|Reflecting Pool, by pinoldy|
Hello, hello, hello... and welcome to the Poetry Friday Roundup!
I'm grateful to be hosting smack dab in the middle of National Poetry Month. With so many wonderful poetry projects to delight, amuse, inspire, and entertain, thanks to Jama Rattigan for her 2016 National Poetry Month Kidlitosphere Events Roundup to keep track of them all. If you're new in these parts, Renée LaTulippe has everything you need to know about Poetry Friday HERE.
"Alter Echo" is my contribution to April's Ditty of the Month Club (DMC) challenge, courtesy of Marilyn Singer. She encouraged us to write poems inspired by the word "echo." If you missed my spotlight interview with Marilyn, you can find it HERE. Other poems featured this week were by Jessica Bigi, Linda Baie, and Robyn Campbell. Thanks also to cbhanek, Liz Steinglass, Violet Nesdoly, and Amy Rudd for posting "echo"-inspired poems at their own blogs. I hope you will consider writing one yourself!
Send your poem to TodaysLittleDitty (at) gmail (dot) com, or use the contact form in the sidebar to the right. All contributions will be included in a wrap-up celebration on Friday, April 29th, and one lucky participant will win a copy of Marilyn Singer's ECHO ECHO (Dial Books, 2016)— a fantastic new collection of reverso poems based on Greek Myths, gorgeously illustrated by Josée Masse.
While I like being stretched and inspired by these challenges as much as anyone, what probably gives me the biggest buzz is presenting the incredible array of poetry in each wrap-up celebration. Not only is the quantity and variety of the work impressive, but the quality as well. Over the months I've heard comments like:
"This collection really ought to be made into a book."
"Wouldn't it make a nice anthology?"
"I want to keep them all in a notebook for savoring."
"You've posted a whole, beautiful anthology here."
Well, guess what...
I've been listening.
Why should my blog be the only place to enjoy the Ditty of the Month Club? It's time to share the joy! That's why I'm planning to put together an annual "Best Of Today's Little Ditty" ebook collection, with the option of print on demand for those who would like to keep a copy on their shelf or bedside table. In order to do this, however, I need help. Lots of help. If you're interested in being on a committee—we'll call it a "ditty committee"—to help shape the anthology and decide which poems should be included, please contact me via email, contact form, or in the comments (and include your email address if I don't already have it). I'm really excited about this new undertaking and the opportunity to work closely with several members of the TLD community!
Now who's ready for a roundup? Please leave your link below. I look forward to making the rounds of this week's offerings!
THE POETRY FRIDAY ROUNDUP
Before you go... don't miss these late additions from Jone MacCulloch: