Friday, April 8, 2011
Posted by JoAnn Early Macken
I'm out and about this week, presenting poetry workshops at Goodland Elementary School in Racine, Wisconsin, but I had to drop in for National Poetry Month!
Look for my poem "Construction Crew" and a recipe for Peanut Butter-Chocolate Chip Muffins in Jama Rattigan's Poetry Potluck series.
You can now bid for an autographed copy of Baby Says "Moo!" in the Kidlit4Japan auction to aid victims of the 2011 Sendai earthquake and tsunami. (Auction for this item ends Tuesday 4/12 at 3:00 p.m. EDT.)
And here's a poem about writing a poem for National Poetry Month.
Writing a Poem
Sometimes I work like a cobbler,
stitching together snippets and scraps.
I leave the paper on my desk,
hoping elves will finish the job.
Sometimes I need carpenter’s tools
to measure and cut precisely.
I lean over the page with rule and vise,
fitting words into parquet patterns.
Sometimes, in mathematician mode,
I formulate an equation,
relying on logic
to multiply symbols and images.
Sometimes I'm an archaeologist
digging below the poem's surface,
scraping rubble away with a toothbrush,
unearthing my own brittle bones.
And sometimes words sing to me,
flap in my face,
or whisper themselves in my ear.
Then I’m the birthday girl,
grasping (Oh, thank you!) at gifts.
JoAnn Early Macken