Poetry Friday: This and That and In Between

Thanks to Linda B. at TeacherDance for hosting Poetry Friday today.

When I look at look at my posting history over the last two months, it’s a bit slim especially with Poetry Friday.  I’ve sort have been in a writing slump. 

My trip to the poetry workshop at Highlights Foundation was incredible, amazing, intense, and challenging.  I still have yet to write a proper post about the experience.  Two things for sure:

  • I’ve torn apart the writing room since my return (this was thanks to Rebeccca Kai Dotlitch’s and Georgia Heard’s sharing and discussing their writing space on the first day) . It was like I got hit with “I-know-what-I-want-to-do-with-the-space” bug along with the extreme need to sort and purge all the things I brought home from school.  When finished, I’ll show before and after.
  • My big question take away:  How do I write more for children? It became very evident to me that I write a lot in a more adult tone. I am processing this quite a bit and my writing has slowed way down.  It’s all good as I know I am working at a subconscious level.
Plus because of the generosity of the authors and the Highlights Foundation, my suitcase was a bit heavier on the way home with books. One of them was A Kick in the Head by Paul Janeczko. It just so happens, I have a copy of this book to give away this week. Please comment below to be entered into a drawing. I will let the winner know next Friday.

Can you believe it’s NOVEMBER?  One thing that working in the writing room has done for me is to rediscover these wonderful New Year Postcards.  It was such a great way to celebrate the incoming year. Plus, I consider it a New Year through the Chinese New years so you have time in January.   

Please sign up via the Google sheet.  You can either send five,m send ten or this year if you want the whole list of participants, you can opt for it. (We’ve had between 16-20 participants.

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10 Responses to Poetry Friday: This and That and In Between

  1. Greetings dear Jone! Seeing a photograph from a Highlights workshop, especially poetry, always gives me a lift. It makes me feel as if I’ve returned. Congratulations on attending & upon taking to heart that fabulous lesson #1. Here, I’m in need of a Kick in the … to de-clutter & make calm my workroom. As a longtime fan of P.B., (with a Kick in the Head copy he autographed for me at a course I took at Hollins U) I will exempt myself from this giveaway. But it will be a lucky writer who receives it from you! Good luck with being kind to yourself about any slow time in creating the right words. I often feel that slow is better. Happy Thanksgiving week, too 🙂

  2. Glad you had an inspiring time at Highlights. For me it’s hard to keep up the momentum after an exhilarating experience like that… my writing goes up and down. Trying to make it go up again, and I hope you find that path too! (I’ve got a copy of A Kick in the Head, so no need to include me in your generous giveaway.)

  3. Kay Mcgriff says:

    I can relate to the writing slump.. I’m finding it hard to make time to write with lots of changes going on. The Highlights workshop sounds fabulous. I hope to see what sprouts from the experience on the other side.

  4. Tara Smith says:

    I’m in a writing slump too, Jone – but that workshop sounds amazing; I’m sure it will serve to inspire poems down the road.

  5. Tabatha says:

    Sounds like your Highlights Foundation trip was a “kick in the head” in a good way! Looking forward to seeing what you took away come to fruition as you process it.

  6. bjleepoet says:

    Hi Jone! I’m glad you had a great time at highlights! I came very close to going this year. Maybe next year! It would be so wonderful to me many more poets! No need to enter me in the drawing as I already have this book.

  7. lindabaie says:

    Thanks for the giveaway, Jone, but I have the book, so leave me out. I’m glad you are having fun re-doing your writing space and that you loved the workshop. I’ve been several times and love every bit.

  8. Hello Dear Jone. I feel like you wrote this post just for me. I love children’s writing and I find myself hitting an adult tone when I am aiming for kids! I just finished an audiobook Creative Quest by Qwestlove (He’s the drummer for Jimmy Kimmel) and Qwest talks about all the things he does when he’s “stuck”. Curation (cleaning and re-arranging and office) and copying (mentor text) really struck chords with me. I envy your time to do a bit of organizing. I know without a doubt it will be productive. Your quiet period will end soon….have that pencil handy!

  9. I’m glad your workshop went so well. I’ve been eyeing that workshop for a while–but it’ll have to wait–most of my working funds are going towards my daughter’s college expenses.That’s a wonderful book, I have it out of the library presently–rich poems and it’s organized well too! Good luck with which ever direction your writing takes you in.

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