narrow lines. Bonus -- a writing prompt!


Good morning,Write Time http://lindakulp.blogspot.com/ is in today with a poem about those pesky stink bugs.
Thanks for hosting!

Hi Liz! I, too, am reporting on the Dodge Poetry Festival at Random Noodling

Kurious Kitty looks at Boris by Cynthia Rylant, and, at Kurious K's Kwotes there's a quote by Rylant, too.

Finally, at The Write Sisters there is a plethora of cat poems.

Hi there,

I'm in with "October 10" by Wendell Berry, here: http://www.acrossthepage.net/2010/10/15/october/

I love that idea of certain subjects being "warm in the throat." And I loved reading your thoughts on tragedy and joy -- even though they make me feel like a real whiner to be pouting about autumn.

Poetry Friday


Here's my contribution! Thanks for hosting!

It's a lovely poem, Liz. Mine pick meshes with your theme, whether you meant to have one or not. :) It's "The Thing Is" by Ellen Bass -- she so beautifully captures the simultaneous frailty and bravery of human beings.

It's here.

Thanks for hosting.