From Exhaustion to Awakening: Photo of the Day Poems #Poetry #Photography #TheGuardian

I found my creative voice again last week! Despite the busyness of wrapping up a school year, I carved out the time to parody Smashmouth’s “All Star,” Billy Joel’s “Piano Man,” and The Proclaimer’s “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)” as parting gifts to my students. That evening, I felt energized and revived. I even managed … More From Exhaustion to Awakening: Photo of the Day Poems #Poetry #Photography #TheGuardian

I, Too, Sing New Orleans: Photo of the Day Poems #Poetry #NewOrleans

The purple polka-dotted Fender is what got me. I’ve never been to New Orleans; the closest I ever got was Gulf Shores, Alabama back in the late 90’s when my wife and I were living in Florida. I’ve never heard Buddy Guy in concert; my closest New Orleans musical experience was a live performance of … More I, Too, Sing New Orleans: Photo of the Day Poems #Poetry #NewOrleans

Photo of the Day Poems – Somewhere between Tripoli and Moscow #Poetry #Life #NPM22

For one final celebration of National Poetry Month, I’ll dip back into my collection of Photo of the Day poems drawn from The Guardian website back in 2019. Three years ago, in the final week of April, the following two images appeared and inspired these poetic responses. The stark contrast between these images needs to … More Photo of the Day Poems – Somewhere between Tripoli and Moscow #Poetry #Life #NPM22

Photo of the Day Poems: A Collision of Cultures #Poetry #NPM22

Tonight I share the fusion of photography and poetry, of India, Japan, England, and America: a Japanese tanka dedicated to William Carlos Williams (the pediatrician) and William Wordsworth (the romantic) inspired by a photograph by Divyakant Solanki. I am sure both Williamses would see in this everyday image the profound in the common. It comes … More Photo of the Day Poems: A Collision of Cultures #Poetry #NPM22

Photo of the Day Poems: Breaking Bread #Teaching #Poetry #NPM22

Sunday night. The eve before Monday morning always leaves me wanting more weekend. And yet room 209 awaits and tomorrow the bell will ring at 8:04 a.m. and I will continue unpacking e. e. cummings’ poem “in Just-” with my AP English Literature students. Rather than post the cummings poem, I figured I would return … More Photo of the Day Poems: Breaking Bread #Teaching #Poetry #NPM22

Remains of the Bridge: A Poetic Response to Vova Zinger’s Photography #WordPrompt #Bridge #Poetry #Photography

When I first saw this photograph posted by Vova Zinger on his website back on February 10, 2022, I knew there was a poem waiting to be found. At the time, I didn’t exactly know where to go with it, but I knew it was there, lurking just beneath the surface of those rippled waters. … More Remains of the Bridge: A Poetic Response to Vova Zinger’s Photography #WordPrompt #Bridge #Poetry #Photography

Photo of the Day Poems – Stripping the Veil of Familiarity

C. S. Lewis once addressed the topic of whether one should continue learning in the midst of troubled times in his sermon “Learning in War-Time” given at St. Mary the Virgin Church, Oxford, on Sunday, October 22, 1939. He would argue that, yes, we must continue to learn in spite of, or, perhaps, even because … More Photo of the Day Poems – Stripping the Veil of Familiarity

Photo of the Day Poems – The #Hart and the #Tortoise

Returning to The Guardian photo of the day poems I penned three years ago, I found the play on Aesop’s “The Hare and the Tortoise” a fitting theme for tonight’s post. Like the classic fable, there is a moral to be found in each poem. Yet unlike that beloved tale, the hart (or deer) and … More Photo of the Day Poems – The #Hart and the #Tortoise

Photo of the Day Poems – #Birds #Bikes #Bots

Tonight’s collection of photo poems comes from the week of January 31st through February 8th of 2019. I’ve affectionately titled this collection Birds, Bikes, and Bots, though the photographs themselves didn’t appear in that order on The Guardian website. Besides just enjoying the sound of that alliterative title, I also believe the way it transitions … More Photo of the Day Poems – #Birds #Bikes #Bots