Today I join my fellow bloggers in "serving up a slice"
to the Tuesday Slice of Life (SOL) community.
Thanks to Stacey, Betsy, Beth, Kathleen, Deb, Lisa, Melanie, and Lanny
for hosting this meeting place each Tuesday and nurturing our writing lives.
For my alphabetic National Poetry Month stroll, I have arrived at the letter I. Incredible Irene Latham blogs at Live Your Poem and hosts the yearly Kidlitosphere Progressive Poem. She writes poetry for children & adults and writes novels. I'm so excited that her middle grade novel, Leaving Gee's Bend, is coming out in paperback. Her most recent picture book of poetry, Fresh Delicious, is a delightful stroll through the farmer's market. Both my grandsons have autographed copies of this book. She continues her Artspeak! poem-a-day project for National Poetry Month with a focus on Portraits this year. And she does school presentations! This past year I hosted her when she spoke at the middle school where I taught before retiring. She even agreed to a small group meeting with my after school book club. And she resurrected the Spiritual Journey (first) Thursday group. Feel free to join us to write about a designated topic and our spiritual journey on the first Thursday of each month. Irene's OLW for this year is abundance and she's giving away copies of her book, The Sky Between Us, for National Poetry Month. So it's easy to see why on Day 11 of my alphabetic journey through poetry that I'm compelled to tip my hat to incredible Irene who makes such a contribution to the poetic fun in the blogosphere.
After meeting Irene at NCTE 2014, I received a twitter invite to join the Progressive Poem. In a moment of weakness (or insanity), I agreed. Every year I tell myself, "Don't do it again." But something about playing with words entices me back onto the playground! And it allows me to check the box, "Do something that terrifies you!" And this is my third year to be terrified.
Here's our fearless leader Irene's invitation and explanation of the progressive poem: "Poetry Friday Friends and other poetry lovers are invited to join the fun as a poem travels daily from blog to blog, with each host adding a line, beginning April 1."
Here's the poem as it was handed to me yesterday by Penny at
Below is a list of participating poets with links to their blogs so that you can follow the 2017 Kidlitosphere Progressive Poem.