Saturday, May 13, 2017

candy shop poems in my traveling poetry class in early may 2017.

in early may, we had a smaller traveling poetry class than usual but still enjoyed our afternoon plenty because, well, it involved a candy shop. we sat in the red-painted chairs at the front of the peppermint stick candy store in boyertown. my niece, lillee grace hetrick, joined us and tested out reading some poems which we had with us. she also tested out salted black licorice from holland. you can see her squirming-faced reaction to it below. it is not necessarily palatable to everyone, many of us know. but there are people out there who love it, i'm sure, or at least like it a bit, including one of my students who purchased some to take home.

lillee grace also assisted with a good amount of the photography, as i am one to use savoring-heart moments to encourage my youngest nieces to see their own abilities with what a good camera can do when a slyly curious mind is behind its lens.

and we did read a non-candy shop poem, one by marilyn klimcho of berks bards, for my community poetry feature. it just seemed very worth sharing, and thankfully, she gave us permission to let everyone have a copy to read in the summer talk of flower-thinking.

Monday, May 8, 2017

celebrating national poetry month at brookeside montessori in bechtelsville, berks county.

in april, i visited several classrooms at brookeside montessori in bechtelsville, berks county, to teach animal poems for national poetry month. 

working from my animal poems to help students remember their own stories worth shaping into original poems, some creatures in the kids' writings were foxes, birds, dogs, butterflies, and even water-loving whales.

you can eye-peruse photography of me with the students on the school's website here.

below is a collaborative preschool poem about worms. all of the preschoolers signed it. i wish the colored pencil pressings had scanned a bit better. but this multi-author poem became one of the most fun pieces of of writing of the morning. 

and then there are some more scenes of other freshly crafted poems by students. their enthusiasm to share stories from their minds kept plenty of zeal moving in celebrating what we know and combining it with poetry and matching drawings, too.

hair haiku.

( hair haiku in early may, mid-earthing )

pennies in strand-form
sprawl across cut-edged green blades,
take in sun and sky


Wednesday, May 3, 2017

horse haiku.

this morning, i interviewed a woman named betty seifrit about her job at boyertown auto body works for my poetry project on manufacturing history of berks county. her eventual poem will be a in my third and final book in my volumes which are funded in part by grants from the pennsylvania council on the arts and berks arts council. betty built left-hand side doors of army trucks and later did electrical work with wires and bulbs for trolleys, mail trucks, and other kinds of vehicles.

while interviewing betty, i noticed she had horses in the backyard. she said we could go visit them, and of course, i brought my camera along for that. she has a newly born colt. its momma is eight-years-old. i wrote a haiku for them, grateful for their beautiful contribution in my day. you might smile and let out a light laugh when you find out the baby horse's name.


john wayne the colt stands
with his momma, his bones new
to red corner road

Thursday, April 27, 2017

children's poetry day at studio b during national poetry month in 2017.

we celebrated national poetry month at studio b in boyertown this past sunday with good laughs and plenty of smiles during children's poetry day featuring local elementary school-aged kids.

''ode to cream-dried beef" took shape as an early poem, and others involved amusement parks, foxes, shoes, fish, snowballs, squirrels, barking at the stars, and more.

below are video clips of poems read in the moments of the afternoon, and then some stills.


this free event was kindly sponsored in part by—
marian wolbers editorial in leesport
firefly bookstore in kutztown
pure wild tea in bernville

and these boyertown businesses—
taylor backes, a hand-blown fine art gallery
the peppermint stick candy store
zuber realty


and then here is a video of talks during children's poetry day about community poetry one picture at a time, with submissions welcome for may 2017. children's poetry as submissions is very welcome, as is people of any age.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

neighbor's tulip haiku.

i recently glimpsed some eye-hugging tulips which my neighbor planted outside of her family's house in a wooden box situated on the sidewalk near their porch. their blossoms were so captivating and easily mood-perking that i figured it made sense to whip together a haiku for them. and all to the good in knowing these are the last remaining days of national poetry month.

painted by science
and sun, tulips cup color
in softest petals

Monday, April 24, 2017

a poetry reading for the release of "the sexuality poems" by foothills publishing.

toward the end of march, liz stanley and i made our way, highway-bound, northwest to corning, new york, for a poetry reading as a book release and celebration for the sexuality poems by foothills publishing in collaboration with the gallery @ the ARTS council of the southern finger lakes. liz and i were two people from our region in southeastern pennsylvania who were published in this book, and we're also members of berks bards.

171 cedar arts center hosted the poetry reading which had more than 60 people in its audience. we were thrilled to see so many people there as supporters and fellow poets all in one place.

before the reading, many of us met at hand and foot, a restaurant and bar establishment with plenty of pretty visuals in the front window scenery. i ordered fried pickles, as i do anytime i find them on a menu. these were tiny sweet gherkin bites, though, not a more sour-oriented, typical kind.

we write on money sometimes when it's for the greater good.

i hunted fiercely for postcards, and the source served as one place which had some, as did the visitors' center run by the chamber of commerce. i wish i had thought to photograph my plentiful pile of postcards before i mailed them. i don't travel far often, but when i do, postcards are always the first thing on my mind. i probably bought 20+ of them, at least.

we didn't make it downtown in time for the exhibit which matched the theme of the poetry reading, but we enjoyed noticing the unexpected critter on the upper thigh in the poster of the painting to advertise the show. look closely. ohhh symbolism and half-jokes.

and then here are more glimpses of the poetry reading again. in this first eye-scene is michael czarnecki who published the book with so many different people's poetic voices in action. he is also the publisher for several berks county poets and my three-year poetry project on manufacturing history of berks county. we are lucky michael and his wife carolyn have their hearts as deeply into pages of poetry as they do !

we would have loved more sunshine and a little less rain while we were in town, but all things considered, we were grateful for our stay and the escapade made possibly by poetry.