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.


“May It Bring Joy Back To You”

One of the wonderful things about Angie Karcher’s Rhyming Picture Book Month event was the Guest Blogger series. Thirty-five stellar children’s authors and poets participated, from Lee Bennett Hopkins to Jane Yolen.

It was like Christmas for 35 days straight, with a different gift to unwrap from a new author each morning. For example, these words from novelist Helen Frost’s guest post:

“Do keep looking for just the right words and images; don’t quit too soon; and when you’ve worked hard and written a poem that pleases you, send it off to a contest or to an editor. Let it offer its wisdom to the world, and may it bring joy back to you!”