It has been a while since I pulled out all the poetry books and we sat down and found a poem that spoke to us. That is how we study poetry. We search for words that make us feel something -- joy, sadness, pleasure. When we find that special poem, we add it to our personal anthology.
For years we kept our anthology in a three ring binder but as the girls grew and matured, we moved our poems into our art journals. Today Lilah chose Boring by Jack Prelutsky. Grace chose Keep A Poem in Your Pocket by Beatrice Schenk de Regniers and I chose a poem about Hope by Emily Dickinson.
Each of us chose our poem for personal reasons. Grace has a strong connection to this poem and a memory of being in school. I used to write in a journal that traveled back and forth with her to school. One day I copied this poem so she would discover it at lunch. Lilah felt a connection to the character in her poem. She will often say “I’m bored.” and then go on to do something fabulous like design a dress!
In that moment of connectivity, these poems stand a far greater chance of taking up residence deep within in their soul, that a random poem from a random poet that I make them copy. I do ask them to choose a variety of poems and ones that make you feel different emotions. I need to hit up some book sales this spring to stock up on new poetry books so we have even more poets to discover!
Materials: Grace used Crayola watercolor (over sharpie).
Lilah used watercolor tubes mixed with with very little water.
I used watercolor crayons and let the colors bleed and sealed with Modge Podge.