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Writing Kind of Day: Poems for Young Poets

Writing Kind of Day: Poems for Young Poets

by Ralph Fletcher
     
 

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It's easy to make one,
lying on your back in the newest snow.
you move your arms like wings.
Later you forget about your creation,
go inside for a mug of hot chocolate.
That's when she rises from the snow
takes a feathery breath, tries out her wings.

So begins a poem about making a snow angel, but it might also refer to the mysterious way that

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It's easy to make one,
lying on your back in the newest snow.
you move your arms like wings.
Later you forget about your creation,
go inside for a mug of hot chocolate.
That's when she rises from the snow
takes a feathery breath, tries out her wings.

So begins a poem about making a snow angel, but it might also refer to the mysterious way that a poem comes into being and takes on a life of its own. In this new collection, Ralph Fletcher shows us how you can write a poem about almost anything: a baby sister, a Venus's-flytrap, a failing grandmother, a squished squirrel, grammar homework, and more. These poems take us inside the creative process as they reveal both the playfulness and the power of poetry. More than anything, they invite us to pick up pen and paper and write some poems of your own.

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"Simple language and wide variety of moods and topics may help to get young writers off the stick." --Kirkus Reviews

"Many aspiring poets will see the reflection of their own creative spirits and aspirations in this lovely collection." --School Library Journal

"Sure to delight lovers of poetry and newcomers to the genre." --Library Media Connection

School Library Journal
Gr 4-8-A young writer's daily experiences and concerns are folded into poems to which many readers can relate. For example, in "Bad Weather," the narrator presents a forecast for the school week, predicting "...a big term paper/due to arrive on Monday morning," followed by "intense-grammar drills" on Tuesday, the arrival of "the state writing test" on Wednesday,"-a high probability/of five-paragraph essays" on Thursday, and, finally, on Friday, "-some relief/when scattered poetry blows in." Varied in mood and tone, the offerings entertain as they celebrate words and language. A grandmother's "Memory Loss" is compared to crossing a river, as "She steps from word to word/until suddenly/she stops in the middle, disoriented." "Poetry" is described as a "sugar-crazed teenager/who just got a license/but refuses to follow/the rules of the road./-It embarrasses everyone/by telling the truth." What emerges is a picture of a young writer at work, looking closely at the world, making connections, and seeing the depth and beauty of everyday events and people. Ward's black-and-white illustrations use a variety of mediums, including pencil, photography, computer-generated images, and ink. Many aspiring poets will see the reflection of their own creative spirits and aspirations in this lovely collection.-Lee Bock, Glenbrook Elementary School, Pulaski, WI Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
In 27 new, mostly free verses, Fletcher takes a young writer's voice, ruminating on metaphors, plagiarism and other writerly concepts, battling writer's block, or connecting one entry to the next. The thought, for instance, that a baby's "little bald head / reminds me of the planet Earth" might later turn into a poem not only "feels like money in the bank," but turns up again on the next page: "She's bald on top / so on her North Pole / there's mostly Arctic tundra." Other entries picture lost poems scurrying beneath the floorboards, or fret about a grandma with a failing memory, school issues ("Bad Weather" begins: "They're predicting a big term paper / due to arrive on Monday morning"), or whether a "Squished Squirrel" is a suitable subject. Black and white illustrations, in a range of styles from simple line drawings to what look like processed photos, add drab but atmospheric notes; the poet's simple language and wide variety of moods and topics may help to get young writers off the stick. (Poetry. 8-10)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781590783535
Publisher:
Highlights Press
Publication date:
04/28/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
720,581
Product dimensions:
7.50(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author


Ralph Fletcher grew up as the oldest of nine children and has always been surrounded by stories. He has published novels, poetry collections, picture books, nonfiction books, and teacher resources. He has four sons and lives in Lee, New Hampshire.

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