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National Poetry Month & Book Giveaway Start Tomorrow!

Happy National Poetry Month!

Starting tomorrow, I'll celebrate by giving away a copy of Write a Poem Step by Step every day in April. The book is based on my school visit presentations and includes a simple plan you can follow to create your own poems. I wrote it for students, teachers, and writers of all ages.

If you don't win right away, please check back later in the month--I'll have 31 copies to share!

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Spring in Wisconsin


                                                            Cold, damp, dreary day.
                                                            Robin’s sunny reminder:
                                                            Cheeriup! Cheer up!

                                                            JoAnn Early Macken

Happy National Poetry Month! Happy Poetry Friday! Tabatha Yeatts is hosting the roundup at The Opposite of Indifference.

Next week, I'll host the Poetry Friday Roundup at the Teaching Authors blog. Enjoy!

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Owls, After the Storm

              Nightly Owl Check

              We heard their gentle hoots before we found
              the great horned silhouettes in their new tree,
              one doting parent tearing prey apart
              to feed their fluffy feather duster chick.

              Too young to fly, it must have fallen when
              the storm hit their dilapidated nest,
              now draped like curtains down the old tree’s trunk.

              The crows cried out their warnings all day long.
              They must have seen the flapping owlet climb.
              We missed it, but all’s well. We head back home.

              JoAnn Early Macken



Happy National Poetry Month! Happy Poetry Friday! The roundup is at Dori Reads. Enjoy!



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Daffodils!

              Gravitational Pull

              A constellation of daffodils
              brightens our dining room table,
              stems aligned in a spiral ascending
              to petal stars.

              We cluster around,
              planets in orbit,
              drawn to the light.

              JoAnn Early Macken



Happy National Poetry Month! Today's Poetry Friday Roundup is at Live Your Poem. Enjoy!

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Happy National Poetry Month!

our new puppy Rosy


It's April again--hooray! Last year, I wrote a haiku a day; you can read all thirty poems in the April 2015 Archive. This year, with deadlines and school visits claiming my attention, I decided to focus on reading more poetry. I've posted an old favorite dog poem on the Teaching Authors blog for National Poem in Your Pocket Day. Enjoy!
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Haiku a Day: Day 30 (4/30/15)

              thinking in haiku
              everything I say spills out
              5, 7, 5



Focusing on nature and the present to write haiku has really helped me appreciate spring this year. I've enjoyed every day of National Poetry Month. Hope you have, too!

Don't forget to enter to win an autographed copy of Write a Poem Step by Step--today's the last day!

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Haiku a Day: Day 26 (4/26/15)

              Juncos disappear
              before chimney swifts return.
              On your way, juncos!



Here in Wisconsin, I always see my first chimney swift of the year around April 30 or May 1. This video is from a few years ago. I'm watching the skies!

Find out from eBird when chimney swifts might arrive in your neighborhood!

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Haiku a Day: Day 29 (4/29/15)

              Strings of cormorants
              skim Lake Michigan's surface
              necks stretching northward

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Haiku a Day: Day 28 (4/28/15)

              hyacinth fragrance
              permeates the neighborhood
              trespass for a sniff

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Haiku a Day: Day 27 (4/27/15)

              Here is one good tern.
              You know what they say, don't you?
              Waiting. Watching. Where?

 

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