Friday, May 25, 2012

Poetic Captions: Poetry Tips and Contest Winners

A couple of weeks ago I had the chance to have a one-on-one critique with children’s poet Tiffany Stone. Here are some tips I picked up from my meeting and from her talk on POV Poetry.

  •  Not all poems for children need to be written in rhyme especially if the rhyme is bad.
  • Have a twist ending. Something that will the shock the reader or make them laugh.
  • Consider whose point view your poem is coming from.                               
  • Don't be afraid to play with form (use sentence fragments, make letters move, etc.) 
  • Keep your rights so that you can re-sell your poems.    
  • When submitting to magazines check to see if they have a theme (make sure to check theme deadlines as magazines tend to collect work months in advance of publication).                 
And the winners are…drum roll please…but first a big thank you to everyone who submitted. I hope everyone comes back next April for another fun filled month of poetry.

The judges picked Vampire Recess by Irene Kistler

Vampire Recess
--by Irene Kistler 

I cannot wait til recess
My fangs do want to sprout
The teacher says to push them in
But still they pop on out

I’m biting on my paper
I’m chewing on my arm
I’m even feasting with my fangs
Upon the smoke alarm

I need to go to recess
where fangs are free to stab
With friends I play and snap and snarl
A recess jib and jab 

The readers picked Smooshy Gooshy Goodness by Natalie Fischer

Smooshy Gooshy Goodness

Smooshy-gooshy
Slicky-sticky
Made-to-lick-y! Tasty!
Scoop-it
Spread-it
Smear-the-bread it,
perfect peanut paste-y!
Swirl-it
Whirl-it
Spoon-and-twirl it,
better butter, thicker.
Glob-it
Blob-it
Dip-and-daub it,
shiny when it’s slicker.
Sniff-it
Whiff-it
Only-if-it
trails a nutty smell-y.
Slosh-it
Squash-it
Oh-my-gosh it
tastes so good with jelly!
Smooshy-gooshy
Slicky-sticky
Made-to-lick-y! Yummy!
Scoop-it
Spread-it
Smear-the-bread it,
Get it in my tummy!

Congrats ladies. Please e-mail me at traxelr@yahoo.ca and tell me what prize you want and where to send it. Click here to see a list of prizes.
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If you liked this post please let others know. Join me next week for another Poetic Caption, featuring a poem by me and illustration by Bill. On Ouch Monday, I’ll be talking about pitches I hope you come back for that.
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Remember you can always connect with me on Facebook and Twitter. Until then dare to write the impossible. 
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Looking Back To Past Posts


Linda over at TeacherDance is hosting this 
weeks poetry round-up. Thanks Linda!



Friday, May 18, 2012

Poetic Captions: Mother Birdie

Welcome back to poetic captions. If you haven't had a chance to cast your vote in my poetry contest click here to vote now. 


What's hatching in Mother birdie's nest?
I hope that everyone had a wonderful Mother’s day. Springing off from last week’s poem dedicated to my mom I wrote a poem about mother birds.  I write a lot of poems about birds mainly because they are constantly flapping past my window or singing to me in the mornings.  If you take a moment to watch them you will realize how truly wonderful they are except for the handful of pigeons who like to sit in my eavestroughing.  Now here is today's poem. 


Mother Birdie
--by Rena J. Traxel                                                                                                               
Mother birdie
Collects the scraps
To build the nest
Round and round
With sticks & bits
Lined with feathers 
From the birdie's chest
A safe place 
For her eggs to rest!
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Prompt: What's hatching in Mother birdie's nest. Please feel free to share below. 
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Activities
-To download a nest colouring page click here
-To learn more about birds and their nests click here
-To read another poem about birdies and their nests click here
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If you liked this post please let others know. Next week on Poetic Captions, I'll be announcing the winners from my poetry contest and sharing some poetry tips from children's poet Tiffany Stone. On Ouch Monday, I'll be talking about rejections I hope you come back for that. Remember you can always connect with me on Facebook and Twitter. Until then dare to write the impossible. 
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Looking Back To Past Posts
-Poetic Captions: Mother's Day 
-Vote For Your Favourite Poem
-My Journey to Canada West SCBWI Conference 

Katya Czaja is hosting this week's 
Poetry Friday Roundup. Thanks Katya!


Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Vote For Your Favourite Poem

To wrap up last month's poetry challenge here are seven poems by seven talented poets. Please vote below for your favourite poem. Voting will close on May 24 at 11:45pm (mountain time) and the winners will be announced on May 25. 


Congrats!
Illustration by Bill Boudreau

A. Eastersaurus

Did you see Eastersaurus? A marvellous bird,
He hatched from an egg made of chocolate and curd.
He was named Eastersaurus when born Easter morn,
The first thing he ate was some crackers and corn.
He spat it all out and he ran to the yard,
where children were hunting and working real hard.
A scavenger hunt for the most Easter eggs,
they ran round in circles and tripped over legs.
Well that Eastersaurus he flapped and he cawed,
he trilled and he thrilled and he loudly guffawed.
The kids all fell silent, now stopped in their tracks.
They grabbed one last egg and ran off with their sacks.
Well young Eastersaurus he started to sing,
of heaven and Jesus and other church things.
The children returned and they learned quite a lot,
that Easter was more than the eggs that they got.
They sang with the bird and they went for a ride,
all sat on his back on this fine Eastertide.
They scattered their eggs to their friends down below,
and called to the children, “It’s Easter you know!”
The next year, they waited and hoped they would see
the same Eastersaurus that filled them with glee.

B. My Grandma’s a Vampire

My grandma’s a vampire
Her life is askew
Her vision is shot
And her dentures have glue.
Her hunger has weakened
Her flitter has faltered
Her pacemaker skips
And her memory's altered.
My Grandma’s a vampire
But not for too long
Her body is brittle
And her drive is all gone.
Her hair is neglected,
In need of a comb,
When vampires are old
They are put in a home

C.  Vampire Recess

I cannot wait til recess
My fangs do want to sprout
The teacher says to push them in
But still they pop on out

I’m biting on my paper
I’m chewing on my arm
I’m even feasting with my fangs
Upon the smoke alarm

I need to go to recess
where fangs are free to stab
With friends I play and snap and snarl
A recess jib and jab


D. Cow, A Moon and A Suspicion

Hey! diddle, diddle, The cat and the fiddle,
The cow jumped over the moon;
I’m willing to bet that a record was set,
And she’ll be getting her trophy real soon.
She’s taken up discus and hurdle and sprints,
She long jumps and she triple jumps, too.
I know it sounds strange, but I’m telling you folks
There’s nothing ol’ Bess will not do.
I cannot explain where she got her mad skills,
Most bovine don’t even LIKE track.
But, I’ve come to suspect that Bess stayed in space
And “they” sent a lunar cow back!


E. Smooshy Gooshy Goodness

Smooshy-gooshy
Slicky-sticky
Made-to-lick-y! Tasty!
Scoop-it
Spread-it
Smear-the-bread it,
perfect peanut paste-y!
Swirl-it
Whirl-it
Spoon-and-twirl it,
better butter, thicker.
Glob-it
Blob-it
Dip-and-daub it,
shiny when it’s slicker.
Sniff-it
Whiff-it
Only-if-it
trails a nutty smell-y.
Slosh-it
Squash-it
Oh-my-gosh it
tastes so good with jelly!
Smooshy-gooshy
Slicky-sticky
Made-to-lick-y! Yummy!
Scoop-it
Spread-it
Smear-the-bread it,
Get it in my tummy!


F. Rules of Rhyme for a Reason

Show - don't tell and don't tell - show.
That's one rule you oughta know!

Meter matters - count your beats,
The only thing worse than bad meter is stinky feets.

 Near rhymes make me go insane,
'M' and 'N' are not the same.

Make sure rhyming fits your story,
Not so great for gross or gory, 

Say things in their normal order,
Blame it, don't, on some disorder.

Be unique - you won't regret it,
If you do - they won't forget it!


G. Wicked Trickery

Black hat
Mute growl
Thinly veiled scowl
Landlord has come to evict (it's not due)

Note signed:
Martyr
"Minister's daughter?"
His motives aren't hard to predict (what to do)

Wicked
Evil
Sinister weevil.
She's placed on the train track and tied

Offer...
Rescind__
"Surrender!" He grinned.
"But first, you must become my bride!"

White gown
Pale face
Thinly veil lace.
Landlord purses lips, then they're licked. (I do)

Then shock
Surprise
Wining disguise
Landlord then discovers he's tricked ("Not you!")

"Your specs, sir?"
"Offend, sir!"
"But look how it's penned, sir."
Landlord reads the note, yet again.

To his horrid chagrin
He read "r," not an "n."
Signed not by Martyr but Martyn!

On Friday there will be another Poetic Captions, in which I'll share a poem, an activity and a downloadable illustrations. I hope you come back for that. Until then dare to write the impossible.  
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Friday, May 11, 2012

Poetic Captions: Mother's Day

My mom on my wedding day. Thanks Mom!
Mother's Day is almost here.  My mom unfortunately lives in another province so I won't be seeing her for Mother's Day. So today's debut series Poetic Captions is dedicated to my mom. HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY to a wonderful lady. 


Moms come in all shapes and sizes. Moms inspire us, care for us, help us grow. We love our moms and they love us.  So why not spend an hour or two crafting a poem for your mom.  










With All My Heart, Mind, and Soul
--by Rena J. Traxel 

In a mother’s arms
A child found
All the love and security
She needed to grow.

In a mother’s way
A rebellious teen
Saw all she needed
To choose her own way.

In a mother’s song
A young woman hears
The strength she needs
To conquer her fears

In a child’s heart
Her mom is her world.
In a teenage mind
Her mom is her guide.
In a woman’s soul
Her mom is eternally there.


What has your mom done for you? 

Do want to create something great for your mom for Mother's Day? Check out these links below. 


Next Friday, on Poetic Captions Bill Boudreau will be providing a downloadable colouring page to accompany a poem and activity created by me. On Monday, a beloved orange cat will help me launch my new series Ouch! I hope you come back for that. 

Remember you can always connect with me on Facebook and Twitter.



To see some more fabulous poetry head over to Irene Latham's blog. She is hosting this weeks Poetry Friday Round-Up. 

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

A to Z Poetry Challenge Contest

Congrats! Thank you A to Z poetry challengers for sticking through to the end! And sharing your poems with me! Grab the badge below to tell the world you crossed the finish line. 
On May 7, my blog is going to be critiqued by Laura Barnes over at Laura B Writer so please head over to her blog on the 7th. I hope to resume blogging on May 8th or 9th. Now, let's talk about the contest! 



Poetry Contest
  • The poetry contest is only open to those who took part in my A to Z poetry challenge. 
  • Pick ONE poem that you wrote during the challenge and submit it to the contest. 
  • You may edit the poem before sending (it doesn't have to be the exact poem that you posted on your blog, Facebook, etc.) 
  • The contest is open from May 1 to May 7. Contest closes at midnight mountain time.
  • E-mail your submission to traxelr@yahoo.ca with the title 'Poetry Contest'.
How will the winner be chosen?
  • There will be two winners. One winner will be picked by a panel of judges while the other winner will be picked by the readers. 
  •  I will submit your poems to the judges without your names on the poem. The judges will then rank the poems. This will take about a week. 
  • Once the judges have picked a winner. I will post the poems on my blog May 15 and ask readers to vote for their favourite. The poll will be open for about a week.
  • I will announce both winners on May 25. 
Prizes? The winners will get to pick ONE prize from the list below: 
  • Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein 
  • On My Walk by Kari-Lynn Winters
  • Baaaad Animals by Tiffany Stone 
  • Treasuries - Mother Goose 
  • No Bones About It by Bill Kirk 
  • Your Favorite Seuss: A baker's dozen by the one and only Dr. Seuss 
  • Lizard Lou by Marie Rippel and Renee LaTulippe
  • One year subscription to Writer's Digest 
  • One year subscription to Poets and Writers Or
  • 20 dollar Amazon gift card 

If you have any questions or concerns post them in the comments below or e-mail me at traxelr@yahoo.ca. I'm leaving on May 3, to go to the SCBWI Canada West Conference and will return May 7th. I might not be able to respond to your e-mails right away. I look forward to your submissions. I hope you will join me every Friday for more fabulous poetry, starting May 11. 

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