I'm not much for resolutions, but this year felt different. I'm looking forward to a productive writing year and hope you all have productive years as well. In that spirit, here is a poem I wrote describing my writing resolution for the new year. Blessings to all and Peace on Earth!
Thank you to Heidi for hosting. It is a fun day to be hosting to be sure. Best wishes for a wonderful year, Heidi!
Reading my "Bird on the Brain" poem, inspired by Paul Klee's painting with my little Crazy Bird looking on. A bird on the brain can be one great big pain...!
I spoke to 4 classes of 5th graders at Pinecrest Elementary for The Great American Teachin on 11/16/17 involving Ms. Gould, Ms. Galvin, Ms. Sparks and Ms. Boyle. Pinecrest Elementary is in Lithia, FL, a beautiful, very large elementary school in a rural town. It was lovely!
Love that last line, Levi!
Here's a note and poem by Savannah!
Here's a fun poem by Joleigh!
Nice, Joleigh! Got to get rid of that hair
And a lovely note and poem from Evan!
That's a good ending, Evan!
Next, a poem by Jacob M.
.That's a wonderful poem, Jacob, and what a long-lived dog! I wish every dog would live that long! :)
Thank you for sending a poem about losing a pet, Eric! This poem is by an anonymous poet and can be found HERE
Thank you, also, to Lenis G. for your lovely note!
Thank you, thank you, Lithia Elementary, for welcoming me. I had a wonderful time sharing my poetry with your 5th graders! And to you 5th graders - you know who you are - keep on writing! All the Best, B.J. Lee
Today, I have the pleasure of being featured on Penny Parker Klostermann's blog in her fabulous series "A Great Nephew and a Great Aunt." I have written an ekphrastic poem, "The Storm Queen," in response to an abstract painting of my husband's, Malcolm Deeley. Many thanks to Penny, friend and former crit partner in The Poet's Garage, for hosting us today! The post looks wonderful. Also, a shout out to my husband, Mal, who is not only a talented artist, but a poet, author, photographer, and the love of my life! Check out his books of poetry on Amazon!
Happy Summer! We have been lucky to see several Roseate Spoonbills this year! I love the spoonbills because of their beautiful pink color and their unusual bills. Photographing them is difficult, however, because the ones we've seen were busy feeding, swishing their bills around in the water very quickly. As a consequence, all of our photographs turned out blurry. I don't mind, though, because this frustration sparked a poem, a limerick.
The Roseate Spoonbill
Her bill is a long slotted spoon.
She dips it down in the lagoon.
With hoovering swishes,
she captures small fishes--
in the pink on a June afternoon.
© B.J. Lee 2017
Thanks to Heidi for hosting!
What a joy to be part of Irene Latham's Progressive Poem! It's been a blast watching this poem grow from blog to blog and I'm thankful to Irene for coordinating this effort each year! I wanted to be somewhere in the middle – not responsible for a beginning or ending. S4’s exhortation to "find the book," was just up my street! S5 included a brief departure from the mission as our protagonist couldn't resist the temptation to spout a few words while on stage - so true to her nature! (Yes, I think the protagonist is a she although I know some of you feel she is a he!) Pat, on S5L3, took up the quest once again but added another twist - apparently the book quest is part of a prophecy! Just wow! With this whole "find the book" couched in a prophecy plot twist, I feel like this poem could easily go another month! But I'll play along. I'll take the plunge. In fact, I'll dive in headfirst:
I’m fidget, friction, ragged edges--
B. J. Lee is a children’s author and poet. Her picture book, There Was an Old Gator Who Swallowed a Moth, is launching with Pelican Publishing on February 15, 2019. She has poems in 25 poetry anthologies published by Little, Brown, Wordsong, BloomsburyUK, National Geographic, Otter-Barry Books, Pomelo Books, and Chicken Soup for the Soul. She has worked with anthologists Lee Bennett Hopkins, J. Patrick Lewis and Kenn Nesbitt. She has written poems for such children’s magazines as Spider, Highlights and The School Magazine. Follow her on Twitter @bjlee_writer.
Includes my poem "Skateboard Girl"
Includes my poem "The Red Crabs of Christmas Island"
Coming in 2018 National Geographic's book of US: 200 Poems of People, Places, and Passions (edited by J. Patrick Lewis.)
Will include my poem, "Groundhognostication"
Includes my story, "Alice and Snowball"
Includes my poem, "High Dive"
Includes my nominated poem, "Dream Train"
Includes my nominated poem, "The Tortoise's Encounter"
Includes my nominated poem, "The Legend of the Flying Dutchman"
Includes my poem, "A Streetcar Named Happily Ever After"