I am happy to be joining the Poetry Friday community again, hosted this week by Mary Lee at A Year Of Reading. I did mention that we are exploring restlessness and refuge in literature until end of August.
This young boy’s search for poetry’s meaning, I thought, would still somewhat fit into our theme as he tries to explore the world that he knows to find the answer to his question.
Daniel Finds A Poem
Poetry and Art by: Micha Archer
Published by: Nancy Paulsen Books, 2016. ISBN: 039916913X (ISBN13: 9780399169137). Borrowed from the Jurong West Public Library. Book photos taken by me.
I found this picturebook by accident at the library as I was looking for materials to include in my Poetry Workshop that I conducted a few months ago for parent-bloggers as part of the publicity for the Asian Festival of Children’s Content in Singapore which was held during the last week of May before I left for Europe. I have been reading so many great things about this book, and I just knew that it would be a good book to add to my workshop, and I was not wrong!
It was Monday morning when Daniel saw a sign at the park gate which says: “Poetry in the Park – Sunday at 6 o’clock.”
That was a new thing for Daniel. He didn’t know what poetry was; and as he uttered this question aloud, he gets a helpful answer from a spider who claimed that “poetry is when morning dew glistens.” And each day, he gets a new response from other creatures in the park who didn’t mind telling Daniel what poetry meant to them, showing just how poetry is everywhere or found in the most unlikely places, and is that crazy, elusive thing that we feel when we witness beauty around us.
And so when Sunday rolled around, Daniel was pretty excited as he now has a poem to share with everyone. What it is, I shall leave for you to discover.
In my own Poetry workshop with parents and their children, I decided to use this as my read-aloud. Formerly, I used Peace Is An Offering by Annette LeBox and Stephanie Graegin and Alice Walker’s There Is A Flower At The Tip Of My Nose Smelling Me with art by Stefano Vitale.
I am glad to share that I now have a new go-to picturebook to share during workshops. This makes for a really good read-aloud as I invite young participants to read aloud Daniel’s part…
…while I asked a parent to read aloud the creatures’ responses to Daniel’s question about what poetry means to them.
It also provoked a good deal of discussion about what poetry means.
Which brings me to my next question that I wanted to ask you, Poetry Friday friends…
What does poetry mean to you?