This week, Jama at Jama's Alphabet Soup is hosting our weekly poetic potluck. She's sharing a fabulous October poem and her always drool-worthy food photos.
THINGS WE DO, Edited by Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong Zooms into the World
I am thrilled to announce the arrival of THINGS WE DO, edited by Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong into the world on October 21, 2021. And I am fortunate to have a poem chosen.
A little backstory: In August, I took a workshop with Syliva and Janet about putting together anthologies. There was a lot of interest in more in depth learning about creating an anthology. That’s when the brilliant Janet and Sylvia came up with a follow up workshop with a goal, an opportunity to create a fundraiser for the IBBY Children in Crisis Fund.
"More and more clearly, I came to realize
that I must not look backward,
but to the future
~Jella Lepman, Founder of IBBY
Those in the class were tasked to submit three Ekphrastic poems based on things we do, a perfect PreK themed book. From there, feedback was given and Sylvia and Janet selected the poems to represent the different activities.
I will be the first to admit that writing to a prompt is a challenge. The prompt pushed me to play and just submit. Thanks to Janet’s and Sylvia’s feedback and direction, my poem “Zoom” was selected.
Please "zoom" over to the link below to purchase this new title.
All proceeds are going to IBBY Children in Crisis Fund, a fund that provides support to children whose lives have been disrupted through war, civil disorder or natural disaster.
In addition to THINGS WE DO, Janet’s book GOOD LUCK GOLD AND MORE were both selected as "Hot Off the Press" books for October by the Children's Book Council.
I will be interviewing Janet on her new book on Friday, November 5, 2021.
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Note: we'll be donating 100% of our profits to the IBBY Children in Crisis Fun via USBBY, and we'd love it if people joined USBBY and started supporting USBBY and IBBY's causes on their own.
QEP Books: Things We Do - Coming 10/21/2021
Note: QEP Books is a small company that specializes in books for teachers. They charge for shipping; I think it's $5 per order, but it might be more. They do provide books at a discount, so if you buy 3-4 books, your savings will pay for shipping.
10/21/2021 06:19:31 pm
Thank you Tim.
10/21/2021 07:36:09 pm
Jone: Your poem is a wonderful example of an ekphrastic poem. You honor the photo by calling out details such as the helmet, the speed, and the blurry world—and you elevate the poem by helping us see riding time as time alone when we can shift gears (nice metaphor). And the repetition of the word ZOOM echoes the repetitive movements when we ride a bike. BRILLIANT!
10/22/2021 06:36:14 am
Thank you, Janet. It was a fun poem to work through and I appreciate you feedback and guidance in the process.
10/21/2021 11:59:49 pm
Jone, congratrulations on your poem in Janet and Sylvia's new book. I like how the image and the poem you wrote pair so nicely, especially the blurry part that emphasizes the action. I think young children will enjoy your poem. Best of luck to this new venture with its humanitarian effort.
10/22/2021 02:54:34 am
Jone, I love that you highlight "time alone" as a child rides his bike...something I had not thought about, but something every child needs. So wonderful!
10/22/2021 06:37:22 am
I have always loved time alone so was happy to find a poem for it.
10/22/2021 06:36:46 am
Thank you, Carol.
10/22/2021 05:15:43 am
How wonderful this is! I love the book project and your poem zooming along (and not in a digital way...YAY!!) Congratulations, Jone! xo
10/22/2021 06:38:00 am
Thank you, Irene.
Janet Clare F.
10/22/2021 06:10:22 am
I am so thrilled to be in this book with you, Jone! It's been such a terrific and surprising opportunity. Your poem will speak to my littles who will be zooming right along in their minds when we share the poem! There is so much to love about your poem. The energy, the freedom, the specifics like the helmet, the gears, the brakes that kids will know all about and then the feel of the wind on your face as you race along. I love it!
10/22/2021 06:38:51 am
It is exciting to share poems in this book, Janet. I can't wait to read yours. Thank you,.
10/22/2021 06:37:24 am
Jone, thanks so much for helping us spread the word and for working with us on this fun collaboration. I agree with Janet-- I love how your poem tunes into details in the image, but then takes it to the next level helping us feel the moment!
10/22/2021 01:54:15 pm
Congratulations for your poem being part of this new wonderful anthology, Jone. I just read & saw Janet & Sylvia's post about it, too. Sounds terrific and for the cause makes it doubly special.
10/23/2021 04:08:12 am
Jone, I love the repetition and the details in your poem. I also love how it celebrates a child on their own, having fun. Finding joy with ourselves and our world--whatever our specific world looks like--is definitely something to be celebrated. Congratulations, Jone!
10/23/2021 08:34:24 am
I love how Janet has placed these poems on the page with the photo with the color background. It's really nice to get back to the "real" meaning of zoom. It's a fun word and your poem, with its repetition, shows it.
10/24/2021 06:26:45 am
Congratulations! Your poem captures what I love best about biking! ZOOM! (Uphill, not so much...)
11/5/2021 07:13:43 am
Your poem does capture ZOOM completely. I am excited to read your interview with Janet. She is so smart and talented and I have really enjoyed all your interviews.
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