Friday, September 1, 2023

Poetry Friday: Oops!

Thanks to Mary Lee and Jone, two dear Poetry Friday friends, who jiggled my memory about today being my day to host Poetry Friday.

Two of the grand boys are here this morning, so between creating apple O's and C's for morning snack, I grabbed this favorite anthology from the bookshelf to share with you on this first day of September!

This one was a favorite in my classroom, so I finally purchased my own copy. This delightful anthology compiled by Lee Bennett Hopkins is filled with favorites. Check it out, you'll love it too!

It opens with "School Bus" by Lee Bennett Hopkins. Grandson Jack is keeping his fingers crossed that he makes it on the transportation list soon so he can ride the school bus. 

The book is a delightful celebration of all things school from paper clips, pencils, pens, crayons, glue, popsicle sticks, lunch bags, the spinning globe, and ending with "Homework." 

I'm including Brod Bagert's "My Writer's Notebook." The opening line amuses me since I never let my students use spiral notebooks, but insisted on composition notebooks that were easier for me to stack and transport and read.

I absolutely adore the final three lines:

"My words on an empty page

In an ordinary notebook

The silver setting for the jewels of my life."

I apologize for my tardiness and look forward to your contributions to this week's Poetry Friday. Join us for poetic goodness by leaving your link below. I'll round up later today.

Patricia Franz salutes the pollinators for Labor Day and includes a nod to James Crews' anthology, The Path to Kindness (which I adore) and Ted Kooser's poem "It Doesn't Take Much." 

Lou Piccolo shares an original poem "Rainmaking" from What is Hope?,  Janet Wong and Sylvia Vardell's newest anthology.

Anastasia Suen shares her Labor Day #smallpoem, a robust finish for her August collection of small poems.  

Tabatha shares Majorie Saiser's poem, "For My Daughter" to celebrate daughter Elena's birthday.

Robyn Hood Black puts the spotlight on Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong's newest anthology What Is Hope? which includes Robyn's lovely poem, "Metamorphosis."

Linda continues the celebration for What is Hope? with her poem,"Mail." I agree that handwritten letters bring a special joy. Check out this delightful anthology by Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong for a daily dose of hope.

Denise creates a twist on Bananagrams - Solitaire Bananagrams and  Bananagram Poetry. I bet you'll dig out your banana for some poetry play soon! Then she shares the last of the poetry she enjoyed during the Sealy Challenge.

Margaret shares the model poem that she shared with the Inklings for their enjambment challenge and the challenges she's faced recently. Be sure to check out her "Is It" poem. It will  encourage you to take some deep breaths and bask in her beautiful photo of Bayou Teche Sunset.

Linda creates "Something Delightful" in reponse to Amy Ludwig Vanderwater's prompt to students and the enjambment challenge from the Inklings. And be sure to check out her padlet with a word poem created against the background of an image captured Wednesday by NASA's Aqua satellite of Typhoon Hagupit in the western Pacific Ocean.

Laura Purdie Salas shares a poetryaction (short, quick poems written in response to a book) to Joyce Sidman's new book, We Are Branches. And she shares the poems from her final week of poetry reading for #theSealyChallenge.

Rose Cappelli completes her first year of #the SealeyChallenge and pens a lovely pantoum inspired by John Frank's book,  A Chill in the Air: Nature Poems for Fall and Winter.

Mary Lee sneaks in-jam-meant into her "Caught.Not Kept." creation for the enjambment challenge with the Inklings. She also shares the books she read as part of #theSealeyChallenge.

Carol Labuzzetta shares mushroom and fungus finds, haiku paired with photos (ekphrastic poems) and provides guidelines for how to submit poems for inclusion in her upcoming Picture Perfect Poetry Nature Anthology.

Marcie rounds up her month of reading for #theSealeyChallenge and shares a haiku about the "octoped hiker" paired with an exquisite photo. 

Carol Varsalona introduces us to Irene Latham's newest book (her 19th children's book, set to be released on September 19, 2023), The Museum On The Moon-The Curious Objects on the Lunar Surface. It's a lovely review for an out-of-this-world exciting children's book. Be sure to read Irene's responses to Carol's two burning questions.

Linda Baie finds that gifts in her mailbox lift her spirits. Her sharing of poetry gifts almost entices me to join a future Poetry Swap.

Janice Scully received "Vistors from Other Worlds" by Tabbatha Yeats as one of her Poetry Swap gifts. It was written in response to Janice's golden shovel poem about Einstein's Theory of Relativity. Janice's haiku about floating may make you want to head to the water to experience that kind of silence

Michelle Kogan closes the month with "Blue Mystery," an original poem celebrating the wonderful second moon we enjoyed in August, She also links to "Tonight I've Watched," another moon poem written a very long time ago by Sappho.

Jan Godown Annino shares a food poetry collection, a nonfiction book, The Paper Garden, that reads like poetry, and an upcoming September workshop offered by Georgia Heard and Rebecca Kai Dotlich.

Jone Rush McCulloch bids goodbye to August and hails autumn with a haiku and photo taken at The Portland Japanese Garden. She also shares her reading for #theSealeyChallenge.

Heidi responds to the Inkling Challenge with her poem, "opening." She also shares a forthcoming collection, Dear Human at the Edge of Time: Poems on Climate Change in the United States (which includes a poem by her). 

Molly Hogan explores all things enjambment in her post and shares her play with the Inklings Challenge in  "Straddling the Lines."

Kathryn Appel is on the road and busy, busy, busy as an author, poet, and educator. Yet she still finds time to pen a poem or two.  Check out "On Tour" with its delicious rhyme and gorgeous photos  and "What Do You Do When Google Gives Directions That Locals Contradict?" with its two word terse verse response.

Joyce Ray continues the moon fascination experienced by many of you this past week. She received Moonstruck: Poems about Our Moon from author Irene Latham. She attended an art exhibit where she found a moon scene, August Moon, by Dan Namingha. Inspired by the painting she created  an ekphrastic nonet, "Three Sisters."

Diane Anderson's poem "Military" in in the new anthology, What Is Hope? by Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong. She shares a beautiful Labor Day picture book and Glory in the Margins by Nikki Grimes that she is reading after being inspired by #theSealeyChallenge.

Irene Latham explores forever in this week's Artspeak:Light project with her poem, "The Shape of Forever." She also writes about her visit to The Africantown Heritage Museum in Mobile. (If you haven't read African Town, a powerful novel-in-verse by her and Charles Waters, add it to your list.

Amy Ludwig VanDerwater invites us to think about preparations for fall both by animals and humans. She also asks us to listen for the sounds of this season of preparation.

Tracey Kiff-Judson uses a moment after rain to make an observation and pen a disgusting poem, all while reminding us that decomposers make the world go 'round.

Joanne Emery's poem is selected for the new anthology, What is Hope? She shares her belief and hope for young people.


  1. Yay! So glad you were able to open this. Here's my link for today's post:

  2. So happy your memory was jiggled! I thought I’d misread the list…
    Here’s my link :
    Thank you for hosting!

  3. Thanks for hosting on this busy holiday weekend. I'm also sharing a Labor Day poem:

  4. I like that ending, too! There's something so right about it. Thanks for sharing School Supplies and for hosting. My post is inspired by my daughter Elena's birthday today:

  5. Hi, Ramona - can happen to anyone! Glad you have been covered up with those precious grandchildren. Poetry is welcome any time of day. I'm in with a shout-out for the newest Pomelo Books anthology, WHAT IS HOPE?, and my poem in it, "Metamorphosis." Thanks for hosting!

  6. I love SCHOOL SUPPLIES! Thank you for hosting today! I'm in sharing my poem "Mail" from a beautiful new anthology, WHAT IS HOPE?

  7. Good Morning--what fun with the grands! No worries about PF from me. Shaking things up a bit always has some neat outcomes. I hear you on those spiral notebooks that just love to ruin my sweaters!

    1. Linda at A Word Edgewise.

  8. I sent my link above as I was walking the dog and we'd just sat down for a rest in the shade, but didn't have time to read your post and comment before she yanked me off the bench and demanded more walking. Sigh. So, now I'm home and have read it. I wanted to say that I love that anthology too and have always enjoyed the way it makes all things school so much fun. Enjoy the time with the grand boys!

  9. Ah, Ramona, thank you for creating this sweet post this morning. I love the back-to-school treasures you've shared. I'm picturing the grandkids reading poetry with their snacks this morning. Thanks for hosting. Here's my post

  10. I'm glad you were so preoccupied by your grandsons. What a delight! Thanks for sharing this book. I love all of LBH's collections. I'm in today with an enjambed life:

  11. Hi Ramona, I'm out of town, but I am in with a poetryaction to Joyce Sidman's beautiful picture book, We Are Branches! Thanks for hosting!

  12. Oh how this post brought back fond memories! I love School Supplies and used Brod Bagert's poem many times with students and teachers. Thanks so much for posting and for hosting on this busy weekend for you, Ramona. Here's the link to my post:

  13. You made it! No's still Friday, after all! :-) I'm in with a poem using enjambment for the Inklings' challenge:

  14. Hi Ramona! Thanks for hosting! Life gets busy and we all forget sometimes! Enjoy your grands! Here is my link for the round-up this week!

  15. Thanks for hosting, Ramona!

  16. From Carol Varsalona I am offering a book review on Irene Latham’s newest book at you will love the book. I am eager to show the arc I received from Irene. I am fortunate to have read both your slice and your PF post. Being a Grandma suits you. It extends your teacher life adding joy into your life. I hope your travel across the states went well. Hopefully one day we connect in the Eastern shore. Thank you for hosting., giving me Grandma ideas, and providing a new reading experience,

  17. You may be late but not too late to share that special anthology from Lee Bennett Hopkins, a treasure. Thanks for sharing and hosting, Ramona. I'm in today with loads of thanks for Poetry Swap gifts:

  18. Thank you sir hosting, Romona. I’m posting a swap poem from Tabatha at Http:// on my blog Salt City Verse

  19. Thanks for sharing this fun school-filled post Ramona, and for hosting! My post is all about Moons and the second full Moon we just had in August:

  20. Appreciations for getting to sit at the same school table with you, Ramona, in delight over LBH's SCHOOL SUPPLIES. Your post sent me to pluck this colorful whirl from a shelf. It opens to one of my faves, Jane Yolen's "Crayons":

    holding "my. pink/
    your chocolate/
    and her burnt sienna/
    and his ivory skin." ~ c. Jane Yolen

    My Bookseedstudio post offers two poetry books I think #PoetryFriday pals will want to consider & a tip off to what promises to be a super Sept. poetry workshop with Rebecca Kai Dotlich & Georgia Heard.

    Bookseedstudio, Jan Godown Annino

  21. What a good choice to read on the first day of September. Thank you for hosting. So sorry that Mr. Linky was uncooperative. Here's my link: I have a Haifa and a wrap up of my Sealey Challenge reads

  22. Doesn't it happen to all of us! Glad we are all back on track. Here's my link, with an Inklings challenge and a couple poetry community items. Thanks for hosting!

  23. I'm coming in toward the deadline with my response to the Inkling's challenge of the month. I love Brod Bagert's poem and it's new to me, so thanks for introducing us! Thanks also for hosting this week!

  24. Your post prior to this explained how this could happen, Ramona. It sounds like you've got lots happening in your life! Thank-you for swooping in to host us. And for sharing this poetry book, tied together with your memories. I'm on Substack, sharing A Week in Words - and Clicky Pics.

  25. I am Joyce Ray and can't figure out why I post as Anonymous! Ramona, the poem perfect choice for a back-to-school poem! Thank you for hosting. I look forward to reading more diamonds in the round-up. I'm sharing a moon poem inspired by Irene's gift and a chance meeting with a moon painting.

  26. Thanks for hosting, Ramona. As always, it is a delight to read about you and your grands. Here is my link:

  27. Ramona, I love back to school time! Thank you for sharing yours! Sorry for the Poetry Friday delay. Here is my link: Thank you for hosting!

    1. Oops! There shouldn't be a period at the end of my link. Sorry! Just

  28. Oh Ramona! I found you again! I'm going to pick up my copy of "School Supplies." Perfect for the 1st week of school. My poem, "Esperanza" was included in Janet Wong and Sylvia Vardell's anthology, What is Hope? I write about it here: