Stacey Loscalzo

Apr 04

Poetry Tag Time

by Stacey

I have never gotten too terribly excited about poetry. But thanks to my girls and Gotta Book, I seem to be embracing poetry month this year. Each day a great poem is landing in my in box and with it links to lots of other great poetry related wonders. This weekend, for example, the girls and I explored the most fabulous e-book, Poetry Tag Time. If you have a Kindle, Nook or iPad, the reading process is simple. Just go to iTunes and download this 99 cent treasure. If not, go to Gotta Book to learn how to download it to your computer.

In this clever book, 30 poets participate in a game of poetry tag. Each poet ends their poem with a quick comment in which they invite another poet to be ‘it’ in this ongoing game of tag. The poems are then all loosely or in some cases quite directly related to the one that precedes it.

I found the book impossible to put down as I waited to see how each poem connected to the one before it. Enjoy!

2 Comments

  1. Meg Medina says:

    Thanks for the tip. I’m powering up my i-pad this minute!

  2. Janet Wong says:

    Thanks so much for your great post–I’m so happy that you like our book! I, too, used to be not-terribly-excited about poetry. Actually, starting about 4th grade, I hated it. I think it wasn’t poetry that I hated, though; it was poetry HOMEWORK. Then…decades later, I discovered the joy of just listening to poems read aloud…and that changed my whole view of poetry. We’re hoping that teachers and parents will use this book as a fun read-aloud and let kids discover for themselves how wonderful poetry can be.

    One tip: if you go to amazon.com and download the app for your phone, you can put this eBook on your phone and have 30 poems in your pocket for Poem in Your Pocket Day (April 14th)!

    Please take a look at my eBook collection of poems about endangered animals, too. It’s called Once Upon A Tiger: New Beginnings for Endangered Animals (www.oncceuponatiger.com). We’d love to have kids send us poems for our website!

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