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This is an exciting week to host. Earlier in the week, Tracy K. Smith was named the 22nd Poet Laureate the United States. According to the Poetry Foundation, Tracy graduated from Harvard University and got an MFA from Columbia University. She has published three poetry books, THE BODY'S QUESTION (2003), DUENDE (2007), and LIFE ON MARS (2011), which won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. Another book, WADE IN THE WATER, will be published next spring. Ms. Smith currently teaches writing at Princeton University.
In an NPR interview, Ms. Smith says:
"One of (my) goals as poet laureate is to make even more people aware that poems are, another resource that you can turn to" in times of uncertainty.
What excites me is that I'm an ambassador for poetry, which is something that I wholeheartedly believe in and that has been an anchor and a force of stability and consolation throughout my life," she says. "I think that's good news."Here are several poems I found online. There are five poems published on Ms. Smith's page on the Poetry Foundation website.
"WADE IN THE WATER"
BY TRACY K. SMITH
One of the women greeted me.
I love you, she said. She didn't
Know me, but I believed her,
And a terrible new ache
Rolled over in my chest…
I love you in the rusted iron
Chains someone was made
To drag until love let them be
Unclasped and left empty
In the center of the ring…
We could let ourselves feel, knew
To climb. O Woods--O Dogs--
O Tree--O Gun-- O Girl, run--
O Miraculous Many Gone--
O Lord--O Lord--O Lord--
Is this love the trouble you promised?
Listen to Ms. Smith read the entire poem here.
The Good Life
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When some people talk about money
They speak as if it were a mysterious lover
Who went out to buy milk and never
Came back, and it makes me nostalgic
For the years I lived on coffee and bread,
Hungry all the time, walking to work on payday
Like a woman journeying for water
From a village without a well, then living
One or two nights like everyone else
On roast chicken and red wine.
You can read more about Tracy's appointment in a New York Times article here.
You can read an interview/listen to Ms. Smith on NPR here.
Leave your link in the comments below. I have comment moderation, so you won't see your comment as soon as you post it, but I will round them up periodically throughout the day.
EARLY MORNING ROUNDUP
- At Life on the Deckle Edge, Robyn Hood Black's description of David Lanoue's newest book, WRITE LIKE ISSA, had me reaching for my charge card. The book includes six lessons about haiku, and poems by 57 poets, including Robin! And the best news yet- one lucky commenter will win a copy of the book!
- Many are celebrating nature this week. Aileen Fisher's, "Sing of the Earth and Sky," shared by Catherine Flynn, seems a perfect prelude to all of these.
- Tara offers an ode to elm trees with Ruth Stone's "Before the Blight."
- And if Tara's poem makes me long for a cool green glade, Kiesha Shepard makes me want to dig my toes into the sand at the beach.
- Matt Esenwine celebrates an upcoming week at the beach with an original beach poem.
- Diane Mayr commemorates the sighting of a brown booby, a bird never before seen in New Hampshire, with a James Tate poem, "The Blue Booby." And at Random Noodling, she continues her delightful catku series.
- Brenda is channeling her inner William Butler Yeats with an original poem, "Ballooning."
- At Teacher Dance, Linda Baie glories in sweet moments with her granddaughters.
- Laura Purdie Salas brings a little silliness with "Keep a Pocket in Your Poem" (yes, you read that correctly) from J. Patrick Lewis' newest poetry book.
- Over at Year of Reading, Mary Lee uses a new picture book, IF, by Milton and Shirley Glasser, as inspiration for a few playful if's of her own.
- Kathryn Apel celebrates wonderful wordplay (also awesome alliteration) with a review of GREAT GOAL! MARVELOUS MARK!, a new ABC book about the Australian Football League.
- Tabatha Yeatts gifts us not only with a poem and a song, but also with a beautiful quote. "It goes without saying that a fine short poem can have the resonance and depth of an entire novel."
- At Raincity Librarian, Jane shares a Carole King song for difficult days.
- At Write Time, Linda has an original, not-your-typical Father's Day poem. I wish there were more of these.
- Jama reviews a brand new picture book MY DADDY RULES THE WORLD, by Hope Anita Smith. This definitely seems like one to add to classroom libraries!
- Inspired by her visit to the Jones College Prep AP Art Class Exhibit, Michelle Kogan wrote an original cherita (is this form, which seems short and maybe even doable, new to anyone besides me?).
Back from class (after a slight flat tire delay):
Back from class (after a slight flat tire delay):
- It's a good thing that Amy Ludwig Vanderwater came by today, or I never would have known that Margarita Engle was named "Young People's Poet Laureate" for next year. I'm not sure how I heard about Tracy K. Smith, but missed the news about Margarita. This news will be fun to share at my school this fall- more than 50% of our students speak Spanish as their first language. Amy has all kinds of goodies in her post today, hop on over to check out an original poem about frogs, written in honor of a kindergarten class, as well as some original second grade poetry.
- Ramona is joining Robyn Hood Black to celebrate Issa's birthday, with COOL MELONS TURN TO FROGS, a book I have always loved sharing with kids.
- Christie Wyman "found" a poem about hummingbirds in the words of John James Audubon.
- Karen Edmisten is also celebrating summer with William Henry Davies, "Leisure." This topic seems to be cropping up in so many poems that I think the universe must be trying to tell me something!
- Over at "There Is No Such Thing As a God-Forsaken Town," Ruth is sipping sun tea and looking for summer poems. She found a classic, "What is So Rare as a Day in June?" and several other summer poems. with James Russell Lowe.
- I couldn't decide whether to laugh or cry when I read JoAnn Early Macken's poem, "Summer Scheduling." I have way too many days like she described!
- Violet Nesdoly's title, "Ghostly Visible" captured my attention. So much we see, and yet don't see.
- My father has been gone for over twenty years, and yet I cried this afternoon, when I read Li-Young Lee's poems, shared by Elaine Magliaro. Hauntingly beautiful memories.
- Margaret Gibson Simon says, "When I write poems, I connect to a deeper part of myself, one who I don’t know as well, one who reveals more of myself to me." Margaret has an original poem, "Remembering Clover," modeled after Philip Levine's Milkweed.
- Kay McGriff , inspired by Marilyn Singer, not only attempted reverso poetry, but chose a really tough topic, this week's shooting. So sad.
- Another sad original poem, "Marawi Aftermath: Dancing With Smoke" at Ymatruz Instinct."
- When I read "See It Through" at Bildungsroman, I think of my sixth grade teacher, Ralph Meyer, who regularly recited Edgar Guest's poetry to us.
- Jan Goodwin Anino says Canada's Jordan Abel is a poet we can't miss. His newest book, INJUN, sounds like a good place to start.
- At Enjoy and Embrace Learning, Mandy has a burst of fuchsia and an original haiku.
- Our final poster, Carol Varsalona, became a grandmother this week, but also somehow made time to snap pictures and write poetry about a gorgeous river sunset.
OK, I think I got everyone. If I left someone out, please let me know and I will add you when I get home from the theater tonight. Excited to see CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT, which has gotten rave reviews!
Thanks for sharing Tracy K. Smith's poetry -- she's totally new to me and I look forward to learning more about our new Poet Laureate!
This week I have a review of Hope Anita Smith's new book, My Daddy Rules the World:
(My link will go live at 6 a.m. Friday.)
Thanks so much for hosting, Carol. Have a nice weekend. :)
Thanks so much for hosting, Carol, and for this terrific introduction to our new Poet Laureate.
I'm in with David G. Lanoue's brand new book, WRITE LIKE ISSA, and it's a giveaway, too! :0)
I loved her poem about David Bowie! Thanks for highlighting Smith's other work, Carol. And thanks for hosting today. I'm in with a poem about Elm trees: https://ateachinglifedotcom.wordpress.com/2017/06/15/before-the-blight-by-ruth-stone/
I am new to this poet as well, so thank you for sharing more about her! This week I am sharing a tried and true strategy which led to my poetry offering this week. Thanks for hosting, Carol!
Hi Carol! Thanks for hosting! I like the idea of letting people know about poetry as a resource for times of uncertainty.
I have a poem by James Wright today:
I was not familiar with Tracy's work, but her writing is very - and I hate this term - raw. But it is! It's very real and sensual and sensitive and moving. Thanks for sharing the news! Today, I am in a coastline state of mind: http://wp.me/p2DEY3-1Fp
Thanks for the introduction to a poet I'm not familiar with! I'm in this week with a J. Patrick Lewis poem, "Keep a Pocket in Your Poem." It's at http://laurasalas.com/poems-for-teachers/keep-pocket-poem-j-patrick-lewis-poetry-friday/
Thanks for hosting!
Looks like I have to write up a few order cards for the library. We don't have any of her books, but we will shortly!
Meanwhile, at the library, Kurious Kitty has found a poem to welcome the strange and wonderful new visitor to town.
I also have more Katku at Random Noodling.
Happy Father's Day to all the dads in the kidlitosphere!
Hi Carol, I look forward to coming back and reading Tracy's poems later. I'm in this week with an original Father's Day poem at Write Time.
Thanks for hosting!
What wonderful news. Great post and thanks for hosting. I look forward to seeing more poetry by Tracy K. Smith.
I'm in with affirmations again, as I make a push to finish several projects. https://friendlyfairytales.com/2017/06/15/ballooning/
Thank you for hosting, Carol, and for sharing this introduction to Tracy K. Smith. I'm looking forward to reading more about her and her work next week when school is over. Today I'm sharing a short poem by Aileen Fisher, "Sing of the Earth and Sky." https://readingtothecore.wordpress.com/2017/06/15/poetry-friday-the-wonders-around-us/
Hi Carol, I was very happy to hear that Tracy K. Smith is the new Poet Laureate. I read an interview featuring her about a year or so ago and was very taken with her. Thanks for sharing her poems here, and the links for more info. Thanks too for hosting Poetry Friday.
I'm featuring the artwork of Jones College Prep AP Art Class students, in Chicago. I've written a send off Cherita poem for the seniors graduating and the juniors moving into their senior year.
Such exciting news! I love that she's committed to breaking down barriers to poetry, and helping bring poetry and literature to places it might not typically be found. Poetry should be for everyone!
Here's my post this week - a snippet from one of my favourite songs for tough times.
That poem, The Good Life is one to read and re-read, wonder about, too. I saw about our new poet laureate from a FB posting. It will be wonderful to see what she shares and does this year. Thanks for hosting Carol. This week I wrote to capture the idea of being present. Those moments pass by very quickly! http://www.teacherdance.org/2017/06/poetry-friday-nothing-better-than-play.html
I'm not familiar with Tracy K. Smith's work, but I'm sure I will soon be, in her role as Poet Laureate. Thanks for sharing this background information - and playing host to Poetry Friday.
This week I'm sharing a picture book that features a whole lot of alliteration. 'Great Goal! Marvellous Mark!' is an ABC of AFL - a uniquely Australian game of football. Come along and enjoy a sneak peek.
I'm so excited for a new Poet Laureate! I just organized my collection of signed editions by Poets Laureate...one more to add to the acquisition list! (I'm picking up a Robert Penn Warren today, paid for with books I weeded and sold! SCORE!)
ANY-hoo. I'm in with an original IF poem inspired by the book by the same name that I reviewed on Thursday.
It's hummingbird time! https://wonderingandwondering.wordpress.com/2017/06/16/hummingbird-poetryfriday/
Thanks for hosting! I was so excited to hear Tracy's desire to bring poetry--and poetry filled events--to places that don't often get host them. Maybe there will be something near me!
This week I'm sharing a bit about Marilyn Singer's book MIRROR MIRROR and I tried writing a reverso poem myself. Mine, however, took a more serious tone influenced by the events of this week.
Thanks for hosting, Carol and for your interesting post about the new U.S. poet laureate.
This week I'm sharing a short poem about what we see and what we don't. It's here: https://vnesdolypoems.wordpress.com/2017/06/16/ghostly-visible/
Thanks for hosting. I don't know anything about Tracy Smith and appreciate your introduction to her.
My post is a response to an exercise in The Practice of Poetry. https://reflectionsontheteche.wordpress.com/2017/06/16/poetry-friday-remember-the-clover/
Thanks for the Tracy K. Smith poems - I went looking yesterday, too! I have some musings today about sun tea and poems about it, and then some James Russell Lowell. Have a great day and t hanks for hosting!
I can easily relate to The Good Life. Her poems interest me. Thank you for introducing Tracy Smith and for hosting his week.
Here is my post this week:
Carol, thanks for hosting, and for the great post about Tracy K. Smith.
I'm in this week with some summer leisure. The post is here.
Carol! Thanks so much for hosting this week. I'm excited to meet Tracy Smith as a poet for all of us. Your post is exactly what I am looking for as I dive into my summer. Just said goodbye to the kids yesterday. Now it's time for reading! Waaaaahooooooo~
Happy Friday! Thanks for hosting!
I posted See It Through by Edgar Guest at my blog, Bildungsroman:
Thanks so much for doing the roundup this week! At Wild Rose Reader, I'm celebrating Father's Day with poems about fathers written by one of my favorite poets--Li-Young Lee. I have also posted several old photos of my father, a WWII veteran who passed away in 1984.
Carol, Thanks for this laureate news, which is a mighty fine headline for me. (Have been far away on vacation including hikes in British Columbia.) It will be a gift this weekend to return here for all your nourishing links about Ms. Smith. "The Good Life" is immediately potent & her style seems accessible while providing much to ponder. I am so eager to begin to get to know her work.
Appreciations for hosting Poetry Friday & hugs to everyone for a great Father's Day Weekend. ~ Jan
p.s. At Bookseedstudio I have a previous blog still holding, with expectation that this weekend I can put a short piece up about a new to me Canadian poet and his new book. I am writing my verse novel, after being away from it a bit, so that's my news. More thanks.
Thank you for this great feature and for hosting this week's roundup, Carol. I, too, look forward to getting to know Tracy's work...and I am also so excited about Margarita's new role! What good times! Warm wishes to you and yours!
At The Poem Farm, I have an occasion poem for a special class of kindergartners...and a lovely feature of second grade poems from a second grade.
Carol, thanks for sharing about our new and new-to-me poet laureate, Tracy Smith. I'm glad to be back today after a few weeks' absence. I'm sharing a belated happy birthday wish to Issa, a picture book about him and his work, and an original haiku.
I'm so glad to see Tracy Smith's poetry here--thank you! Today on the Teaching Authors blog, I've posted an original poem about trying to write amidst the distractions of a summer day in the backyard: http://www.teachingauthors.com/2017/06/summer-scheduling-with-few-distractions.html
Apologies Carol for the mistaken double spurt of words just above.
At BookSeedStudio this week I am sharing a bit about Jordan Abel,
a Canadian poet.
I am very excited to learn more about Ms. Smith and her poetry, for certain! -- Christie @ https://wonderingandwondering.wordpress.com/
Joining a bit later than most. Thank you for hosting this week. It is an exciting week to talk about poetry.
Carol, excuse the lateness of this response to the Poetry Friday Round-Up. This weekend is one devoted to family but I happened upon a beautiful scene that inspired me to write while pondering my journey in life. I am also trying to organize my upcoming gallery, Springsations. Thanks for your notice of our new poet laureate. I did read about that recently but enjoyed reading some of her poems and the Times article that you provided. Carol Varsalona at Beyond LiteracyLink: http://beyondliteracylink.blogspot.com/2017/06/life.html.
Carol, thank you so much for announcing my #JoyfulNews!
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