Gear up for Poetry Month: Part 2

I added Bob Raczka’s Lemonade and other Poems Squeezed from a Single Word to our collection this year and I am loving it!  Kids who love word play love it, too.  Billed as “part anagram, part rebus, part riddle” it consists of making poems using only the letters in a single word.  (The poem is about the word, of course, and you can use a letter more than once.)

Raczka explains that he was inspired by the online poems of Andrew Russ.  Russ adds visual interest by lining up the letters in the words with the letters in the original word.  Like so:



ra  n

in                                (Rain:   I ran in!)        Cool, yes?

I tried my hand at it, and come up with these.  (I’m taking the easy way out for this post, though, and not lining them up the way Raczka and Russ do.)


Look for fool




No coat on

I can tan

Nova on tv


Brass rails

“Real” bears




Sir Basil


Gear up for Poetry Month: part 1

April is Poetry Month!  If you’re like me, you have good intentions, and then April just creeps up on you and you don’t give poetry the time it deserves in the spotlight.  Maybe I can help over the next few posts with some ideas.

One kind of poem you might like to try is called the “Fib.” I learned about it last year at about this time from Greg Pincus over at Gotta Book.  Though he didn’t create it as a poetic form he coined the term “Fib” poem because it’s based on the Fibonacci sequence of numbers.

The poem is six lines long, with a total of 20 syllables, in this order:  1,  1,  2,  3,  5,  8.  Like haiku, it’s short and sweet!  I tried it with third graders and it worked well.

You can read what the Poetry Foundation has to say about it and how its popularity exploded due to Pincus here.

Below are two I wrote rather quickly. The first is about my after-school beverage of choice, and the second is about my cat.  Enjoy, and give these a try with your kiddos!




Calms my nerves

With steaming goodness.

Black, white, green, herbal—take your pick!




Mellow now

Chase a mouse? Not him!

He’d rather snooze and snooze and snooze.