I so enjoyed April Halprin Wayland's interview with Paul B. Janeczko! Thank you, April!
And congratulations to Jone M, who won IN DEFENSE OF READ-ALOUD!
Continuing our celebration of poetry, here's another of my favorite poets.
Cynthia Cotten is a gentle writer. Her poetry sparkles like the water on a creek chanced upon during an early morning walk. Very gentle and soothing, and unexpected. Cynthia’s poetry, like all good poetry, is an emotional exchange. The language of the poem, as Mary Oliver taught us, is the language of the particulars. And Cynthia’s language incorporates images that are at once tender and sensuous. Her rhythm twinkles, as in her Night Light, and sometimes the rhythm pops like a good smirk, as in her Ack!
But sometimes, just like that early morning creek, Cynthia's poems sends shivers up our spine, as in her poem, Missing.
Twinkle, twinkle, little star,
I know what you really are:
a blinking bug in flickering flight,
lighting up my yard tonight,
in the treetops, near the ground,
winking, flashing all around.
I watch you and I'm mystified--
how did you get that bulb inside?
(from Switching on the Moon: A Very First Book of Bedtime Poems, collected by Jane Yolen and Andrew Fusek Peters. Illustrated by G.Brian Karras. Candlewick Press, 2010)
I always know just what to say.
The perfect words are there--
words that render others speechless,
uttered with such flair.
My comments are insightful,
my wit is unsurpassed.
Oh, yes, I know just what to say--
too bad the moment's passed.
(from The Poetry Friday Anthology for Middle School - compiled by Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong. Pomelo Books, 2013)
My brother is a soldier
in a hot, dry
missing things like
fishing, French fries,
flame-red maple trees,
I'm missing, too--
his read-out-loud voice,
his scuffed-up shoes
by the back door,
There are people
in that land of sand
who want to shoot
they miss him,
(from America at War - Poems selected by Lee Bennett Hopkins. Illustrated by Stephen Alcorn. Margaret K. McElderry Books, 2008)
And don't forget our giveaway! Enter here to win an autographed copy of Paul's newest anthology, his 50th book, Death of a Hat, illustrated by Chris Raschka. You can enter between now and 4/22/15 (which just happens to be TeachingAuthors' 5th Blogiversary!)