I’m so honored to be sharing my poem “Idunno” at Renée LaTulippe’s poetry blog, No Water River today. Please stop by and check it out. If you haven’t explored No Water River yet, you are in for a treat. Renée is collecting videos of children’s poets reading their work. The library she has created is an amazing and totally unique resource. Not only does it include a video of each poet reading his or her poem, but also an often-hilarious “Snickerview” with the poet, and for teachers, some really great extension activities that can be used with each poem. A few of my favorites are Julie Larios reading the lovely “No Strings Attached,” Amy Ludwig VanDerwater reading “Spring Sheep” (with sheep listening in), and David L. Harrison reading “Cookie,” with interview written entirely in cowpokese.
Renée has also started to put together a library of her own dramatic readings of classic children’s poems. I love her rendition of Jabberwocky, complete with crazy hat and matching dress, straight out of Alice.
On top of all that, Renée is an amazing poet herself. Her poetry collection LIZARD LOU just won the silver medal for poetry in the Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards.
As part of my interview with Renée, she challenged me to write a rhyming couplet using the word ‘geography.’ I do love an assignment and a deadline, and right after I finished tearing my hair out, I came up with an idea. Phew, that’s done, I thought. Nope. ‘Geography’ couplets have been rattling around in my noggin ever since, so I’m posting a few of them below. Tell me which one is your favorite, and click on over to No Water River to read more.
The Effects of Global Warming
What we study today as our nation’s geography
May soon be more properly called ‘oceanography.’
What will I write today? Something I’ll find
In the unmapped geography inside my mind.
Geography wasn’t his strong suit;
And so, Donner chose the wrong route.