Welcome to Poetry Friday. I place to maybe find solace when the world is unsettled. Catherine at Reading to the Core has hosting duties. She's sharing Irene Latham's gorgeous new book, The Museum on the Moon.
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SheLast night, I was preparing this post. It was going to be a different one. I kept hedging and feeling the weight of this week in the world. I kept reading Naomi Shihab Nye's work. She is my go to person when the world is unsettled. Her poems, books, and essays have given me a some understanding of the Middle East. Which one post to post? I couldn't decide and I went to bed without my post written.
When I got out of bed this morning and got my tea, I knew what I'd write about today. I went back online and searched at Poets.org for Nye's work. Below is a cento for the Middle East, using lines from her poems.
A Cento for the Middle East: Thank You Naomi Shihab Nye
Sometimes there is a day
you just want to get far away from.
I thought pain had no tongue.
overlooking my humanity. ‘
A landscape of sorrow and grieving “
But more war, battles, why not simpler things?
burn of ancestors smoldering outside stolen homes,
causes a uniformed man to approach
barking, Is there something you don't understand?
They are the bravest people on earth right now,
kindness as the deepest thing inside,
sorrow as the other deepest thing.
wake up with sorrow.
only kindness makes sense anymore,
for an unfolding day.
©Jone Rush MacCulloch, (draft, 2023)
Sources for the Cento:
“Sometimes there’s a day” From The Tiny Journalist, BOA Editions, Ltd. 2019
“Arabic” from Red Suitcase. Copyright © 1994..
‘Gratitude List” From The Tiny Journalist, BOA Editions, Ltd. 2019
“Moon Over Gaza” From The Tiny Journalist, BOA Editions, Ltd. 2019
“What she Said” Copyright © 2022 by Naomi Shihab Nye. This poem originally appeared in Tikkun, September 10, 2021.
“The Burn” From Transfer BOA Editions, 2011
“The Burn” From Transfer BOA Editions, 2011
“Mediterranean Blue” From The Tiny Journalist. Copyright © 2019
“Kindness” from Words Under the Words: Selected Poems. Copyright © 1995
“Green Shirt” Copyright © 2022 by Naomi Shihab Nye. This poem originally appeared in Tikkun, September 10, 2021.
Spooky Spectacular Found Poems: October 27, 2027
I'm hoping you will join me on October 27th for a fun poetry event.
Did you have fun with Spring's Classic Found Poem Palooza? You are invited to another found poem spectacular palooza, spooky version. Do you have a favorite horror or scary book, poem or story? Maybe a Poe, a HP Lovecraft, Dracula or Frankenstein?
It doesn't need to be long. From The Fall of the House of Usher by Edgar Allen Poe:
uplifted my eyes to
shaking from my spirit
Today Linda B. at TeacherDance is hosting Poetry Friday. She is reflecting on the end of summer and the beginning of school and new adventures as some head to college.
This time of year is always a new year for those in education. And even when you retire, you feel it.
This week, I'm sharing the gifts of summer; the annual Summer Poetry Swap, organized by the fabulous Tabatha Yeatts. My swap partners were from Sarah Grace Tuttle, Marcie Finchum Atkins,
Carol Labuzetta, Rose Cappelli, and our host, Linda Baie.
For the poems I sent to my partners, I found lines from their poems and wrote golden shovel poems for each.
For today, I combined their lines and a line I wrote for their poems for a cento,
Buffy at Buffy Silverman is hosting Poetry Friday today. I was excited to see beautiful lady slipper s on her blog and notice of her new book this fall. How exciting.
I recently had the fun opportunity to participate in Spark 51. I asked Linda Mitchell to partner with me on the project. Since we both wanted to send each other an art inspiration piece and a poem inspiration piece, we ended up with four projects. LOL! Today I'm sharing my response to Linda's art inspiration piece. It provided me with the opportunity to delve into Amanda Gorman's Call Us What We Carry for a cento poem.
A cento, a poem created of lines and phrases from other previously written poems like a collage. Like a collage, perfect for the mixed media collage that Linda sent me.
Penning a Letter
Penning a letter to the world as a daughter of it
We are walking beside our ancestors
Every time we fall heart-first into the news,
Life is not what is promised
The heart chambered by grief
Life, a page, we are only legible when opened to another
We rebuild, reconcile, and recover
We cannot possess hope without practicing it
Reading children’s books, dancing alone to a DJ music
We shall only learn when we let this loss, like us sing on & on ~
Call us what we carry
If only we’re brave enough to be it
©jone rush macculloch, 2022
The lines are from Call Us What We Carry by Amanda Gorman, 2021:
1. “Ship’s Manifest
2. ”School’s Out”
7. “The Hill We Climb”
8. “Every Day We are Learning”
9. “The Miracle of Morning”
11. “Call Up”
12. “The Hill We Climb”
Cathy at Merely Day by Day is hosting us and thanking the Poetry Friday community. So glad you are in the community, Cathy.
Molly Hogan of The Inklings, suggested for the December challenge, that we try the cento poem/patchwork poem.
# PoetryPals the December challenge is to write a poem about bells.
After reading MaryLee's cento last week and Carol Varsolana's cento this week, I am jumping in with one about winter's arrival.
Did you know that the CENTO is an historic poetic form, relying entirely on other poets’ published words? According to Linda Black, Ausonius (c310 – c395) was the Roman originator of the form.
For mine, I researched poems about the winter solstice.
When the short day is brightest, with frost and fire
which burns the spark of luminous goodness
when I stare at paper or into silences
the dark, too, blooms and sings,
The world appears very large, very round now
extending far as the moon
A quiet light, and then not even that.
all the singing is in the tops of the trees
which shook in the wind of night
to drive the dark away
One winter I lived north, alone
©jone rush macculloch, 2021
Sources for One Solstice:
LITTLE GIDDING BY T.S. ELIOT
A WINTER SOLSTICE PRAYER BY EDWARD HAYS
SNOW BY NAOMI SHIHAB NYE
TO KNOW THE DARK BY WENDELL BERRY
WINTER SOLSTICE BY HILDA MORLEY
AN OLD MAN’S WINTER NIGHT BY ROBERT FROST
WHITE-EYES BY MARY OLIVER
THE COLD EARTH SLEPT BELOW BY PERCY BYSSHE SHELLEY
THE SHORTEST DAY BY SUSAN COOPER
THE WORLD BY JENNIFER CHANG
2022 New Year Poetry Postcard Exchange
Won't you join us? We have about 10 at the party so far and there's room for more. Sign up for the 2022 New Year Postcard Exchange. Send five, send ten or send to all.
Did you know there are 22 days until 2021 ends? Woohoo! Let's celebrate the New Year with a New Year Postcard? In Japan, it’s called Nengajo, a Japanese custom of ushering in the new year.
How It Works:
A shout out to this book, HOP TO IT edited by Janet Wong and Sylvia Vardell has won the Kids' Book Choice Awards.
I love this book.
Next week, the Poetry Friday Party is here! I'm hosting. Bring your bells and centos and winter solstice greetings!
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2023 Progressive Poem
April 1 Mary Lee Hahn, Another Year of Reading
April 2 Heidi Mordhorst, My Juicy Little Universe
April 3 Tabatha, The Opposite of Indifference
April 4 Buffy Silverman
April 5 Rose Cappelli, Imagine the Possibilities
April 6 Donna Smith, Mainely Write
April 7 Margaret Simon, Reflections on the Teche
April 8 Leigh Anne, A Day in the Life
April 9 Linda Mitchell, A Word Edgewise
April 10 Denise Krebs, Dare to Care
April 11 Emma Roller, Penguins and Poems
April 12 Dave Roller, Leap Of Dave
April 13 Irene Latham Live You Poem
April 14 Janice Scully, Salt City Verse
April 15 Jone Rush MacCulloch
April 16 Linda Baie, TeacherDance
April 17 Carol Varsalona, Beyond Literacy Link
April 18 Marcie Atkins
April 19 Carol Labuzzetta at The Apples in My Orchard
April 20 Cathy Hutter, Poeturescapes
April 21 Sarah Grace Tuttle, Sarah Grace Tuttle’s Blog,
April 22 Marilyn Garcia
April 23 Catherine, Reading to the Core
April 24 Janet Fagal, hosted by Tabatha, The Opposite of Indifference
April 25 Ruth, There is no Such Thing as a God-Forsaken Town
April 26 Patricia J. Franz, Reverie
April 27 Theresa Gaughan, Theresa’s Teaching Tidbits
April 28 Karin Fisher-Golton, Still in Awe Blog
April 29 Karen Eastlund, Karen’s Got a Blog
April 30 Michelle Kogan Illustration, Painting, and Writing