Welcome to this week's Poetry Friday roundup!
For those of you who don't know, I moved to Asunción, Paraguay, with my husband in January after many years living in Haiti. When I signed up for today, months ago, I thought, "By March I'll be settled into my new home, ready to welcome guests. Perfect!" Well, of course, I'm far from settled in, though I'm headed in that direction. And while I can't say I'm fully at home yet, I am finding lots to love in this new place.
I think of this weekly roundup as a collection of what everyone has been reading, writing, and thinking about throughout the week. So today I have a haibun about a collection from last Saturday.
My brother picked me up at 5:15. We met a friend and his son in the pre-dawn darkness and drove out into the wild. We were in search of birds, and did we ever find them! A hundred and three species, collected one by one as the morning progressed: small, hidden among branches, or enormous, flapping overhead: familiar, or brand new to me. We peered through our binoculars and camera lenses, locating colors and shapes. My brother and his friend spoke the names in Spanish and English, some in Guarani. They said the scientific names, too, in Latin. The words flocked in my mind, abundant and spectacular like the hundred and fifty Wood Storks rising on huge black and white wings against the sunrise.
Spanish words, photos, bird list,
Mud on my new boots.
©Ruth Bowen Hersey
Leave your collectibles in the comments, and I will round them up the old-school way as the day progresses. I can't wait to see what you've brought to share!
Collection from Thursday Evening
Linda has a review of Amy Ludwig VanDerwater's new book (which looks fabulous, by the way), plus a new star poem on her padlet. Thanks for getting here first, Linda, and for these treasures!
Jama is sharing Diana Hendry's "What is the Pond Doing?" and gearing up for National Poetry Month with a collection of links to poetry projects people will be doing. Yay, it's almost NPM!
Michelle, like many of us, has her heart in Ukraine these days. She's sharing some art, and then an ekphrastic poem she wrote to go with it.
Sally lives in the southern hemisphere as I do, and her post this week is decidedly summery, with bees and a swimming pool.
Laura's thinking of Ukraine too, and also reminding us that everyone belongs.
Matt is sharing about Poetry Out Loud and has a poem from the National Youth Poet Laureate.
Catherine has a bird-related post this week, too!
Laura S. is thinking about birds, too, plus she has a giveaway!
It's past my bedtime here, and I haven't even visited all these links I just rounded up yet. I've been out on a night bike ride in glorious moon-drenched Asunción! I'll be by tomorrow, folks, and I'll keep rounding up links in the morning. Bye for now!
Collection from Thursday Night
Good morning! Here are the links that came in overnight.
Karen has a poem about time. She's wondering about the poet, and reflecting on time herself.
Janice is watching, photographing, and writing about pronghorn sheep in Wyoming.
Ramona had a serendipitous find yesterday. Enjoy, Ramona!
Tabatha has heard the mermaids singing, each to each, and she shares their song with us!
Patricia knows what the world needs now...
Linda is sharing Lawrence Ferlinghetti and thinking about Ukraine.
Alan has some wonderful song lyrics for us today.
Carol is recovering from cataract surgery and still finding time to write every day. She wishes us a happy St. Patrick's Day, with a poem!
Once again, I've made only the briefest of visits to these links, so I look forward to exploring them more later. But right now, I have to go to work. I'm on morning duty this week, greeting kids as they come on campus starting at 6:40 AM! I'm a morning person, and that's still early. Back later with more links! Have a wonderful Friday!
Collection from Friday Morning
Irene has a chameleon poem today! I'm loving her current series. Head on over and take a look!
Marcie is thinking about collecting too, and she shares how she does it. Really interesting, and welcome, Marcie! I don't think we've met yet!
Mary Lee has a review of a new book of poetry.
Margaret has been writing triolets with her student, Chloe. (I love Chloe posts.)
Christie has a moment that took her breath away.
Heidi is thinking about metrics.
Amy has a poem about a secret cloud.
Rose wrote a color poem about yellow.
Collection from Friday Afternoon
Anastasia is booktalking Laura Purdie Salas' new book We Belong.
I'm home from work now, and Friday has a few hours left! Keep those links coming! I may even put in a Saturday Morning section if need be.
Collection from Friday Night
Denise and her husband are painting a house, and it's not exactly fun! She wrote about it, and while I didn't read it until Saturday morning, up early to go out birding again, it did technically come in on Friday night.
I'm off to collect some more birds for my list, and I'll round up any Saturday links later. It's been fun, friends! Hope you have a wonderful week, and see you next Friday!