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Amy Ludwig VanDerwater
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Celebrate with FOUR Poetry Peeks Today!
We Did It! Photo by Amy LV Students - Life is chock full of moments to feel happy about.  One accomplishment to feel happy about is a writing piece finished and shared with friends or with readers we do not even know.  Today I am grateful to share all kinds...

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We Write Poems for Friends and Occasions
  Farewell, Frogs! by Amy LV Students - I wrote today's poem for some kindergarten friends in Weston, MA.  Christie Wyman's students of Country School have been caring for tadpoles, and this week it was time to let them go.  They are frogs now.  And the kin...

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To My Kitten - A Poem Can Be About Two Things
Hercules Photo by Georgia VanDerwater Students - Our family is fostering kittens right now, something we love to do and yet have not done in a couple of years.  This means that we are taking care of kittens and their mamas until we can find homes for the ki...

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Linda Rief: Keeping a Notebook Makes Me Pay Attention
Notebook Shelf (Click to Enlarge) Don Murray used to carry around laminated cards about the size of a bookmark, that said, “Nulla Dies Sine Linea—Never a Day Without a Line.” He gave them to anyone and everyone who asked him about writing. It was his mantra...

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Apology - Poems About Feelings
You Can Never Take It Back by Amy LV Students - I found today's poem in an old notebook from 2011.  Below, you can see two drafts of it as well as a little note about why I likely wrote it: I was short with my husband. Old Notebooks are Friends Click to Enl...

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Birds and Words and Play and Spring!
Sparrow Sighting by Amy LV Students - This poem grew from a few words and an experience. The Words - The other week, as I spoke to a group of kindergarten children in Buffalo, NY, I taught them the difference between a bluebird and a blue jay.  A teacher in...

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A Poetry Birthday Party for Poet Ben!
Village Bench Photo by Amy LV Students - Today's poem is for a friend, a friend you'll meet in a moment.  My new friend Ben.  Cats love to visit Ben's poems, and so when I knew Ben would be visiting today for his birthday, I wanted to write a poem about thi...

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If I Were.... Poems from Imagination & Feelings
Remembering by Amy LV Students - This poem is dedicated to some friends that I miss.  I didn't realize it until after I wrote the words, but as soon as I realized it...I knew it was true for sure. Sometimes our real feelings - of joy or sadness, of anger or...

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Writing the Rainbow #30 - Magenta
Welcome to the final day of my National Poetry Month project for 2017!  Students - Each day of April 2017, I closed my eyes, and I reached into my box of 64 Crayola crayons. Aerial View of Crayola Box Photo by Georgia LV Each day I chose a crayon (without l...

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Writing the Rainbow #29 - Tan
Welcome to my National Poetry Month project for 2017!  Students - Each day of April 2017, I will close my eyes, and I will reach into my box of 64 Crayola crayons. Aerial View of Crayola Box Photo by Georgia LV Each day I will choose a crayon (without looki...
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