Thank, Robyn for hosting today at Life on the Deckle Edge. I’m glad you’re part of the Poetry Friday community.
Winter can be a cruel season. Just last month, we month, we mourned the passing of Mary Oliver. This week, just about one month after Oliver’s death Jan. 17, 2019), the poetry world lost another incredible poet, Paul Janeczko (Feb. 19, 2019).
In 2011, the CYBILS Poetry committee selected REQUIEM, Poems of the Terezin Ghetto by Paul Janeczko. This is the blurb that was used at the CYBILS site.
“I am a watcher/sitting with those about to die.” These are the words of Elisha Schorr/25565 as imagined by poet Paul Janeczko. In Requiem: Poems of the Terezin Ghetto, we all become watchers, viewing snapshots of the Holocaust, one after the other, each one deepening the grief and raising questions to which there are no answers.
This fall, at the Poetry For Children workshop at Highlights, we were gifted with a copy of A KICK IN THE HEAD, AN EVERYDAY GUIDE to POETIC FORMS. These were selected by Janeczko. It’s a book that resides near my desk as a reference.
I’m sharing a couple of pages that from the Highlights workshop in which I played with ideas for a Persona poem. (AKA Mask or Apostrophe).
Thank you, Paul Janezcko for sharing so much poetry over the years.