Poetry Friday: Here Come the Holidays!


For Poetry Friday I’m sharing a list poem inspired by my preparation for a Holiday Fair I’m in, and stocking my Etsy Shop Michelle Kogan Fine Art, for the upcoming Holidays. I’ve included a couple of holiday card teasers to wet your appetite. The fair is the Evanston Art Center’s Winter Arts and Crafts EXPO, November 18th – December 21st, 1717 Central Street, Evanston, IL. 

What better things to do while assembling than take a break, or an escape, and write a poem. Here’s my escape poem:


Measuring and
marking and
scoring and
folding and
measuring and
cutting and
stuffing and–
oh my
a season
and shower
love, and
lots of

© 2017 Michelle Kogan

I’m also sharing a few additional list poems from one of my favorite poetry books FALLING DOWN THE PAGE, edited by Georgia Heard


By Eileen Spinelli

An artist takes:

colored pencil
piece of yarn
wooden slat from
some old barn
sidewalk chalk
or spool wire
can of paint
or junkyard tire
twig or twine
or river rock
seed or seashell
woolen sock

I couldn’t find her poem on line anywhere to share the rest with you–Guess you’ll have to make a trip to the library or purchase this fun book!



By Georgia Heard



by Lee Bennett Hopkins

Why poetry?
Why sunsets?
Why trees?
Why birds?
Why seas?
Why you?
Why me?
Why friends?
Why families?

You can read the rest of this poem at Wild Rose Reader, Elaine Magiaro’s Blog where she interviewed Lee Bennett Hopkins. (I hope it’s okay Elanine, that I’ve shared this link with all.)

Jama at Jama’s alphabet soup is cooking up this week’s Poetry Friday Roundup, be sure to stop by her blog for more poetry offerings. I can smell the wonderful aroma’s wafting my way … Thanks for hosting Jama!



About Michelle Kogan Art, Illustration, & Writing

Michelle Kogan is an artist, illustrator, instructor, and writer, creating colorful allegorical figure, flora and fauna paintings and children's illustrations, which have a sensitivity to endangered species, and the environment. She is an art instructor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the Evanston Art Center and offers Plein Air Painting Workshops at nature venues in the Chicago area including the Lincoln Park Conservatory, Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, and Lurie Gardens at Millennium Park. Visit her online Etsy Shop at: http://www.MichelleKoganFineArt.etsy.com and her website: http://www.michellekogan.com
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25 Responses to Poetry Friday: Here Come the Holidays!

  1. lindabaie says:

    “Lots of joy” in your cards and the poem, Michelle. I do love Georgia’s book, Falling Down The Page, too, and have it! Best wishes at your fair!

  2. mbhmaine says:

    The power and versatility of list poems always delights me.I love Falling Down the Page and it’s a perennial favorite with my students. I so enjoyed the hustling-bustling celebration of your “Measuring the Season”, and your cards are beautiful! If I were in the IL neighborhood, I’d be sure to stop by that fair. I’m going to do the next best thing and check out your Etsy shop. Have fun at the fair!

  3. I can’t believe we’re so close to December already, where has the year gone! Good luck with your shop this holiday season!!

  4. jama says:

    What a joyous, festive list poem, Michelle. Busy, busy, like one of Santa’s elves. Enjoy the fair!

  5. List poems are such fun! I love the love and joy sprinkled throughout yours! Enjoy the fair!

  6. Tabatha says:

    Your cards look great! The ornaments are my special favorite. Enjoy the season 🙂

  7. maryleehahn says:

    Your list poem leaves me a little breathless…which probably matches how you’re feeling with all the prep you’ve done. Like Tabatha, the ornament card is my favorite!

  8. haitiruth says:

    Looks like you’ve been having fun! Hope you do well at the fair! Ruth, thereisnosuchthingasagodforsakentown.blogspot.com

  9. A joy-filled post featuring some of my favorite folks on the planet! And yay for you for all this wonderful creating. Hope the fair is a smashing success, and that you hear the delightful “cha-ching” from Etsy on your phone a bunch in coming weeks! ;0)

  10. List poems offer so many different opportunities. I love your selection!

  11. What fun. Have a good time and much success on all your ventures.

  12. Resa says:

    Luv, luv the recipe for an autumn poem!

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