Friday, July 4, 2008

Independence Day Poetry Friday

4:13 AM UPDATE: All the links should be working now. Email me or leave me a comment if they're not. Sorry for the confusion!!!

3:43 AM BLOGGER HATES ME. My code looks absolutely fine, but when I put up the page, most of the links get switched to my own blog. Working on the technical difficulties - please stand by while I run and shove cucumber sandwiches in blogger's main computer. Grr.

dedicated to my buddy Pete because I didn't get his email responded to quickly

Find an original sestina by Cloudscome that she wrote for Miss Rumphius's Monday Poetry Stretch challenge.

Kelly R. Fineman Any post that references Les Miz gets kindred spirit points big time. Oh, and there's a sonnet there, too.

From across the pond, Michele's got a Wordsworth tribute.

Laura's in with a 15 Words or Less poem and an original poem for Miss Rumphius' Poetry Stretch.

Andrea from Just One More Book sends Flipped Fundamentals, a podcast conversation about a Rhyming Alphabet book with an entertaining and educational twist, "A isn't for Fox -- An Isn't Alphabet."

Lisa's put up two poems from the American Revolutionary War in a post titled "poetry and the price of freedom."

TadMack from Finding Wonderland writes, "I'm in with a traditional English summer song, since I'm not having an American celebration today." The cucumber sandwiches are for you, my Scottish friend!

Marcie at World of Words contributes a poem about baseball and living in another culture.

Karen provides an original cranky haiku, proving she and I are kindred spirits (though she doesn't know it).

Jennie has put up one of my favorite songs over at Biblio File.

Becky has a review of Lady Liberty (an illustrated biography.)

"Canis Major” by Robert Frost is up over at Nancy’s blog, Naturally Speaking.

Sylvia Vardell, who is not in her pajamas (she’s traveling), reports on the 5th annual ALSC Poetry Blast held on Monday at the ALA convention. What a bonanza of 13 poets reading from their work!

You can find david elzey’s original poem over at fomagrams.

What would July be without Shel Silverstein? This one’s from our Canuck friend Lisa @ alotalot (with a great suggestion in the comments by Cloudscome.)

Sarah Rettger has Langston Hughes. Really nice clip.

Haiku Baby looks like a darling book. Read Franki’s review.

7Imp is in with an original very, very bad poem over at Lynn Hazen's blog. Here's how the hilarity (Aerin’s word) started!

Elaine has two poems up this week. At Wild Rose Reader, you’ll find a poem for Independence Day entitled "Fourth of July Parade.” Then, at Blue Rose Girls, she has a poem by New Mexican poet Cynthia Gray entitled "High Desert July."

Nicola Turner, aka Mme T, from St. Paul returns to Poetry Friday from traveling in South Carolina. Her original poem is titled Spanish Moss.

Susan T. at Chicken Spaghetti put up Lewis Carroll’s fantastic “A Boat Beneath a Sunny Sky.” Isn’t this just the quintessential summer poem? Thanks, Susan!

Little Willow (aka slayground) put up a passage from Lisa Ann Sandell’s verse novel The Weight of the Sky.

Performance art from the Miss Rumphius Effect!! Tricia has up Norman Lear’s presentation of the Declaration of Independence.

Cuileann is reading a book I just finished last week – Shannon Hale’s Enna Burning. Oh, and she has up Jesus the Mexican Boy for Poetry Friday.

Sapphic stanzas and a gorgeous page layout at Knocking Inside’s “Watson Retires”, by Tiel Asha Ansari

Part of the poem “Immigrant Picnic” by Gregory Djanikian. Thanks, Ruth!

A person with a fabulous name (Okay, it’s Erin) contributes The Song of Freedom by Lewis Eron.

Read Felicity's "I Hear America Singing".

Springsteen and a very cool fireworks picture are up over at Miss Mulhern's The Reading Zone.

And, in a daring post-fireworks entry, Liz Scanlon has put up her poem over at Liz in Ink.


  1. I'm in with some Bruce Springsteen!

  2. Hi, Aerin. Several of the links aren't working. (Sometimes my blog's internal machinery gets cranky. Maybe that happened to Blogger today.)

    Susan T.
    Chicken Spaghetti

  3. I just made a late contribution! Thanks...

  4. Ooh, did you really? I am always overjoyed to hear of people reading Shannon Hale's books (she's one of my most favorite authors, though Enna Burning's not my most favorite of hers). Happily, EB is a reread for me.

  5. Aw, I don't think I've ever been told my name is fabulous before! Thanks. :)

  6. Aw! Some brilliant poems and I didn't even know about it - and there I was writing my very first ode on Thursday!

  7. I sent you an email last night but it must have gotten lost in all the chaos. I'm sharing a poem about patriotic chickens. Why? Because if I don't, who will?

    Thanks for hosting and for the little sandwiches.

    Oh, and I have the link coding too, as usual, but it's probably too late to be useful.



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