Thursday, April 30, 2015

Pantoum in review!

We had a really great time at the Pantoum Poetry Writing Workshop with author Ron Koertge Wednesday night at Buena Vista branch! We had 34 teens eager to write a quatrain with the second and fourth line becoming the first and third line of the subsequent quatrain! (Yes, that's the format.) We did some warm-up thesaurus-style synonym comparisons, we listened to Ron read a pantoum he wrote, and then we jumped in. There was an intense period of pencil chewing, erasing, and a few "Ahah!"s, and then we shared our results with the group.

People were so creative in their choice of topic: We heard pantoums about the exploration of self and the world, the perils of P.E. class, and even one about Minecraft! One lucky person won an autographed copy of Ron's book, Lies, Knives, and Girls in Red Dresses, from which we took material to do our Readers' Theater program last February, and everyone headed out with extra credit slips for those whose teachers offered that incentive. We hope to see Ron around the library again this summer to help us with some Flash Fiction!

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