Celebrating Poetry

The Panther Poets (8 girls and 1 boy- unfortunately due to an unexpected thunderstorm our one boy arrived too late) performed today at our district Multicultural Festival (today was the 31st!). The poetry we presented:

Langston Hughes- Dreams, The Dream Keeper, Dream Dust, Poem, and My People

Eloise Greenfield- Harriet Tubman

Alma Flor Ada- To Poetry

Margarita Engle- Sharing Dreams(Cesar Chavez), Two Languages in the Library (Pura Belpre)

Jane Medina- Me X 2, Yo X 

Pimpollo de Canela/Cinnamon Shoot- Traditional Rhyme from Puerto Rico

My Country- Lilith Rodriguez

Liberty- Janet Wong

The girls were all dressed up and they recited beautifully. I was so happy and proud! And the girls glowed with their accomplishment. The parents were so pleased.

All because of poetry.

That’s a celebration.

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8 Responses to Celebrating Poetry

  1. I will always celebrate poetry!! It sounds like it was a lovely experience for all!

  2. margaretsmn says:

    Performance poetry…a joy-filled life.

  3. lindabaie says:

    What a wonderful list of poems, Diane, and to share them in performance is great. I can see how proud you must be. I love Alma Flor Ada’s “To Poetry”.

  4. Ramona says:

    I love that you included the list of poems performed by your students. I love so many of these, but don’t know “To Poetry.” I’ll have to look for it. I actually wrote about Margarita Engle’s new book yesterday for Poetry Friday.

  5. Alice Nine says:

    Love your closing lines: “The girls were all dressed up and they recited beautifully. I was so happy and proud! And the girls glowed with their accomplishment. The parents were so pleased.” Such joy!

  6. Leigh Anne says:

    Reading poetry has a way of making many people feel accomplished. What joy in this celebration.

  7. Tara Smith says:

    Poetry should be part of every celebration – you chose amazing poems, too!

  8. jarhartz says:

    What a collection of poems! What an experience for those kiddos.

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