The Progressive Poem has been around since 2012, when Irene Latham got it started. In 2020, Margaret Simon took the reins. I’ve taken part every year!
I thought I was being so clever this year, choosing a day early in the schedule when I would have a chance to perhaps bring the first quatrain to a close, or at least help set the intention for the poem, rather than trying to figure out how to continue it in the middle or turn it towards the end.
Come to find out, beginnings are just as hard as middles and ends. But I guess I already knew that. So now it’s been confirmed.
Irene gave us our first line this year, a quote from Emily Winfield Martin’s book, The Imaginaries. In the second line, Donna gave us a quote from The Hobbit set us on the JOURNEY of a poem for two voices, perhaps told all in quotes. Catherine chose a line from The Wind in the Willows . Here’s the poem as I received it. A bold statement about the journey ahead, a polite refusal, and an enthusiastic encouragement to GO FOR IT:
For me, one of the quintessential children’s books featuring a journey is Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech. If I had time, I’d reread the whole book. Just taking it off the shelf and flipping through the many sticky-noted and dogeared pages makes me wistful for all the times I read it aloud in my classroom. I didn’t have to read much to find the quote I needed for the poem. Salamanca Tree Hiddle both does and emphatically does NOT want to go on the journey to Lewiston, Idaho. “It was not a trip I was eager to take, but it was the one I had to take.” Her voice will add to the reluctance in Donna’s line, and we’ll have to see where Buffy takes us next.
Here’s where the 2022 Progressive Poem has been and is going:
1 April 1 Irene at Live Your Poem
2 Donna Smith at Mainly Write
3 Catherine Flynn at Reading to the Core
4 Mary Lee at A(nother) Year of Reading
5 Buffy at Buffy Silverman
6 Molly at Nix the Comfort Zone
7 Kim Johnson at Common Threads
8 Rose Cappelli at Imagine the Possibilities
9 Carol Varsalona at Beyond Literacy Link
10 Linda Baie at Teacher Dance
11 Janet Fagel at Reflections on the Teche
12 Jone at Jone Rush MacCulloch
13 Karin Fisher-Golton at Still in Awe
14 Denise Krebs at Dare to Care
15 Carol Labuzzetta @ The Apples in my Orchard
16 Heidi Mordhorst at My Juicy Little Universe
17 Ruth at There is no such thing as a God-forsaken Town
18 Patricia at Reverie
19 Christie at Wondering and Wandering
20 Robyn Hood Black at Life on the Deckle Edge
21 Kevin at Dog Trax
22 Margaret at Reflections on the Teche
23 Leigh Anne at A Day in the Life
24 Marcie Atkins
25 Marilyn Garcia
26 JoAnn Early Macken
27 Janice at Salt City Verse
28 Tabatha at The Opposite of Indifference
29 Karen Eastlund at Karen’s Got a Blog
30 Michelle Kogan Painting, Illustration, & Writing
11 thoughts on “2022 Progressive Poem, Day 4”
I’ve learned that the Progressive Poem always carries a challenge that at first I resist. What a wonderful book to turn to and reminisce about all those read alouds. I love (and hate) that this is continuing as a cento for two voices.
I can feel that inner need for an excuse to hang back from the unknown. It’s scary to set out to do things out of our comfort zone.
Walk Two Moons was the perfect choice to look for your line! I love it!
I want to pack it all in and join them! I don’t know Walk Two Moons, though. Will have to check it out!
I love Sharon Creech’s books. What a line that already shows the wavering of someone trying to get going. Nice pick, Mary Lee. This has become an intriguing “walk” in only four lines!
I have found what you forgot! (Maybe…) Thanks for the good line from a book that I love, and for the encouragement!
*swoon* Walk Two Moons…need to reread this book again! 🙂
Marey Lee, wow the pressure is on! The first four lines are moving us along on this two-voice journey. Can’t wait to see how this unfolds.
Do you know, I have never read this book. I’m now feeling quite left out, and also feeling that panic at starting out unequipped in some way!
I’m finally reading the Progressive Poem so far! I like your backwards look at home! Ruth, thereisnosuchthingasagodforsakentown.blogspot.com
I’m late in progressing, but love your line & backstory! Thanks, Mary Lee. Onward! (after going backward…?!)