Poetry Friday round-up here

This week's Poetry Friday round-up is here. Welcome, PFers; please leave your links in the comments and I will update this post with your contributions throughout the day!

My offering for the week, with a complimentary rambling introduction, is Vijaya Mukhopadhyay's "Wanting to Move."

Susan has a very clever parody, "The Love Song of Wolfgang Puck (with apologies to T.S. Eliot)" by Eileen Tse.

Julie Larios has responded to some of Naomi Shihab Nye's thoughts on poetry and mystery with an original poem on the famously mysterious Sphinx.

Tanita S. Davis has a striking and wonderfully thoughtful John Updike poem, "Religious Consolation."

Susan of Black-Eyed Susan shares a poem that she says makes her smile every time she reads it: "Poetry Should Ride the Bus" by Ruth Forman. I love the picture it paints of how real and immediate poetry should be.

Tabatha's contribution is "Fair Warning" by Alden Nowlan. I honestly laughed out loud at this one. It reminds me of a certain Jack Sparrow quote.

Mary Lee shares "Sleepers Awake" by John Ashbery.

Tricia has a poem about mathematical operations: "Numbers" by Mary Cornish.

Janet has a really lovely original poem, "Falling Asleep," about bedtime and listening.

Carol shares Marge Piercy's "To Be of Use."

Stacey of Two Writing Teachers tells us about an interesting-sounding new poetry book, Well-Defined, and lets us sample a poem from it called "Incessant."

Elaine Magliaro's posted an original rhyming acrostic poem, "Shadow," at Wild Rose Reader, and in honor of her daughter's engagement, she shares Robert Burns's "A Red, Red Rose" at Wild Rose Girls. (I still remember how puzzled and amused I was as a little kid by this poem's regional spellings.)

Andrea has an audio discussion of a rhyming novel, Zorgamazoo, at her place.

Laura Salas invites you over to her place to write a fifteen words or less poem inspired by a picture she's posted, and shares two original sijo. A new form to me.

Jama's got "An Apology" by Roger McGough, a British poet who was popular in the '60s.

Kurious Kitty is celebrating the founding of the USPS with Dana Gioia's "The Letter."

The Shelf Elf describes her contribution, Wendy Cope's "The Orange," as a poem about finding and approaching beauty in small things.

The Write Sisters share a "A Teacher's Prayer" by John Hillen. I never thought before of teachers praying for snow days, but I don't know why not.

Over at her own blog, Jet has posted her poem "At Sea," continuing with her theme of "poems of love and lust."

Linda shares some thoughts on poetry as well as Jane Kenyon's bittersweet "Otherwise."

The Stenhouse Blog offers Constantine Cavafy's "The City." Dark but beautiful and true, I think.

Fiddler has "Divine Geometry," an excerpt from Dante's Divine Comedy.

Author Amok interviews the author who recently won a Caldecott Honor for a picture biography of William Carlos Williams.

Sylvia Vardell has a birthday tribute to Kenn Nesbitt and a review of his new book, My Hippo Has the Hiccups.

John Mutford reviews Sarah Holbrook and Allan Wolf's More Than Friends.

Jone has an original sijo as well as some original poetry from several fifth graders.

Kelly shares a Jack Prelutsky poem.

Cloudscome has two original sijo from Monday's Poetry Stretch.

Kelly Fineman shares "Memory," by Thomas Baily Aldrich.

Seven Impossible Things slides in with an excerpt from "A River Runs Through It" which isn't poetry but could have been a prose poem.

Jennifer Knoblock has collected some snatches from six different poets.

Nandini's in an early spring mood; head over to her place to read "Day Lilies," by Rosanna Warren.

Liz In Ink's sharing some prose-poemy excerpts from Kathi Appelt's The Underneath.

Little Willow's posted a beautiful small Emily Dickinson.

Tiela Aisha Ansari shares an original poem on "golden-fingered dawn," which reminds me of Homer's "rosy-fingered dawn."

Mike Thomson's posted a video of poet Regie Gibson reading "When They Speak Of Our Time."


susanwrites 2/20/2009 12:18 AM  

I'm in with The Love Song of Wolfgang Puck by Eileen Tse (A parody of T.S. Eliot's "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock")

You can read it at: http://susanwrites.livejournal.com/204636.html

Julie Larios 2/20/2009 12:19 AM  

We're on the same wave length, I think - this week I have some thoughts from Naomi Shihab Nye, too. She has some interesting things to say about poetry and mystery. Midweek I had a poem of hers up on the blog. But today I'm posting an original of mine from Imaginary Menagerie called "Sphinx." You'll find it over at The Drift Record And thanks for hosting - gad, that photo you have of Ocean Beach (I'm pretty sure) in SF is making me a little homesick for the City.

tanita s. davis 2/20/2009 1:14 AM  

(Hail, fellow San Franciscan -- I'm sighing a bit at the picture. I'm in the UK at the moment, and while it's lovely, I'm very much missing the hills and fog in the city of my birth!)

I'm in with a bit of Updike - thanks very much for hosting.

susan 2/20/2009 1:35 AM  

I look forward to Poetry Friday. I'm posting a work by Ms. Ruth Forman. "Poetry Should Ride The Bus" I smile everytime I read it.

Tabatha 2/20/2009 2:33 AM  

I have Fair Warning by Alden Nowlan this Friday. Thanks for hosting!

Mary Lee 2/20/2009 2:51 AM  

I have a poem called "Sleepers Awake."
I personally would rather be sleeping in right now!


Thanks for doing the round up!

Tricia 2/20/2009 3:03 AM  

I am in today with a poem by Mary Cornish entitled Numbers.

Thanks for hosting this week. Have a great weekend.

Janet 2/20/2009 3:09 AM  

Thanks for hosting today! I have an original here: http://www.acrossthepage.net/?p=2006

Carol 2/20/2009 3:13 AM  

Thanks for hosting. I'm in with TO BE OF USE, an old favorite by Marge Piercy.

Stacey from Two Writing Teachers 2/20/2009 3:16 AM  

Thanks for hosting. Here's a link to a poem from a new poetry book:

Elaine Magliaro 2/20/2009 3:55 AM  

Thanks for doing the roundup this week!

At Wild Rose Reader, I have an original rhyming acrostic poem--Shadow.


At Blue Rose Girls, I have posted a poem in honor of my daughter's recent engagement.


Andrea -- Just One More Book!! Podcast 2/20/2009 4:08 AM  

Thanks for rounding us up! Today we discuss rhyming novel adventure, Zorgamazoo.


We also play an audio-comment from Kirby Larsen, author of "Hattie Big Sky"

laurasalas 2/20/2009 4:16 AM  

Thanks for hosting today! I'm in with 15 Words or Less poems inspired by a creepy theme park picture at http://laurasalas.livejournal.com/133224.html

And also two original sijo in response to this week's Poetry Stretch at http://laurasalas.livejournal.com/133434.html

jama 2/20/2009 4:27 AM  

Today I'm sharing two poems by Liverpool poet, Roger McGough:


Thanks so much for hosting!

KURIOUS KITTY 2/20/2009 4:39 AM  

Kurious Kitty celebrates the founding of the U.S. Postal Service with Dana Gioia's "The Letter."


Have a great weekend!

Booky 2/20/2009 4:44 AM  

Thanks so much for hosting.

My poem is "The Orange" by Wendy Cope - all about finding and appreciating beauty in small things.


Happy Friday!

I'm Jet . . . 2/20/2009 4:45 AM  

The Write Sisters offer up a Teacher's Prayer for a Snow Day, although nobody here in the Northeast is wishing for yet more snow. Go here to read it: http://thewritesisters.blogspot.com/

I'm Jet . . . 2/20/2009 4:46 AM  

Thank you so much for hosting. It's week three for poems of love and lust. Go here for AT SEA: http://theincrediblethinkingwoman.blogspot.com/

Linda 2/20/2009 5:06 AM  

Thank you for hosting. I have some thoughts on poetry and Jane Kenyon's "Otherwise" at

The Stenhouse Blog 2/20/2009 5:26 AM  

This week's selection on the Stenhouse Blog is a poem by Constantine Cavafy called The City.

Fiddler 2/20/2009 5:27 AM  

Thanks for hosting today! I'm in with "Divine Geometry" from Dante's Divine Comedy and some relating lines from Pythagoras at A Habit of Reading.

Author Amok 2/20/2009 5:34 AM  

Thanks for hosting today!

I have an interview with poet and author Jen Bryant about her recent Caldecott Honor. Her book "A River of Words" is a picture book bio of William Carlos Williams.


Sylvia Vardell 2/20/2009 5:47 AM  

Thanks for hosting this week. I'm in with a birthday tribute to Kenn Nesbitt and a review of his new book, MY HIPPO HAS THE HICCUPS.


John Mutford 2/20/2009 5:49 AM  

Thanks for hosting! I'm in with a review of Sara Holbrook and Allan Wolf's More Than Friends: http://bookmineset.blogspot.com/2009/02/readers-diary-456-sara-holbrook-and.html

jone 2/20/2009 5:50 AM  

Love the poems from This Same Sky. I have two:
an original poem in sijo form:

and from students at my school:


Kelly 2/20/2009 6:16 AM  

Thank you for hosting! I have a Jack Prelutsky poem at http://www.kpolark.blogspot.com

Cloudscome 2/20/2009 6:25 AM  

Thanks for doing the round up! I am in with a couple Sijo from Monday's Poetry Stretch.

Kelly Fineman 2/20/2009 6:31 AM  

Thank you for hosting. I have a poem entitled Memory by Thomas Bailey Aldrich. Here is the direct link to my main blog: http://kellyrfineman.livejournal.com/386106.html

eisha 2/20/2009 6:35 AM  

Howdy, nice to meetcha. 7-Imp is in with, okay, not really a poem, but an excerpt from A River Runs Through It by Norman Maclean that *could* be a prose poem, if you want it to be.


jenniferknoblock 2/20/2009 6:44 AM  

Hi, and thanks for hosting!

I have snatches from six diverse poets at Ink for Lit.

Nandini 2/20/2009 6:45 AM  

I know it's still February but I've been browsing through bulbs at the garden store and thinking of starting seeds and thinning my lilies.

I have Day Lilies by Rosanna Warren at Notes from New England.

Can't wait for spring!

Liz in Ink 2/20/2009 7:00 AM  

Thanks for hosting! I have poetic bits from The Underneath today:


Little Willow 2/20/2009 7:21 AM  

Thank you for hosting! Love your blog name. :)

I'm quoting Emily Dickinson today at Bildungsroman.

Tiel Aisha Ansari 2/20/2009 7:29 AM  

An original poem about Golden-Fingered Dawn

Mike Thomson 2/20/2009 7:48 AM  

This week's entry is Regie Gibson's ""When They Speak of Our Time."

You can hear it over at...


poemhome 2/20/2009 8:06 AM  

I've invented the Poemagram, a new form based on anagrams, over at the Florian Cafe:
O brave new world!

Liviania 2/20/2009 9:08 AM  

I like the Love Song of Wolfgang Puck.

Lorie Ann Grover 2/20/2009 9:09 AM  

Thank you so much for hosting!

I'm in with an original poem Blue.

Happy Poetry Friday!

Lorie Ann Grover 2/20/2009 9:19 AM  

And at readertotz we have a Mother Goose rhyme Butterfly, Butterfly.

Thanks again!

Lorie Ann Grover 2/20/2009 9:21 AM  

And finally at readergirlz we have my original poem in celebration of Operation Teen Book Drop, TBD '09. Shew.

Nadine C. Warner 2/20/2009 9:26 AM  

I'm in with Jane Yolen's "Snow on the Trees" in honor of the 6-10 inches we'll be getting in Chicago.


MotherReader 2/20/2009 11:36 AM  

I have a book review of Stitchin' and Pullin' plus bonus poem at



Lisa@passionatelycurious 2/20/2009 4:06 PM  

I'm in with a post about Abraham Lincoln as a poet. Thanks for hosting!

Jennie 2/20/2009 8:51 PM  

Thank you for hosting! I'm in with an original, although it's quite old.


Schelle 2/20/2009 10:11 PM  

Children and internet connections were very unco-operative today! I hope I'm not too late to join in :D

I have some an original sijo or four written in response to this week's Poetry Stretch.

Thanks for hosting!!!

Countrybelle 2/21/2009 4:23 AM  

wow, this is wonderful. i already love some of these poems and will now follow the other links...
thank you!

Franco 2/21/2009 10:25 PM  

I have to say i not much of a poet but i do like emily D. short and simple.
I haven't been here in along time, is this my first time in your blog?
i don't know
ps: your header is super.

Franco 2/21/2009 10:26 PM  

oh yeah wanna exchange links? let me know

Sara 2/22/2009 11:20 PM  

you have such a beautiful blog,
thank you for following mine <3

Valerie 2/23/2009 11:21 AM  

I know this is late but it is my first Poetry Friday post. The poem is called, Snow.


Shelley 4/16/2010 6:01 PM  

Thanks for hosting!

Please feel free to use the "bakery window method" to make your own choice at:


john 3/25/2012 8:21 AM  

its so nice post.i liked so much.i love to visit here again for updates.

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