Poetry Friday: “The Art of Autumn”

This post was originally published two years ago, in 2017, while the poem itself had initially been shared on Carol Varsalona’s blog, Beyond Literacy, as part of her “Finding Fall” gallery, back in 2014. So today, with trees nearly bare and some light snow in the forecast, I thought I’d share it once again…


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Will you be attending this year’s National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Conference? in Baltimore? If so, I hope you’ll say hi if you see me! This will be my first year at NCTE, and I’m very excited to be an official representative for Flashlight Night‘s publisher, Boyds Mills & Kane. Friday afternoon, I’ll be co-presenting “Wonder as a Way In: Teaching Reading and Writing Poetry through Inquiry” – a poetry workshop with authors and educators Laura Purdie Salas, Liz Steinglass, Heidi Mordhorst, and Mary Lee Hahn. We will share activities designed to approach reading, writing, and appreciating poetry through the process of inquiry.

Then Saturday, I’m honored to host one of Boyds Mills & Kane’s tables at the Children’s Book Awards Luncheon, so I’m very eager to meet and hang out with so many writer and teacher friends!

For today’s complete Poetry Friday roundup, be sure to visit my friend and fellow NCTE presenter, Irene Latham, at her blog, Live Your Poem!

Very proud to be a first-round judge in the CYBILS Poetry category, once again!


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24 thoughts on “Poetry Friday: “The Art of Autumn”

  1. Love your imagery, Matt—the painted trees painting the ground. I was just talking to my folks in PA, they said the leaves are coming down without changing color at all—it’s been too warm. 😦 We’re used to that here in Florida, but in Pennsylvania??? Glad to hear you finally got your first frost in NH!

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  2. lindabaie

    Our ground is being painted, and painted again, Matt. Love your poem, and congrats for being in Amy’s book. I can’t wait to read the book! You’re welcome for my nomination, so well deserved. Best wishes in the deliberations! I’m off to Highlights tomorrow, remember my first time with you and all the others, a special memory! And, wish I was closer to see the museum installation-so great!

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  3. OH, your enthusiasm is contagious! First frost….we are waiting still in Virginia. I have a feeling we will be waiting a while since we’ve had near tropical heat. But, once the weather turns, I’m sure I’ll be complaining about the cold. It is very COOL that your book is in a museum and you are still alive. lol. Mother Nature’s painting is a swell ditty. I think today is the day we will buy pumpkins.

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    1. Thank you, LInda! It was in the 80s here just a couple of days ago, so the fact that we had such a hard frost was quite surprising … but then again, up here in New England, nothing is all that surprising when he comes to the weather! Enjoy your pumpkin picking !


  4. amyludwigvanderwater

    I adore the surprise in your poem! Thank you! This is my favorite time of year….well, one of them. 🙂 Thank you for your kind words and your fun poem in POEMS ARE TEACHERS. I know that soccer players…and all children…will enjoy it! That museum exhibit is awesome! x

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