Yesterday I had the opportunity to participate in a fantastic breakout session that was part of the 2021 Fay B. Kaigler Children’s Book Festival hosted by the University of Southern Mississippi. The session, with poets Irene Latham, Vikram Madan, and Laura Purdie Salas, was entitled Word-Joy: Experience the Transformative Power of Poetry.
It was a fantastic workshop, filled with plenty of material that I’ll put to use in my classroom very soon. Many thanks to Irene, Vikram, and Laura!
One of the forms I was introduced to today (thank you again, Irene) is called a nonet. Nine lines, the first with one syllable, the second with two, and so on until the final with nine. Sometimes the poem starts with the longest line and ends with the shortest.
Here’s one of the few that I wrote yesterday.
tall and strong
with leaves blowing
and branches swaying.
As the spring months go by
and the summer days approach
I look forward to the long walks
the time spent beneath their canopies.