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Friday, April 30, 2010

Poetry Friday--Hey You!

Hey You! Poems to Skyscrapers, Mosquitoes, and Other Fun Things selected by Paul B. Janeczko and illustrated by Robert Rayevsky [J 811.54 HEY] is a book in which poets speak directly to a number of objects and non-human beings. It's not like a toad, a maggot in an apple, or a wall are ever going to answer back! In his introduction Paul Janeczko talks about the writing of such poems:
Why would anyone write a poem to a thing? Because it's fun! And it can also be a challenge. You need to really observe the thing and discover what you might say to it. Then, of course, you'll need to find the right words to make it come alive.
When kids get older, they'll probably study more complex words like "apostrophe" and "personification" to describe what the poems are all about, but, for a younger student, this book makes learning about address poems effortless!

Here's one that speaks to a ramshackle barn:
Old Farm in Northern Michigan

by Gary Gildner

Barn, you have leaned too far
trying for those wormy apples.
Now your cows will never come back
and fill their pails with cream.
Now the horse will never come back
with its hot breath and sweaty collar.
Barn, you have leaned too far--
even the cat thinks you are crazy
and stays close to the car.
This week's Poetry Friday Round-Up at Great Kid Books
is sure to be a joyous celebration this last day of National Poetry Month.

1 comment:

  1. This post goes perfectly with Elaine's! You focus on the book, she focuses on her own apostrophe poems! (gotta get this book!! the Universe has spoken!!)

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