Ever wonder what we’re reading here at Tweetspeak Poetry? Here are our top 10 posts from the last month (or so):
Kimberlee Conway Ireton’s list of recommended YA and children’s books continues to be shared around the Web as a valuable reader’s resource. It is also the cause of at least one argument between teenagers as to whether or not Macbeth is a children’s book. “Of course it’s a children’s book, ” said one. “The trees move!” Countered the other, “Stab, stab, stab! Yeah, right. A children’s book.”
Take Your Poet to Work Day is an event full of possibility. Many took the opportunity to create space to play. Callie Feyen found a marvelous, ticklish, soul-jazz way to spend the day with her girls.
Sue Spencer, a nurse, shared her journey into poetry at work. The poet in her wanted to make more of a difference, and the nurse in her realized that would happen best in health care.
Our senses are heightened by the surrounding wonder of the sea and shore. In last month’s Sand, Shells and Sea Glass photo play prompt, Heather Eure invited our community to take in the sound of every rolling wave and feel the sand beneath their feet and place it in a poem or photo.
In its earliest iteration, the ice cream truck brought frozen happiness to doorsteps in a day when the typical home did not have refrigeration. They made ice cream accessible—by putting it on a stick and driving to and fro delivering it. In our Take Your Poet to Work Day we dared make the comparison between ice cream and poets on a stick, concluding that is all about access.
Our Top Ten Poetic Picks seems to be one of those posts we all wait for every month. The Top Ten overflows with links to treasures we might not otherwise find, like big trouble in Little Free Libraries, the shocking truth about boredom, and why Tim Tebow sells more books than Billy Collins.
From sandmen, to silver shells, to the group The Four Shells (and, no pun originally intended, artist Rasmus Seebach), our July Sand, Shells and Sea Glass playlist gives you an ocean of sound to write by. Or just take a daydream to the beach.
When we loaded up the washer and dryer with laundry poems, we had no idea what a poetic chord they would strike. Delicates, permanent press, heavy duty, hand wash. You’ll find it all in this list of laundry poems, plus great additions written by the Tweetspeak community in the comments.
Wendell Berry suggests finding a quiet place in the woods, or at least a quiet room, to read the poems in his collection, This Day. You can also find a quite place in the woods, or a quiet room, to read Glynn Young’s review of the collection.
Take Your Poet to Work Day did fairly dominate the month of July, but perhaps no more so than with our poets coloring book we released for the day. Don’t be fooled, though. These poets are willing to play all year long, whenever you have the itch to get out your crayons, scissors and glue.
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