Poetry Friday: #NaPoWriMo Earth Day & Art Exhibits

Happy Poetry Friday!

Happy Early Earth Day!

Happy National Poetry Month!





























You gave us a gift in thought and word
to care for our soil, water, air and earth, 
Your Silent Spring still cries out to be heard
Rally Rachel Carson’s call, protect earth’s worth!

© 2018 Michelle Kogan

My poem above was from a prompt by Supriya Kelkar who was featured on Renée LaTulippe’s blog, this week, No Water River.  The prompt was to write a poem about “a strong woman from history.” Rachel Carson is just that, and I continue to return to her. I also just read a wonderful picture book about her called Rachel Carson and Her Book That Changed the World, by Laurie Lawlor, and illustrated by Laura Beingessner. It’s a lovely capturing of her life from childhood through to when she was fighting adamantly for our environment with her book Silent Spring!

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Also for National Poetry Month, yesterday I added my line to the 2018 Kidlitosphere Progressive Poem, come and take a look!

In addition to all the poetry writing and reading this month I have been busy preparing artwork for two group art exhibits that I am in. Both are opening this Friday, April 20, 2018. One is in the Edgewater neighborhood of Chicago at Gallery 1070, here’s the flyer from it:1-Kogan-Flyer-Garden-exhibit-Gallery-1070-4-15-2018

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The second exhibit is at a Gallery I’ve been showing with for four years called Studio b., 114 N Elm Street, Three Oaks, MI. Their season opens this Friday and I’ll have work up through the Thanks Giving weekend. It’s a delightfully lovely spot to visit, especially as the weather warms. The area is filled with galleries, gorgeous nature areas and sand dune beaches.

On my blog for National Poetry Writing Month I’ve been focusing on flora, fauna, and our environment. Here’s a list of the poems I’ve posted so far:
Poem one–  DEAR APRIL
Poem two–Haiku Azaleas
Poem three–ODE TO SHUN LEE
Poem four–Haiku Daffodils
Poem six–APRIL’S BUDS  
Poem nine-HURRY SPRING  

Poem 12-Haiku NARCISSUS
Poem 14–Haiku TULIPS
Poem 15–Birds’ Perspective
Poem 17–
Haiku Tulips and Sparrow

Tabatha Yeatts at The Opposite of Indifference is hosting the Poetry Friday Roundup. Thanks for hosting Tabatha. And BTW her latest Anthology is out on Friday April 20th, Imperfect: poems about mistakes: an anthology for middle schoolers. I’m very happy to have a poem in this rich collection!


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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23 Responses to Poetry Friday: #NaPoWriMo Earth Day & Art Exhibits

  1. Happy that my poems will be rubbing elbows with yours. Congrats on your two shows. How exciting!

  2. Laura Shovan says:

    Congratulations on all of these artful endeavors, Michelle. It must be so exciting to have an exhibit of your art going up, and a poem in Tabatha’s anthology! Thanks for sharing this little Rachel Carson poem — perfect for Earth Day.

  3. jama says:

    Congrats on the art exhibits and having your poem in the new Imperfect anthology! A good spring for you. Enjoyed your Rachel Carson art and poem (the PB looks interesting too). 🙂

  4. lindabaie says:

    You have to have today as a celebration for all the wonderful things you shared today, Michelle. Many congratulations for your poem and best wishes for the art exhibit. I wish that more people would remember and/or pay attention to Rachel Carson’s words from years ago. They remain important. I’m glad you wrote about her.

  5. Tabatha says:

    There is a nearby elementary school named after Rachel Carson, I’m happy to say. Thank you for writing about her and drawing our attention to Earth Day.

  6. Kay Mcgriff says:

    Congrats on the shows for your artwork and your poem’s inclusion in Imperfect. I’m looking forward to reading it! As much as I’ve heard about Rachel Carson and Silent Spring, I’ve never read her book. I should go find it.

  7. Congratulations on your shows! What a perfect poem choice for Earth Day.

  8. Congratulations on your art shows, Michelle, and for having a poem in Tabatha’s collection! I love your tribute to Rachel Carson, and thank you for sharing the picture book bio!

  9. maryleehahn says:

    Congratulations on your shows, Happy Earth Day, and HUZZAH for Rachel Carson, one of my sheroes!

  10. haitiruth says:

    Wow, you’ve been busy! Congratulations! Ruth, thereisnosuchthingasagodforsakentown.blogspot.com

  11. Alice Nine says:

    Congratulations, Michelle, on your poem in Tabatha’s anthology and on your art shows! Your poem is a great tribute to Ruth Carson and thanks for sharing the picture book. Love this quote of hers: “Those who dwell among the beauties and mysteries of the earth are never alone or weary of life.”

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