showering shade below
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Mid-August. When the crickets sing all day in the long grass and the sky invents blue every morning. A lovely time to savor the moments with small bites of haiku, no? That's what I was thinking when we made the proposed schedule for a year of playing with poetic forms, my Poetry Sisters and I. Then someone threw a wrench in it last month, and suggested we try writing haiku in the form ofAdd a Comment
Once, my son found a "help wanted" ad:
Remove nest of baby copperheads
from under porch. Will pay $20.
I always wondered if anyone was desperate enough to answer. I mean, come on---they're BABY copperheads, right?
That's the thing about classifieds. They suggest (perhaps willfully) that if only you answer them, the full story will be revealed. More likely, the truth is that if you answer the ad, you become part of the story, too.
Tough times when a person's favorite people move away. Sending texts to simply say "We miss you," gets old...to say nothing of annoying. So today, I took another tactic.
"This screen is empty/ no when, no where, no questions/ an expanse of gone."
The reply came line by line. "Memorial day.". " going to the pool soon". "Hope all is well, Mom.". " That's a haiku."
And so it continued. At one point I got this message. "I could do this all day.".
So could I.
Some more haiku texts: " I don't want to walk.". "But D-c- wants to walk there." " So walking it is."
"Not really walking." "Your dad is carrying you." "And he is tired."
My text haiku deteriorated after my first attempt.
I am finished now. My screen is dressed in letters. My heart is at rest.
Lucy takes her grandparents
on the worst/best cruise ever:
Displacement by Lucy Knisley. Fantagraphics, 2015, 168 pages.
Poem in Your Pocket Day.
Squirrel winds her way
from limb to limb, encumbered
mouth full of dry leaves
If she could turn back time . . .
she'd probably not tick off
the house spirit.
Seconds by Bryan Lee O'Malley. Ballantine, 2014, 336 pages.
Approved by fifth-grade
daughter, second-grade son, and Mom.
Cleopatra in Space #1: Target Practice by Mike Maihack. Graphix, 2014, 176 pages.
Happy Bunny guy
is a worthy successor
to John Callahan.
Dog Butts and Love. And Stuff Like That. And Cats. by Jim Benton. NBM Publishing, 2014, 96 pages.
Oh, my heart: hard truths,
decisions for my (second-)
favorite fifth grader.
True Things (Adults Don't Want Kids to Know) by Jimmy Gownley. Atheneum, 2010, 176 pages.
Grief in tangible and
intangible forms: a
The Question of Miracles by Elana K. Arnold. Harcourt, 2015, 240 pages.
A little repetitive,yes,
but a powerful
Poisoned Apples: Poems for You, My Pretty by Christine Heppernan. Greenwillow, 2014, 128 pages.
CRAZY HOT GHOST ACTION!
Or, Why You Might Not Want
to Visit UK.
The Shadow Cabinet (Shades of London #3) by Maureen Johnson. Putnam, 2015, 400 pages.
Lee Wardlaw is the author of 30 books for young readers, including Won Ton: A Cat Tale Told in Haiku, recipient of the Lee Bennett Hopkins Children’s Poetry Award, the Myra Cohn Livingston Award for Poetry, and the Purina/Fancy Feast “Love Story” Award.Add a Comment
Enter to win a copy of WON TON–WON TON: A CAT TALE TOLD IN HAIKU and WON TON AND CHOPSTICK: A CAT AND DOG TALE TOLD IN HAIKU, by Lee Wardlaw and illustrated by Eugene Yelchin. Giveaway ends May 5, 2015, at 11:59 P.M. PST.Add a Comment
A sturdy middle-grade
with wacky characters
and some light magic.
Lucky Strike by Bobbie Pyron. Levine/Scholastic, 2015, 272 pages.
This avowed prank-hater
still found these guys kinda
charming. (But trouble.)
The Terrible Two by Jory John and Mac Barnett, illustrated by Kevin Cornell. Abrams, 2015, 224 pages.
Will she ever run
out of books? No way. Out of
More than your garden-variety
Moonpenny Island by Tricia Springstubb. Balzer + Bray. 2015, 304 pages.
Everyone you meet
is fighting a battle you
know nothing about.
Read Between the Lines by Jo Knowles. Candlewick, 2015, 336 pages.
I really need to
see someone put this show on
for real. Curtain up!
Hold Me Closer: The Tiny Cooper Story by David Levithan. Dutton, 2015, 208 pages.
Title: Won Ton and Chopstick – A Cat and Dog tale Told in Haiku Written by: Lee Wardlaw Illustrated by: Eugene Yelchin Published by: Henry Holt and Company, LLC, 2015 Themes/Topics: cats, dogs, haiku, pets, friends Suitable for ages: 7-11 Hardcover, 40 pages Opening: It’s … Continue readingAdd a Comment
Kicka$$ girls go camping,
fight monsters, and set up
for new adventures.
Lumberjanes Vol. 1: Beware the Kitten Holy by Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis, and Brooke Allen. BOOM! Box, 2015, 128 pages.