Friday, January 12, 2007

Poetry Friday

Today's Poetry Friday entry is a silly poem, but one that never fails to make me laugh. It's "About the Teeth of Sharks," by John Ciardi

"About the Teeth of Sharks" is included in the marvelous Poetry Speaks to Children, edited by Elise Paschen. (I've reviewed Poetry Speaks to Children for the January The Edge of the Forest, up Monday.)

About the Teeth of Sharks

The thing about a shark is--teeth,
One row above, one row beneath.

Now take a close look. Do you find
It has another row behind?

Still closer--here, I'll hold your hat:
Has it a third row behind that?

Now look in and...Look out! Oh my,
I'll never know now! Well, goodbye.

Love it! Now on to the roundup:

Laura Purdie Salas reviews and quotes from Jane Yolen's Once Upon Ice and Other Frozen Poems at Wordy Girls.

Elaine Magliaro reviews Judy Sierra's Antartic Antics: A Book of Penguin Poems and the video made of the book at Blue Rose Girls.

Little Willow contributes W.B. Yeats' "The Realists" at Bildungsroman.

Dawn celebrates "This Bright New Year," by William Arthur Ward at By Sun and Candlelight.

Kelly Fineman reviews Nikki Grimes' Thanks a Million: Poems at Writing and Ruminating.

Emily shares Rachel Field's "Something Told the Wild Geese" and books with winter poems at Whimsy Books. (It's cold here in Smalltown too, Emily, and our poor geese have been going in circles for months.)

Passionately Curious contributes Lillian Moore's "Dragon Smoke" at Pasionately Curious.

Nancy reads and listens to Dylan Thomas' "Do not go gentle into that good night" at Journey Woman. You'd like Poetry Speaks to Children, Nancy!

Becky steers clear of the snow with a warmer choice, "The Hen and the Carp," by Ian Serraillier, at Farm School.

Mitali Perkins contributes her own poem, "Benediction," at Mitali's Fire Escape.

Michele shares two of Shakespeare's Sonnets at Scholar's Blog. Erin also shares a Sonnet at Miss Erin.

Wendy reviews Geraldine McCaughrean's Cyrano at Blog from the Windowsill.

Anne at Book Buds suffers insomnia with Jack Prelutsky's "I'm Awake! I'm Awake!"

Adrienne's in with some Karla Kuskin at What Adrienne Thinks About That.

Loree Griffin Burns talks adult poetry, by Mary Oliver, at Loree Griffin Burns: A Life in Reading.

Melissa Wiley contributes "On First Looking into Chapman's Homer," by John Keats, at Here in the Bonny Glen.

Sherry shares "Setting the Table," by Dorothy Aldis, and a lovely photo at Semicolon.

Liz B. contributes some verse from the Pogues at A Chair, a Fireplace and a Tea Cozy. Rock on, Liz!

Cloudscome reviews Jack Prelutsky's If Not for the Cat at A Wrung Sponge.

Leave me your links in the comments! More later...