In celebration of our 500th post, we are giving away a $30 gift certificate to!

Winning is easy. Leave a comment on this post mentioning the name of a poem, essay, or story posted on this blog any time in the past 18 months.  In case you’re new here, you can use the find-a-poem page or the lists of top posts.

The winner will be chosen randomly from the comments that qualify.  Comments must be left today (Nov. 25, 2008) before midnight central time. Please include a valid e-mail address when registering your comment. The following folks are not eligible:  WITS bloggers, office staff, and board members.

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23 Responses to “A Poem a Day Celebrates its 500th Post!”

  1. Valerie

    I enjoyed reading the post (After Dorothea Lange’s “Migrant Mother”) of the poem inspired by “Migrant Mother,” because Dorothea Lange is one of my favorite photographers, and that photo is haunting.

    Happy Thanksgiving!

  2. Creek HiLife (Wynette Jameson)

    I loved 3rd grader Chandler’s poem “Chant to Make a Horse Swim.” The bond between children and animals is one that teaches so much compassion and unconditional love.

  3. Nina McConigley

    Nina — I like the poem “Arizona is My Teacher”. Especially the line about tumbleweeds like fractions.
    Happy Thanksgiving!

  4. Susan Bays

    I’m also on board for Arizona is My Teacher. I’m awed by the poem and the fact that its author is so young, yet so wise. Well done!

  5. Shannon T Leonard

    It’s truly difficult to mention only one poem. However…..

    “Dear Earth” is moving as a sweet letter to our home planet. I feel a push and pull of conceit and humility in this simple string of words. Applause to Melanie!

  6. T.A. Noonan

    Side story: A few years ago, I had the distinct pleasure of teaching poetry to a group of K-12 musicians. Philip’s “Things That Could Never Happen” reminded me just how much fun it was to work with them. The students’ creativity never ceased to amaze me or put a huge smile on my face. Thank you!

  7. Christa Forster

    I like the pantoum, “The View,” by Kadie in 6th grade. First of all, a pantoum is a bother to write, and she wrote a great one. Secondly, the accumulated poignancy created by the repeating lines felt personally meaningful. Thank you Kadie!

    And thank you WITS for the opportunity to win $30 at Amazon.

  8. Geraldine Cannon Becker

    I liked the story “Holding My Little Sister,” by David–age 8. Kids will say anything, and it is often the open and honest observations that floor adults (for different reasons). David is open and honest in his reactions to first holding his sister. What I find even more amazing is his consideration of her–into the future. He really has become a big brother who could put the squeeze on his sister, but we know that he will protect her from harm as much as he can, and give her input from his “older” perspective when she’s ready for it. He’s cool.

  9. lynnkk

    I love this poem Nine Ways of Looking at Candy. I often teach my (college) students Steven’s “Thirteen Ways” and then ask them to write similar poems. But I love the energy of the student’s writing. It’s very straightforward and honest.
    I’m going to refer my students to this blog because I think it’s great, and a great way to publish student work.

  10. Shaena Seymour

    I love the poem “Ode to Chocolate” by Addison. Me being a big fan of chocolate made me a fan of this poem because its soo true!! For one its way better than gold, well only because i can it taste so much better!! and it’s so rich and tasty!! it satisfies my cravings for sweets!!! omg the way it just melts in your mouth!!! chocolate was the best invention ever made!! and Addison made that so clear!

  11. Emily Lloyd

    I’m a fan of “Skateboarding”–the short lines whipping around reminiscent of the rhythm of boarding. That 9th grader’s got a good ear.

  12. Marcia

    I often think of the poem “A Mixed Solution.” It captures the ambivalence of the speaker, consumed by a “sad blue morning” but looking above to notice “32 fiery stars” that she hopes will lead her out of an abyss. I remember the girl who wrote this beautiful poem, a 12th grader who sat quietly in the back of class and told me, “Miss, I don’t have anything to write about.” Today she would be in her early 20s. I want her to know her words matter.

  13. Kenya

    I liked the “Ron Heenoi (A Portrait)” poem by Harrison posted on Sept. 12th because I too am not the person who starts the hurricanes.

  14. Ginny Crosthwait

    I love the poem by the 5th grader, who’s “trying to understand the language of stones.” Absolutely brilliant.

  15. Susan

    “Ron Heenoi (A Portrait)” was published the day before Ike hit and reminds me of what I love about Houston still from so far away.

  16. artsweet

    This is my first time here and I am so impressed by the creativity and skill your students show! I loved the poem Ania’s Life – it gives me such a vivid picture of a whipsnapper quick athletic young woman! Thanks for sharing these.

  17. Kim

    I couldn’t find one that I remembered. I think it was about hope and maybe tangentially about Obama. So I found another one, Ode to the Color Black. I want to know how a 7th grader can write such a wonderful poem.

  18. Gossip Girl

    I found your blog on google and read a few of your other posts. I just added you to my Google News Reader. Keep up the nice work Look forward to reading more from you in the future.


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