The 2019 Kidlitosphere Progressive Poem begins!

National Poetry Month has officially arrived – and with it, Irene Latham‘s annual Progressive Poem, an opportunity for 30 bloggers and children’s writers to come together and create a poem over the course of the month. With so many people taking part, it’s always interesting to see how the poem grows and develops – and of course, ends!

This year, I’m excited to once again be a part of it…and honored to have the opportunity to begin the poem! Traditionally, we find the poem tends to lead a main character off on an adventure or spend time pondering life’s little joys and mysteries – so I wanted to do something different. (If there’s one thing you know about me, it’s that I always try to take the literary road not taken!)

After much thought and consideration, and days of deliberation, I’ve come up with something I hope is worthy of our poem:

Ready? Here goes…

Endless summer; I can see for miles

Now, a little backstory as to how this came to be: I wanted to set our character (or subject) up in a position where the reader is immediately wondering about the character’s location, situation, or surroundings. So I tossed ideas around and “I can see for miles” popped into my head, for no apparent reason. But I couldn’t use that – it’s the title of a song by The Who! That wouldn’t work!

Or would it?

So I thought some more and wondered if I could add to it. Perhaps something to ground the reader just a bit in understanding the setting…and suddenly the song “Private Universe” by Crowded House popped into my head, also for no apparent reason. (You’re getting an idea as to how weird the writing life is) Anyway, I thought about it and scanned the lyrics to see if there was something I could glean…and what do you know. The phrase “endless summer” – which is also, of course, a classic Beach Boys album!

I knew what I had to do.

I combined the two “found” lines into one line – which I think offers just enough exposition to get our poem/story rolling. I therefore challenge my fellow writers to do the same:  continue this method and use only FOUND lines! They don’t have to be strictly song titles or lyrics like my line…but I think this will be a fun challenge to add to the development of our poem. I hope you agree! But of course, your line is YOUR line – so if you feel a bit intimidated by the prospect, feel free to do your own thing and add whatever you’d like. (This is supposed to fun, after all!)

Take it away, Kat!

2019 Progressive Poem schedule:


1 Matt @Radio, Rhythm and Rhyme
2 Kat @Kathryn Apel
3 Kimberly @KimberlyHutmacherWrites
4 Jone @DeoWriter
5 Linda @TeacherDance
6 Tara @Going to Walden
7 Ruth @thereisnosuchthingasagodforsakentown
8 Mary Lee @A Year of Reading
9 Rebecca @Rebecca Herzog
10 Janet F. @Live Your Poem
11 Dani @Doing the Work that Matters
12 Margaret @Reflections on the Teche
13 Doraine @Dori Reads
14 Christie @Wondering and Wandering
15 Robyn @Life on the Deckle Edge
16 Carol @Beyond LiteracyLink
17 Amy @The Poem Farm
18 Linda @A Word Edgewise
19 Heidi @my juicy little universe
20 Buffy @Buffy’s Blog
21 Michelle @Michelle Kogan
22 Catherine @Reading to the Core
23 Penny @a penny and her jots
24 Tabatha @The Opposite of Indifference
25 Jan @Bookseestudio
26 Linda @Write Time
27 Sheila @Sheila Renfro
28 Liz @Elizabeth Steinglass
29 Irene @Live Your Poem
30 Donna @Mainely Write

Madness!Poetry is wrapping up! Voting in the Championship Final Round begins tomorrow morning, Tue., April 2!


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66 thoughts on “The 2019 Kidlitosphere Progressive Poem begins!

  1. Ooooh… Love how this throws me back to those school days, when summer break seemed like looking into infinity. Already you’ve got me trying something completely unexpected. Thanks for all the possibilities… 🙂

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  4. lindabaie

    Considering all of us are so looking forward to spring, and then summer, this will be such fun, Matt. I love anticipation! That ‘found line’ idea is intriguing! Great start!


  5. Matt, your line offers an explosion of thoughts: endless miles to leap and found lines to find. This is like going on a summer adventure but not knowing where it will lead us. Surprises are in store. Thank you for offering a possible route.

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  6. Michelle Kogan

    It must have been this unending winter that pulled you in this direction… Bring on Summer, I’m ready–and Yes, an intriguing challenge!


  7. Rebecca Herzog

    I think this is going to be really fun! Although I was already nervous for my day, now I’ve got a new challenge to rise to! Never a dull moment. Can’t wait to see what everyone comes up with.


  8. Janet F.

    Endless possibilities!! Where is our character so that they can see for miles? Intrigue is us. Thanks, Matt for your words/line and explanations!!


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  10. h

    Oooh fellow Crowded House (and before that Split Enz) fan here, digging the found line idea. I see we’ve still got a character heading out on an adventure, though. Thanks for kicking it off!


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  14. Yes, great start, Matt – and, when I was a little girl and my father managed a country radio station, sometimes he’d bring home an occasional album of a different genre. I had THE WHO (Sellout, I think it was?) and listened to those miles and miles for miles of time! ;0)


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  40. Hello Line Leader & music maker Matt – This line makes me feel the character is mountain high, not valley low, with no river wide enough to keep our character away from miles of sunshine soul. Excellent adventure awaits! BRAVO, dear Matt!


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