Thursday, February 23, 2017

February DMC Wrap-Up + Giveaway

"Feelings" by Mary

“It is so many years before one can believe enough in what one feels even to know what the feeling is.”
                                                                                           — William Butler Yeats

At the beginning of this month, Jeannine Atkins challenged us to write poems that use personified feelings.

Some of these feelings burst on the scene, eager to be heard!

"Happy" by Carmela Nava

Others were more timid.

 "Embarrassment" by Oleg Afonin

A few arrived with
quiet confidence.

Confident by Pison Jaujip

What's important is that they showed up . . .

"Cheekiness Personified" by Zoe

                                                               and felt welcome.

Many thanks to everyone who contributed to this month's challenge, and especially to Jeannine for encouraging us to explore these many moods of ourselves.

Scroll through the poems below. Or, for best viewing, click HERE.

Made with Padlet

Inspired to write your own personified feeling poem?

"Emotions" by Judy van der Velden

Post it on our February 2017 padlet by Tuesday, February 28th, and I will add it to the wrap-up presentation.

Participants in this month's challenge will automatically be entered to win a personalized copy of STONE MIRRORS: THE SCULPTURE AND SILENCE OF EDMONIA LEWIS by Jeannine Atkins (Atheneum, 2017) One entry per participant, not per poem.

Alternatively, you may enter the giveaway by commenting below. Comments must also be received by Tuesday, February 28th. If you contribute a poem and comment below you will receive two entries in total.

The winner will be determined by and announced next Friday, March 3rd, when we reveal our next Spotlight ON interview and ditty challenge.

In other news . . .

I was thrilled and so proud to watch Lee Bennett Hopkins be inducted into the Florida Artists Hall of Fame last night. 

Congratulations, Lee!

Celebrating with Lee Bennett Hopkins,
newest member of the Florida Artists Hall of Fame!

The event was the culmination of a fabulous conference called Convening Culture: Exploring Innovation and Entrepreneurship through Arts & Culture. I'm looking forward to sharing some of my takeaways from that conference in another post.

In the meantime, Karen Edmisten is hosting a snow day poetry party! Join her for this week's Poetry Friday roundup.


  1. I loved each and every one of those poems, but I think "French Fries with a Side of Oh My" had to be my personal favourite - too funny!

  2. This seems like it would be a great assignment for students, doesn't it? I like the way Mindy handled two emotions in hers -- that's a nice twist.

  3. Swooning over this photo!
    You look great, but ... Lee is a Portrait! Love it.

    And the visit to the padlet is a wonderful trip.
    I can't pick just one.

    Will look forward to your art conference report.

  4. Another wonderful month of ditties, so many great ones. Always fun to expand my process and consider these prompts.

  5. Loved reading all these poems and getting to click back to the interview with Jeannine Atkins!

  6. Hi Michelle! I loved reading through these! I really meant to write one this month but a project got the best of me.

  7. Wonderful collection--and perfect photographs to show those feelings bursting through! I'm glad you got to help celebrate Lee.

  8. What excellent poems! I'm even more fond of personification now! And I love that you got to share that moment with Lee, Michelle.

  9. What a gorgeous photo of you with Lee. So happy you got to be there. And, what a delightful collection over the course of this month. Thank you for bringing poetry to me and to others and calling it back again. You inspire. Always.

  10. The poems and photographs are amazing! I also love the picture of you with Lee. I wish I could have been there to celebrate with you!

  11. How grand to be able to be there to see Lee so honored. It's always a pleasure to read everyone's poems, to see what they shared. Thanks, Jeannine for the challenge, and Michelle for the opportunity. Don't put me in the drawing. I have the book.

  12. Love,love, love these. Thanks, Jeannine, I am going to try one this weekend. I can't wait to read the book.

  13. What profound words you've shared by William Butler Yeats, I keep on having to read it over to digest it, and finally wrote it down to have it sink in. It sure does take a long time. Thanks for the wonderful challenge Jeannine! Thanks Michelle for sharing Jeannine with us! I look forward to your review of Lee Bennett Hopkins. The pics here are wonderful too.

  14. I had every intention of participating in this challenge, but somehow February flew by. Lucky me, I am still able to enjoy the wonderful poems showcased here. What a great prompt!

  15. What a delightful collection of poems!

  16. Even though I haven't been able to comment on all of them, I've loved seeing some of these poems, Michelle. I couldn't access the padlet, so I'm including my contribution (a bit late!) here...hope that's ok!

    paratrooper leaps;
    Fear, unwelcomed, never
    survives the fall

    - (c) 2017 Matt F. Esenwine, all rights reserved

  17. These are wonderful - thank you!