Day 18: Free Verse, Meta Poetry, and Poetry Memories #NaPoWriMo #playwithpoetryNPM #PoemInYourPocketDay #PocketPoem


My #NaPoWriMo Poem-A-Day project is Playing With Poetry. I am tagging along with Margaret Simon, Jone MacCulloch, Molly Hogan, and Mary Lee Hahn. We will be playing with Haikubes, Magnetic Poetry, Metaphor Dice, and Paint Chip Poetry (I raided Home Depot).  I’m even throwing in nail polish color names as inspiration, just for fun! Play along, if you’d like! We are using the Twitter hashtag #playwithpoetryNPM to see what poetic mischief everyone is getting into.

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A peek into my poem and process:

  • Again, I’m breaking with my NPM plan. The muse sitting on my shoulder (thank, Elizabeth Gilbert) is telling me to.
  • I returned to free verse for today’s poem. This is my favorite form to write in.
  • My poem is a meta poem — a poem about poetry!
  • Today is Poem In Your Pocket Day! This day always leads me to think of the poetry I’ve committed to memory over my lifetime. The first I recall learning was Christina Rossetti’s Who Has Seen the Wind. (You can read the text here.) This was a favorite of my mother’s. The second was Longfellow’s The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere, which I now see is actually The Landlord’s Tale. (You can read the text here.) The entire 4th Grade memorized this classic poem and recited it at a closing celebration of our study of the American Revolution. Many school children here in Massachusetts are familiar with this poem, I suspect.
  • Poetry impacts us all in different ways, with no two poems having the same effect on us. This can change from day to day depending on where we are in life. I’ve tried to capture those feelings and emotions.


And now for….

2019 Kidlitosphere Progressive Poem

On April 1, the Poetry Friday family launched the 7th annual Kidlitosphere Progressive Poem organized by author/poet, Irene Latham. (Click here to learn more.) Many of us have signed up to provide a line for the 2019 poem. Author/poet Matt Forrest Esenwine kicked things off with some familiar “found” phrases merged to get us going. Today’s line comes from one of my poetry pals, Linda Mitchell. (Counting the days until NCTE, Linda, so we can finally meet!) You may find her line here. Our little poem is now waltzing in the waves. Participants are having fun song lyrics. I was excited to provide the 14th line on April 14th. You can read it here. I hope you’ll join us to see what happens next! Here’s the itinerary for the rest of the poem.


1 Matt @Radio, Rhythm and Rhyme

2 Kat @Kathryn Apel

3 Kimberly @KimberlyHutmacherWrites

4 Jone @DeoWriter

5 Linda @TeacherDance

6 Tara @Going to Walden

7 Ruth @thereisnosuchthingasagodforsakentown

8 Mary Lee @A Year of Reading

9 Rebecca @Rebecca Herzog

10 Janet F. @Live Your Poem

11 Dani @Doing the Work that Matters

12 Margaret @Reflections on the Teche

13 Doraine @Dori Reads

14 Christie @Wondering and Wandering

15 Robyn @Life on the Deckle Edge

16 Carol @Beyond LiteracyLink

17 Amy @The Poem Farm

18 Linda @A Word Edgewise

19 Heidi @my juicy little universe

20 Buffy @Buffy’s Blog

21 Michelle @Michelle Kogan

22 Catherine @Reading to the Core

23 Penny @a penny and her jots

24 Tabatha @The Opposite of Indifference

25 Jan @Bookseestudio

26 Linda @Write Time

27 Sheila @Sheila Renfro

28 Liz @Elizabeth Steinglass

29 Irene @Live Your Poem

30 Donna @Mainely Write


2 thoughts on “Day 18: Free Verse, Meta Poetry, and Poetry Memories #NaPoWriMo #playwithpoetryNPM #PoemInYourPocketDay #PocketPoem

  1. I love your little pocket poem. I am on spring break today and huge storms are expected, so I won’t be out spreading pocket poem love. I always carry Naomi Shihab Nye’s kindness and Mary Oliver’s Wild Geese. These are poems I come back to over and over for what they offer me.

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