Friday, April 15, 2022

Filling the Well: Lucille Clifton, Anthony Howe, and Akeboshi

"Zanzibar: Dhows" by R. Boed

may you kiss
the wind then turn from it
certain that it will
love your back
– Lucille Clifton 
from the poem "blessing the boats" 
"Sculpting the Wind"
Kinetic wind sculpture by Anthony Howe

Step inside Howe's studio to learn how the awe-inspiring works are created HERE.

"Wind" from his self-titled debut album

(Read the lyrics HERE.)

If you're here for Poetry Friday, I'd like to draw your attention to two other poetry-related Filling the Well posts this week—one inspired by Lee Bennett Hopkins and the other inspired by X. J. Kennedy
Matt Forrest Esenwine hosts this week's roundup at Radio, Rhythm & Rhyme, along with a terrific interview featuring Leslie Bulion's latest science poetry book—Serengeti: Plains of Grass. Also, don't forget to submit your poem to Matt's #PoetryCUBED writing prompt contest this month! You'll find the National Poetry Month kidlit events roundup at Jama's Alphabet Soup.


  1. Seems serendipitous to me today, Michelle. We've had big wind here all week, not exactly a good thing because of fires spreading. I love the sculptures, that artists create such beautiful things.

  2. Three wonderful, amazing creators - wow! I'm especially enthralled witht hose wind sculptures! (I wonder how many books I need to sell to buy one? Hmmm...)

  3. Thanks for the richness, Michelle. Those wind sculptures are incredible -- and what Howe said about taking people out of their realities into a more meditative state -- is exactly what you're doing for us this month. Thanks for the enlightenment and inspiration. :)

  4. Ahh... Judy Collins! My little sister was watching Sesame Street that year and I remember being so impressed that Judy Collins would sing with children on Sesame Street! And here we are, being inspired by her to write poetry for children! What a wonderful world!

  5. Fascinating kinetic sculptures by Anthony Howe, especially liked the jellyfish like sculpture. Must be nice to be tucked away on that secluded island to create… Thanks Michelle

  6. Thanks for all the 'well'ness this month, Michelle! I sent the Howe videos to my youngest daughter. She recently discovered her natural ability for welding. She's already an artist, but not sure she knows about kinetic sculptures...thanks to you, she will now. :)

  7. So cool! Thanks for a few moments of meditation!

  8. I'm also sharing the kinetic sculpture video as I have a friend who loves that sort of thing, and we have witnessed some similar ones on a trip together. Thanks so much for all the joy...

  9. Michelle, thank you for this moment of inspiration and meditation. Such beauty here today. I was mesmerized learning about Anthony Howe's work.

  10. A wonderful array of inspiration today - thanks for sharing these with us!