Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Another gig!

I'm going to be performing a demonstration poetry writing workshop at Aveson School Of Leaders in Altadena on Monday, May 4th for 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders. I'll be sharing three of my poems, answering any questions, and sharing with the kids how I created each one of them...then it will be their turn to compose using whichever of the ideas I present they prefer. I'll keep you posted on what I create there as well.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Poem from my La Crescenta visit

On April 8th I visited Mrs. Guarino's Creative Writing class at Clark Magnet High School. We started off with her students asking me many questions about my poetry (which they had obviously researched on the internet...far out). I then shared all 12 poems from my new chapbook compilation for high schools (at their insistence, with additional questions asked). After that it was time for everyone to write (payback). I gave them no instructions, just time. The poems they shared were awesome. The poem I wrote definitely demonstrated my favorite quick creation idea: to use objects in the room for inspiration. Here it is:

SMOKE DETECTOR

My heart is
a black teddy bear
looking at humanity

Oh, I've been many places
mountains, tall buildings,
beaches

I've always sought
pink roses
to educate me

amidst the multitude
of colorful faces I've seen
(some cat ears, blue cheeks)

It's like reading
a clock on the wall
I tell the hanging flag

of my brain sometimes I need
a fire extinguisher to leave
my green field mindset

The view out these eyes
so naturally inclined
to want trees, clouds, sky

forgets I can find truth
and beauty in meeting
another new individual

gum chewing human
who sits in a plastic chair
thinking thoughts

And then the little black
teddy bear that is
my wandering soul

smiles just to gaze
upon hair, limbs,
minds which create

poems to share our insides
so we see we are
each others fluorescent lights

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

New chapbook suitable for high school classrooms



Contents
CAR TROUBLE
CATALINA AND WASHINGTON
HOMO SUPERIOR
JOSHUA TREE SERVICE
LXXVII
ONLY MINUTES
POETRY IN THE PARK
700 BILLION DOLLARS
SIXTH PERIOD CHEMISTRY
SOUNDTRACK
STREAKED HAIR BLUE
THE RELOCATION OF THE JAPANESE DURING WORLD WAR II

I've created it to share with high school classrooms these 12 poems written in the last year.

Gets its first road test on Wednesday, when I visit Clark Magnet High School in La Crescenta.

You can order a copy (or copies) of this chapbook for just $3 each by going to http://paypal.com and selecting Send Money to kingfisher1031@charter.net, then just wait at your ol' mailbox for rapid first-class delivery by postal employee. (Think of how this will help the economy!)

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Poem commemorating our visit to Napa Elementary School

Mary Frances Spencer

POETS INVADING

we infiltrated another
elementary school
weapons
locked loaded
shooting ideas
bombs overhead
pencils in hand

the enemy
blank lined sheets
white paper
crying out for mercy
as the young

students scribbled
unleashed
their
poetic volley
word by word

we left
creative wreckage
and maybe some bits
of inspiration
floating in the dust

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Poem inspired by a Napa Elementary School student!

Don Kingfisher Campbell

THE BOY WITH POEMS IN HIS HEAD

He keeps them inside
Always smiling

He's tapping his pencil
On the desk to beats

He quietly laughs
For his own reasons

His hair stands up
And then his teeth

Move a little in his mouth
Whispering words

So nobody can hear
Don't you wish

You had verses inside you too
He taps his noggin some more



Did you write a poem at Napa today? Send it to poetrypeople@charter.net and I'll post it!

Also look below to see 13 poets who shared their poetry this afternoon with Napa students....

POETRYpeople visit Napa Elementary School!

CaLokie

Maja Trochimczyk

Michelle Angelini

Poet X

Radomir Luza

Laura Longoria

Beth Cheng

Jeffry Jensen

Toti O'Brien

Ron Gregus

Sharmagne Leland-St.John

Mina Kirby

Mary Frances Spencer

Photos by Don Kingfisher Campbell