April 16, 2014

This Is What It's All About...

To those of you who think that poetry is of no interest to kids, or who think that poetry doesn't have a future in our society, think again!

I have participated in judging NH Public Television's annual writing competition (formerly Reading Rainbow, now PBS Kids) for more years than I care to admit. In that time I've come across some talented young writers and illustrators (see an earlier post here). I don't remember ever coming across a book that has impressed me as much as the book of poetry created by a NH third grader, Jishnu Pablo D., for this year's competition. The book is titled A Humble Book of Poems (with a little seasoning). I recommend you read the poems, look at the illustrations, then come back and tell me what you think. I think it's outstanding!

NHPTV link

Happy National Poetry Month, and thank you Susan Adams of NH Public Television, for allowing me to be a part of this fabulous program. Poetry is alive and well in New Hampshire, and Jishnu Pablo D. is a name to remember!

April 15, 2014

April 14, 2014

Ekphrastic Monday Poem #2

Click on the image to enlarge for easier reading. © Diane Mayr, all rights reserved. Painting by Childe Hassam courtesy The Athenaeum.

The painting, "The Goldfish Window" by Childe Hassam, is in the collection of Manchester New Hampshire's Currier Museum of Art. It was painted in 1916, a short time before World War I, and at the time when a woman was still dependent upon the goodwill of a father or a husband. Although the woman in the painting appears to be at peace with her surroundings, I have imagined her as being not quite at peace with her position in the social structure.

April 13, 2014

April 11, 2014

Poetry Friday--I've Got the World on a String



I'm featuring two poems today about puppets, and, marionettes--puppet worlds on a string! The first I sent to Joy Acey as part of Tabatha Yeatts' poem swap in the summer of 2012.

© Diane Mayr, all rights reserved.

This second one is new. I woke up on Saturday and said to myself, "What should I work on today?" And, out of the blue myself answered, "Puppets!" Okay! Who am I to argue with myself? Looking for pictures online, I found a photo at Wikimedia of a Punch and Judy show, taken more than 100 years ago. I remembered seeing a Punch and Judy show in Lowell, MA and all the bashing made me uncomfortable, yet, the verbal humor made me laugh. What a strange, unsettling experience!

Please click on the image to enlarge for easier reading. © Diane Mayr, all rights reserved.

My illustrator friend, Patrick Girouard, told me, "Puppets are cool." He posted a great illustration of a marionette on Facebook last Sunday, which I thought was pretty freaky (the coincidence, not the illustration). Check it out here. If anyone knows why puppets have beeb lurking in the subconscious this past week, please let me know!



Okay, back to poetry: this has been a busy NPM week for me! On Monday I posted the first of this month's Ekphrastic Monday poems, and, I contributed a guest post about "root poems" at Laura Shovan's Author Amok. On Wednesday I added a line to the 2014 Progressive Poem! And today, I have a poem featured at Tabatha Yeatts: The Opposite of Indifference.

More poetry celebrations are taking place today and they're being rounded up in Florida by Michelle at Today's Little Ditty.

Unbeknownst to you, this whole post is being used as an excuse for slipping in a favorite song!



[Note: if you ever get the opportunity to see Michael Buble perform live, take it. He puts on a fabulous show (and I've got pictures to prove it). Don't be fooled by the television special he appeared in at Christmas. It was so bad, I had to turn it off half-way through. Buble's manager should have been fired for agreeing to let him take part in a mish-mosh of half-songs and cheesy skits.]

April 10, 2014

Poetry--It's Everywhere!

Christine Heaton, at Hollis Brookline High School Library in NH, put together a slideshow for NPM. It's lovely and shows us that we might find poetry in unexpected places!



In the past I've posted about poetry found on subways and sidewalks. Let us know the places where you've seen poetry.

April 9, 2014

The 2014 Progressive Poem, Day 9


This is my third year participating in the National Poetry Month Progressive Poem. The project is the brainchild of Irene Latham of Live Your Poem who keeps us all progressing nicely! Learn more here.

I'm following fellow New Hampshire writer, Matt Forest. And tomorrow, Tabatha Yeatts will be adding the 10th line. You can see the complete schedule below and on the right-hand side of this page.

We've contemplated and considered. We've bolstered our courage, and girded our wings. Time to get this adventure on the road!


Sitting on a rock, airing out my feelings to the universe
Acting like a peacock, only making matters that much worse;
Should I trumpet like an elephant emoting to the moon,
Or just ignore the warnings written in the rune?
Those stars can’t seal my future; it’s not inscribed in stone.
The possibilities are endless! Who could have known?
Gathering courage, spiral like an eagle after prey
Then gird my wings for whirlwind gales in realms far, far away.

But, hold it! Let's get practical! What's needed before I go?


Okay, Tabatha, you're up! You can continue to rhyme or you can trumpet like an elephant--it's all up to you!

1 Charles at Poetry Time
2 Joy at Joy Acey
3 Donna at Mainely Write
4 Anastasia at Poet! Poet!
5 Carrie at Story Patch
6 Sheila at Sheila Renfro
7 Pat at Writer on a Horse
8 Matt at Radio, Rhythm & Rhyme
9 Diane--that's me! at Random Noodling
10 Tabatha at The Opposite of Indifference
11 Linda at Write Time
12 Mary Lee at A Year of Reading
13 Janet at Live Your Poem
14 Deborah at Show--Not Tell
15 Tamera at The Writer's Whimsy
16 Robyn at Life on the Deckle Edge
17 Margaret at Reflections on the Teche
18 Irene at Live Your Poem
19 Julie at The Drift Record
20 Buffy at Buffy Silverman
21 Renee at No Water River
22 Laura at Author Amok
23 Amy at The Poem Farm
24 Linda at TeacherDance
25 Michelle at Today's Little Ditty
26 Lisa at Lisa Schroeder Books
27 Kate at Live Your Poem
28 Caroline at Caroline Starr Rose
29 Ruth at There is No Such Thing as a Godforsaken Town
30 Tara at A Teaching Life