>I’m not even completely clear on who the Watchman really is, but this is really fun. But can I just say how much I have always loathed W. C. W.’s poem about the plums in the icebox? We-coulda-made-pie versus some poet’s fucking sensitivity–is it even a contest?
>A complaint from an “exams invigilator” has caused Carol Ann Duffy’s poem “Education for Leisure” to be removed from the U.K.’s GCSE curriculum. Children’s Laureate Michael Rosen is quoted being sensible (“Of course we want children to be talking about knife crime and poems like these are a terrific way of helping that happen. Blanket […]
>Poets are supposed to choose their words very carefully. This one doesn’t. But a poet standing up to a bookstore does demonstrate chutzpah, I’ll give her that. Thanks to Shelf Awareness for the link.
>I say. Defining poetryIs a task best left to those who Do,Not some Society.
>The new issue of the Horn Book is out; online articles include Lolly Robinson’s guide to alphabet books and Madelyn Travis’s profile of Michael Rosen (the British one), including a gorgeous poem of his about reading: . . . Some of these things you may have never seen before. But now you know them. Some […]
>Sometime Horn Book contributor Madelyn Travis interviews Britain’s new children’s laureate Michael Rosen, he of the funny verse and the very sad book. We love Madelyn here because it was her since-third-grade friendship with our Jennifer Brabander that brought Bridget Jones’s Diary to the Horn Book long before the rest of you had heard of […]
>Publishers Weekly alerts us to the latest buy-an-agent scam; I love e-literary agent‘s sage analysis of the publishing market: “because this is a highly competitive business, we recommend that you take the time to run your manuscript through a spell check.” If they wanted to tip us off that they were wolves after sheep, well, […]
>The blog Prometheus 6 led me to this story in the LA Times about two teachers fired for supporting students who wanted to read from Marilyn Nelson’s A Wreath for Emmett Till at an assembly honoring Black History Month: Teachers and students said the administration suggested that the Till case — in which the teenager […]
I might be working with kids labeled disadvantaged or gifted; it might be librarians or English teachers (also disadvantaged or gifted). I write the same thing on the board every time: The wounded soldier staggered past the house. Then I ask what’s wrong (I use the word wrong because I’m bold and reckless). Usually everybody […]
“I need a poem to go with a unit on diseases.” “I need a poem about respecting other people’s property.” “I need a poem for a lesson I’m doing on invertebrates.” “Where are your poetry books about personal hygiene?” Upon hearing such requests posed by education students and teachers, a librarian’s first thought might be, […]