Tag: National Poetry Month

Poet: Susan Budig

Susan Budig (in her own words): “I am not a full-time writer, but I work freelance in writing as much as I want. I am a full-time primary care parent. I still have three kids at home and in school.My business card identifies me… Continue Reading “Poet: Susan Budig”

Favorite Poem: “The Death of a Ball Turret Gunner”

An exceptional poem leaves an imprint on the reader. My college professor read this poem to the class, and after many years, I still remember it—vividly. When I started teaching, I had language arts/history blocks. I used poetry to supplement the American history text,… Continue Reading “Favorite Poem: “The Death of a Ball Turret Gunner””

Poet: A.F. Stewart

A.F. Stewart is from Nova Scotia, Canada. She works part time as a writer, hoping for full time, and pays the bills with various other jobs. She is a very prolific and talented writer. Find out more about her and her books on the… Continue Reading “Poet: A.F. Stewart”

Favorite Poem: “We Real Cool”

“We Real Cool” by Gwendolyn Brooks THE POOL PLAYERS.  SEVEN AT THE GOLDEN SHOVEL. We real cool. We Left school. We Lurk late. We Strike straight. We Sing sin. We Thin gin. We Jazz June. We Die soon. Daily Response: This is a great poem to… Continue Reading “Favorite Poem: “We Real Cool””

Poet: Sara Pounds

Sara Pounds lives in Florida. I met her when she was in the sixth grade; I was her language arts teacher. I am so proud of her writing and wanted to share a poem that she posted on Facebook recently. I feel an uncertainty about… Continue Reading “Poet: Sara Pounds”

Young Poet #2: Tyler Frost

Bio: Tyler Frost is currently a senior at Assumption High School in Wisconsin Rapids and will be attending Marquette University in the fall with a plan to major in Theater and English.  He enjoys the the arts, good conversation, and taking walks.   Ones Depressed    by Tyler Frost                                     What does one feel… Continue Reading “Young Poet #2: Tyler Frost”

Young Poet #1: Christina Hedges

Bio: Christina Hedges was born on April 17, 1995 in Cincinnati, Ohio. She currently attends Batavia High School (Batavia, Ohio) as a freshman. She enjoys playing guitar, clarinet and creating music from her heart, as well as creating works of literature.   “Your Lovely Dreams”… Continue Reading “Young Poet #1: Christina Hedges”

Poetry Workshop #3: Double Word Poetry

 On my first Mother’s Day, I created a scrapbook and gave it to my mother, and inside the album, I included this poem. My mother was kind enough to email it to me this week. Of all the poems I’ve ever written, this one means… Continue Reading “Poetry Workshop #3: Double Word Poetry”

Poetry Workshop #2: Borrowed Poetry

Borrowed poetry, or found poetry, is creating an original poem by using lines from another poem, quote, or even headlines from the newspaper as a springboard. When creating the song “Auburn Eyes,” I borrowed lines from the original Nothing but Trouble after Midnight manuscript.* And one thing that stayed constant… Continue Reading “Poetry Workshop #2: Borrowed Poetry”

Poetry Workshop #1: Finding Inspiration

Welcome to a week of poetry workshops. All the examples were written by me, starting with poetry from my youth to a poem from the first abandoned manuscript of NBTAM. But I must warn you: Poetry is not my forte. I liken it to art or music–it is something I… Continue Reading “Poetry Workshop #1: Finding Inspiration”