Poetry Friday–Art: Process, Practice, Presentation, Student’s of Michelle Kogan

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Happy Poetry Friday!

Today I’m Happy to share with you images from my Student’s Exhibit: ART: PROCESS, PRACTICE, PRESENTATION. We had a wonderful opening last Sunday with delectable edibles and conversations! The artwork is from four classes that I teach at the Evanston Art Center–Figures and Nature: Drawing/Painting; Watercolor: Materials, Composition & Technique; Children’s Picture Book Illustration; and Pen & Ink & Dr. Martin Watercolor. And by the way, registration for Spring Classes at the Evanston Art Center has begun. Make your way down to the bottom, and you’ll find a thank you poem there…

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From my Pen and Ink and Dr. Martin Watercolor Class.

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From my Pen and Ink and Dr. Martin Watercolor Class.

 

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From my Figures and Nature: Drawing/Painting Class.

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From my Figures and Nature: Drawing/Painting Class.

 

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From my Watercolor: Materials, Composition & Technique Class.

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From my Watercolor: Materials, Composition & Technique Class.

 

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From my Watercolor: Materials, Composition & Technique Class.

 

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From my Watercolor: Materials, Composition & Technique Class.

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From my Children’s Picture Book Illustration Class–Finished art spreads for their books.

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From my Children’s Picture Book Illustration Class–Finished art spreads for her book.

 

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From my Children’s Picture Book Illustration Class–Storyboard thumbnails for her book.

 

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From my Children’s Picture Book Illustration Class–Hanging–picture book dummy spreads, interior pages; and on the pedestal–picture book dummy for her book.

 

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From my Children’s Picture Book Illustration Class–picture book dummy for her book, cover.

 

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From my Children’s Picture Book Illustration Class–picture book dummy for her book, cover.

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From my Children’s Picture Book Illustration Class–picture book dummy for her book, interior pages.

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From my Children’s Picture Book Illustration Class–picture book dummy spreads, interior pages, for her book.

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From my Children’s Picture Book Illustration Class–Hanging–storyboard thumbnails and finished art spreads, interior pages, for her book.

 

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From my Children’s Picture Book Illustration Class–Finished art spreads for her book.

 

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From my Children’s Picture Book Illustration Class–picture book dummy spreads, interior pages, for her book.

Here’s my thank you to all my oh so talented, dedicated, and persevering students:

JAUNTY THANKS!

Although I’m not
monetarily wealthy,
students keep my spirits
quite jaunty and healthy.

 There’s nothing I’d rather
spend hours upon,
then eagerly urge
your art on till dawn…

You’ve tickled my heart
from deep down inside–
A mountain of thank-yous
to all with much pride!

© 2020 Michelle Kogan

 

Cheriee Weichel at her blog Library Matters is our host for this weeks Poetry Friday Roundup, thanks for hosting Cheriee! Cheriee is sharing a wonderful Canadian poet this week, Avis Harley–Make sure to stop by it’s a fascinating post!

 

P.S. Yesterday I did a blog post on David L. Harrison’s wonderful new children’s book AFTER DARK: POEMS ABOUT NOCTURNAL ANIMALS. There’s also a Book Giveaway for his book, come by and check it out he’s quite an amazing writer–this is only his 97th book…

Visit Renée LaTulippe’s site No Water River to find out more about what Poetry Friday is.

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Blog Tour–AFTER DARK: POEMS ABOUT NOCTURNAL ANIMALS by David L. Harrison

After Dark Cover David Harrison

Welcome to the 6th blog tour stop for David L. Harrison’s new book:
AFTER DARK: POEMS ABOUT NOCTURNAL ANIMALS,
And Book Giveaway!

Today I’m happy to feature David L. Harrison’s intriguing new Children’s Book, AFTER DARK: POEMS ABOUT NOCTURNAL ANIMALS. A marvelous poetry book chockfull of twenty-two creatures who are all busy at night–insects, birds, mammals, amphibians, fish, and reptiles–and they all have found a place in his rich collection as moonlit characters. I’m going to share three of these creatures–their poems, and art: the Mexican Free-tailed Bat, the Luna Moth, and the Common Eastern Firefly. 

 

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David at 6 years old, a favorite photo of his.

 

But before we look at the poems, let’s take a peek into David’s past and find out where his fascination with these nighttime creatures began and how it inspired this book…
My fascination with nighttime creatures goes back to my childhood. I was always thrilled when I found myself close enough to observe any wild thing, day or night, but somehow the dark made encounters more mysterious and exciting. Sooner or later I needed to write about my love for this subject.

As David was growing so grew his fascination with collections…

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David’s butterfly and moth collections from when he was 13 years old.

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…and more collections.

Let’s move into some of these creatures…
How did you decide to pick the individual creatures, and specifically the Mexican free-tailed bat, Luna moth, and Common eastern firefly?
I began with a list of animals that came easily to mind but the number of candidates grew as I read more about my quest for creatures that are most active after the sun goes down. Many species move about during the day as well, so I concentrated on those who show a strong preference for night. The individuals you ask about are all favorites of mine.

Bats
When I was a boy living in Arizona, my parents took me to Carlsbad Caverns in New Mexico to watch the bats come out for their evening hunt. It took my breath away to watch hundreds of thousands of them blasting out of the cave at dusk like a living volcanic explosion. I’ve never gotten over that image or my fascination with bats.

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BUG PATROL
(MEXICAN FREE-TAILED BAT)

Bat awakes, knows
it’s time to hunt, goes
in zigzag flight,
deserts cave
for dark night, swirls

into the sky, unfurls
like smoke,
a black cloak
on the air.

Bugs
beware 
Bat is there.

© 2020 David Harrison all rights reserved.

Moths 
My love for the Luna Moth also goes back to my youth during the ten years or so when I collected butterflies and moths. There is simply nothing more majestic than the splendid-tailed royalty of the North American moth world. To see one is to never forget the sight. How does anything that beautiful exist? The answer is, not very long. I had to include it in this collection.

David also shared a personal nighttime story while collecting moths…
During my insect collecting days I sometimes hunted for moths at night by draping a sheet over a clothesline and illuminating it with a lantern. All sorts of night flying creatures were attracted to the light, including large, magnificent Polyphemus and Cecropia moths. My heart always beat faster when any of these giants of the insect world came to my camp, but on rare occasions a Luna Moth would soar out of the darkness and circle the light. That is an image you carry with you forever.

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THE QUEEN
(LUNA MOTH)

Like regal monarch of the night
or fairy in the airy light,
richly robed in ermine white,
winged in velvet royal green.

Suitors you have never seen 
find you here in woods serene.
You’ve much to do before the dawn
so when your fleeting life is gone,
future queens can carry on.

© 2020 David Harrison all rights reserved.

Fireflies
I wonder if any insect has inspired more poems than the firefly. Kids everywhere watch them, chase them, capture them in jars to watch them glimmer off and on, but not many will ever know that the firefly is a beetle and many kinds are carnivores, especially in their larval form. There is much to know about the firefly!

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INSECT TEXTING
(COMMOM EASTERN FIREFLY)

Firefly flashes
polka dot the lawn.
Blinker off…
Blinker on.
Looking for a mate
before they’re all gone.
Blinker off…
Blinker on.

Firefly females
watch from the grass,
checking each flash
as suitors pass.

Checking how bright,
how long it lasts,
firefly females
watch from the grass.

Firefly flashes
polka dot the lawn,
might find a mate
before they’re all gone.
Blinker off…
Blinker on.

© 2020 David Harrison all rights reserved.

I also asked David to share with us his choice to use rhyme, internal rhyme, or none at all, in the three poems here…
I try to fit each poem to the subject. In Bug Patrol (Mexican Free-Tailed Bat), I wanted to blend speed with a sense of darting quickly this way and that as bats do when hunting. End rhyme and internal rhyme helped keep the telling tight and short lines varying in length mimicked the zigzagging flight of the hungry bat.

By contrast, the foreboding descriptors of the bat – patrol, dark, night, swirls, unfurls, smoke, cloak, beware – would not do justice to the regal Luna Moth. Here I wanted to capture the sense of serenity that seems so much a part of this creature’s persona. Rhyme helped here, too, but the choice of words and the cadence itself needed to be different. The short lines of the bat poem wouldn’t do. Here I needed a more stately tetrameter with four accented syllables per line. The pattern of rhyming became fixed and the choice of words reflected the subject – queen, regal, monarch, fairy, airy, light, robed, ermine, white, velvet suitors, dawn.

The firefly is another story. Like the bat, the firefly also flits here and there, appearing and disappearing across our lawn on warm August evenings. But unlike the bat’s chase after insects, fireflies are looking for love. Their signals are date bait, visible evidence of an urgent need to mate before it’s too late. These thoughts drove the poem to include two refrains – Blinker off…/blinker on – and looking for a mate/before they’ll all gone. I also wrote in a variety of meters (firefly flashes = trochaic), (looking for a mate = trochaic and anapestic), etc. to draw a word picture of how the insect itself keeps speeding up and slowing down as it examines the grass below, seeking a friend for the night.

And in closing, David shared about his submission process…
If you take a box with several jigsaw puzzles in it and dump all the pieces on a table, you have the makings of a poem. Move enough pieces around and scraps of pictures begin to form, an ear here, a lilac blossom there. Through trial and error you discover which parts might fit together to form a full picture. In my case, as my thoughts finally begin to coalesce so that I can understand what I’m trying to say, I begin to take away pieces of the puzzle that don’t fit my need. Draft follows draft as the picture becomes less cluttered, a process that may happen fast (in two or three drafts) or more slowly (I’ve had more than 20 drafts on rare occasions). My poems are never finished. I finally quit and turn away.

Finding the right editor is another story. We all know the basics of how it works but we keep rediscovering the hurt and frustration of rejections over and over. Why did we ever get into poetry anyway??

Thank you David for this cornucopia-filled look into your new book, your writing process, and your keen collecting history. What a wonderful journey you’ve shared and fascinating new poetry book you’ve given us! And speaking of collections, this is David’s 97th book–and along the way he’s collected numerous awards including the Society of Midland Authors award for best children’s nonfiction book, 2016; Missouri Pioneer in Education Award; and Missouri Library Association’s Literacy Award. Being both an artist and writer myself, I have to mention that I was quite taken with the  beautiful art by Stepahanie Laberis,  together they’ve created a perfect wedding between poem and pictures of these fascinating nighttime creatures…

AFTER DARK: POEMS ABOUT NOCTURNAL ANIMALS
By David L. Harrison
Illustrated by Stephanie Laberis
Published by Wordsong 
An Imprint of Boyds Mills & Kane
Available February 25, 2020

     And David’s interest in seeking nature continued…

Jeff, David, Alaska, 2008

David with his son Jeff on a papa/son salmon fishing trip in Alaska. No salmon but caught tons of halibut.

      And continues…

 

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David with Sandy aboard the Amatista river cruise boat on the Amazon.

 

The publisher has graciously offered to Giveaway a copy of David’s book for one lucky reader of this post (within the US). For the Book Giveaway please leave a comment below, and include your name and email address by midnight (CST) Monday, February 24, 2020. You can also follow the #AfterDarkBookTour, where many of the other bloggers are offering book Giveaways.   

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Poetry Friday–Snow, Birds, Valentine’s…

 

Happy Poetry Friday!

Brrr, our temps are plummeting here in Chicago, but along with that we’ve received a lovely sprinkling of snow… 

windy, snowy, “brave
irene” kinda day, with pine
wiggling magic
© 2020 Michelle Kogan

I’m going to try to participate in this years  Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC). It starts on Valentine’s Day, Friday February 14th and runs through February 17th. The count is run by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society, along with additional sponsors both US and international. Any one can participate. The organizers are interested in all us citizen scientists collecting data on wild birds from our backyard and surrounding bird-nature filled areas. You can make hand written recordings and mail them in, or transfer them to your computer at the Audubon site, or get the eBird app (I’m trying the App, this year) and record them on your smart phone or iPad. They are interested in whatever wild birds you see, from common house sparrows, cardinals, crows, to some of our more elusive birds.

I don’t know how many years I’ve been interested in birds, perhaps my entire life. I write about them and create art with them in efforts to raise more awareness about both endangered birds and birds in general. The fall issue of Audubon’s 2019 magazine is a guide to what we can due to help all the birds that we are in danger of loosing due to climate change. There are 389 birds that we may loose, and of these we may be able to save 290 of them if we can act and help slow and limit the warming of our earth’s climate. Here’s a haiku from a new bookmark in my online Etsy Shop in support of the Baird’s Sandpiper which is listed as threatened, due to climate change, it’s also on Audubon’s list.

baird’s sandpiper
surface pecks for insects
hugging shallow banks…
© 2020 Michelle Kogan

 

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Baird’s Sandpiper Bookmark (set of 3) available in my Etsy Shop, the art is also available as an archival print here.

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Wishing all a very Happy Valentine’s Day, Happy Bird Counting, and remember to keep all our Lovely Birds in your heart…

 

 

Lovely Linda Baie, at her blog Teacher Dance is hosting our Roundup for this weeks Poetry Friday, thanks Linda! Linda is sharing lots of  “sugary love” in images and poems, so meander over and check out her poetry offerings and many more…

 

Visit Renée LaTulippe’s site No Water River to find out more about what Poetry Friday is.

 

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Poetry Friday–Fish & thoughts of our time

 

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Happy Poetry Friday!

I am fishy sitting for my college daughter’s fish while she is in NYC doing two internships with two different fashion companies this semester. Hence I’ve been spending time with her Betta fish Frida, and getting to know her…

 

MUSIC’S ELIXIR

Fishy sitting
for Frida…
A fine, feathery,
finned friend.

But beware–
These beautiful
Siamese fighting fish
are pretty feisty fellows    

So far all’s well
in Frida’s floating
abode–Foods fine,
and friends are far away.

Last night, I sang softly to her
she seemed a mite sublime,
I wonder… might music
calm the chaos of our time…

2020 Michelle Kogan

 

free as a fish–
flying through air, floating
through dreams forever…

© 2020 Michelle Kogan

 

Here’s some Day Dreaming music to unwind to…

 

 

Frida fish day dreaming…

 

Laura Purdie Salas at her blog Writing the World for Kids is our welcoming host for this weeks Poetry Friday Roundup, thanks Laura! Laura’s sharing a few poems that she started out writing in different and unique places, stop by and check it out.

 

p.s. I’m having some dental surgery done late Friday afternoon–hoping all will go well and I’ll be up to visiting Poetry Friday posts!

 

Visit Renée LaTulippe’s site No Water River to find out more about what Poetry Friday is.

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Poetry Friday–Peek at Valentine’s Cards & Poems…

 

Happy Poetry Friday!

Sprinkling some sweetness in the midsts of all… Here are some new and some old Valentines Greeting Cards and poems, all available in my online Etsy Shop:
Michelle Kogan Fine Art

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VALENTINE LOVE xox

Love my city’s
greenroofs…

Love my city’s 
gardens…

Love my city’s 
lake…

Valentine hug, 
my city love!

© 2020 Michelle Kogan  

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VALENTINE HAPPINESS

Valentine
boogaloo
happiness
for me and you…

Happiness
for leaves and trees
happiness
for birds and bees…

Valentine
boogaloo
happiness
for blue love too…

© 2020 Michelle Kogan

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On Valentine’s Day
remember broken hearts
that are hurting
© 2020 Michelle Kogan

Here’s an almost Valentine poem from a favorite poet of mine…

LITTLE OWL WHO LIVES IN THE ORCHARD
by Mary Oliver
His beak could open a bottle,
and his eyes – when he lifts their soft lids –
go on reading something
just beyond your shoulder –
Blake, maybe,
or the Book of Revelation.

Never mind that he eats only
the black-smocked crickets,
and the dragonflies if they happen
to be out late over the ponds, and of course
the occasional festal mouse.
Never mind that he is only a memo
from the offices of fear –

it’s not size but surge that tells us
when we’re in touch with something real,
and when I hear him in the orchard
fluttering
down the little aliminum
ladder of his scream –
when I see his wings open, like two black ferns,

Read the rest of the poem here
Here are a couple more poetry postcards that arrived this week, thanks Christie Wyman, and Diane Mayr!
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© 2019 Christie Wyman all rights reserved

Waiting
For snow to fall
Wishing

Not a lot
just enough

Enough for squeals of joy
A school delay
An afternoon of snowshoeing
animal tracks

Not enough for a sore back
A snow day
Dangerous driving
Indoor recess
A shorter summer
Worry

Just  enough
Not a lot

Wishing
For snow to fall
waiting

© 2019 Christie Wyman  All rights reserved.

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© 2020 Diane Mayr, all rights reserved.

first morning
tiny footprints through
the glitter
©2020 Diane Mayr All rights reserved.
Jone Rush MacCulloch at her blog Deowriter is our hostess extraordinaire for this weeks Poetry Friday Roundup, thanks Jone! And thanks again for the Winter Poetry Exchange. Jone’s sharing more Winter Poetry Postcards, and a gorgeous magical, inspirational journal, stop by her blog and take a look…

 

Visit Renée LaTulippe’s site No Water River to find out more about what Poetry Friday is.

 

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Poetry Friday–#olw (one little word…)

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Happy Poetry Friday!

It took some pondering this year to come upon my one little word… last year’s  #olw was pondering,  and our journey together rewarding. Here’s a small list of words I considered:
changes
perseverance
action
metaphor
humanity
reflect
Humanity and changes were coming to the top, but I wasn’t satisfied yet. And  then a few more joined the list:
inner strength
fortitude
compassion
With compassion I new I was getting a little closer

As more poets from the Poetry Friday community were adding (and some not adding) their olw’s into their posts, I began reading carefully why this word is chosen. I wanted this word to fit like an umbrella, with a little bit of wiggle room, over my life taking in all aspects of me, where I may venture over the next year, and where the year may also take us all. And then came…
Breathe– 
she’s a verb, strong at the start, softer as she ends, encouraging–I could breathe just a little bit better knowing we would share the year together… And when I visited my good friend Merriam Webster she agreed with me, pointing out,

BREATHE…
Intransitively,
You’ll feel “free of restraint”
You’ll “pause and rest before continuing”
You’ll “be expressed”
And transitively,
You’ll “rest,”
And “spend a great deal of time, thought,” and “effort
On all your pursuits this year as you
Breathe…

© 2020 Michelle Kogan

A surprise came this week in my email… Via Margaret Simon, with the subject line reading: Poetry Experiment–as busy as I am presently I decided to take  the plunge and participate. I sent a quote on to Margaret from a wonderful performer I heard over the summer at our Chicago Blues Festival, and in the midsts of the chaos of our world I thought I’d share some of her soul soothing music here, enjoy–and Thanks Margaret!

 

And another Winter poetry postcard appeared:

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Thanks Robert Ertman for the luscious winterberries and Lunar New Year Greeting!
(Hope you are okay with my sharing your card…)

Kat Apel at her blog Kathryn Apel Children’s Author & Poet is hosting this weeks Poetry Friday Roundup, thanks Kat! Kat’s sharing a wonderful possum poem, and a video from her school visit trip to the states–be sure to stop by her blog.

Visit Renée LaTulippe’s site No Water River to find out more about what Poetry Friday is.

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Poetry Friday:Winter Poem Swap

   Happy Poetry Friday!

Look at all these beautiful poetry postcards I received, each one a small treasure in words and image! They’ve brought me a sense of comfort, calm, and admiration–with a bit of fun edginess from Rebecca’s. Thanks Jone for your poetry card, and for organizing another New Year Winter Poem Swap–and thanks Rebecca, Kay, Margaret, Kimberly, and Irene!

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NEW YEAR’S TRIOLET

In New Year’s arms, we find a space 
open for our thoughts to inspire,
dreams seeded in winter with grace.
In New Year’s arms, we find a space
to refresh a lost sense of place,
and find hope for what we aspire.
In New Year’s arms, we find this space 
open for our thoughts to inspire.
Margaret Simon © 2020 all rights reserved

stacks of books, rivers
of words beckon adventure
through the new year
Kay McGriff© 2020 all rights reserved

Crackle, fizz, flash, bang!
Bold dreams bursting from the sky
New hope springing forth.
Kimberly M. Hutmacher © 2020 all rights reserved

little snow angel
with snowballs in mittened hands
devious device
Rebecca Herzog © 2020 all rights reserved

incoming tide brings
words on waves
throughout the decade
Jone Rush MacCulloch © 2020 all rights reserved

WRITING IN WINTER

Blades slice 
easy 8s
across ice pond

You breathe 
teeter
weave

arms tight
flung wide
tight again

Just you 
with your tingly
truths

your deliberate
unmittened
heart

and a whirl 
of white 
waiting
Irene Latham ©  (before) 2020 all rights reserved

Here’s a thank you nonet poem inspired by all of yours!

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POETCARD APPRECIATION

I’m wallowed in words washed in on waves,
wrapped in New Year’s inspiring space,
warmed by an “unmittened heart,”
surprised by snow angel’s
“devious device…”
…Bursting new hope,
adventures, 
and new 
books!
© 2020 Michelle Kogan

Thanks to Catherine at her blog Reading to the Core for hosting this weeks Poetry Friday Roundup! Catherine’s sharing some nature and portal inspired haiku.

Visit Renée LaTulippe’s site No Water River to find out more about what Poetry Friday is.

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Poetry Friday–Reflections…

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Happy Poetry Friday!

I’m in with a quick nonet poem and art influenced by our lack of light this morning…

REFLECTIONS OF EERINESS

Amber lamppost shines in light of day
casting shadows of eeriness…
Curtains of displease nod from
knowing worn winter leaves,
asking reflection,
introspection,
and climate
action
now!

© 2019 Michelle Kogan

Here’s a little Blue music to sail into…

 

Sally Murphy at her blog Sally Murphy is our Poetry Friday Roundup host, thanks Sally! She’s sharing some exciting book news, and also keeping us posted on efforts to raise funds for all the bushfires taking place in Australia by #authorsforfireys auction “happening on Twitter.”

 

Visit Renée LaTulippe’s site No Water River to find out more about what Poetry Friday is.

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Poetry Friday–New Year, New Light, New Activism…

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Stork and Baby, © 2020 Michelle Kogan, pencil sketch.

Happy Poetry Friday!

Welcome to 2020… I’ve been thinking about light, change, children, and students, perhaps together they’ll move us in a positive global direction…

I have two poems and a bit of music to accompany my pondering thoughts… A golden shovel taken from a line of David Bowie’s song Changes–and a quick free verse poem, directly inspired by the bright morning light.

WHO’S LEADING CLIMATE CHANGE…

Climate activist students are calling us all, they’re
determined to save our earth, and they’re quite
ready for action! They’re aware
that co2’s need reducing now. They’re aware of  
our nation’s need to work together, and what 
this united city-wide change can produce. They’re
raising their voices and calling us all. They’re going
to lead, and together we must carry climate change through!

© 2019 Michelle Kogan

Here’s a link to all the words to Changes by David Bowie

Here’s a link to an interesting article that asks, Is it too late to prevent climate change?

NEW YEARS LIGHT

Spilling light spreads over our New Year
like a baby’s first cry begging to be heard…
I’m here–embrace me, nurture me,
watch me grow, explore, fall, flounder,
and pick myself up, to begin all over again…

© 2019 Michelle Kogan

 

Mosey on over to Carol’s Corner for this weeks Poetry Friday Roundup. Carol’s sharing an eloquent poem looking inside and beyond ourselves by a favorite poet of mine Maya Angelou. Thanks for hosting Carol!

Visit Renée LaTulippe’s site No Water River to find out more about what Poetry Friday is.

 

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Last Nature Haiku for 2019

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Milkweed in the Snow, ©2019 Michelle Kogan, Pen and Dr. Martin Watercolor

Happy New Years Eve!

Here’s my last nature haiku post for 2019, I’ve been tagging my haikus this last month as #natember, and more of my poet friends have been tweeting with #haikuforkindness #haikuforjustice #haikuforhope including: Linda Baie, Jone MacCullochJean LaTourette, Mary Lee Hahn, Catherine Flynn, Heidi Morhorst, and I’m probably leaving a few out.

Thanks for following, commenting and supporting my blog over the last year! Here’s to looking forward with many more in our New Year, and New Decade…

new snow, new year,
new decade– old hopes, old dreams,
carry through anew…

© 2019 Michelle Kogan

 

Cheers, and Happy New Year!

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