CrowdFUNing Kids’ Poetry

What is wrong with me? Aside from the fact I misspelled “crowdfunding”? Or did I misspell it? Hmmm… (Yes, kids, that is an example of foreshadowing.)

World Poetry Day, with world as a backgroundBack to my original question… Please don’t answer it. I know there are way too many things wrong with me to list in one blog post. However, I am only going to focus on one fault today. I love to give myself extra work!

Why? I get an idea, and think, “Oh, wouldn’t that be fun?” and then I run with it. Without stopping to think first. And, in honor of World Poetry Day, I decided to share my great poetic idea with you. You’re thrilled, I know…

My idea stems from March Madness Poetry (a.k.a. #MMPoetry2013). While I only made it to Round 2, I had an absolute blast, and discovered I love the challenge of trying to write a kids’ poem using an assigned word. So, I’m going to do that for every letter of the alphabet. I’m a masochist, I know, and I’m okay with that.

March Madness 2013 Poetry LogoHere’s my brilliant masochistic idea:

You pick a word. I write a kids’ poem.


I’m going to attempt two poems a week.

Kickoff Week:
Today: You send in your suggestions for the letter “a.”
Monday, March 25: I’ll pick my top five choices from the comments and let you vote on the word. Request suggestions for Poem B.
Wednesday, March 27: Results for Poem A, poll for Poem B, and suggestions for Poem C.
Thursday, March 29: Post all of Poem A, results for Poem B, poll for Poem C, and request suggestions for Poem D.

Standard Weekly Schedule – edited 3/24/13:
Mondays: Find out the title and first two lines of the finished poem and the results of previous poll. Vote on current poll. Suggest words for next poll.
Fridays: Read the finished poem and the results of previous poll. Vote on current poll. Suggest words for next poll.

Grand finale:
Monday, June 24:  Post title and all of Poem Z. I’ll post five suggestions for the title of my poetry collection.
Thursday, June 27: I’ll post poll results.

Monday, July 1: Book release party!

Monday, July 15: My birthday! (It’s a national holiday, so I had to include it.)


The madness starts. The battle’s brought. The poet must not get distraught.
“An awful word,” the poet wails. “It does not suit poetic tales.”
“This word is gross and slimy, too.”
Oh, no! What should the poet do?
She grabs a paper, thinks a lot. It doesn’t help. Her word is “snot.”

Bring it on, people. Bring it on. Please comment with your suggestions for the letter “a.”

And, if you need inspiration for your word suggestions, don’t forget to check out MMPoetry and it’s related Kickstarter project.

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Author: Nessa

Librarian for people with visual and physical impairments, and mother of two sharp-witted alien children.

3 thoughts on “CrowdFUNing Kids’ Poetry”

  1. Ahh-choo! or maybe appleseed… or or… AARDVARK! (I hope I spelled that right…) Aardvark is the word I choose. The others are for the picking. So… Ahh-choo! a penny! a penny! goin’ for a penny, come on someone! 😉

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