2020 Poetry Friday Archive

1. Three Barbara Crooker “blue” poems

2. “Letter Perfect” by Alice N. Persons

3. THE SUPERLATIVE A. LINCOLN by Eileen R. Myer and Dave Szalay

4. ON A SNOW-MELTING DAY: Seeking Signs of Spring by Buffy Silverman

5. “Saltines” and “Fifteen Bean Soup” by Barbara Crooker

6. “What I Eat is How I Feel” (Guest post by Julia Wendell)

7. “Great Breakfasts of My Childhood” by Ryan Warren

8. INSIDE OUT: Poems On Writing and Reading Poems with Insider Exercises by Marjorie Maddox

9. WHOO-KU HAIKU: A Great Horned Owl Story by Maria Gianferrari and Jonathan Voss

10. 2020 National Poetry Month Kidlitosphere Roundup

11. “The Consolation of Apricots” by Diane Ackerman

12. I REMEMBER: Poems and Pictures of Heritage, edited by Lee Bennett Hopkins

13. “Animal Cracker (no s)” by Gretchen Friel

14. “Fragmentary Blue” by Robert Frost and “Blue Eyes” by Elton John

15. ON WINGS OF WORDS: The Extraordinary Life of Emily Dickinson by Jennifer Berne and Becca Stadtlander

16. “The Cookie Jar” by Edgar Guest

17. “Working in Flour” by Jeff Friedman (+ Poetry Friday Roundup)

18. ILLUSIONS: Poetry and Art for the Young at Heart by Charles Ghigna and Chip Ghigna

19. “Tea at Jubilee Manor” by Linda Crosfield and “I Am Not Old,” by Samantha Reynolds

20. “Money is the Thing with Feathers” by Susan Firer

21. “What is Given” by Ralph Murre, and “Strawberries” by Tamara Madison

22. “The Night of Corona” by Ann Barber

23. “On the Other Side” by Lynn Ungar

24. Follow the Recipe by Marilyn Singer and Marjorie Priceman

25. “Call Me Bourgeois” by Alice N. Persons

26. KAMALA HARRIS: Rooted in Justice by Nikki Grimes and Laura Freeman

27. Three poems by Penny Harter (Interview/A Poem The Body Makes)

28. I’M FEELING BLUE, TOO! by Marjorie Maddox and Philip Huber

29. “Of History and Hope” by Miller Williams

30. “Falling” by David James (+ Poetry Friday Roundup)

31. “Ode to a Tea Bag” by Jayne Jaudon Ferrer

32. “Keeping Quiet” by Pablo Neruda

33. THE TINY BAKER by Hayley Barrett and Alison Jay

34. Sonny and Cher memory (“I Got You Babe”)

35. “While the Pie is Cooling” by Camille A. Bala

36. “Lessons” by David L. James

37. “I Like Tapioca” by Bill Batcher

38. “Into the Darkest Hour” by Madeleine L’Engle

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we have two winners!

Hooray, we have two winners!

Joe Biden for President and Kamala Harris for Vice President!!

*thunderous applause*

Oh, you were wondering about the action figure giveaway? πŸ™‚

Well, it just so happens that Monsieur Random Integer Generator picked someone who wanted Joe, and someone who wanted Kamala. Maybe it’s his way of celebrating the most awesome Presidential election victory in America’s history (he’s cool that way).

So, are you ready?

*rubs hands together*

*deep breath*

*a little tap dance*

**trumpet fanfare**

***la la la la la***

The first winner, who requested a Joey action figure (and who just happens to live in Delaware) is:

🐞 BARBARA V.!! πŸ“

And the second winner, who wanted a Kamala action figure (and who’s from Barack’s and my home state) is:

🌴 LI ANN!! 🌺


🎈WOO HOO!! 🎈



*high fives*

I’m sure Joey and Kamala will love living with you (make sure you stock up on ice cream for Joey and Special K cereal for Kamala).

Thanks to everyone who entered the giveaway. It was especially wonderful hearing your enthusiasm for the trail blazing women who continue to inspire us.

Now, on to the Georgia run-offs, and then the inauguration in January.

We are in good hands with Joey and Kamala!!

As I said before, WE HAVE TWO WINNERS! πŸ™‚

*Copyright Β© 2020 Jama Rattigan of Jama’s Alphabet Soup. All rights reserved.

surprise action figure giveaway!

In the spirit of the season, Mr Cornelius suggested we give away a real life action figure to two lucky Alphabet Soup readers.

No doubt you’ve seen us having fun with Joey, Kamala, Barack, Ruth, Elizabeth Warren and Hillary Clinton in past posts. Yes, we love to play, and we want you to play too!

The action figures are made by the good folks at FCTRY, a Brooklyn-based product design company who “marry pop design with mass production.” They’re run by artists, designers and writers; what is especially nice is that they donate part of their proceeds to great causes (in the past they’ve supported political campaigns, and most recently, they donated to the largest soup kitchen in NYC).

Each of the figures is about 6 inches tall, they’re free-standing, and their arms are jointed at the elbow. We like the quality of these and they stand up well to handling (even by kids).

To enter the giveaway, leave a comment at this post telling us which action figure you’d like (brand new, in box): Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ruth Bader Ginsburg or Barack Obama (he’s currently out of stock so you may have to wait a little longer for him).

Deadline for entries: Midnight (EST) Sunday, December 6, 2020. Two winners will be announced Monday, December 7. (We’re making this a short giveaway so you can receive your figures in time for Christmas.)

Good Luck!!

*Copyright Β© 2020 Jama Rattigan of Jama’s Alphabet Soup. All rights reserved.

happy blue day, america!

Hooray Hooray Hooray!

For the past four years, we thought, dreamed, and believed in blue. This week, after we voted for blue, it finally came through.

Art by Matthew Cordell

Congratulations to President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris for prevailing in a historic election.

What a relief (maybe we’ll be able to sleep at night again?)!

And now, chocolate chip ice cream for everyone!

*Copyright Β© 2020 Jama Rattigan of Jama’s Alphabet Soup. All rights reserved.

the reading blues

“Portrait of Artist’s Wife,” by Pronaszko Zbigniew (1935)


I’ve got the reading blues!

I love figurative paintings of readers, and have noted through the years that there are oodles of them. Most of the subjects are women, and many appear to be well-to-do, with the leisure to lounge on plush sofas or perch on uncomfortable chairs near a window, lost in the printed word.

Of course I always wonder what they’re reading and what their daily lives are like. Since I also love books, I feel a decided kinship with them, even though thousands of miles and more than a century may separate us.

Recently, readers dressed in blue have been calling out to me. Perhaps I’m drawn to blue’s peace, calm, and serenity. Spiritually, the color blue symbolizes the healing power of God — much needed in these terribly troubling times. And the readers themselves seem content and contemplative, making me feel better.

In any case, I hope you enjoy gazing at these blue readers, joining them, for just a few minutes, in their fascinating worlds (I also managed to dig up a few men). πŸ™‚


“In the Library,” by Auguste Toulmouche (1872)


“The Reader Wreathed with Flowers,” by Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot (1845)


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