Poetry Friday

I’m hosting Poetry Friday today! Please post your URLs in the comments, and I will update throughout the day. (Edit: For those of you who had trouble posting today, I profusely apologize. I forgot to turn off my “author needs to give approval to new commenters” box!! I’ve corrected problem now. So sorry!)

One of my favorite poets who writes about historical figures is Linda Bierds. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting her, and hearing her read, and sitting in on her lecture, twice! She talked about this poem in a lecture on integrating the narrative in the lyrical poem. I like this poem because its subject is Gregor Mendel, who I like because he was a monk AND a scientist! The italics are by the poet.

Matins: Gregor Mendel and the Bees

by Linda Bierds

Slowed by smoke, they slump

from the hive,

benign from the hive they slump,

Father of thorax and wing,

Father of light, they light

on my arm, make light

of my arm, tapering, golden,

Father of darkness receding, 

they make from my arm

a candle, a flame, they candle

my arm with backcast

light, affixing the self

to the shell.

Myra at Gathering Books has a Shel Silverstein poem.

Laura from laurasalas has a Steven Withrow poem about spelling and an original 15 Words or Less poem.

Linda from Teacher Dance has three William Stafford poems that relate to teaching.

Charles from Bald Ego has an original poem titled “A Poet Isn’t Somebody.”

Amy from The Poem Farm is talking about language today – including an original poem.

Diane at  has an original poem about a bookcase at Random Noodling and an original poem about Hebrew School at Kids of the Homefront Army.

Kurious Kitty (also Diane) has a poem by Langston Hughes and a quote at her Kurious K Kwotes page.

The Write Sisters have a poem about manners.

Greg at GottaBook has an original poem about books.

Ruth has some poems about flowers.

Tabatha at the Opposite of Indifference has some great ideas for a March Madness Poetry Tournament!

Liz at Growing Wild has an original poem titled “My Bed.”

Laura from Author Amok has a thoughtful elegy.

Mary Lee at A Year of Reading reviews Laura Purdie Salas’ new book of poetry. (Laura has a contribution above.)

Katya ponders Robert Frost and Jeeps.

Robyn has some great dragon poems.

Alice from Supratentorial has a W.S. Merwin poem.

Jama from Jama’s Alphabet Soup has a poem by Thich Nhat Hanh.

Heidi at my juicy little universe shares a poem about the lands we create a share.

Maria from A Poem a Day shares an Elizabeth Barrett Browning poem.

Polly from The Little Wooden Horse has a fun A.A. Milne poem

Charles at Rainforest Soul has an original poem titled “I Was A Sailor.”

Karen is talking about Groundhog’s Day.

Ed from Think Kid Think has a poem by Charles Bukowski.

Caryl from Leaning Tower of Books shares a poem from and reviews the book Thirteen Reasons Why.

Delzey from Fomagrams shares a Neil Diamond cento.

Elaine from Wild Rose Reader shares an original poem titled “Fossil Forest.”

Mandy from Write on the World shares an original poem titled, “Insomnia.”

Lorie shares an original haiku at On Point and shares Mini Masters at readertotz.

Tara from A Teaching Life shares poetry by Mark Doty plus some other cool stuff.

Renee from No Water River shares and original poem titled “Tiny Tina Tinseltooth.”

Jone from Check It Out features haikus written by fourth graders.

Liz from Liz in Ink shares a poem from Tony Hoagland.

Julie from The Drift Record is getting ready for February.

Donna from Mainely Write brings us an original Minute Poem.

Doraine from Dori Reads celebrates Black History Month.


Filed under Poetry, Writing

50 responses to “Poetry Friday

  1. Hi Karissa, thank you so much for hosting this week and for having this up quite early. Our contribution this week is Shel Silverstein’s “He Tried to Hide” – here is the link: http://gatheringbooks.wordpress.com/2012/02/03/poetry-friday-shel-silversteins-he-tried-to-hide/

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  3. Oh, this is beautiful. I love the chant-like quality, the prayer-ness of it. Yet no abstraction. All those great nouns and verbs!

    I’m in with Best of a Bad Spell, a terrific poem from Steven Withrow’s e-collection, at: http://laurasalas.wordpress.com/2012/02/02/poetry-friday-best-of-a-bad-spell-steven-withrow/

    And I have 15 Words or Less poems (everybody welcome to come play) at http://laurasalas.wordpress.com/2012/02/02/15-words-or-less-lights-shadow/

    Thanks for hosting!

  4. Thank you for hosting. Here is my post for the week, a favorite anthology that holds personal poetry connections. http://teacherdance.blogspot.com/2012/02/favorite-anthology.html

  5. Happy Poetry Friday! I look forward to sharing your post with my husband-the-science-teacher as he is working to integrate more writing into his courses.

    Today at The Poem Farm I have a free verse poem about language along with a couple of book recommendations.

    Thank you for hosting!


  6. Thanks for the introduction to Linda Bierds!

    At Random Noodling I have an original poem, “The Great Bookcase Disaster.”

    Kids of the Homefront Army continues with a poem called “Whispers At Hebrew School.”

    Kurious Kitty celebrates the 110th birthday of Langston Hughes.

    And at KK’s Kwotes there is a quote from Langston Hughes.

    At The Write Sisters we have an Elizabeth Bishop poem, “Manners.”

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  8. Thanks for hosting, Karissa. I’m up with an original today called A Book for Me:


  9. Thanks for hosting. I have a post today about bright, unsubtle flowers. Here it is.

  10. Tabatha

    Good morning, Karissa! I would love to hear the poem you’re sharing today read aloud. It’s got great rhythm and wordplay.

    I’m sharing an idea for teachers today: http://www.tabathayeatts.blogspot.com/2012/02/march-madness-poetry-tournaments.html

    Thanks for hosting!

  11. Thanks for hosting! I’m running away this weekend inspired by this poem.

  12. Hi Karissa. Nice to meet you. I have an original poem at my blog Growing Wild.


    Thanks for hosting!

  13. Hi, Karissa. Thank you for hosting. Great science poem — it captures that moment when book science and life experience intersect.

    My friend’s fifteen-year-old son died earlier this week. My post, and the poem I’m working on, are about a day when he and my son were kindergarteners together.


  14. Thanks for hosting! I’m reviewing Laura Purdie Salas’ new book A LEAF CAN BE…


  15. Good morning, Karissa. Thanks for hosting!
    This week I wonder whether a Jeep Wrangler ad that uses Robert Frost’s “Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening” portends the end of the world or might not be as bad as I initially thought…

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  17. Thank you for hosting, Karissa! I love the lines, “… they candle / my arm with backcast / light….” I’m in today fresh from a dragon-themed author visit with offerings by X. J. Kennedy and Ogden Nash:

  18. Alice

    I love this poem! Thank you for sharing it and hosting.

    I shared Thanks by W.S. Merwin this week.


  19. Hi, Karissa–

    I’m posting today about two books and a song about the lands we create and the lands we share…

    Thanks for hosting! Back later to really read your Mendel poem. I loved those sweetpeas….

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  21. Hi Karissa,

    Enjoyed Linda’s poem. I’d like to learn more about her now. 🙂

    Today I’m sharing some “Good News” by Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh: http://jamarattigan.com/2012/02/03/friday-feast-for-a-change-some-good-news/

    Thanks for hosting and have a nice weekend!

  22. Thank you for hosting, Karissa.

    This month over at my blog, A Poem a Day, we’re taking the time for some quite reflection. Today’s poem asks a good question for contemplation.



  23. Sorry if this is a repeat comment…I thought I had posted this but I can’t see it. I’m running away this week at

  24. Hello Karissa, I’m looking forward to reading your poetry! Today I have a 24 hour old original called “I Was A Sailor” posted at http://rainforestsoul.blogspot.com

  25. Linda, thanks so much for hosting! I’m in today with a compilation post (you can ignore the other stuff and just focus on the poem) 🙂 in which I share a “shrinklet” I wrote a few years back for Groundhog Day (the movie.)

    The link is here:

  26. Today, I reflect on a poem from Charles Bukowski that once tore me up and put me back together again:

    Thanks for hosting!


  27. I just posted a review of Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher, and included a poem from the book that my daughter loved and memorized:

    Thank you for hosting, Karissa! That poem about Gregor Mendel is so beautifully lyrical.

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  29. delzey

    this week i’m in with another cento, my take on some neil diamond lyrics that never made any sense to me


    thanks for hosting!

  30. Karissa,
    Thanks so much for doing the roundup this Friday!

    At Wild Rose Reader, I have an original poem about the Petrified Forest titled “Fossil Forest.”


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  32. mwebster76

    Thanks for hosting this week! Today I am sharing an original poem titled, “Dear Brain.” http://writeontheworld.wordpress.com/2012/02/03/poetry-friday-insomnia/

  33. So evocative! I loved Linda’s poem. Thank you!

    At On Point I have my haiku My Pulse.

    And at readertotz we have Mini Masters from Chronicle Books. Perfect for totz on Poetry Friday.

    Thank you for hosting!

  34. Thank you for hosting today, Karissa. Today I am sharing two poetry apps I have grown to love, and a Mark Doty poem I rediscovered through one of them.

  35. I’m up with an original children’s poem called “Tiny Tina Tinseltooth”: http://bit.ly/xPkRX5

    Thanks for hosting!

  36. Hi,again, Karissa – Poetry Friday regular Jone is having a problem posting here today, so I’m gonna share her link to add into the roundup (particularly since it’s her students’ haiku!):



  37. Thank you so much for hosting!!!
    I’m in with a lovely Tony Hoagland poem this morning…

  38. kksorrell

    Hello all! I just put this into the body of the post, but in case you’re following the comments: For those of you who had trouble posting today, I profusely apologize. I forgot to turn off my “author needs to give approval to new commenters” box!! I’ve corrected problem now. So sorry! Thanks for your patience!

  39. Late to the game again, but over at The Drift Record I’ve posted my Poetry Friday contribution – “February” by Margaret Atwood.

  40. Sorry to be late posting. I have been getting ready for the Blogging A to Z Challenge, so don’t have a new poem for today. My link goes to my original poem I wrote last April about time. It’s a Minute Poem with the form description included. Thanks for hosting!
    Mainely Write

  41. P.S. I meant to say how much I love the poem by Linda Bierds which you posted, Karissa. Her poetry is so beautifully crafted and intelligent. I studied with her at the University of Washington, and she is wonderful teacher, too.

    • kksorrell

      Oh, I would so love to chat with you about that. I did my MFA (low-residency program) at Murray State University in KY, and she came twice as a visiting poet.

  42. Hi Karissa! Someone alerted me to the fact that the link you included to Random Noodling, actually went to the Poem Farm blog. The link should be http://randomnoodling.blogspot.com/2012/02/poetry-friday-great-bookcase-disaster.html

    Thanks and have a great weekend! –Diane

    • kksorrell

      Diane, I apologize. I have fixed the link. Wow, I’ve made lots of mistakes today! However, it’s been great to see all of these great poems. Hopefully tomorrow I’ll have time to go back and comment on some! Thanks for all your contributions.

  43. Forgot to post mine until just now. For celebrating Black History Month, poems from Carver: A Life in Poems. http://dorireads.blogspot.com/2012/02/poetry-friday-black-history-month.html

  44. What a lovely poem. Thank you for hosting.

  45. Thanks for hosting, Karissa! Sorry I’m late to the party. Please email me at stevenwithrow@gmail.com if you’d like a free PDF of my collection, Crackles of Speech. Best wishes!

    Steven Withrow

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