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Echoing e. e. cummings


I've loved the playful, joyful poetry of e.e. cummings since as far back as I can remember—high school? College? I know that my collections of his work are all worn and tattered. So when I read that the Poetry Sisters challenged themselves to write poems in his style, I decided to try it, too. They each chose a particular poem to echo; I just wrote. Here's mine:

earlier than
     bustle
(coffee, frontporch, spiderwebs shimmering)
dog stares at passersby
     (what is she thinking?)
i fill my
     heart
with chirps, tweets, & twitters
justforthismoment
     harmony reigns
only thing
     m i s s i n g
          is You



The Poetry Sisters are Liz Garton Scanlon, Laura Purdie Salas, Tricia Stohr-Hunt, Sara Lewis Holmes, Kelly Ramsdell Fineman, Andromeda Jazmon Sibley, and Tanita S. Davis.

You can hear them all reading their poems
here. Enjoy!



 
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Baby Says "Moo!" Book Giveaway!


Today's the big day! Baby Says "Moo!" (Disney-Hyperion Books) is now a padded board book, so let's have a giveaway! To enter, leave a comment here by midnight on Wednesday, June 10. The Random Number Generator will choose a winner. Good luck!
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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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National Poetry Month Book Giveaway!

I've posted all my National Poetry Month daily haiku on this blog--hooray! I'm up to date--let's celebrate! I'll give away an autographed copy of Write a Poem Step by Step to a random winner. To enter, add a comment to this post by midnight on April 30, 2015. Be sure to include your contact information. Good luck!
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Haiku a Day: Day 25 (4/25/15)

              Sorry, orioles--
              no grape jelly in the fridge.
              Oranges okay?

 

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Haiku a Day: Day 21 (4/21/15)

              I'd like to lie down
              in a blue bed of scilla
              forget everything

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