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June 1, 2016


There are many ways to celebrate National Poetry Month. Some people take this as an opportunity to memorize a favorite poem. Others share a stanza or two with their followers on Twitter. And some readers carve out a few minutes every day to savor a favorite poem.

Some Reading Club staffers took Poetry Month as a challenge to try new forms of poetry—whether writing haiku, attempting to create blackout poetry, or crafting spine poems on our many bookshelves!

A blackout poem from page 57 of CHARLOTTE'S WEB.


A spine poem created in honor of Poetry Month.


One form of poetry they wanted to try before the month was over is a Frankenpoem. To write this kind of poem, the author combines lines of poetry from different sources to create an entirely new poem. Here are two of the Frankenpoems that were created!



Hopes (Frankenpoem)

“I cannot go to school today,”

said little Peggy Ann McKay.

(Hope is the thing with feathers.)

I wandered lonely as a cloud.

(Somebody, somebody has to, you see.)

I dwell in possibility.

(And I love the rain.)

What I want is to sleep

inside a strange language.

(Anything can happen, child. Anything can be.)




Dreams (Frankenpoem)

There is a voice inside you

That whispers all day long,

“If you are a dreamer, come in

We are the music makers

And we are the dreamers of dreams.

Without dreams life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly.”


I’d like to challenge you to see what you can come up with! Why not select lines from the Facebook responses, quiz your family, or ask your students to contribute? Feel free to share your Frankenpoems in the comments!


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