kelly polark turns up the volume

#7 in the Poetry Potluck Series, celebrating National Poetry Month 2010.

        credit: mhthomps.

Okay. Be honest. How many TVs do you have in your house?

Does every member of your family own a cell phone? Everybody with his/her own iPod, laptop, Kindle and digital camera? Does your Wii keep you extra fit? And are you one of those people who simply had to get an iPad the second it went on sale?

Gadgets, gadgets, gadgets. They help us stop time, save time, waste time. How did we ever manage without them? Champion headbanger/comic-in-training/uber-cool blogger Kelly Polark is here to share a poem from her collection about electronic gadgets, Plug into Poetry. She wrote these as part of an assignment for Heidi Roemer’s ABC’s of Poetry course. Seems like a fun way to take a closer look at all those wires and circuits we’ve all become so enamoured with. What has your TV said to you lately?



Pretty cool, no? I like all the suggestions except “Clean your room.” I would rather have George Clooney come over and help me with my dusting. ☺

Now, before I roll out Kelly’s recipe, please select a bowtie in lieu of a bib. This will maximize your enjoyment of her pasta salad, and besides, poetry lovers must always look their dapper best.☺

photo by quigley_brown (Jim Hamman).

Kelly: Since my poetry collection is for kids, my recipe is kid friendly. I bring this pasta dish to family events and serve it as a side when we grill in the summer.

(makes 8 side dish servings)


6 slices of bacon
1-1/2 cups of Hellman’s mayonnaise
2 T sugar
1/2 tsp. garlic salt
6 cups bowtie pasta (cooked and drained)
grape tomatoes

Cook bacon until crisp (I bake mine in the oven). Mix mayo, sugar and garlic salt in large bowl. Add pasta, cucumber (I cut the cukes in chunks) and tomatoes and mix lightly. Sprinkle with crumbled bacon before serving. Enjoy!

**I made this recipe last weekend and loved it. Can’t beat bacon for great flavor. I’m looking forward to making it again through the summer. Thanks, Kelly!

Kelly Polark is a multi-talented, energetic former grade school teacher and rocker mom. Her poetry and puzzles have been published in Stories for Children, The Cinquain Journal, and Highlights Puzzlemania. She’s currently shopping around her chapter book, Rock ‘n Roll Princesses Wear Black, and would love to find her dream agent. When she’s not busy writing, chasing after her three kids, practicing comedy routines, or attending heavy metal concerts, she makes funny dance videos. Even though she’s young enough to be my daughter, I never hold that against her. After all, she’s my go-to person for learning about bands I never heard of: Buckcherry, Papa Roach, Avenged Sevenfold. Reading her blog is decidedly electrifying. (Cool Kelly interview here.)


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