Got this in the mail from Poets.org this morning:
We are less than $900 away from our year-end goal of raising $10,000 to ensure the strength of the Academy of American Poets’ programs in the year ahead. We need your help to support our work to offer poems and resources on Poets.org and through Poem-A-Day, to inspire new readers to come to poetry during National Poetry Month in April, and to provide new materials that enable educators to inspire their students to write poetry on our Online Poetry Classroom.
All of the resources we provide are made available for free. But of course they’re not actually without cost. Each year we rely on contributions from generous individuals like you to underwrite our work, enabling us to offer our programs to the widest possible public.
As we head toward a new year, we at the Academy aspire to the day that poets in the U.S. are as revered as they are in other countries, where they are celebrated in great halls and pubs alike. We believe poetry can matter to everyone, and that our lives are deeply enriched by the art form. In the words of Langston Hughes, please help us “hold fast to our dreams.”
Your tax-deductible contribution to the Academy of American Poets will enable us to continue our important work to promote poets and poetry in the year ahead. We’re resolved!
I thank you in advance for joining us, and in appreciation of donations of $50 or more, we will happily send you a copy of our Poem in Your Pocket anthology.
Executive Director, Academy of American Poets
I don’t know how many of you use Poets.org but they run all sorts of programs from the “poem-a-day” sent out in email (kinda my favorite) to providing support and exposure for poets. You can even adopt a poet. If you have a few bucks you can spare please consider sending a donation.
Thanks – Kit
I am ramblin round this morning.
Martha Wells has put another short story up for reading on her website. Reflections is a Giliead and Ilias story (set before The Wizard Hunters) and first appeared in Black Gate, issue #10.
I somehow missed the announcement that after 26 years Reading Rainbow is ending. I disagree so strongly with their reasoning. No amount of teaching how to read is going to help if a kid doesn’t want to read. Reading Rainbow excelled at getting kids to want to read. I watched it with my youngest brother and then again with the ‘Bit. There isn’t anything else like it on television and I will miss sharing it with Scooter.
Poets.org set me a list of the most popular poems to teach. I was happy to see two of my favorites, Dreams by Langston Hughes and The Road not Taken by Robert Frost on their list.
I recently discovered a livejournal version of my old blues blog. After reading some of the entries I vaguely remember I was going to use it as sort of a back up. It only runs a couple of months but it contains posts I lost when I moved my blog from Typepad over to WordPress so I am happy to get the chance to save those posts and stick them in the archives.
Well, Scooter is up so I need to call it a post and go.
When I was a kid and cable tv was shiny and new, The Banana Splits played on a station from Fort Worth, Texas every afternoon at 4pm. Among the songs, skits and cartoons was an adventure serial called Danger Island. I would rush to get my homework done so I wouldn’t miss an episode.
(The ‘Bit’s version of the adventure serial is an imported anime called “Bleach“. Similar format, but with Tivo we record the program so she doesn’t panic if she misses an episode.)
This is not anything new. Books and magazines were often printed as serials with the readers left on a cliffhanger after each installment. Many radio shows were done this way as well.
A couple of weeks ago I found the ultimate online serial. Or rather, online serial service. Daily Lit is a free online reading service where you can get a few minutes of a novel in your email every day. They have different excerpt sizes so you can tailor the service to your time needs. I gave it a try and I really like it. The reading is easy to fit into a busy day and if I miss checking email for a day or two the reading amount is still small enough for me to handle. I am reading Norton’s Time Traders, but they have many genres of books available.
Checking out the site, they also have a blog, writing contests and other offers like a free poem a day. They also have a paid subscription service for newer releases but I haven’t tested it.
April is National Poetry Month. From Poets.org :
“National Poetry Month is a month-long, national celebration of poetry established by the Academy of American Poets. The concept is to widen the attention of individuals and the media—to the art of poetry, to living poets, to our complex poetic heritage, and to poetry books and journals of wide aesthetic range and concern. We hope to increase the visibility and availability of poetry in popular culture while acknowledging and celebrating poetry’s ability to sustain itself in the many places where it is practiced and appreciated.”
Poets.org has a searchable database of poetry, a list of poetry/reading related activities for the month, a free verse photo competition and many other activities and resources. I signed up for the email poem-of-the-day and the ‘Bit and I are doing a ‘commonplace book’, both online and a hardcopy in a notebook. Our first entry in the hard copy journal is Gwendolyn Brooks’ first published poem “Eventide“.
“When the sun sinks behind the mountains, and the sky is besprinkled with color…”
Eventide is the ‘Bit’s favorite poem. Poets.org doesn’t list it so we are using “We Real Cool” by the same author for our online notebook. Brooks is a wonderful poet for kids to grow with. Her early work is appropriate for pre-teens and young teens while her later work is more suited to older teens and adults.
So what is your favorite poem?