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Dear One and the Phone Call (That Never Happened)

Dear One and the Phone Call (That Never Happened)

Since we first made a connection with one another, master poet and classroom teacher, Lee Bennett Hopkins had always invited a phone call. “Call me …

 

The Greatest Labor-Saving Device Ever Brought to Light

The Greatest Labor-Saving Device Ever Brought to Light

The Greatest Labor Saving Device Ever Brought to Light      When I was sixteen, I worked at Glen’s supermarket. It was a local franchise in …

 

“You are a Light in Our Lives”: For Madalyn on Her 17th Birthday

“You are a Light in Our Lives”: For Madalyn on Her 17th Birthday

Madalyn Grace Hankins Our Madalyn turns seventeen today. As a young girl, Madalyn would introduce herself as “Maddie-Doo.” It just kind of stuck with me, and when …

 

National Poetry Month: Haiku/30: The Soot & Spit Dry Season

National Poetry Month: Haiku/30: The Soot & Spit Dry Season

I think it happens every April. Jumping into National Poetry Month with fidelity and excitement and then hitting a period of fallow and of enervation. …

 

National Poetry Month: 16/30: “When I Wring the Wadding”

National Poetry Month: 16/30: “When I Wring the Wadding”

Naomi Shihab Nye invites the would-be poet/writer to Let Your Title Open the Door within the section, “Writers Select Titles” in Amy Ludwig VanDerwater’s Poems …

 

National Poetry Month: 15/30: “This Work Remains Untitled”

National Poetry Month: 15/30: “This Work Remains Untitled”

  I’ve always loved discovering that the title of an album is actually a lyric embedded in one of the albums tracks. It’s like a little …

 

National Poetry Month: 14/30: “Speak, Soot & Spit”

National Poetry Month: 14/30: “Speak, Soot & Spit”

  Poetry friend, Sara Holbrook pops into Amy Ludwig VanDerwater’s Poems are Teachers: How Studying Poetry Strengthens Writing in All Genres within the Writers Craft Beginnings …

 

National Poetry Month: 13/40: “Soot & Spit: SensuS”

National Poetry Month: 13/40: “Soot & Spit: SensuS”

“Decide How Words Will Look on the Page” is the invitation from page 124 of Amy Ludwig VanDerwater’s Poems are Teachers: How Studying Poetry Strengthens …

 

National Poetry Month: 12/30: “Silence”

National Poetry Month: 12/30: “Silence”

In Amy Ludwig VanDerWater’s Poems are Teachers: How Studying Poetry Strengthens Writing in All Genres, the section which suggests that Writers Play with Language is …

 

National Poetry Month: 11/30: “Purse! Discusses”: A Haiku

National Poetry Month: 11/30: “Purse! Discusses”: A Haiku

Taking a short break this morning to celebrate one of the short forms of poetry that often finds students rapping a pencil on the desk …

 
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