friday feast: a Poetry Friday Anthology for Celebrations breakfast (+ a giveaway!)

Good Morning! Hungry?

Today we’re serving up a delicious five-course breakfast celebrating the most recent title in the totally faboo Poetry Friday Anthology series created by the incredibly brilliant and uncommonly good-looking poetry goddesses Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong.

The Poetry Friday Anthology for Celebrations (Pomelo Books, 2015) is the perfect way to greet the new school year. Just think of all the glorious Fridays to come, each brimming with oodles of opportunities to read, write, share, and yes, even eat poems! The collection contains over 150 poems by 115 poets, a toothsome smorgasbord of holiday poems written in both English and Spanish grouped by calendar month.

Poetry Friday Anthology series creators Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong

What better way to celebrate special occasions like Easter, Rosh Hashanah/Tashlich, Earth Day, Valentine’s Day, Lunar New Year, Flag Day, Juneteenth, and National Soup Month (!!!!) than with poems that come with fun Take 5! mini-lessons to help teachers, librarians, and parents share the poems in ways that will engage and delight, facilitate discussion, and encourage further reading?

In addition to poems for widely observed holidays like Christmas, Halloween and Mother’s Day, kids will also enjoy learning about many quirky, lesser-known events (National Dump the Pump Day, Halfway Day, Band-Aid Day, World Laughter Day). Diversity also flavors this poetic feast (Gay Pride Day, Ramadan, Obon, Dashain Festival, Diwali, Day of the Dead), and there are birthday/ baby poems for each month!

I love that each poem is paired with a relevant picture book recommendation and also linked to another poem in the anthology with a similar theme or subject. If you’re hungry for even more, check out the referenced poetry books. Sylvia and Janet have thought of everything! This rich, wholly accessible and versatile resource, which features a gold mine of contemporary children’s poets (Jane Yolen, Eileen Spinelli, Douglas Florian, Janet Wong, Rebecca Kai Dotlich, Marilyn Singer, Michael J. Rosen), simply belongs in every home, preK-6 classroom, school and public library. 🙂

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hotTEAs of Children’s Poetry: Matt Forrest Esenwine and Greg Pincus

Coffee, tea, or . . .

Wait a minute!

Is there a rebel in our midst?

Still, there’s nothing hotter than a grown man drinking a steamy beverage from a cute mug.

Gives new meaning to the term “mug shot” doesn’t it? 🙂

Matt Forrest Esenwine is a New Hampshire-based poet, voiceover artist and commercial copywriter who’s written radio commercials and done audio production for companies around the country. In 2012, his poem “Apple-Stealing” was nominated by the Young Adult Review Network (YARN) for a Puschcart Prize. At various times throughout his life, he’s also been an actor, DJ, country dance instructor, cook, and photography sales dude. He’s pictured here holding his favorite SNOOPY MUG, which he’s had since age 6 (photo by Matt’s wife Jen).

 

☕ CUPPA OF CHOICE: “Earl Grey, preferably Twinings of London or Bigelow, with no sugar, no milk, no lemon. However, now that it’s springtime, I’m looking forward to firing up my iced tea brewing machine – and Stash makes some awesome teas perfect for ice, like their Red, White, and Blueberry tea!”

☕ HOT OFF THE PRESS: Poems in Dear Tomato: An International Crop of Food and Agriculture Poems edited by Carol-Ann Hoyte (CreateSpace, 2015), The Poetry Friday Anthology for Celebrations: Holiday Poems for the Whole Year in English and Spanish, selected by Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong (Pomelo Books, 2015), and Lullaby and Kisses Sweet: Poems to Love with Your Baby, selected by Lee Bennett Hopkins (Abrams, 2015). 

☕ Visit Matt’s blog Radio, Rhythm & Rhyme and his Official Website, Matt Forrest VoiceWorks

☕☕ Enjoy Matt’s tea poem (can you guess what kind of tea he’s referring to?):

Black Dragon

Steam-breathed beast
touches light the ginger flower;
savors third steeping

© 2015, Matt Forrest Esenwine. All rights reserved.

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Greg Pincus is a Los Angeles-based poet, novelist, screenwriter, volunteer elementary school librarian, and social media consultant. He’s also a blogger, writing about children’s literature and poetry at GottaBook and the social web at The Happy Accident. Through the wonders of social media, he’s sold poetry, helped himself land a book deal, ended up in the New York Times, the Washington Post, School Library Journal (multiple times), and many other interesting places… and also made friends and gotten free cookies on more than one occasion! Wonder what’s in his SEUSS THING 1 mug?

 

☕ CUPPA OF CHOICE: Coffee. Coffee???!!! 😳 (There’s one of them at every party.)

☕ HOT OFF THE PRESS: The 14 Fibs of Gregory K. (Arthur A. Levine Books, 2013)

☕ Visit Greg’s Official Website and GottaBook blog.

☕☕ Take a sip of Greg’s, um . . .  er, coffee poem (java lava?):

DAD HAS A BAD CUP OF COFFEE AT A ROADSIDE DINER….

“This tastes like mud!” my father said.
“There should have been a warning!”
I thought there was. The menu said,
“Our coffee’s ground each morning.”

~ © 2007 Greg Pincus. All rights reserved.

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We are, if nothing else, an equal opportunity hot beverage blog. 🙂

When you’re hot, you’re hot.

Thanks for steeping with us this month, and thanks to all the HotTEAs of Children’s Poetry for packing the heat!

See them all here. 🙂

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Copyright © 2015 Jama Rattigan of Jama’s Alphabet Soup. All rights reserved.

friday feast: two smooth talkers, a chunky hunk, and a hot salsa mama

Welcome to our Peanut Butter Poets Party!

Every Poetry Friday in November, we’re serving up creamy crunchy chewy peanut butter poems written by some of our favorite nut cases children’s poets and friends.

Today’s menu features four good-looking but sticky poets: Charles Ghigna, Matt Forrest Esenwine, David L. Harrison and Marilyn Singer.

The guys all love peanut butter but Marilyn doesn’t (gasp!). Don’t worry — what she doesn’t eat, she makes up for with fancy footwork and sassy swaying to that crazy Latin beat.

I call Charles and Matt the Peter Pan twins; they’re both into creamy and are oh-so-smooth with their rhythm and rhyme (get a grip; they may slide off your screen). David calls himself a “Jiffy chunky man.” See what happens when you have a choosy mom? You grow up to be a chunky hunk who knows how to cowboy up. I wonder if he’s found his elusive jelly yet?

Enjoy Our Daily Spread. Okay to read aloud with your mouth full.

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