Friday, May 2, 2014

A Month of Poetry

April was National Poetry Month.  And we're kind of a wordy bunch over here, so we had lots of fun with that!

It reminded us to peruse the poetry section of the library at every visit. 

It guided cd selections for our daily commutes.  We enjoyed everything from A.A. Milne to Silverstein's Runny Babbit, to this new gem, with classics sung by Natalie Merchant.  My personal favorites have to be Adventures of Isabel by Ogden Nash (done in bluegrass-style), The Janitor's Boy by Nathalia   
 Crane, The Blind Men and the Elephant by John Godfrey Saxe -- oh no!  I can't choose!  It's really, really good.

We celebrated Poem in Your Pocket Day.  I wonder if my friend will recognize this poem I carried in my pocket.  It's the copy she gave me a few years ago, when we celebrated it for the first time.

We had a poetry party with friends.  Kids, mamas, kids and mamas together, shared a poem they had memorized.  Sela chose Puck's final speech from A Midsummer Night's Dream, and Linus and I shared an original co-created work.  About a dinosaur.  Four sweet, sweet little lines.  One proud, proud smile.  And a salute.  Go figure.