Poetry Month Happenings

First, I love that Portland changed the Time & Temperature building message for National Poetry Month.

Of course, because of space limitations, it sort of reads like Cookie Monster yelling at you, but still, it made me smile.

Second, the boys were so inspired by Alan Katz’s video on Katie Davis’s blog (though they have also been on kind of an Alan Katz kick lately anyway, but the video gave them a push). Here’s Henry’s Alan-Katzian poem:

He said he spelled Crash with a K because “it’s more sound effecty.” (If you can’t tell what’s going on in the poem/picture: the boy has sawn the house to bits, including, as Henry told me with a mite more enthusiasm than I was comfortable with: “Sawing off the banister and spindles and using that as a ladder!”)

Eli’s poem isn’t written down yet, but he’s repeated it 50 billion times, so I have memorized it and can tell you what it is:

My mom went bananas,
My dad blew his stack,
Because I threw my baseball
At his new Cadillac.

Happy Poetry Month!

Comments (11)

  1. Hannah Holt April 4, 2012 at 1:42 am

    I just moved the to Portland area! Happy Poetry month and happy Portland-ness! 🙂

  2. Julie April 4, 2012 at 6:12 am

    Hi Hannah! Happy moving to you! But I’m in the *other* Portland. 🙂

  3. Sylvie April 4, 2012 at 9:44 am

    I love it! I can just hear Eli reciting his poem with
    great enthusiasm again and again.

  4. Alan Katz April 4, 2012 at 2:38 pm

    WOW! Please tell Henry I think what he kreated is FANTASTIC!

    Happy Poetry Month to you and to your boys!

    All best,

  5. Robyn April 4, 2012 at 7:14 pm

    Relish and gusto, that’s what your boys have! Happy Poetry Month!! xor

  6. Julie April 4, 2012 at 9:02 pm

    Alan, Henry couldn’t stop grinning when I told him your comment. I will also tell you that lately he reads from one of your books (this week: OOPS) for three minutes, stands up, announces, “I have to read this to you,” reads a poem aloud, and then reads for three more minutes and repeats. It’s cute and also maddening and is making me feel like we should just be rhyming all the time.

  7. Alan Katz April 4, 2012 at 10:06 pm

    That’s SO GREAT, Julie! My 11-year old son David and I really enjoyed reading your post about Henry’s three-minute performances. And tell Henry that David also enjoyed his poem! We love his creativity!

  8. Hannah Holt April 4, 2012 at 11:51 pm

    Then waving from across the country. :0)

  9. Julie Hedlund April 5, 2012 at 2:25 pm

    If “sound effecty” wasn’t an official phrase before, it should be! Thanks for sharing from your talented and adorable children.

  10. sabrina April 6, 2012 at 2:02 pm

    too cute!!

  11. cat macri April 12, 2012 at 9:54 pm

    Wow! Henry you are one supper Poet! Love your creativity and energy!

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