nonet and poetic debut #AvianAllusions #NPM #NaPoWriMo #NationalPoetryMonth #ProgressivePoem #Poetry Friday

Each day during April, I will write a poem-ish piece inspired by the avian world. 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.

It’s Poetry Friday and Catherine Flynn is hosting this fourth roundup of National Poetry Month on her blog, Reading to the Core. Catherine’s NPM project has been enlightening for me. She’s been reading Kathryn Aalto’s fascinating Writing Wild: Women Poets, Ramblers, and Mavericks Who Shape How We See the Natural World and writing poems inspired by the women featured in the book. I’ve not only been reading along with Catherine, but enjoying her exploration of various poetic forms. Catherine’s a great teacher! I hope you will stop by her site to read her poems, and offer one up yourself! Thanks for hosting, Catherine!

NPM Day #23: Swoosh of Color (nonet)

A peek at my process — When you step into my classroom or into my yard, it’s pretty obvious that I am a bird nerd. I am often asked why it is that I love birds so much. Let me count the ways! My nonet (my first and very rough attempt) lists just a few.

Poetry Bonus: At the end of five days of BioBlitzing last week, I asked my remote Kindergarten students to revisit their week of observations and wonders through artwork, a video reflection, a story, or a poem. One student, Lydia, chose to write a poem. Yeah her! She diligently BioBlitzed her chosen patch at home day after day all week, recording seasonal changes. It was a roller coaster ride of New England spring weather — warm and sunny, cold and rainy, and ending with a grand finale of snow. Lydia took full advantage of the irony to end her poem.

Buds Grow
Leaves come
Crabapples grow.
Moss is on trees.
Now I see snow.

By Lydia (Age 6)

And now for…

Participants in the Poetry Friday community have launched the 9th annual Kidlitosphere Progressive Poem originally organized by author/poet, Irene Latham. Margaret Simon at Reflections on the Teche took over last year as the organizer. This years poem is a lovely blend of kindness, friendship, and nature. Janice Scully takes over today, choosing a line from two gifted to her by Ruth Hersey. You may read her lines on her blog, Salt City Verse. I’m excited to provide the 29th and penultimate line on Thursday, April 29th. I hope you’ll join us to see what happens! Here’s the itinerary for the poem.

2021 Progressive Poem Itinerary:

1 Kat Apel at katswhiskers
2 Linda Mitchell at A Word Edgewise
3 Mary Lee at A Year of Reading
4 Donna Smith at Mainly Write
5 Irene Latham at Live your Poem
6 Jan Godown Annino at BookseedStudio
7 Rose Cappelli at Imagine the Possibilities
8 Denise Krebs at Dare to Care
9 Margaret Simon at Reflections on the Teche
10 Molly Hogan at Nix the Comfort Zone
11 Buffy Silverman
12 Janet Fagel at Reflections on the Teche
13 Jone Rush MacCulloch
14 Susan Bruck at Soul Blossom Living
15 Wendy Taleo at Tales in eLearning
16 Heidi Mordhorst at my juicy little universe
17 Tricia Stohr Hunt at The Miss Rumphius Effect
18 Linda Baie at Teacher Dance
19 Carol Varsalona at Beyond Literacy Link
20 Robyn Hood Black at Life on the Deckle Edge
21 Leigh Anne Eck at A Day in the Life
22 Ruth Hersey at There is No Such Thing as a God-forsaken Town
23 Janice Scully at Salt City Verse
24 Tabatha Yeatts at The Opposite of Indifference
25 Shari Daniels at Islands of my Soul
26 Tim Gels at Yet There is Method at
27 Rebecca Newman
28 Catherine Flynn at Reading to the Core
29 Christie Wyman at Wondering and Wondering
30 Michelle Kogan at More Art 4 All

10 thoughts on “nonet and poetic debut #AvianAllusions #NPM #NaPoWriMo #NationalPoetryMonth #ProgressivePoem #Poetry Friday

  1. Thanks for sharing Lydia’s amazing poem. I love the simplicity of a young child’s language that just nails it. “Now I see snow.”

    Your image poem/nonet is a wonderful capture of “why I love birds.” Again simple language with a certainty that leaves us satisfied. I also love how you begin with a sound “Swoosh”.

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  2. Beautiful nonet, and I too love birds, their being “master craftsmen” as you wrote. And I love seeing about your students’ journaling and observing, Lydia’s poem showed that she “saw” so beautifully. All the students at the school where I taught kept field journals. We felt it enhanced all the learning. Thanks for a lovely post.


  3. Oh, I want to be a kindergartener again and be in your class. My goodness, the learning that is infused with writing this poem–and it’s a good poem too! Wow! I love that you’re a bird nerd. I learn so much and I really enjoy learning in the poems you provide. Wonderful post, today!


  4. Yes! Some of the reasons I love birds, too! And your student’s poem is amazing! Thanks for sharing it. Ruth,


  5. “Empyrian antics” — love that phrase. The shape of a nonet makes me think of a bird settled, perching and then taking flight.


  6. BioBlitzing during a wacky week of weather led to a fabulous poem by Lydia!

    And I love your nonet list poem packed with such perfect words!


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