Mouse-galleries #ThoreaulyInspired #NPM #NaPoWriMo #NationalPoetryMonth #PoetryFriday

Thanks to Heidi at My Juicy Little Universe for hosting this week’s Poetry Friday roundup, the first roundup of National Poetry Month! Here’s what’s happening in my neck of the poetry woods today.

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Each day during April, I will write a poem-ish piece inspired by a word or phrase mined from the pages of Henry David Thoreau’s jewel-laden journals. I have left my challenge open so that the poems may take any form — haiku, free verse, borrowed line, blackout –and who knows which direction they will go in.

Day #3: Mouse-galleries

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A peek at my process

On April 2, 1860, Thoreau wrote, “The leaves being thus cleanly burned, you see amid their cinders countless mouse-galleries, where they have run all over the wood, especially in shrub oak land, these lines crossing each other ever foot and at every angle. ” (The Journal of Henry David Thoreau, Journal XIII: December 1, 1859 – July 31, 1860, Chapter V. April, 1860, p. 239)

Mouse-galleries? Now that’s a term new to me. It refers to a mouse’s fair-weather nest that is but a slight depression made in the ground. There was the obvious choice of playing off Thoreau’s image of the shallow shelter. But when conducting an image search, I couldn’t resist going in a more playful direction when I stumbled upon this delightful image from mohair-mouse-artist Charlotte Huttner’s magical website, Mouse Land. You must visit Charlotte’s site and Instagram feed, Charlotte’s Mice.  As Charlotte says, “Just spreading a little happiness.” Charlotte graciously granted me permission to use her image to accompany my words today.

In other news…I am also excited to share that I have joined the Teach Write blogging team and will be writing a Poetry Ponderings blog post for them every month. My first offering, Finding Your Poetry Secret Decoder Ring, is now live. And today my blogging teammate, Paula Bourque, offers up Quick Write Sparks to Kindle the Poet In All of Us  for her first Think & Ink post. I hope you will take a peek!

And now for…

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On Wednesday, members of the Poetry Friday family launched the 8th annual Kidlitosphere Progressive Poem originally organized by author/poet, Irene Latham. Margaret Simon at Reflections on the Teche is taking over this year as the organizer. Many members of the #PoetryFriday family have signed up to provide a line for the 2020 poem. Jone MacCulloch takes over today, again offering a line choice for the next host. You can find Jone’s line on her blog, Deo Writer. I’m excited to provide the 24th line on Friday, April 24th. I hope you’ll join us to see what happens! Here’s the itinerary for the poem.

1 Donna Smith at Mainly Write
2 Irene Latham at 
Live Your Poem
3 Jone MacCulloch, 
deowriter
Liz Steinglass
Buffy Silverman
6 Kay McGriff at 
https://kaymcgriff.edublogs.org/
7 Catherine Flynn at 
Reading to the Core
8 Tara Smith at 
Going to Walden
9 Carol Varsalona at 
Beyond Literacy Link
10 Matt Forrest Esenwine at 
Radio, Rhythm, and Rhyme
11 Janet Fagel hosted at 
Reflections on the Teche
12 Linda Mitchell at 
A Word Edgewise
13 Kat Apel at 
Kat Whiskers
14 Margaret at 
Reflections on the Teche
15 Leigh Anne Eck at 
A Day in the Life
16 Linda Baie at 
Teacher Dance
17 Heidi Mordhorst at 
My Juicy Little Universe
18 Mary Lee Hahn at
 A Year of Reading
19 Tabatha at 
Opposite of Indifference
20 Rose Cappelli at 
Imagine the Possibilities
21 Janice Scully at 
Salt City Verse
22 Julieanne Harmatz at 
To Read, To Write, To Be
23 Ruth, 
thereisnosuchthingasagodforsakentown.blogspot.com
24 Christie Wyman at 
Wondering and Wandering
25 Amy at 
The Poem Farm
26 Dani Burtsfield at 
Doing the Work That Matters
27 Robyn Hood Black at 
Life on the Deckle Edge
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29 Fran Haley at 
lit bits and pieces
30 
Michelle Kogan

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24 thoughts on “Mouse-galleries #ThoreaulyInspired #NPM #NaPoWriMo #NationalPoetryMonth #PoetryFriday

  1. That image! I’d never heard of a mouse gallery either. I do love learning something new. I also didn’t know subnivean and got to look that up! Your poem reminds us that spring is coming even when it still looks wintry outdoors.

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  2. Mouse galleries are new to me, too. Thanks for sharing all you are learning through Thoreau. We get mice coming out of sugarcane fields when they are burned. I’m afraid that are not welcomed creatures.

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  3. I did not know about the mouse galleries, and I love the alliteration in nocturnal nappers! You an Amy LV have this mouse connection today!

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  4. You’ve entered the adoration of Rose Fyleman’s “I think mice are rather nice…”, Christie. This is adorable to imagine ‘Mouse Galleries” & the image is perfection. I am loving that you are teaching us more about Thoreau. Though I’ve read some of his works, I don’t remember much. Thanks!

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  5. Christie, I love the backstory to your poem and the serendipitous discovery of Charlotte Huttner’s artwork. Such a happy melding of creative minds–Thoreau, yours, Charlotte’s and of course the mice’s (is there such a word?lol). I’ll look forward to reading your TeachWrite posts. You are a busy one!

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  6. Thank you, Thoreau, for sharing the term mouse-galleries to inspire this delightful post. Both Charlotte’s mouse image and your poem are wonderful. Our barn cats keep the mouse population down around us, but we did surprise one (or maybe it surprised us) that was sleeping the canoe when we took it out on the pond.

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  7. This is going to be a rich and wonderful month at Wondering and Wandering, Christie! Your poem today is charming. And congratulations on joining the Teach Write blogging team. Sounds to me like a perfect match for your skills/talents. 🙂

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  8. Hi, Christie–I’m very late making the rounds of last Friday’s blogposts…gearing up for online PreK has been time-consuming! I love what you did with the mouse gallery idea and I think your Thoreauly Inspired theme is very cool. Hope you and yours are well….

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