Once again, I need to thank children’s author/poet Laura Purdie Salas for proving the inspiration I needed for a Poetry Friday post!
At Laura’s blog, she regularly shares a poetry prompt feature she calls “15 Words or Less,” in which she posts a picture and solicits short poems from readers, using 15 words or less. With all the hub-bub surrounding Flashlight Night lately, I hadn’t had the time to think about what I was going to post today…but then I came upon Laura’s latest post, and BOOM: I had two haiku written for her blog and for mine!
One of the haiku I really liked, and tweaked a bit after posting it on her blog. Here’s the photo she shared yesterday, followed by my haiku:
autumn phenomenon stuns;
Nature’s burning bush
– © 2017, Matt Forrest Esenwine, all rights reserved
Inspiration is not the only thing you’ll find at Laura’s blog; today, you’ll also find the Poetry Friday roundup, along with her review of Amy Ludwig VanDerwater’s new poetry collection, Read! Read! Read! (Boyds Mills Press), which I featured here last week!
(Oh, and get ready: “Poetry…Cubed!” returns next Friday, with an opportunity for you to win a signed copy of “Flashlight Night!”)
Wow, is it really almost Saturday? I’m looking forward being part of the local Barnes & Noble Author Event tomorrow, to benefit the Manchester (NH) Library! In fact, I’m visiting a number of bookstores in the New Hampshire area, and while I have the list nailed down, some times and venues are still being worked on.
Here’s what I know, so far:
Sept. 30, 4pm: Barnes & Noble, Manchester, NH
Oct. 11, 6pm: Barnes & Noble, Manchester, NH
Oct. 14, 2pm: Books-A-Million, Concord, NH
Oct. 27, 6pm: Barnes & Noble, Manchester, NH
Nov. 1, 12pm: Concord Hospital Gift Shop, Concord, NH
As dates are added, I’ll be sure to let you know when and where I’ll be!
- KIRKUS Starred review!
- Featured review in Sept. 26, 2017 Shelf Awareness!
- Amazon “Best Books of the Month,” Sept. 2017!
Thank you so much to all who have enjoyed “Flashlight Night” enough to write about it:
“Delicious language…ingenious metamorphoses” – Kirkus Reviews
“The verse is incantatory…a simple idea that’s engagingly executed” – School Library Journal
An old fashioned, rip-roaring imaginary adventure” – The Horn Book
“[Esenwine and Koehler] don’t just lobby for children to read—they show how readers play” – Publisher’s Weekly
“Imaginative…fantastical” – Booklist“
“Favorably recalls Where the Wild Things Are” – Shelf Awareness
“A poetic and engaging journey” – Cynthia Alaniz, Librarian In Cute Shoes
“Illuminates the power of imagination” – Kellee Moye, Unleashing Readers
“Readers will be inspired to…create their own journey” – Alyson Beecher, Kidlit Frenzy
“Beautiful words and stunning illustrations” – Jason Lewis, 5th grade teacher at Tyngsboro Elementary School, Tyngsboro, MA