Category Archives: Stray Observations

Mad Libs Poetry

I recently contributed a post about Mad Libs Poetry (a form of erasure poetry) to the Literatures in English blog. It’s a great programming idea for teachers and librarians of all stripes!


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“You think of a nice word and rhyme it with a lot of other nice words”

“How do you write a poem?” he asked.

“You think of a nice word,” said the first lead soldier, “and rhyme it with a lot of other nice words until you come to the end.”

Kenny’s Window, story and pictures by Maurice Sendak

To contribute your favorite poem as a video or Soundcloud file, email thatklickitat [at] gmail [dot] com. Submissions will be accepted throughout April.

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NYPL Launches National Poetry Contest on Twitter

As part the library’s efforts to raise awareness about poetry leading up to National Poetry Month in April, NYPL is encouraging aspiring poets to “follow NYPL on Twitter, and submit three poetic Tweets in English as public posts on your Twitter stream between March 1 and 10, 2013.”

via NYPL Launches National Poetry Contest on Twitter.

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My guest post on 826michigan’s The Staple

You can check out my abbreviated, 500 words or less, list of favorites for the Caldecott, Newbery, and Printz over at 826michigan‘s blog, The Staple.

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December 11, 2012 · 2:30 PM

Today in geek apparel…

Last night I ran across Sam Trout’s QR Code shirts (available on Buy Olympia.) They’d be perfect for anyone looking to spruce up their wardrobe for Midwinter while supporting Northwest artists.

Apparently scanning the shirts’ QR codes reveals hidden pictures. But, ladies, please wear yours with pants. Thanks.

Speaking of QR codes, isn’t this a great use of them?


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Literary magazines available through Project Muse

A quick tip: If you are affiliated with an institution that subscribes to Project Muse, you can access several excellent literary journals, including Ecotone (a new favorite of mine),  New England ReviewPloughsharesPrairie Schooner, and River Teeth. Access these titles and more (after logging in) here.

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Leave Your Sleep to be a picture book

Natalie Merchant’s double album Leave Your Sleep (my review) will soon be available as a picture book.

From Merchant’s official website: “For the past year, award winning children’s book illustrator Barbara McClintock has been lovingly creating a picture book based upon Leave Your Sleep, Natalie Merchant’s double-album of classic children’s poetry adapted to music. Frances Foster Books, an imprint of Farrar Straus Giroux and Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group will publish this beautiful hard cover, 48-page, full-color book including a CD with 19 songs. Available in stores nationwide November 13, 2012.”

I look forward to checking it out!

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