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Poetry Friday -- the roundup is here!

Today, since I'm hosting the roundup, I thought I'd offer a brief look at one of the great haiku masters, Kobayashi Issa. He was born in Japan in 1763 to a farming family, and given the name Yataro. His registered name was later Nobuyuki, but he is best known by his pen name, "Issa." At the age of 25 (24 in the Western tradition of calculating age -- a child was considered age 1 at birth in Japan), Issa was enrolled in a haiku school run by Chikua. After Chikua's death, in 1791 (at the age of 29), Issa spent about 10 years travelling to other provinces in order to study and write haiku. During his poetic journeys, he mastered the form and found his own particular style.

In translating Issa (or any other foreign poet), the syllable count for the best translation may differ from the 5-7-5 of the traditional haiku. Here's a particularly funny one from 1795 (although I think there's a Zen-like truth in there, as well):

also changing
into a summer robe...
my journey's lice

In 1802, Issa moved to the Shogun capital, Edo (now Tokyo), where he spent a decade as a teacher of the haiku form. In 1813, Issa returned to his home village in order to start a family. I should note that Issa was, at this point, in his 50s. (Late bloomer?) Issa continued to teach and write poetry until his death in 1827. He reached his peak as a teacher and poet in the years between 1813-1824.

Here's one from 1822, during his "peak":

Insects on a bough
floating downriver,
still singing.

The Round-Up is here today

Michele at Scholar's Blog has two offerings from Hamlet by William Shakespeare.

Fuse #8 offers a sonnet by her mother, poet Susan Ramsay.

Tricia from The Miss Rumphius Effect is in with an original poem entitled "Morning."

Sara Holmes from Read Write Believe shares a love song (of sorts) in honor of her wedding anniversary.

First-time participant Jama Rattigan offers a Hawaiian creation chant called Kumulipo in honor of her home-state's anniversary-of-statehood.

John Mutford is in at The Book Mine Set with an original poem, "Levels of Naiveté", which will have you thinking about salad in a whole new way.

From Sam Riddleburger, a "found poem" by a small child (it's adorable!)

Jules from 7-Imp is in with an original poem (a cento) in honor of Eisha's birthday. Happy birthday Eisha!

Elain Magliaro is in with two. Over at Wild Rose Reader, she's got a review of and a selection from Swimming Upstream: Middle School Poems by Kristine O'Connell George. And at Blue Rose Girls she has "Did I Miss Anything?" by Tom Wayman.

David Elzey from the excelsior file makes a brief introduction to the work of Dutch poet, Toon Tellegen. The translated poem will definitely get your attention.

Nancy over at Journey Woman is in with a little Nikki Giovanni.

Little Willow is in with "Painted Windows" by Gloria Fuertes.

Cloudscome from A Wrung Sponge is in with an original haiku.

Schelle from Brand New Ending is in with two poems about sulphur-crested cockatoos; one from Banjo Patterson, and one of her own.

Karen Edmisten is in with a bit of Yeats -- and I like her twisty take on it.

Becky's Book Review has a poem by Jennifer Holm from Mb>Middle School is Worse than Meatloaf: A Year Told Through Stuff</b>.

Sarah Miller at Reading, Writing, Musing . . . brings us "Red Shirt" by Rumi.

In honor of Myra Cohn Livingston's birthday, Sherry at Semicolon has a GINORMOUS list of books edited and/or written by the inimitable Myra Cohn Livingston, plus one of Livingston's poems, "I Don't Know Why", and links to teaching resources.

Studeo brings us Keats's "Ode on a Grecian Urn."

Little Acorns Treehouse shares a skaldic poem by Mary Ann Mahoney called "From the Cold North Sea," which is used when discussing Leif Eriksson and the Vikings. Great information in the lead-up to the poem, too!

Kelly H at Big A little a is in with "First Grade Homework" by D. Nurkse.

Ms Mac at Check it Out is in with an original poem called "Summer."

Charlotte's Library is in with Ursula K. Leguin; with poems and notes and thoughts and some wonderful links to a speech Leguin gave on poetry.

Mother Reader is in with an original haiku and a sample from Eileen Spinelli's Someday

TadMack at Finding Wonderland shares "Unharvested" by Robert Frost.

Ruth at Inspiring Readers & Writers gives the nod to Jack Prelutsky's Me I Am.

Hi p Writer Mama is in with an original haiku.

Lectitans is in with "On the Equality of the Sexes Part I" by Judith Sargent Murray. (Note: Not Ann Murray, even if this is an "I am woman, hear me roar" sort of poem.)

Suzanne at Adventurs in Daily Living is in with "August" by Mary Oliver, plus the code for the Poetry Friday button if you want to nab it.

Kim from Kiraeth has two original poems (from the Wordy Girls photo prompts.

First-timer Christy Lenzi has posted ee cummings "i carry your heart with me" in honor of her wedding anniversary. (Movie fans will recognize this as the poem that Cameron Diaz read at the end of In Her Shoes.)

Christine M. at The Simple and the Ordinary is in with original poems by her two children about their roles in The Wizard of Oz.

Wordswimmer is in with an interview with J. Patrick Lewis from last Sunday.

Adrienne (of What Adrienne Thinks About That fame) links to a poem by her namesake, Adrienne Rich, "Miracle Ice Cream", and to a prior post of a poem by John Ciardi, "The Best Part of Going Away is Going Away from You." (I can so sympathize with that sentiment today, folks -- you have no idea.)

Susan at Chicken Spaghetti is in with a link to "Mercy on Broadway" by Mark Doty.

Sylvia at Poetry for Children is in with a tribute to Myra Cohn Livingston, including a bio, a poem, and a couple of lists of books.

Gina at AmoXcalli in a fit of creative baking and thinking about her two-year old's birthday, chimed in after midnight (ET) with Jabberwocky by Lewis Carroll.

Stacy at Two Writing Teachers has posted "Equality" by Maya Angelou.

Hornblower over at the HMS Indefatigable has "This is Just to Say," the sly William Carlos Williams' "plum poem."

Helen at Helen's Notebook shares a poem by an as-yet unpublished friend from Tanzania called "Redemption Song".

More to come as folks check in! Come back early and often!

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Aug. 17th, 2007 12:44 pm (UTC)
Poetry Friday check-in
I'm in this week with the Dutch poet Toon Tellegen, discovered on my recent travels.

Aug. 17th, 2007 12:45 pm (UTC)
Poetry Friday
At Wild Rose Reader I have a review of "Swimming Upstream: Middle School Poems" by Kristine O'Connell George.


At Blue Rose Girls I have a poem entitled "Did I Miss Anyhting?" by Tom Wayman.


Thanks for doing the roundup, Kelly!

Elaine Magliaro
Aug. 17th, 2007 12:48 pm (UTC)
Excellent. Have you seen G. Brian Karas' Issa work this year? (go here -- http://blaine.org/sevenimpossiblethings/?p=826 -- and here -- http://blaine.org/sevenimpossiblethings/?p=800 -- to read more, if you're interested).

I'm in today with an original cento for EISHA'S BIRTHDAY! -- http://blaine.org/sevenimpossiblethings/?p=839 -- come one and all to wish her a happy day . . . .

Jules -- 7-Imp
Aug. 17th, 2007 12:49 pm (UTC)
Poetry Friday
Hi, I'm Schelle from Brand New Ending. I have posted two poems featuring sulphur-crested cockatoos - one from Banjo Patterson, and one of my own.


Thanks for hosting the roundup - I enjoyed the haikus!
Aug. 17th, 2007 12:50 pm (UTC)
Oh I am so glad you are doing Issa! What a perfect choice for mid August. I have some original haiku up today as well. http://awrungsponge.blogspot.com/2007/08/august-17-haiku.html

Aug. 17th, 2007 12:58 pm (UTC)
Painted Windows by Gloria Fuertes @ Bildungsroman
Aug. 17th, 2007 12:59 pm (UTC)
Aug. 17th, 2007 03:28 pm (UTC)
You're very welcome, Nan!
Aug. 17th, 2007 01:06 pm (UTC)
Great stuff, Kelly!
Aug. 17th, 2007 01:07 pm (UTC)
Aug. 17th, 2007 01:12 pm (UTC)
Poetry Friday contribution
Issa is one of my favorites. Lovely.

My post this week is:

Thanks so much for hosting!

Karen Edmisten
Aug. 17th, 2007 01:31 pm (UTC)
Cool notes on Issa and his haikus - thanks!
Aug. 17th, 2007 01:52 pm (UTC)
You are most welcome -- and the girls at Seven Impossible Things have links to other Issa stuff -- Jules posted links in her comment (above).
Aug. 17th, 2007 01:56 pm (UTC)
cool, thanks kelly!
Aug. 17th, 2007 01:37 pm (UTC)
I'm writing about poet Myra Cohn Livingston since today is her birthday.

Aug. 17th, 2007 02:32 pm (UTC)
Thanks Kelly!
Aug. 17th, 2007 02:48 pm (UTC)
You're welcome, Liz!
Aug. 17th, 2007 02:37 pm (UTC)
Poetry Friday
Aug. 17th, 2007 02:52 pm (UTC)
One to add

I posted a skaldic viking poem intened for elementary age kids. I will be using it when teaching my girls about vikings and Leif Eriksson. <y post is at: http://littleacornscds.blogspot.com/2007/08/poetry-friday-who-discovered-america.html Thank you for hosting- Jenny Little Acorns Treehouse http://littleacornscds.blogspot.com
Aug. 17th, 2007 03:11 pm (UTC)
Aug. 17th, 2007 03:29 pm (UTC)
You're welcome. I loved the poem -- although here we're three weeks out from school, so it feels a bit early to me (and yet others have already gone back -- it just depends on where you live).
Aug. 17th, 2007 03:20 pm (UTC)
hi kelly,
thanks for hosting PF. i don't think the link you have posted for me is working (at least not when i click on it). could you double check it?


thanks. sorry for any inconvenience.
Aug. 17th, 2007 03:38 pm (UTC)
No worries -- I copied and pasted what you left me, but it's not a working link without the "http://" in front of it. I should've caught it sooner-- sorry!
Aug. 17th, 2007 03:24 pm (UTC)
Poetry Friday
Thanks for doing the round up, Kelly. Here is mine: http://maclibrary.edublogs.org/2007/08/17/poetry-friday-summer/
Jone aka MsMac
Aug. 17th, 2007 03:35 pm (UTC)
For Poetry Friday- a speech by Ursula Le Guin
Hi Kelly,

I'm in with some thoughts on a poetry full speech by Ursula Le Guin, here: http://charlotteslibrary.blogspot.com/2007/08/for-poetry-friday-poetry-full-speach-by.html

thanks a lot,

Aug. 17th, 2007 03:39 pm (UTC)
MotherReader's here.

Aug. 17th, 2007 04:48 pm (UTC)
Poetry Friday
Thanks for hosting. Here's mine --

ME I AM at Inspiring Readers & Writers: http://inspiringreaderswriters.blogspot.com/2007/08/me-i-am.html

Aug. 17th, 2007 04:51 pm (UTC)
Hi Kelly. Thanks for hosting! I'm in with an original haiku about the countdown to school and a book giveaway.

Aug. 17th, 2007 05:06 pm (UTC)
I'm in today with "On the Equality of the Sexes Part I": http://lectitans.livejournal.com/35271.html
Aug. 17th, 2007 05:40 pm (UTC)
I'm sharing a Mary Oliver poem over at :: Adventures in Daily Living :: (http://adventuresindailyliving.blogspot.com/2007/08/t-he-blackberries-have-arrived-and-my.html).

Aug. 17th, 2007 05:54 pm (UTC)
Here's my entry
A poetry quote and two original poems.

Click Here (http://hiraeth.squarespace.com/journal/2007/8/17/poetry-friday-a-quote.html)

Kim from Hiraeth
Aug. 17th, 2007 06:04 pm (UTC)
Hi Kelly. I've never done Poetry Friday, before, but I've posted "i carry your heart" by ee cummings for a wedding anniversary post today at http://christylenzi.blogspot.com/2007/08/i-carry-your-heart-with-me.html. Thanks!
Aug. 17th, 2007 06:20 pm (UTC)
Poetry Friday and Show Biz
I'm in with some original poems by my two kids. http://simpleordinary.blogspot.com/2007/08/poetry-friday-show-biz.html
Christine M
Aug. 17th, 2007 07:45 pm (UTC)
Aug. 17th, 2007 10:20 pm (UTC)
Kelly, I am in with a link to Mark Doty's poem "Mercy on Broadway."

Thanks for rounding up. Can't wait to sit down and read everything later!


Chicken Spaghetti
Aug. 18th, 2007 03:30 am (UTC)
I have the Ciardi poem memorized, Kelly. Sometimes it helps just to sit and think it loudly.
Aug. 18th, 2007 04:06 pm (UTC)
it helps just to sit and think it loudly
Ha! And what a good idea! *heads off to memorize the poem*
Aug. 18th, 2007 03:55 am (UTC)
Poetry Friday
Like Sherry, I too posted in honor of Myra Cohn Livingston's birthday!
Thanks for rounding us up-- Sylvia
Aug. 18th, 2007 04:37 am (UTC)
Poetry Friday
Here's my link for poetry Friday. sorry so late in the evening.

Aug. 18th, 2007 05:18 am (UTC)
William Carlos Williams
I'm in http://hmsindefatigable.blogspot.com/2007/08/poetry-friday-william-carlos-williams.html

thanks for hosting!
Aug. 18th, 2007 12:46 pm (UTC)
I love Poetry Friday
Just happened upon this Poetry Friday thing you all are doing...COOL!

Please check out haicooo.com. This is a collection of little haiku poems for children. We also have a book that we are selling to raise money for the NICU at Lehigh Valley Hospital in Allentown, PA

Thanks for making poetry important to children!

Aug. 18th, 2007 12:49 pm (UTC)
Re: I love Poetry Friday
Oops...the link to Lehigh Valley Hospital is http://www.lvh.org...if anyone is interested...
Aug. 18th, 2007 01:05 pm (UTC)
Love that second Issa haiku-- what a great concept!
Aug. 18th, 2007 03:40 pm (UTC)
Wasn't that gorgeous? There's another translation of the same haiku that goes like this:

still singing the insect
is swept away...
floating branch

But I like the version I posted better. And I can't honestly say which is the more faithful translation, since I don't read Japanese, etc.
Aug. 18th, 2007 03:45 pm (UTC)
Yes-- I often wish I'd learned Japanese. All the same, I like the translation!
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