Poetry Friday: Book Spine Haiku

Poetry Friday time! There are all kinds of wonderful links at Tabatha Yeatts’ blog, The Opposite of Indifference. Go visit and see.

Does anyone else love playing with book spine poetry? My last one was a jump rope rhyme, so today is a change of pace.


Island in the sun -
the little red fish
by water’s edge.

From: ISLAND IN THE SUN by Harry Belafonte and Lord Burgess with Illustrations by Alex Ayliffe; THE LITTLE RED FISH by Taeeun Yoo; BY WATER’S EDGE by Kay Barone.

Not Then But Now

“Colors of Pitanga” by Leo.dower via Wikimedia Commons

Hello, Poetry Friday. Here’s a small offering I saw on Twitter this week that seemed more poem than tweet to me. Just twelve words.

“Not then but now.

Not there but here.

Not that but this.”

(Tweeted by Everyday Mindfulness – @mindfuleveryday)

Poetry Friday is hosted by Jone at Check It Out today. She has lots of wonderful links over there.

Poem Movie Beauty

Poetry Friday is hosted today by Catherine M. Johnson. Visit her site to find many poetry links for the week.

Thank you to Carol at Carol’s Corner for explaining Poetry Friday to me. She shared this post by Tabatha Yeatts with me. It’s a great introduction to Poetry Friday, if you’re wondering how it works, too.

My contribution this week is a link to something small but wonderful. While thinking about the Poem Movie Challenge on Michelle Heidenrich Barnes’ blog, I came across this version of Claude McKay’s poem, THE TROPICS IN NEW YORK, on The Poetry Foundation’s site. The animation is gorgeous, and Ziggy Marley’s reading is unforgettable. I hope you’ll like it, too.Mackey

Claude McKay, Wikimedia Commons




Thanks to Michelle Heidenrich Barnes at Today’s Little Ditty for including my cinquain “Wading” in the Ditty of the Month Club. I’ve read so many wonderful poets’ cinquains this month on her blog.

I wrote “Wading” from memories of Little Peconic Bay on Long Island, where I fished, swam, and explored, as a child.

Another Little Peconic Bay cinquain:


my fishing line

into the restless bay.

I cast straight, but the current goes


2014, Monica Gudlewski. All rights reserved.

Water Memories

At her blog Today’s Little Ditty, poet Michelle H. Barnes just launched a project called the Ditty of the Month Club (DMC). It’s a fun way to get acquainted with authors, and experiment with poetry. Each month features a different author and poetic form.

May’s author is Laura Purdie Salas, whose latest book, “Water Can Be…” came out in April with Millbrook Press. May’s poetic form is cinquains; in particular, cinquains about water, and memories of water.

Michelle is taking submissions directly on her blog. She’ll feature some of the poems she receives on her blog, and all of them will be included in a round-up post at the end of the month.