Wordplay #NationalPoetryMonth #NaPoWriMo

Happy National Poetry Month! This month I am tagging along with poet/author Amy Ludwig VanDerwater during what has become her annual NPM Project. You can click here to learn more about this straight from Amy! This year she is writing and sharing a new poem every day, each highlighting a different poetic technique, but keeping the same subject. Her challenge, 1 Subject 30 Ways, is also a bit of an informal book study, as she’s using her fall 2017 release Poems Are Teachers (Heinemann) as her guide. Join us!

Today’s poetic technique chosen by Amy is to experiment with words. My subject is, and will be all month long, vernal pools. Can you spot the new word I’m unveiling today? Wait for it…

Pool growing, Wind blowing

Introducing…GALLUMPING! Hey, it’s hard to move around a muddy vernal pool in those oh-so-fashionable and essential hip waders. But a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do!

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I also hope you will stop by Live Your Poem daily to follow along the journey of the 2018 KidLit Progressive Poem, a fun annual collaborative project lovingly begun in 2012 by poet/author Irene Latham. The poem will magically, and quite literally this year, be growing right before our eyes daily during the month of April. This year we are following along the journey of Jasmine and her companions Moon and Owl. Jasmine has now safely landed and begun wrapping herself around a trellis. The process is fascinating and this year I am diving in for the first time with a line right in the middle of the month — April 18th.

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This post is part of my personal National Poetry Month celebration. I hope you’ll join me in sharing your favorite poetic gems throughout the month of April whether they are written by you, your students, or another poet.

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