#SOL19 Day 30 Spark! “Poem-ish”

Screen Shot 2019-03-02 at 5.28.56 PMFor the month of March I have been participating in the Slice of Life Challenge sponsored by The Two Writing Teachers Blog. Each day I shared a Quick Write as my way of slicing. The idea is to offer a SPARK that will kindle thinking and then write as quickly as you can for 5-10 minutes. No filters, no revisions. I hope you’ve found some that have sparked your joy of writing this month!

With National Poetry month on our doorstep I think its a great time to collect some ideas for playful engagement with poetry. I love to revisit Billy Collins poem “Introduction to Poetry” to ground my teaching in the purpose for poetry-to illuminate dark thoughts, to play with the richness of our language, to whittle a narrative down to the essence of thought, feeling, and senses, and to explore the human experience. Here’s an interesting video interpretation of his classic poem.

Poem-ish Sparks!

I’ve been inspired by so many slicers this month who have shared poems and poetry ideas. (I list some of their offerings at the end of this post) I often use the term poem-ish to describe what I quick write, not because it isn’t in some authentic way a poem, but because it hasn’t yet been read with a careful ear and revised with the respectful revision I think it one day deserves. It remains in a poem-ish state, sometimes temporarily, sometimes permanently. And that’s ok.

One form I have seen a lot this month has been the “skinny poem”.  I love this because I can consume a poem at a glance and savor it in one bite. I think it is less intimidating for kids to try out, and it works well as a quick write! Here’s my skinny poem quick write about the sunset I soaked up from my back deck last night.

sunset in the field

Gilded light

Thanks to everyone who shared resources this month. If you have some collections or caches of poetry ideas you have shared that I missed or that you would like to share, please let me know in the comments section. I am so grateful this writing community! Here are a few:

Made with Padlet

2019 Notable Poetry Books

Kidlitosphere Central Poetry Friday Round Ups


13 thoughts on “#SOL19 Day 30 Spark! “Poem-ish”

    1. Thanks, Margaret. You are the best resourcer. This is why I call my quick writes, “Poem-ish”-I don’t have to worry about rules just let the ideas flow. Now I can go back (if I want) and revise to align to standard forms and structures. You’re the BEST!

      1. I didn’t want my comment to criticize your poemish. I use that term with my students to let loose of the rules and just write.

  1. Poemish–I love this. I sometimes participate in poem writing challenges but I feel like an imposter doing it for exactly the reasons you describe. I am playing at poetry and not putting in the careful revision time that I think it requires. Poemish captures what I do as well. Thanks for the term!

    1. I hope this will encourage you to dabble more and play with poetry without that nasty imposter syndrome! I love “ish”, it is a total growth mindset way of approaching things! Good luck, Elisabeth!

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