Septone – a Throwback Thursday for National Poetry Month

To all my poetry friends and friends who are poets: I confess, I did not remember what a septone poem is. Here is a great definition I found at Mr. Kelly’s Place, a Weebly blog by an Ontario, Canada, educator. A Septone poem consists of 7 lines of simple, just-for-fun, unrhymed verse. Authors commonly use their 7 digit home or cellular phone number (no area codes required) as the digits in the phone number help to establish the number of syllables the author will use per line (assume that zero requires ten syllables). There is no set topics with Septones and students are encouraged to create a story with a beginning, middle and end.  Because of the limited lines and syllables, the author has to … Read more

What’s in a Name? a Name Poem for National Poetry Month

 As I mentioned the other day, I am going to celebrate National Poetry Month by sharing some of the poems that I wrote as a teenager. Today I’m going to share my Name Poem (also known as an Acrostic Poem). A Name Poem is a great “first poem” because it has a framework that the writer can work with. As you can see from the image of my poem, it is a vertical poem where each letter of my name is the first letter of a word that opens a sentence. To most of my relatives I’m special. Everything takes time, I’m told. Reading is one of my hobbies. Relaxing is something I do as Year after year goes by. … Read more

Celebrating National Poetry Month

National Poetry Month! Welcome April and a celebration of all things poetic! This is one of my favorite literary months, because poetry is a writing form that can be such fun and ignite a love of reading. Yes, I know there are plenty of “stuffy” poems out there, but in the world of children’s poetry, the writing is a rainbow. The imagery is lyrical, fantastic, and at times poignant, too.  But all of it is accessible to kids “where they are” and a great hook for reading, writing, and creative expression. This year I’m going to do something a little bit different for National Poetry Month. I’m going to share some of my own poetry – written, I am certain, … Read more