Ok, so I was planning to write about going to Amy Spalding’s book launch for The Summer of Jordi Perez (it was great! Amy is as funny and fun as her books! I won a Hello Kitty button!) and/or how my student told me (again!) that he loves my class because he’s now no longer scared of college (seriously made my day), but I just wrote the most brilliantly terrible poem, and Maya Angelou’s “Still I Rise” was the Google doodle for today, so I have to celebrate poetry.
First, my poem:
Heart Eyes by Akilah @ The Englishist
like a single emoji
fills the screen of my heart
I mean, seriously. How could I not share that? IT IS PERFECT.
And here’s Maya Angelou reading one of my favorite of her poems:
She actually changed the first line of the poem in her recitation. I prefer the original. Here’s a link to the text that starts with “Pretty women wonder where my secret lies,” which I love, though I get why she would change it.
And here’s a poem that one of my students shared with me many years ago:
Also, if you haven’t yet, you should totally watch Louder Than a Bomb, which is a love letter to teaching, poetry, AND teenagers. So you know. Get on that. I know I’ve shared poetry from it before, so here’s one I think I haven’t shared yet:
I am also currently reading Jason Reynold’s Long Way Down, which is a novel in verse. So I’m killing National Poetry Month so far is what I’m saying.