Poetry Friday: A Taste of Janet Wong’s Poetry

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For today’s Poetry Friday, I’m featuring a poem from Janet Wong’s Declaration of Interdependence. This was a 2012 Cybils nominee for the poetry division. It was my first time reading the poetry of Janet Wong, and, oh, where have I been all this time? I love all her poems in this collection. Her words are simple yet lyrical, funny but thought-provoking.

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Poetry Friday round-up is hosted by Julie Larios and is happening at The Drift Record.

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Land of the Free (Kick)

I do believe
beyond the shadow of doubt
that I could vote for any
of twelve good men and women
to be president
if only they were willing
to have that job.
Brad and Angelina could job-share
and we’d be on top of the world.
Tebow: The Miracle President.
No one would mess with Oprah.
Or: how about my soccer coach?

With my soccer coach as president,
there would be no excuses.
Slack off and you’d have to do
fifty push-ups.
She could get Congress
playing together as a team.

God Bless America:
Land of the Free (Kick),
Home of the Brave!

What about you, dear friends?
What is your Poetry Friday offering today?

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12 Comments on Poetry Friday: A Taste of Janet Wong’s Poetry

  1. What a fun poem! I’m going to see if Janet’s poetry is any of the collections I have. Thanks!

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    • Catherine: if you don’t find any poems in your collections, you can find a bunch of individual poems (tied to suggestions of props) at my PoetrySuitcase.com; please take a look!

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  2. I’d vote for Janet, if she ever runs for President…! But only if she was given time in her busy schedule to write poetry. Thanks, Fats, for sharing this terrific poem – SOOO applicable this week! :0! [And I just came from Tabatha's great post at The Opposite of Indifference honoring the Suffrage Centennial.]

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  3. Such a wonderful collection. Happy to read this one again here. Thanks for sharing it, Fats!!

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  4. I’ll vote for Janet – OR her soccer coach!

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  5. “Land of the Free (Kick)”, indeed! Thanks so much for featuring this wonderful poem and fabulous poet, Fats! =)

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  6. let’s find this soccer coach and send her straight to Washington!

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  7. It was a happy surprise to find this post listed in Julie’s Poetry Friday round-up–thanks for your fun comments, everyone, and I’m happy that you like the poem!

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  8. I have this collection, Myra & lots of teachers used parts of it last fall during our election. It’s so great to have a new look at politics for younger children.

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