April Halprin Wayland today


Hello everyone,Today I am pleased to feature April Halprin Wayland for the second time in two weeks. Last Friday you read my interview with April (https://davidlharrison.wordpress.com/2010/08/13/april-halprin-wayland-today/ ) and let us know that you enjoyed it. I told you that when Kathy Temean returned from vacation we would post April’s picture and sample illustration. So here they are.

Today April is here with a poem, a challenge, and a reward. The poem is about Found Poems. Georgia Heard liked it and urged April to send it my way to post. I know this will tickle a lot of you because since the post on Found Poems went up on July 12 (https://davidlharrison.wordpress.com/2010/07/12/announcing-a-new-challenge/ ), it has generated tons of responses and it now ranks in the top two most popular dates in the one year history of this blog. The other, posted on Januray 9, 2010 (https://davidlharrison.wordpress.com/2010/01/09/discussing-childrens-poetry/ ), is a discussion of children’s poetry.
Without further ado, THE POEM.


by April Halprin Wayland

I’m sure there’s a found poem somewhere here.
There usually is this time of year.

Didn’t a red-haired boy lose words
that were found last May by a flightless bird?And then that search and rescue hound
dug up sixteen poems he’d found.Listen for falling bulletin boards,
and scowling poem-poaching hordeswho stomp all over this hallowed ground
until the hidden poems are found.I’ll bring a flashlight, you bring a rake
we’ll get down on our knees and make

a poem from words that have trampolined
off an internet ad or a magazine

into the woods some starry night
waiting for searching kids who might

find a poem if they’re brave and follow
the hoot of an owl to the end of the hollow.


April invites comments to either her post last Friday or to her poem today. I’m to keep track of every name. We need a lot of names to make this challenge more sporting, because –here is THE REWARD:One week from today (August 27) I’ll collect all names, assign them numbers, put the numbers in a bowl, draw out a winner, and post that information. If you have a USA mailing address, April will sign a copy of her latest book with the name you designate and mail it to you.So how’s this for a triple whammy day? Thanks, April!David

4 comments on “April Halprin Wayland today

  1. Hi.
    I must say, I’ve become something of a fan of this “Found Poetry” idea. I wish, as a child, someone had told me about it. I’m glad a book is being developed to do just that!

    I’m also a big fan of Krista Tippett’s radio show which can be found at http://www.speakingoffaith.org. I was listening to the July 8th podcast at the gym this morning and there is a professor at the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at Notre Dame who believes that there is a “connection between poetry and peace building.” How cool is that! His name is John Paul Lederach and he listens for poems to be uttered duriing the peace negotions he helps mediate throughout the world. He’s found some great ones. You can find them on the Speaking of Faith site.

    Thought some poetry searches out there may want to know.

    (And yes, full disclosure, I know a little one who would really like a signed copy of the Pier book!)


  2. Hi April,

    I like this poem, it defintely shows your skill to compose. Like all writing it takes time, thought and dedication.

    Great work!

    NB. Congratulations David for adding “Found Peoms” challenge to your blog… it’s a success!

  3. Liz, I love Krista’s Speaking of Faith show…thanks for the info about the Peace Studies prof and the poems.

    Good luck to both you and all who commented on the earlier post…or who comment on this one!

    And Lucia, thanks so much for your comments on this poem. It was a challenge to compose!

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