Poetry Friday: “Arrival”

I have the ocean on my mind.

The family will be heading off to York Beach, Maine again this summer to spend our annual week vacation, so sun, surf, and sand are the three most prominent subjects in my head right now! In keeping with this theme, I thought I’d share this snippet from a poetry picture book I’m currently submitting…if you’re an agent or editor and you like it, please feel free to contact me! (Please!)

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Carol at Carol’s Corner is hosting Poetry Friday today, so if your’e looking for more poetry, please stop by and say hi!

===================================================A Kirkus starred review! Flashlight Night (Boyd’s Mills Press) arrives in bookstores everywhere Sept. 5, 2017!

Pre-orders are available now through Barnes & Noble and Amazon, or by clicking the image of the cover to the right. Of course, if you prefer, you can always wait til Sept. 5 and purchase it at your favorite local independent bookstore.

And thank you for all your support!

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Poetry Friday: Ocean haiku

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I’ve been on a haiku kick lately, probably due to a big project I’ve been working on these past few months…so for those of you who don’t ‘get’ haiku, I promise I’ll have something different next week!

Margaret is hosting Poetry Friday today at Reflections on the Teche, so head on over for the complete roundup! And by the way…this post is my 399th! I cannot believe I’ll be publishing my 400th post next Friday. The years have been flying by – both personally and professionally – since I started this blog in 2012, so thank you so much for joining me on this journey!

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Flashlight Night (Boyd’s Mills Press) hits bookshelves Sept. 5, 2017!

Pre-orders are available now through Barnes & Noble and Amazon, or by clicking the image of the cover to the right. Of course, if you prefer, you can always wait til Sept. 5 and purchase it at your favorite local independent bookstore.

And thank you for all your support!

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Poetry Friday: misty haiku

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Once again, my thanks to my daughter, Katherine, for providing another inspirational photograph! Today, Kiesha is hosting Poetry Friday at Whispers From the Ridge, so be sure to head over for all of today’s links and fun!

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Flashlight Night (Boyd’s Mills Press) hits bookshelves Sept. 5, 2017!

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And thank you for all your support!

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Poetry Friday: Green Anaconda haiku

poetryfridaybutton-fulllI’ve been doing some research on wild animals lately, and it’s amazing the things I discover when I’m not trying. Like learning that anacondas can weigh over 200 pounds – or, as much as two toilets.

Yes, toilets. One standard toilet weighs about 100 pounds. As I said, it’s amazing what one can learn simply by accident!

Anyway, I got thinking about the green anaconda, specifically. The largest snake in the world, it may not grow quite as long as its cousin, the reticulated python, but when it comes to weight, no other snake compares. The largest ever found was 30 feet in length – half as long as a bowling lane – and weighed more than 500 pounds!

And because anacondas are members of the boa family, they rely on constriction to subdue their prey (fish, wild pigs, deer, even jaguars!) before swallowing it whole. They can then go weeks or months before eating again. Want to see an apex predator in action?

Any creature that can attack – and subdue – a crocodile has my utmost respect! But why am I am sharing this with you? Because, like so many things, all this information turned itself into a poem. I present to you…a haiku:

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Green Anaconda

Sssilence, ssstrength; one-month
hunger endsss in ssseconds here,
rainforessst café

– © 2017 Matt Forrest Esenwine, all rights reserved

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The Poetry Friday roundup can be found at A Teaching Life, so be sure to stop by and visit Tara for all of today’s poetry links along with a beautiful poem by Gary Soto!

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Flashlight Night (Boyd’s Mills Press) hits bookshelves Sept. 5, 2017!

Pre-orders are available now through Barnes & Noble and Amazon, or by clicking the image of the cover to the right. Of course, if you prefer, you can always wait til Sept. 5 and purchase it at your favorite local independent bookstore.

And thank you for all your support!

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Poetry Friday: “Honesty” – and Billy Collins’ early birthday

poetryfridaybutton-fulllMy friend and fellow writer/blogger Heidi Mordhorst reminded me last week that former U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins, will turn 76 on March 22, and told me she was planning on a big shindig today to celebrate a little early. She invited a number of us to share a Billy Collins poem – or Billy Collins-inspired poem – which is precisely what I’m doing.

Collins wrote a poem titled “The Golden Years,” which begins:

All I do these drawn-out days
is sit in my kitchen at Pheasant Ridge
where there are no pheasants to be seen
and last time I looked, no ridge.

The poem, which you can read in its entirety HERE, struck a chord with me, so I decided to write my own poem which expands upon some of what he writes about, but in a much different voice and context…

Honesty

Someone once said
the definition of suburbia
is where they cut down all the trees
and then name streets after them.
Truth is, it’s worse than that.
Everything that was once
is dismissed, removed,
or chased away; trees are only
the beginning.

I knew a family
who lived on Deerhaven Road,
an oxymoron
for there were neither deer
nor was it a haven;
habitat destroyed, the animals
moved on. I’m guessing
they didn’t use the freshly-paved route
connecting a half-mile of houses
bearing their name.

Then there was Rattlesnake Hill which,
once it was suitably transformed
into every urbanite’s impression
of what rural life should be,
contained neither rattlesnake
nor hill.

This is why I much prefer the city
or the country to the soft,
doughy middle. Out in the boondocks
where the bears, deer, fox, and pheasants
have yet to be honored with pavement,
one can watch them wander across streets,
worn and dusty, into the neighbor’s
front yard. Likewise, in the city,
there are no turkeys, moose, or coyotes, and everyone
is fine with that; no one
has taken it upon themselves
to recognize the lack of wildlife
by naming a parkway after them.
City or country, there is no pretending
to be one thing or another; it is an honesty
with oneself, with nature, with the streets
that connect us.

– © 2017, Matt Forrest Esenwine, all rights reserved

Heidi is hosting Poetry Friday today, so you can visit the “All-Billy Birthday Extravanganza” – along with all of today’s Poetry Friday links and fun – on her blog, My Juicy Little Universe!

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Poetry Friday: Look at what’s in paperback!

Look at what my 6-year-old just brought home!

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Imagine my surprise a few weeks ago, when my son brought home a stack of Scholastic order forms…and they were selling the paperback version of The National Geographic Book of Nature Poetry (National Geographic Kids, 2015)!

What may be old hat for some writers was an absolute thrill for me – seeing a book I contributed to there, in my son’s catalog! I had to buy a copy, which just arrived a couple of days ago. Here is my poem, along with the one I share the page with, from Charles “Father Goose®” Ghigna (click to enlarge):

© 2015 National Geographic Society, Charles Ghigna, and Matt Forrest Esenwine; all rights reserved.
The original hardcover is still available everywhere, of course, so be sure to pick up a copy if you haven’t yet! Also be sure to stop by Carol Varsalona’s Beyond LiteracyLink, for today’s complete Poetry Friday roundup!
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Poetry Friday: Cloud Streets haiku

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I snapped this photo a couple of weeks ago at a local grocery store parking lot. The clouds looked like they were radiating from a central point, which I thought was rather intriguing…and the more I looked at this picture, the more I wondered what caused this formation.

My best guess was that they were a type of stratocumulus cloud, striated due to the particular airflow. My vantage point in this photo was looking at them from the end, which caused them to appear to radiate from the horizon, but in actuality, the clouds were most likely lined up in a normal striated pattern. So the remarkable thing about the photo was not necessarily the clouds themselves, but the angle from which I was able to view them.

Fortunately for me, through a friend of a friend, our local TV meteorologist, Josh Judge, provided a much more scientific – and succinct – explanation:

“They are called, “cloud streets” (also known as horizontal convective rolls). They are created when rising and sinking of warm and cool air creates gaps between cumulus clouds. Then when that rising and sinking of air aligns with the wind, cloud streets are formed.”

Well now, for someone fairly ignorant about meteorology, I was pretty close to correct, wouldn’t you say? Thanks, Josh! And thank you all for stopping by here today! For more poetry, head on over to Keri Recommends, where Keri Collins Lewis (of Winter Swap Poetry fame!) is hosting Poetry Friday!

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