Poetry Friday: New “Wit & Wordplay” videos on the way!

Well, it’s been a long time coming, but I just produced another “Wit & Wordplay” video, part of a continuing series of poetry videos I began last spring, shortly after Covid-19 hit the country and shut down the schools, the economy, and pretty much everything we were used to.

It’s been a busy year for me, too – I’ve sold three manuscripts, I have two new ones out to start off the new year, I’ve been invited to present at a big literary festival in the fall (more on that coming soon), I’m once again judging our state Poetry Out Loud competion this month, PLUS we’re homeschooling 2 young kids….yikes! I feel bad that I’ve not been able to read or comment on many of my fellow bloggers’ posts, but time is at a premium for me and I rarely have any that’s free.

In fact, as soon as I’m done writing this I need to go grade school papers. >sigh…<

But last week I shared some “nestlings” – aka, found poems inside a larger poem, courtesy of author/poet Irene Latham – and since I’d been wanting to do a video on found poetry anyway, I figured now was as good a time as any!

If you find this video or any of my videos helpful, please let me know! And don’t hesitate to share them with parents, educators, or others you think might gain some benefit. I produce these to help share my love of poetry and to help folks realize it’s not some confounding genre meant only for the most erudite academics – poetry is something anyone can enjoy reading or writing!

For all of today’s Poetry Friday links and fun, please head over to my friend Ruth’s blog, where she’s hosting the complete roundup with a spotlight on a new book by poet/botanist Robin Wall Kimerer!


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I continue adding to my “Wit & Wordplay” videos ! These videos were created for parents and educators (along with their kids) to learn how to write poetry, appreciate it, and have fun with it. From alliteration and iambs to free verse and spine poetry, I’m pretty sure there’s something in these videos you’ll find surprising! You can view them all on my YouTube channel, and if you have young kids looking for something to keep busy with, I also have several downloadable activity sheets at my website.


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8 thoughts on “Poetry Friday: New “Wit & Wordplay” videos on the way!

  1. Hey, Matt! Your roll continues. It looks like your videos are mainly aimed at parents–I hope you’re getting some good feedback. I’ve been submitting work to adult journals and so far have a 50% acceptance rate, so that feels good. Are you honestly “grading” your kids’ “school papers”? That makes me smile, wondering under the circumstances if that’s one of the most important parts of homeschool!


    1. 50% is excellent, great news! I’m very happy for you, Heidi. And yes, I’m ‘grading’ in the sense that I’m going over the papers and worksheets to make sure they’re correct, and then helping them with the mistakes. My 11-yr-old just completed a 40-question math assignment and only got 6 wrong – most of which were simple computation errors, so I’m very proud that he seems to be doing so well! (It’s also nice that he’s told me on more than one occassion that none of his teachers have ever been as excited about math as I am, ha!)


  2. lindabaie

    You really are busy, Matt! The video will be helpful to parents & it is fun to think about homeschooling & grading. How you’re managing all of this and writing, too, is amazing. Congratulations on all the coming new books!


    1. Thanks, Linda – I apprecaite that. I unfortunately haven’t been wrting all that much due to all the other resposibilities, but hoping I can get back into the swing of things once Once Upon Another Time is out and the initial promotional push/blog tour is behind me!

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