Poetry Friday: Whispers at the Edge of Day

This week I’ve been reading poemcrazy: freeing your life with words (1996) by Susan Goldmsith Wooldridge. I found this book as I was scrolling though my Twitter feed a few weeks ago. If you aren’t familiar with it, go find it now. You won’t be sorry.

Sometimes writing poems does drive me crazy, but this book makes you fall-in-love crazy about poetry. Wooldridge is a cheerful, enthusiastic teacher. In the first section of the book, “Following Words”, she urges us to collect words and “create a wordpool.” “The great thing about collecting words,” she writes, “is they’re free; you can borrow them, trade them in or toss them out.” Each short chapter is followed by suggestions for practice. This draft grew out of those suggestions.

The canary sun
sets the sky aglow,
whispering pink
at the edge of day
like a conch,
the memory
of ocean waves.

Photo by adrian via Unsplash

Please be sure to visit Matt Forrest Esenwine at Radio, Rhythm, & Rhyme for the Poetry Friday Roundup. And to all my friends around the country who are facing hurricanes or fires, please stay safe!

14 thoughts on “Poetry Friday: Whispers at the Edge of Day

  1. I used PoemCrazy with my students, Catherine. It is wonderful, and so is your poem! I love that connection between the sunset and the pink of a conch shell.


  2. Love your word choices in this poem, canary sun, whispering, conch…building a beautiful image. How many poems can we write about the sunset?


  3. Thank you for the new find, Catherine. Your draft is lovely. It brings me back to summer. If interested, add the photo to the bottom of the poem, take a screenshot, sign off, and send to me for the summer gallery. I think it will fit in nicely.


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