Looking for something fun to add to your summer bucket list? How about having a picnic with Walt Whitman? Whitman’s poetry is all about the need to get outside, to breath and taking the time to truly notice and experience things – from a blade of summer grass to all the people who surround you. Sounds perfect for a summer afternoon of reading a book of poems, (may I suggest Whitman’s Leaves of Grass), appreciating nature, and possibly a little people-watching. Of course, there’s no dress code for a summer day spent leaning and loafing among the leaves of grass, but what could be more perfect for a picnic with Walt Whitman than this literary outfit, featuring a pretty sundress, a matching hat, and this handmade Walt Whitman pendant with a quote from his poem, A Song of Myself?
Yesterday, I spent the day with the most adorable little six year old. We had a tea party and we played board games but my favorite part of the afternoon was the time we spent reading Shel Silverstein poems together. Shel Silverstein books, especially The Giving Tree and Where the Sidewalk Ends, were a huge part of my childhood and I am not sure I would have grown up to be the poetry lover that I am today if I hadn’t been introduced to Shel Silverstein’s poems as a child. Since it’s National Poetry Month and I had so much fun reading these wonderful poems with Maddie, I decided to share some of my all-time favorite Shel Silverstein poems. Enjoy!
#6. Boa Constrictor – One of my favorite poems to read to small children, Boa Constrictor never fails to bring on the giggles, especially if you are like me and like to ham it up when you read. Or, if you are musically inclined, you can always sing this poem, which was turned into a fun children’s song and performed by Shel Silverstein, himself.
#5. Crowded Tub – This silly poem brings back fond memories of being plopped in the tub with my sisters after long summer days playing outside. (Read it here)
#4. The Unicorn – Made famous by The Irish Rovers, The Unicorn Song was one of my favorite songs as a little girl. Despite the unfortunate ending, the song itself is infectious and so much fun to sing along to.
#3. Listen to the Mustn’ts – One of Shel Silverstein’s most inspirational poems, Listen to the Mustn’ts has a great message for poetry lovers of all ages. (Read it here)
#2. Hug O’ War – One of my favorite poems of all time, Hug O’ War is particularly wonderful to read with a little one you love because it almost always ends with a hug and a cuddle! (Read it here)
#1. Invitation – It was hard to pick which poem would get this top spot but I chose Invitation because it expresses so much of what I feel about this blog and C. S. Literary Jewelry in general. I love how this crazy journey as a jewelry designer and entrepreneur has brought me in contact with so many wonderful dreamers, wishers, and magic bean buyers.
If you are a dreamer, come in
If you are a dreamer, a wisher, a liar,
A hope-er, a pray-er, a magic bean buyer…
If you’re a pretender, come sit by the fire
For we have some flax-golden tales to spin.
Did your favorite Shel Silverstein poems make the list? Let me know in the comments!
It’s been crazy around here lately. Surgeries and construction, near constant chaos and crisis and I have been feeling more than a little worn out. So when the planets aligned and Fate conspired to give me a night off, I decided to give myself a treat and listen to a live poetry reading by spoken word poet, Sarah Kay. The reading was a celebration of Sarah’s new book, The Type and was held at the Sheen Center in NYC. With everything that has been going on here at home, I didn’t think I could make it into the city for the event, but much to my surprise and joy, it was also broadcast on the internet and I was able to watch from the comfort of my own couch. (Thank you so very much to the event organizers who made this option available to those of us who couldn’t attend in person!!)
The event was lovely and just what I needed to unwind after a stressful couple of weeks. I really enjoyed hearing Sarah perform her poems, both old and new, and have already begun a campaign of heavy hinting involving this book and my upcoming birthday. From what I heard tonight and based on my experience with Sarah’s previous books, The Type will be a brilliant addition to my library of poetry books.
After a lovely evening of poetry and music, I was feeling inspired and wrote a (very) short poem. I don’t pretend to be a professional poet like Sarah, (or anything even close) but I enjoyed writing it and thought I would share. Enjoy!
A Reader’s Confession
By Kerry Gauthier
When I read poetry,
The rhythms of my thoughts shift and mold themselves into stanzas.
When I read books,
I hear the words of a silent narrator guiding me – the unseen heroine –
Through the paces of a story that has yet to be written.
Go cute and casual this Valentine’s Day with this flirty, pink and black outfit. Accented with a sweet, handmade pendant inspired by the famous love poem: “i carry your heart with me, (i carry it in my heart)” by e. e. cummings, this is the perfect outfit for a laid back Valentines Day spent hanging out at home watching a romantic movie or reading a book of poems with someone special.
My husband has been building me a new work space with a bigger work desk, better lighting, and some much-needed organization and storage. It’s not done quite yet but we have reached that point in the process where I am starting to think of how I want to decorate the new space. I’ve been exploring all the great book art and literary prints on Etsy trying to find the perfect decor and so I’ve decided to showcase some of my favorite pieces in this week’s Friday Favorites Etsy Treasury.
Here on Long Island, Fall is full swing. Everywhere I look there are gorgeous fall leaves in brilliant golds, reds, and orange. The beautiful fall colors never fail to remind me of Robert Frost’s The Road Not Taken and the iconic image of two roads diverging in a yellow wood, so I thought I would take that inspiration and put together a literary look inspired by the poem.
With rich autumnal colors, comfortable plaid boots – perfect for walking down the road less traveled by – and my Robert Frost Poetry Brooch, this great fall outfit adds a touch of poetic flair to your fall fashion and will look great, no matter which road you choose.
Tell this soul with sorrow laden if, within the distant Aidenn, It shall clasp a sainted maiden whom the angels name Lenore – Clasp a rare and radiant maiden whom the angels name Lenore.” Quoth the Raven “Nevermore.”
Edgar Allan Poe, The Raven
I am not the biggest fan of horror and gore and things that go bump in the night. So when it comes time to find a good book to read for Halloween, I look for something spooky enough that I get into the “spirit” of the season but not so scary that I have to sleep with the lights on. I am currently reading Ray Bradbury’s Something Wicked This Way Comes (which I am loving) and I have The October Country lined up as my next read but for my fellow wimps who are looking for some Halloween reading recommendations, here are some of my favorites.