Looking Toward Home.
Everyday life, everyday experience.
Words falling, falling down the page.
Climbing inside, mapping hearts and lives.
Looking for poetry, simple things.
For the good... the good of all things.
Writing songs and stories of life.
Places yet to discover.
P. Allen, April 2012
Georgia Heard should change her name to Georgia Word. Why? Because whether hearing her speak or reading her books, her words resonate like precious gifts through our hearts and minds. I've known Georgia for many years and each time I hear her, I feel like I've been bestowed with something precious... something as special as... well, as sea glass! And, if you've heard Ms. Word's story of sea glass you'll know what I mean... finding beauty in simple things.
I couldn't wait to get a copy of The Arrow Finds Its Mark: A Book of Found Poems (illustrated by Antoine Guillopee`) a grand collection of poetry from her favorite friends (poets) who have written an intriguing collection of poetry created out of extraordinary words and phrases found in the most ordinary places. From detergent boxes to Facebook pages, she's nudged poets to search for poems... which can't help but nudge us (and our students) to write... to be on the lookout. Lost within the bits and pieces of your life are also words to be found. And Ms.
Word Heard has once again mesmerized me with this collection. Together with some of our favorite writers, she's moved us to look at poetry in another "ordinary" place (it inspired me to write the opening poem on this blog using HER words).
This is a book that needs to be read and reread. It's a process that's worth introducing to even our youngest writers. It's a new spin on "line lift" that can take all writers on a new journey. It might take some encouragement, but I can see the spirit of this book moving through the toolboxes and notebooks of writers everywhere! Give it a go...
Thank you Georgia... for keeping us true to our words!