Monday, May 25, 2009

Poetry Night @ Kidspace is coming!

Here is the list of the 14 Guest Poets who will be performing one of their poems at the Kidspace Museum in Pasadena for the Family Poetry Night I'm hosting on Tuesday, June 2nd at 6pm:

MICHELLE ANGELINI
THERESA ANTONIA
MARCIELLE BRANDLER
CALOKIE
BETH CHENG
JEFFRY JENSEN
MINA KIRBY
DEBORAH P KOLODJI
STEVEN KUTCHER
SHARMAGNE LELAND-ST.JOHN
LAURA LONGORIA
RADOMIR LUZA
JAMES MAVERICK
MARY TORREGROSSA

If anyone else would like to visit, you are welcome...and if one of the Guest Poets fails to show up, or if we are given extra time, you might even get a chance to perform a poem. All of us will also help the kids to each write a poem.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Two exhibitions of poetry!!

I've got two exciting local featured reading opportunities coming up where I will be performing for young people:

1
Thursday, May 14th
Don Kingfisher Campbell & other poets
The Bozana Poetry Show
Pasadena City College
1570 E Colorado Blvd
L Building
Harbeson Hall
7pm

2
Tuesday, June 2nd
Don Kingfisher Campbell & Friends
Free Family Poetry Night
Kidspace Museum
480 N Arroyo Blvd
Pasadena
6pm
http://www.kidspacemuseum.org/site/PageServer?pagename=events

Hope to see you at either or both,
DKC

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Student poems from our Napa Elementary School visit!

Here are three poems that were composed by students in Ms. Cross' classroom during our presentation last month:



Dianna T.

WHAT IF

What If
There was something
watching you
haunting you as they
say
think hard you’ll never know
unless you see it
imagine if they were there?
should we know?
Is it true?



Oscar D.

DISASTER MONSTER

What if Godzilla was real and
was eating people and throwing
them away from here? He is so
evil and angry. He is big and strong
and not scared of anything.



Maria A.

FISH

If a fish could talk
I’ll be scared and surprised
Maybe he’ll be helping me with my homework
He’ll tell me stories that he made up.

Monday, May 4, 2009

Aveson School of Leaders in Altadena

Had the opportunity today to perform three poetry writing workshops for 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders for two classrooms. The kids were wonderful. I had a great time performing A First For Me, I Vacuumed A Bee; Godzilla!; and 13 Ways Of Looking At Little Chocolate Donuts...then lead them into writing emulations. I got to give a lot of individual advice on their newly composed poems, and wrote two myself:


IT'S NOT UNUSUAL

I visit a classroom
and share poetry

The kids all so nice
diminuitive adults

I feel like a giant
sharing my love

of poetic ideas
One girl sits in a chair

adjusts the fit of her shoe
I say that's a good start

Then there's a boy who puts
his arm behind his head

It looks like it's growing
out of his hair

So what can I do
I'll make another poem

and growl with pleasure
over every newborn couplet


ATCH!

Looking for a batch
to catch

I had to detach
from my hatch

go to a klatch
unhook a latch
find a match

Now I can say natch
about needing a patch

All this helps me ratchet
up the contents of my satchel

Just watch!


And tomorrow...I'm reading at Roosevelt High School for the faculty poetry reading during their extended Cinco de Mayo lunchtime celebration. Woo hoo!