Friday, January 29, 2010

Poetry Friday

The poem I chose today comes from the book Poems in Black & White by Kate Miller. I read this book last year when I was checking out masses of poetry books from the library to give my students lots of choices for choosing a poem to memorize and recite in class.

Lots of kids really liked the poems in this book because the drawings really brought them to life. And despite the fact that everything is in black and white, it is rife with vivid images - mental and physical. Lovers of meaningful, literary kid poetry should check this book out.

The Cow

she wears
a bristly map
of milkweed white
and midnight black

it seems
as though
strong enough
to carry continents
upon her back

with oceans
in between

and islands on her

-Kate Miller

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