Have you ever tried magnetic poetry before? Check out the new display that Ms. Walker and Mr. Weber created in the hallway just outside the library – choose some of the available words and reorganize them into a poem on the “fridge”. We can’t wait to read some of your creations.
Happy National Poetry Month and Happy Arts Week!
While surfing the internet to read about National Poetry Month, I happened upon an amazing essay about poetry, written by Rachel Zucker: Third Eye Ode to Chicken Nugget and other Delights.
Here’s an excerpt:
Kids love playing with language. They love what their teacher calls “juicy words.” They also love puns and rhyme and surreal word games. They think poetry is terrific because, as my son says, “In a poem you can say anything you want anyway you want to.” Poetry is the genre of freedom, of “kids know best.” But kids also love making poems that follow a form (like the ode) and have lots of rules. They haven’t yet been turned against poetry by well-meaning but misguided teachers who teach poems as if they are secret codes that need to be painstakingly deciphered, an approach to poetry that leaves everyone exasperated and wondering why poets don’t just say what they mean.
Read the full essay by clicking below:
Throughout the month of April, people all over Canada celebrate National Poetry Month. Established in April 1999, National Poetry Month brings together schools, publishers, booksellers, literary organizations, libraries, and poets across the country to celebrate poetry and its vital place in Canada’s culture. Communities and businesses participate through readings, festivals, book displays, and other events. The goal of National Poetry Month is to expand and educate poetry audiences, especially young audiences, and to increase the profile of poetry and poets, while boosting sales of Canadian poetry books.
This year’s new, exciting theme is Balance: Cultural, Creative, Community, National, Environmental, Economic, Personal, and Social. Participants will be asked to expand on this theme, offering their view on what balance means to them, on a personal or even political level. How is balance achieved in our communities? How do we create and ensure balance in our ecological system? How can Canadians balance creative and cultural pursuits within the current political and economic environment? How do you achieve balance at work and at play?