The eccentric British poet Edith Sitwell stated once that “Poetry is the deification of reality.” To her, it seems, poetry had the unique capacity to lift beauty and consequence out of experiences that, on the surface at least, appear very mundane. So today, with these words in mind, we will continue our exploration of Brain Hive’s National Poetry Month theme sets by turning our attention to eBooks in these theme sets that do exactly what Sitwell was describing. The authors of these poetic eBooks take everyday circumstances and present them as extraordinary. These poets show us moments of beauty and excitement and wonder that they find in normal life, which we can experience along with them if we simply take the time to pay attention. Enjoy these collections of poems with your students, and celebrate the glory that is the everyday.
In our K-5 National Poetry Month theme set, take a look at Noisy Poems for a Busy Day, by Robert Heidbreder, illustrated by Lori Joy Smith (Kids Can Press). Celebrate the fun and clamor that is a normal day’s routine, and revel in the laughter, yelling, and burping (yes, burping) that we can take part in when we give ourselves the chance. Your students will love a read-aloud of this entertaining collection of poems…especially if you add in the sound effects.
In our 6-12 National Poetry Month theme set, check out the audiobook, Here in Harlem: Poems in Many Voices, by Walter Dean Myers (Holiday House/Live Oak Media). This collection of poems, spoken from the perspectives of many people – young, old, men, women – paints a gorgeous, but honest portrait of the Harlem of Myers’ memory. We are given a privileged, detailed view into the routines and relationships of those who live in Myers’ Harlem, and as a result, we are able to experience the joys, the sorrows, the disappointments, the triumphs, and the sense of solidarity and community he has presented us with so expertly. Treat yourself and your students to the pleasure of listening to these “many-voiced” poems read aloud, and allow yourselves to be transported to the world Myers has crafted.
We hope you are able to enjoy these titles with your students as you celebrate poetry’s ability to evoke beauty and laughter and wonder. Questions? Let us know by sending us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by giving us a call at 855-554-4483.