And, yes, Mary Lee was spot on (have you been dropping in at our house, Mary Lee? You know how we do things around here....) We listened to the music mentioned in the poem: Thelonious Monk's "Ruby, My Dear" and the Ronettes singing "Walking in the Rain" and George Thorogood (Billy didn't specify a tune, so I picked "Move It On Over.") We listened to Samuel Barber's "Adagio for Strings"and then we talked briefly about Jean-Paul Sartre, because you can't read a poem that mentions Being and Nothingness without making sure your child gets the reference, even if she is only eleven years old.
And since I'm finally getting over that cold/flu thing I had, we've forged ahead with Project Mommy's Daily Poem, as Ramona named it. We had an eclectic week around here, poetically speaking, and Ramona's hunts included the following:
- "I Never Saw a Moor" by Emily Dickinson (I bookmarked it in this book, which I love)
- "The Panther" by Ogden Nash, tagged in our well-worn copy of Favorite Poems Old and New
- "Hurt No Living Thing" by Christina Rossetti, which I decided to pull from The Tree That Time Built: A Celebration of Nature, Science, and Imagination
I blogged about the beginning of our infatuation with this book here, and linked to an interview with Rosen at Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast here. Here's another extended interview with the author in The Columbus Dispatch.
And this week for the Daily Poem, Ramona hunted down the following from The Cuckoo's Haiku:
hunkered, plumped sparrow
each feather pockets the heat
a mitten-warmed fist
Her self-assigned project continues to grow. We've decided to start a Poet Notebook, too. I'll keep you posted.
The Poetry Friday round up is at A Teaching Life.