Thursday, July 9, 2015

Poetry Friday Roundup is Here!

I am thrilled to be hosting the Poetry Friday Roundup for the first time. Please leave your links and descriptions in the comments, and I will be summarizing and adding them to the post during the day. Thanks for joining!

Quick introduction: My name is Katie, and I'm a third grade language arts and social studies teacher in Wisconsin. I have been blogging for a year, and several years back I instituted the practice of a weekly Poetry Friday with my students. It has been one of the greatest decisions I've made as a teacher, and it has had a dramatic impact on my classroom and my kids! (You can read more about The Power of Poetry Friday here.)

I love sharing reading, writing, and cultural resources for upper elementary school teachers. Many of my Poetry Friday posts feature mentor texts and picture books with inspiring poems for student and adult writers alike!

Forgive Me, I Meant to Do It

If you are ever at a loss for poetry inspiration, then this is the book for you! Forgive Me, I Meant To Do It: false apology poems is written by Gail Carson Levine and illustrated by Matthew Cordell. Based on the This Is Just To Say poem by William Carlos Williams (click here for that poem), the book provides a plethora of "false apology poems," many from the perspective of well-known literary or fairy tale characters.

This book is an excellent resource for reluctant writers, as everyone enjoys an excuse to let their creativity wander into naughty or rude situations! I found found that even third graders can appreciate sarcasm and irony when phrased in this way.

Here are just a few student selections to get your creative juices flowing.

This is just to say By: Norah and Hayat

I’m sorry
I wore your
Lucky scarf
That your grandpa
Gave you
While babysitting
Your pet dog

I took it off
To get something
Outside. I laid
It on the
Couch but then
Your dog started
To chew on it.

Forgive me
I put it in the bed
When the dog was
In there.

The dog chewed it to
Pieces. I didn’t mean to
Do any of that.

Marker by: Ava

I stole your marker
while you were using it
Forgive me
if I didn’t have your marker
I wouldn’t have finished my drawing on time.


This is just to say…
I’m sorry I chewed up your favorite teddy bear
Mr. Stuffles

Forgive me
but it was your fault
you spilt peanut butter on him
at breakfast this morning - the dog

And finally, a false apology poem from me.

This is just to say

I have deleted
the links
that were
left on the blog

and which
you were probably
hoping would
be shared.

Forgive me
my mouse loves
watching things

Happy Poetry Friday!

Great Poem Resources for Kids and Teachers (and Everyone)

Sally Murphy is sharing Ogden Nash's poem The Duck along with a photograph and thoughts on ducks.

Reading to the Core is sharing a Joyce Sidman diamante about bacteria.

Margaret at Reflections on the Teche provides a poetry challenge based on cards drawn from Apples to Apples. Come add your own contribution!

Penny Parker Klostermann extends her grand nephew and great aunt series to others and shares an original haiku-origami collaboration.

Amy Ludwig VanDerwater at the Poem Farm shares an original free verse poem about collecting poems and invites readers to collaborate on a Padlet of favorite poems.

Joy at Poetry for Kids Joy shares three original rounds inspired by Row, Row, Row Your Boat.

Rebecca J. Gomez shares an amazingly grotesque poem from Judy Sierra's Monster Goose.

Original Poems Inspired by ...

Donna at Mainely Write is sharing an original poem by Tabatha Yeatts as part of the Summer Poetry Swap. As as part of the swap, Linda at Teacher Dance is sharing an original poem by Diane Mayr, written with inspiration from a sunset photograph of Linda's. What a wonderful exercise to see what poems your blog inspires in others!

The Poetry Sisters are offering up poems this week in the style of e.e. cummings. Liz in Ink shares an original poem about motherhood, while Andromeda Jazmon at a Wrung Sponge is sharing her own e.e. cummings-inspired poem. Laura Puride Salas takes spring as the inspiration for her fall poem, and Sara at Read Write Believe celebrates the power of dusk in her original poem. Tanita Davis brings the portmanteau of "saditty" to her e.e. cummings-inspired poem, and Tricia at Miss Rumphius Effect shares a pair of poems also inspired by the recent church shooting in Charleston. Kelly at Writing and Ruminating jumps in with a rollicking account of four stray cats.

Mary Lee at A Year of Reading shares an original photo-illustrated poem about treasured childhood friend.

Kelsey Empfield shares an original poem about time from her first writer's notebook.

Carole Varsalona at Beyond Literacy Link is sharing an original poem collage composed as part of a "one little word" challenge as well as invitation to stay tuned for her upcoming Summer Splashings poem gallery.

Sharing Powerful Poems by Others

Laura at Author Amok is sharing two powerful poems, one by the Polish-born poet Danuta E. Kosk-Kosicka and another that she translated from the Polish, written by her mother.

Iphigene at Gathering Books is sharing an original poem, Bitter Coffee and Grapefruit, inspired by the death of a drag queen. This is also part of their bimonthly Diversity theme.

Tabatha at The Opposite of Indifference is sharing two powerful poems by deaf poets. The video of the poem in sign is especially worth your time!

Matt at Radio, Rhythm, & Rhyme is celebrating Carol Varsalona's Spring Symphony Gallery, an incredible collection of poems and images - including one of his own.

Diane Mayr is sharing an original illustrated poem, After the Battles of Heaven (And Earth), at Random Noodling and Walt Whitman's A Noiseless Patient Spider over at Kurious Kitty's Kurio Kabinet.

Irene Latham is sharing two poems about identify from a collection selected by Naomi Shihab Nye.

Karen Edmisten shares a Robert Louis Stevenson poem about the joy and imagination that stories bring.

Tara Smith at A Teaching Life shares a summer poem by Mary Oliver that connects to the state of wonder Tara is feeling about her new farmhouse.

Carol at Carol's Corner is sharing a selection of poems by Langston Hughes.

Doraine at Dori Reads is sharing a poem about the mail by W. H. Auden and a suggestion for tracking those pesky email submissions!

Check out some poetry excerpts from Carl Sandburg over at Bildungsroman.

Julie at The Drift Record shares the poem At the Clothesline by James Tate who passed away this week (plus scroll down to her comment for her own original false apology poem).

Please check back during the day for more poetry goodness - or jump down into the comments!
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  1. Hi, Katie. Great to meet you! I love Laila's poem. Who can blame the speaker? Peanut butter covered teddy bear's are delicious.

    I'm continuing my World Poetry series with poet Danuta E. Kosk-Kosicka of Poland. Danuta has lived in the U.S. since 1980 and write in English, but she also translates her mother, the Polish poet Lidia Kosk. I've got a poem by Danuta about her mother, plus a poem of Lidia's in Polish with the English translation.

    1. Thanks, Laura! Isn't it fun to get inside someone else's head?

    2. In this case, the close relationship between poet and translator definitely adds a layer to the poems in English.

  2. Hi Katie
    I love Williams' work, and especially This is Just o Say, and I adore what you and your students have written.And now I am off to buy that book! Another good one is Joyce Sidman's This is Just to Say, where the first half is poems of apology from a fictional class of students, and the second half is responses to those apologies. Very clever!
    Today I am sharing an Ogden Nash poem, The Duck.

    1. Ooh, sounds perfect, thanks Sally! Will definitely pick that one up.

  3. AnonymousJuly 09, 2015

    Hi Katie,
    Thanks for hosting today's poetry Friday. I like the dog poem. I have a dog and I think he has chewed through a lot of my good socks.
    Our bimonthly theme for the next two months at gatheirng books is on Diversity. We are sharing an original poem, Iphigene wrote, years back on the death of a drag queen. Here it is:

  4. Nice way to start our day! Thanks for sharing those gems.
    Today I have Tabatha Yeatts original poem she sent to me for the Summer Poetry Swap.

  5. I hadn't heard of that book, but will now have to track it down! Thanks for sharing, Katie - and for hosting! Today I'm simply reminding folks about Carol Varsalona's Spring Symphony of poetry and images:

  6. Thanks so much for hosting!! Here is mine -- an echo of an ee cummings poem (part of a challenge I undertook with my poetry sisters):

  7. Oh, I agree, Katie, this book is such fun to use with all ages, including us! Did you really delete the comments? Oops! Thanks for hosting. I'm sharing a poetry swap poem this time from Diane Mayr-a real treasure of a poem!

    1. I guess you'll just have to check back and see if your comment is still here, Linda! ;)

  8. Hi Katie! Love those "this is just to say" poems you shared. You can't really be mad at the dog under those conditions, can you?

    I have two poems by deaf poets: (one of whom is also blind)

    Thanks for hosting!

  9. A few of us are doing poems written in the style of e. e. cummings this week. My poems is here: "the wind has blown..." Thanks for doing the roundup!

  10. Hi Katie--Thanks for hosting today and for sharing these fun/bittersweet student poems! Have you read Joyce Sidman's THIS IS JUST TO SAY? It's fabulous!

    I'm in with a poem in the style of an e.e. cummings poem. Mine is "Fall is like a last-chance hand." cummings is scary. I'm at

  11. Hahaha! I think this is the first time a PF host has offered to delete all our links! Silly mouse. I adore how you've invited your students to Poetry Friday. As a kid, I would've lived for Fridays in your classroom. At least now I'm lucky enough to be surrounded and challenged by my Poetry Sisters, all of whom are echoing ee cummings poems today. Mine is in the style of his "In Just--Spring" but I've chosen to write about "in Just---Dusk." Thank you for hosting!

    1. And the link is:

    2. Hee hee, thanks Sara! Hopefully I've gotten the mouse under control for today.

      You know you are doing something right with Poetry Friday when kids get a day off of school on a Friday and start whining and complaining about missing out!

  12. Hi Katie! Nice to meet you! I have two posts: at Random Noodling is an illustrated angel poem "After the Battles of Heaven (And Earth)" And at Kurious Kitty there is a short spider poem by Walt Whitman

  13. Thanks for hosting the round-up today! I am amused that you did an "echo" poem today, too -- your mouse sounds particularly devious! With my poetry sisters, I "echoed" e.e. cummings' The Cambridge Ladies Who Live in Furnished Souls" with The Saditty Committee Whose Lives Gather Creases."

  14. AnonymousJuly 10, 2015

    Thank you for hosting today, Katie! I love poems of apology. Today, I'm sharing a poem by Joyce Sidman (who also wrote a collection of apology poems) from her collection, Ubiquitous.

  15. Hi Katie,
    Nice to meet you! Thanks so much for hosting us.
    Today I am sharing a poem with my poetry sisters in the style of e.e. cummings.


  16. Hi Katie- thanks so much for hosting and for sharing what works in your classroom! I'm in with a look at WHAT HAVE YOU LOST? Poems selected by Naomi Shihab Nye.

  17. Hi Katie, thanks for being such a welcoming hostess. I love the student apology poems. Do you have Joyce Sidman's book This is Just to Say? What I love about her book is that it's a fictional class, so the poems are relatable to students.

    I have a poetry game that I made for NWP's CLmooc.

    1. Margaret, this is a really cool post and great exercise. I didn't know the apples game, but I've ordered my own set of cards because I want to play your game. What fun and a great way to come up with fresh language.

  18. Love the false apology poems. Yours gave me a good laugh :•)
    Thanks for hosting.
    I have Iza Trapani and her stepson, Gabe, in my A Great Nephew and a Great Aunt series.

  19. That book has inspired my student writers, too! Yours was very funny -- make sure you keep your eye on that mouse today!! But seriously, thanks for hosting us!

    My mom is moving into assisted living -- this is a very bittersweet month for us.

  20. I love your false apology! Here's hoping my link escapes your mischievous mouse. :) I need to pick up Forgive Me, I Meant to Do It for my Ramona, and also to share with our homeschool writing group -- thanks!

    I'm in this week with a classic old RL Stevenson poem, and it's here.

    Thanks for hosting, and welcome to Poetry Friday!

  21. Thanks for hosting today, Katie! My sixth graders have had such fun with this book, too. I'm still in a Mary Oliver mood this Poetry Friday:

    1. Tara, I got an error trying to post on your blog, so here was my comment:

      Delightful! What a great reflection about what is truly important. Thanks for sharing this with Poetry Friday!

    2. Oops - here's the right one:

  22. Thank you for hosting, Katie! Thank you for sharing this great and fun book and too, for linking back to your post about The Power of Poetry Friday. I look forward to sharing it along!
    Today at The Poem Farm, I have a free verse poem about poetry and also my first Padlet to which I invite everyone to contribute -
    Happy PF!

  23. AnonymousJuly 10, 2015

    I love the idea of having your classroom also participate in Poetry Friday! My poem this week centers on TIME:

  24. I love, love, love THIS IS JUST TO SAY and like you, I have gotten lots of really good apology poems from kids. Some of my favorites were poems kids wrote to the Earth, in a unit on renewable and nonrenewable resources.

    Today I'm featuring a couple of new-to-me Langston Hughes poems.

  25. Thanks for hosting, Katie. My favorite is the last one. That darn mouse is at it again!

    Today I feature a W.H. Auden poem, "Night Mail", and an email app that lets you see who opens your mail.

  26. AnonymousJuly 10, 2015

    I posted some lines from Back Yard by Carl Sandburg at my blog, Bildungsroman:

  27. I'm sorry.
    My Poetry Friday
    post is very late.
    I was reading
    all about forensics
    into the wee hours --
    DNA and fingerprints --
    and I forgot
    all about PF.
    Forgive me.
    Poetry might as well
    have been in a cold bowl
    in the refrigerator and
    I didn't eat any.

    [ But this morning at The Drift Record I posted a poem about clotheslines and love by the wonderful poet James Tate, who died on Wednesday. Here's the URL:

  28. AnonymousJuly 10, 2015

    I'm in (with my poetry sisters) doing a poem in the style of E.E. Cummings. Mine is called "tortie and tabbie and tubbie and tom", and can be found at my blog.

    1. AnonymousJuly 10, 2015

      Oops. Link:

  29. Katie,
    Thanks for hosting us today. I've got three rounds up today and a poetry challenge for kids. at
    Thanks for all the great resources you included in your post.


  30. That sounds like a wonderful book. I'll have to check for it at the library! My poetry Friday post us up at

    Thanks for hosting!

  31. Katie, how delightful to have you host Poetry Friday. At the end of my Poetry Friday post, I commented about our getting to know each other this year when I was fascinated with your third graders' poetry. Today, I am offering, "Listen and Reflect" at with an original poem, black and white collage, and a comment about Spring's Symphony Gallery. I am excited to announce that I will be designing a new gallery, Summer Splashings, for everyone's writing pleasure. I hope this year your students will create a poem to link up with my fall gallery. Your false apology poem is quite clever.

  32. Welcome, and thanks for hosting!

  33. Fabulous to meet you Katie.
    This is an A++, extra credit, head of class article/post with nourishing links.


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