Monthly Archives: March 2015

This is Just to Say

Thank you Maya and thank you to Dana for this last day inspiration.  This is the earliest post I will have written all month.  Thank you to all at the Two Writing Teachers for your passion and  dedication, and for … Continue reading

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Habit or Inspiration?

Writing the date on my classroom whiteboard today, I paused… only two more days of slicing left.  It hit me how quickly March had flown by.  It wasn’t too many days ago that I had hit a slump looking for … Continue reading

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Top Ten List for the MRA Conference

I attended the Michigan Reading Association Conference this weekend and I will return to school tomorrow brimming with new ideas and tips to try, while possibly feeling a tiny bit tired.  Here is my Top Ten List for the Conference: … Continue reading

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Poet Slam Artist Malcolm London

The best slice of my day at the Michigan Reading Association today was keynote speaker Malcolm London.  He is a Slam poet with an incredible message. Growing up in a harsh area in the city of Chicago, he attended high … Continue reading

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Found Poetry Today

I wrote a ” Found” poem this week while sitting at the airport.  I am participating in the Slice of Life challenge this month and I new it would be late when I arrived home, too late to write.  It … Continue reading

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Michigan Reading Association Conference this Weekend

I’m sitting in my comfy living room chair with my dog at my feet.  Conferences tonight and it has been a long day.  I am working on a presentation I will give on Sunday, at the Michigan Reading Association Conference.  I’ve titled … Continue reading

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Poetry Club on Wednesdays

Every Wednesday afternoon I eat lunch on my feet. That is, if I remember to eat at all. When 11:30 arrives my classroom evolves into a Poetry Club (but smells more like a cafeteria.) Between 30 and 40 third and … Continue reading

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A Book Spine Poem

                     A New Song Dust tracks on a road An unspoken hunger The solace of open spaces Listening to whales Animal, vegetable, miracle A new song- Spotting improbable moments of Grace … Continue reading

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A “Found” poem from a Yellowstone pamphlet

Found poetry is a type of poetry created by taking words, phrases, and   sometimes whole passages from other sources and reframing them as poetry by making changes in spacing and lines, or by adding or deleting text, thus imparting new meaning. –Definition from … Continue reading

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Yellowstone

“Grizzly Country, No Cages” Horses wake, backs toward the sun “Livingston, Big Timber, Billings” Butte with tree and telephone pole “Yellowstone National Park Exit” Black dots stand and turn into cattle “52 miles ahead Park Entrance, $25.00” Yellowstone River ripples … Continue reading

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