Georgia Heard tomorrow

UPDATE: Our Woza Woza Poem needs more input please. Our first two lines were:

Today I saw something I’ve never seen before,
A sea of cinnamon swirls surfing the forest floor.

Mary Nida suggested “A bird of many colors beyond the rainbow door,”
and Liz Corba suggested turning this into a poem for two voices by rephrasing the second line as a third line (for the second voice) like this:
“A sea of cinnamon swirls surfing the forest floor?”

I love poems for two voices and agree we should try one after we get the hang of the Woza Woza Poem process. For this first time I suggest that we keep it a straight narrative with one voice to make it easier to maintain. I proposed that the poem unfold in free verse but we seem to be working in couplets. Therefore, I’m going to add a third line to make the poem read like this:

Today I saw something I’ve never seen before,
A sea of cinnamon swirls surfing the forest floor.
Leaves you say? And well you may, but more it seemed to me,

Who has a fourth line? Anyone? Don’t forget, you can offer as many suggestions as you want to. There’s no limit per person. The idea is to experiment with a group poem. Kids in school do this all the time with list poems. Surely we can do it too!


I’ve looked forward for some time to featuring Georgia Heard. Many of you became familiar with an example of her work a few months ago when she alerted me of her Found Poem project. You posted dozens of poems as a result and I know that Georgia frequented that link and enjoyed your work. Here’s that link.
Don’t miss my interview with Georgia tomorrow. For now, here is a brief bio to get you started thinking about her.

Georgia Heard is a founding member of the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project where she worked as senior staff developer in the New York City schools for seven years. She is currently a frequent keynote speaker at conferences, and a consultant and visiting author in school districts throughout the U.S, Canada and around the world.

She is the author of numerous professional books on teaching writing including her most recent A Place for Wonder: Reading and Writing Nonfiction in the Primary Grades (Stenhouse, 2009) and Awakening the Heart: Exploring Poetry in Elementary and Middle School (Heinemann) which was cited by Instructor Magazine as “One of the Ten Best Books Every Teacher Should Read.” She has also authored many children’s books including her most recent Falling Down the Page: A Book of List Poems (Roaring Brook Press, 2009).