Happy National Poetry Month! What an exciting week to join in the round-up of words and all things poetry! Irene is hosting the celebration at her space Live Your Poem. It's sure to be a splendid poetry party, so don't delay!
While every day is a day to honor the art of poetry, it's extra special to have thirty consecutive days devoted to the power of poetry. I look forward to this month all year long when everyone comes together to spread the poetry love.
Though I have not taken on a poetry project this month like many of my PF friends, I look forward to reading all that these magnificent poets will share! I plan on participating in my own way each day as well. So this week, I am looking back in my notebooks for notes or poems inspired by guest poets that I have had the privilege to hear speak over the years. The first notebook entry I found was from 2014 when the always amazing, Georgia Heard came to our school district to share. Here are a few of my notes from her workshop, along with a poetic entry it inspired. Happy #npm17!
in the moon, the stars, the sun on my skin, the birds in the trees, the voices of my children, beneath the water and the soil-
no matter where I am, it lives in me, somewhere quiet, dark and deep, but still, always with me, always carried in my soul wherever I go...the seashell on the beach, each speck of sand between my toes, and the waves that crash upon the shore.
Invitation to Write:
This month, poetry will be celebrated by many. It's so fun to learn about all the projects that poets role out throughout the month. What are your favorite poetry projects?
One of the best things about National Poetry Month is that there are endless ways you can join in the fun. So even if you don't decide to do a project, there are still opportunities to share in the joy of poetry. There are some great websites that will give you tons of ideas. One of my favorites is poets.org. You can find more about the celebration along with ways to participate. Twitter is another go-to favorite of mine for finding poetry inspiration throughout the month. Just search for #npm17 and you'll be set! Will you participate this year? How so?
You can start right now if you like! Think about where poetry hides for you. Finish this sentence stem inspired by the poet Georgia Heard.
4/6/2017 10:01:23 pm
Poetry hides...where you least expect it! :-)
4/7/2017 08:22:04 am
I Love your notes from Georgia's visit! Sometimes poetry doesn't hide at all... we just fail to see it. Here's to looking more closely! Thank you. xo
4/7/2017 03:40:43 pm
I think, after looking, poetry is found in just about every part of my life, Kiesha. I love being reminded of Georgia's words. Thanks very much.
4/7/2017 04:16:18 pm
Kiesha, you inspire me... I felt poetry lingering close yesterday. It was in late afternoon, the time when the spring sun loses its warmth to the cool evening air. Dark, moist soil clung to my shoes. My muscles were getting stiff from weeding all afternoon... so I sat on an overturned bucket to trim plants in my lavender bed. Wafts of sweet aroma swirled around me. I rubbed my hands on a some new growth and drank in pure loveliness. Rain clouds were gathering to fulfill the weatherman's prediction. And then the sun set.
4/8/2017 06:45:36 am
I love your notes from Georgia Heard's visit. I have gotten to meet her in person, but I did learn much from an online workshop she led. I love that NPM reminds me to look for poetry everywhere.
4/8/2017 09:51:45 am
Poetry hides where I can't find it when I've set myself a poetic goal. It's not Poetry's fault, I know. I should know better than to try to force Poetry to be found in artificial settings. She's a natural girl. But somehow, I never learn...
Keri Collins Lewis
4/9/2017 03:24:33 pm
Poetry hides in plain sight, thinking we will play a game of peek-a-boo if only I would notice! Thanks for the inspiring post!
4/11/2017 05:04:17 pm
Wow, what a delight to be able to hear Georgia Heard speak! I love this pearl: "always look for poetry seeds" - yes! Thanks for the reminder, Kiesha!
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Welcome! I'm Kiesha Shepard, and I have a love for writing and the teaching of writing. Whispers From the Ridge is a place where I can share my words and ideas for teaching writing. It's also a place for you to find inspiration for writing the words inside of you. I invite you into my world of writing as I capture the whispers from the ridge.
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