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Music, Part IV by Henry Van Dyke

Posted by Sherry on 6/3/2017 in General, Poetry Project, Poets and poetry |

O lead me by the hand, And let my heart have rest, And bring me back to childhood land, To find again the long-lost band Of playmates blithe and blest. Some quaint, old-fashioned air, That all the children knew, Shall run before us everywhere, Like a little maid with flying hair, To guide the merry […]

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Favorite Poets: John Masefield

Posted by Sherry on 4/2/2017 in General, Poets and poetry |

Masefield, a British poet who was named Poet Laureate of Great Britain in 1930, wrote poetry as well as adult novels, children’s fantasy stories, dramas, and memoir. “Masefield took his appointment (as Poet Laureate) seriously and produced a large quantity of verse. Poems composed in his official capacity were sent to The Times. Masefield’s modesty […]

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Fresh-Picked Poetry by Michelle Schaub

Posted by Sherry on 3/14/2017 in General, Poets and poetry |

Fresh-Picked Poetry: A Day at the Farmers’ Market by Michelle Schaub. While you sleep snuggled tight farmers toil by silver light. Harvest, sort, wash, and load. Hop in trucks. Hit the road. With alliterative phrases like “tasty transformations”, “pyramids of peppers”, “a whisper of spice”, and “market melody”, poet Michelle Schaub transforms the local farmer’s […]

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When the Rain Comes by Alma Fullerton

Posted by Sherry on 2/17/2017 in Around the World, General, Poets and poetry, Sri Lanka |

When the Rain Comes by Alma Fullerton, illustrated by Kim La Fave. Malini is a little girl in a farming community in Sri Lanka. She wakes up in the morning, excited by her opportunity to learn to plant rice seedlings for the first time. But then, on her way to the fields, Malini has the […]

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The Poet and the Vampyre by Andrew McConnell Stott

Posted by Sherry on 2/4/2017 in Biography/Memoir, England, General, Poets and poetry |

The Poet and the Vampyre: The Curse of Byron and the Birth of Literature’s Greatest Monsters by Andrew McConnell Stott. What sad, dissipated, lost, and horrible people! This book is about the Shelleys, Percy Bysshe and Mary, Mary’s step-sister, Claire, Lord Byron, and for some reason, Byron’s erstwhile doctor, John Polidori. It’s mostly about the […]

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The Poet’s Dog by Patricia MacLachlan

Posted by Sherry on 9/29/2016 in 2016, Children's Fiction, General, Poets and poetry |

Patricia MacLachlan wrote the wonderful, Newbery award winning book, Sarah, Plain and Tall. Sarah is her most successful and most read novel. The books for children that she has written since Sarah, aside from the sequels to that novel, have mostly been innovative and different and even quirky, but just not as accessible and not […]

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100 Poems by George Herbert

Posted by Sherry on 8/17/2016 in General, Poetry Project, Poets and poetry |

Such a lovely volume of poems by one of my favorite poets! George Herbert lived and wrote in the early seventeenth century, and he is “widely regarded as the greatest devotional poet in the English language.” In fact, for modern Christian readers, reading a poem a day from this book of one hundred of Herbert’s […]

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Old Books by Margaret Widdemer

Posted by Sherry on 4/3/2016 in Poetry Project, Poets and poetry |

April is Poetry Month. Let’s celebrate by talking about poems. Margaret Widdemer won the Pulitzer Prize in 1919 for her poetry collection The Old Road to Paradise. She shared her prize with Carl Sandburg for Cornhuskers. Nowadays, Sandburg is known and remembered; Widdemer is forgotten. Ms. Widdemer also wrote novels, and her memoir Golden Friends […]

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Poetry Friday: For Our Children

Posted by Sherry on 3/4/2016 in General, Poetry Project, Poets and poetry, Prayer Project |

For Our Children by Amy Carmichael Father, hear us, we are praying, Hear the words our hearts are saying; We are praying for our children. Keep them from the powers of evil, From the secret, hidden peril; Father, hear us for our children. From the whirlpool that would suck them, From the treacherous quicksand, pluck […]

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Christmas in Crawford Falls, Oregon, 1963

Posted by Sherry on 12/11/2015 in 1963, Christmas, General, Poets and poetry, Young Adult Fiction |

Today’s Christmas vignette is from the verse novel, Crazy by Linda Vigen Phillips, about a teenager named Laura who must cope with her mother’s bipolar disorder in an era when mental illness was a taboo subject. I’m not sure how far we’ve moved toward openness and understanding of mental illness and mentally ill people in […]

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