[Poetry Friday] Selected Poems from “The Death of the Hat: A Brief History of Poetry in 50 Objects”

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Fats here.

I’ve been meaning to share these poems since I found this poetry collection in our library. The Death of the Hat features 50 poems selected by Paul B. Janeczko accompanied by the beautiful paintings of Chris Raschka. The book explores the nature, form, and subjects of poetry in a span of thousands of years that dates back during the early Middle Ages. It’s a fun and witty poetry collection for readers of all ages.

Many thanks to Michelle of Today’s Little Ditty for hosting the Poetry Friday round-up!

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A Riddle, On the Letter E

George Gordon, Lord Byron

The beginning of eternity, the end of time and space,
The beginning of every end, and the end of every place.

Famous

Naomi Shihab Nye

The river is famous to the fish.

The loud voice is famous to silence,
which knew it would inherit the earth
before anybody said so.

The cat sleeping on the fence is famous to the birds
watching him from the birdhouse.

The tear is famous, briefly, to the cheek.

The idea you carry close to your bosom
is famous to your bosom.

[…]

I want to be famous to shuffling men
who smile while crossing streets,
sticky children in grocery lines,
famous as the one who smiled back.

I want to be famous in the way a pulley is famous,
or a buttonhole, not because it did anything spectacular,
but because it never forgot what it could do.

Things

Eloise Greenfield

Went to the corner
Walked in the store
Bought me some candy
Ain’t got it no more
Ain’t got it no more

Went to the beach
Played on the shore
Built me a sandhouse
Ain’t got it no more
Ain’t got it no more

Went to the kitchen
Lay down on the floor
Made me a poem
Still got it
Still got it

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Happy Poetry Friday!

9 Comments on [Poetry Friday] Selected Poems from “The Death of the Hat: A Brief History of Poetry in 50 Objects”

  1. All of those are great! Worth reading and reading again. 🙂

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  2. These are great poems. Thank you for sharing them.

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  3. This is such a great collection! Of course, it’s hard to go wrong with any Janeczko collection, isn’t it? I love the poems you chose to share, today, Fats. Happy Poetry Friday!

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  4. I love Chris Raschka’s weird and wonderful illustrations, too!

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  5. I love these. Especially: I want to be famous in the way a pulley is famous,
    or a buttonhole, not because it did anything spectacular,
    but because it never forgot what it could do.

    Thanks for sharing.

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  6. I really enjoyed the “famous” poems and especially the line “famous as the one who smiled back”. Yes, that is the best famous to be! Thank you so much for sharing this. It would be a good one to have on my shelf.

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  7. I love this collection, Fats, especially the ‘eRiddle’. =)

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  8. Those are great poems! It is pretty weird how “hat culture and chivalry” kind of died out.

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  9. A book worth collecting.

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