poetry friday

Myra here.

I am glad to join the Poetry Friday community once again. This week, we have just launched our new reading theme for this month (and the next):

Iphigene has outdone herself with this beautiful widget she created.
Iphigene has outdone herself with this beautiful widget she created.

As such, we will be sharing poems that are in keeping with universes, the stars, the moon, the skies, the heavens, the cosmos. I did a bit of book hunting from my own bookshelves, and I rediscovered this picturebook that I bought several years back written by Pat Mora and illustrated by Steve Jenkins. Seemed perfect for our our reading theme. Our host this week is the very beautiful and immensely talented Renée LaTulippe from No Water River. Her website is such an amazing resource for anyone who loves and writes poetry. Be sure to check out her round-up post which I anticipate to be a thing of beauty.

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There are fourteen poems in all in this poetry collection by Pat Mora. In the Dedication Page, Pat indicated that the book is dedicated to her daughter who loves animals and the desert. It is no wonder then that there are poems about a Horned Lizard, Urban Raccoon,  the coyotes in Desert Snow, and bluejays in Joyful Jabber. Since I like me my touch of darkness, I especially enjoyed Halloween:

and those shadows, stretching closer-

branches of a tree so bare

or bony fingers reaching

for your hair?

and Noche. Quite similar to most of Pat Mora’s writing, this one has a few Spanish words sprinkled into a few verse, here and there, like fairy dust. Given my background (notwithstanding its being fairly limited) in Spanish, I am familiar with a few of the words ike duende in particular, which made its appearance in Twilight Choir. There is a Glossary of Terms found at the end of the book for those who may be unfamiliar with the language.

I have not seen a great deal of Steve Jenkins’ illustrations, but I did love the ones I found here. The collage art provides a different kind of texture and layer to the verse. I would have preferred a different, and much-lighter book cover though.

I have two favorites from this collection. The first one has something to do with how to make a poem, which I am sure would resonate with a lot of Poetry Friday enthusiasts. I took two photos of the page so that you’d have a closer look and you also gain an appreciation of Jenkins’ pictures.

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I love the image of free falling and leaping through one blue door.

And here is This Big Sky which made me feel so alive, brimming with all the possibilities this world has to offer.

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This Big Sky by Pat Mora and Pictures by Steve Jenkins. Published by Scholastic, Inc. 1998. Bought my own copy of the book. Book photos taken by me.

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Myra is a Teacher Educator and a registered clinical psychologist based in Singapore. She has edited five books on rediscovering children’s literature in Asia (with a focus on the Philippines, Malaysia, India, China, Japan) as part of the proceedings for the Asian Festival of Children’s Content where she serves as the Chair of the Programme Committee for the Asian Children’s Writers and Illustrators Conference. While she is an academic by day, she is a closet poet and a book hunter at heart. When she is not reading or writing about books or planning her next reads or meeting up with her book club friends, she is smashing that shuttlecock to smithereens because Badminton Is Life.

11 comments on “[Poetry Friday] Pat Mora’s This Big Sky

  1. Catherine Johnson

    That is a great widget! And what a beautiful poetry book. I can’t wait to read it. Thanks, Myra.

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  2. This is exciting, Myra. I love Steve Jenkins, and here is another beautiful book illustrated by him, with Pat Mora’s poems. I think I need to have this one. It’s supposed to be good to have a blue door in the Spanish tradition, did you know? It keeps the evil spirits from entering. I love that poem and had a blue door at my old home. I’ve taken so many photos of homes in Santa Fe, New Mexico with blue doors! Thanks for all, love the book already!

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  3. What beautiful poems! Interesting what Linda said about the blue door in Spanish tradition, too. That deepens my appreciation for the poem.

    Great widget, Iphigene!

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  4. Oh, Myra, I love Pat Mora’s poetry! She captures the southwest in such an unique and inspiring way. =)

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  5. Love The Blue Door and the illustrations are stunning! I am tiptoed back into Poetry Friday and wondering how I ever kept up with it before.

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  6. Julie Larios

    I am going right out to find a copy of this book! Thanks, Myra.

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  7. maryleehahn

    I agree — that’s an amazing widget!

    Your poem picks from Mora’s book are fabulous. ONE BLUE DOOR could be a poem to study with Laura Shovan’s post on rhyme in mind. What a treat to see the early work of Steve Jenkins, too!

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  8. Lovely poems, Myra – One Blue Door is just such gorgeous pean to. poetry.

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  9. You were right that One Blue Door appeals to the Poetry Friday crowd! Love it 🙂 The crows remind me of an Andrew Wyeth painting we saw yesterday at the Frist in Nashville. It was my younger daughter’s favorite of the exhibit. I’ll send her this poem.

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  10. Myra, thank you for sharing Pat Mora’s book. After reading Linda’s comment I went back into the poem for a second read with a closer eye. The second read made me more aware of my senses and what poetry has to offer.

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