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Poetry Friday: Folloween

Yesterday at Booklights I talked about monster books that are perfect for Halloween but aren’t shelved in the holiday section of your library in case, say, you were supposed to get a book for reading to your child’s class and somehow put it off until the last minute and then realized that the only thing you had in the house was Clifford’s Halloween and you were not using that because okay, he’s a BIG dog and you so get it already and there has to be something better and there totally was except all the moms who were doing their job correctly made it to the library when they should have and left the shelves empty except for one beat-up copy of Clifford’s Halloween which would make you scream, but with a deep breath you remember the monster books at Booklights — with some additional suggestions in the comments from Abby (the) Librarian — so you can pick out something very appropriate and fun for the kids.

In that post, I mentioned the two poetry books of Adam Rex, Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich and Frankenstein Takes the Cake. Amazing, funny, brilliant, books with incredible artistry. A better blogger would now spend some time reviewing one or the other of them, but I expended all of my energy on that run-on sentence above. So instead you’ll get a poem. And not even the whole poem, because now I’m getting freaked out by the legality of that. Plus the whole poem really needs the illustrations to make it work to its full potential. But in any case, here is the beginning and you can get the book to see how Girl Scouts fit in.

No ghosts are seen on Halloween,
except for kids in sheets.
No zombies ring for anything
apart from tricks or treats.
Though people say
today’s the day
when bogeymen
come out to play,
November first is when the worst
of monsters hit the streets.

And in disguise the dead arise
to sell us magazines.
In ties and slacks
they hand out tracts
as fine, upstanding teens.
Before I got to the second part of the poem, I was absolutely certain that he was going to talk about election campaigners. I don’t know how it’s been in other parts of the country, but in Virginia the election is huge, with the Republican candidate for governor leading by double digits in a state that went blue in 2008. I’ve been getting tons of calls and campaigners coming by and flyers at every local event. Obama even came to a rally in Norfolk, but a little late, I think. The only thing that could really help the Democrats now is if people take the new health care legislation seriously and don’t want Virginia to opt out of a public health care choice. In any case, they’ll have to campaign without me on Folloween because I need this weekend to catch up on things I let go for the last two months.

I also need time to prepare — possibly — for National Novel Writing Month. I’ve never been interested before, but I do have a book in my head and maybe this is the time to let it out. I don’t know. Is it crazy to go from being consumed by KidLitCon to committing to writing a novel in a month? Are you doing it this year? If you did it before, was it worth the pressure?

Oh, Poetry Friday is hosted today by Jennie at Biblio File. Happy Halloween, everyone!

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Jennie said...

OH GOD! THE CAMPAIGNERS! Why do they always come to my door when I'm still in my jammies at 3pm? I want to sneeze on them and pretend I have H1N1.

And NaNo is TOTALLY worth the insanity. It's just plain fun.

Peaceful Reader said...

I'm in love with your run-on sentence! I am that last-minute mom/and librarian but I always seem to find the right thing so I guess it works for me! I've never done nano but i'm intrigued!

Abby said...

Okay, here's the thing about NaNoWriMo. In order to be successful, you have to stop caring if your writing is good. There is no time to rewrite and there's hardly any time to even stop and think. SO if you can stop caring about whether your writing is good, DO IT. I have had such fun with it and I'm so excited to start my novel this year!

Some years I've found more stressful than others, usually dependent on how much I love my idea. Some years (like when I was in library school), NaNoveling was actually a stress release because unlike writing papers (or, say, blog posts that thousands of people will read), when you write your NaNo novel you can just follow your imagination and write something that helps you escape from your own life for a little bit.

ANYhoo. You should totally do it. The community is awesome, more and more bloggers are taking part, and it's something I look forward to every year!

PLUS, I will be your writing buddy and send you encouraging messages like "You can do it!", etc. ;)

Abby said...

I mean, stop caring whether your writing is good on the first draft. You can always go back after November and edit. (Like, say, in March for NaNoEdMo...)

Easter said...

I love Nanwrimo! I participated for the first time last year and had a blast. I'm ready to go for it again. It's fun because writing a novel for a month is such an insane thing to do that the Inner Critic gets completely shut down in the mad rush for words, words, words! I encourage you to sign up and give it a try.

Suzanne Casamento said...

It's kinda crazy to go from one nutso event to the next, but if you got it, do it!

Emily Wilkes said...

Your poem Falloween was neat, although I didn't really understand the ending about teens selling magazines.

Mary Lee said...

Yes, "November first is when the worst/of monsters hit the streets" in Ohio, too. (Actually, the election nonsense started way back in the summer, but it's at a frenzy now.) Ohio voters will decide whether or not to amend the state constitution to allow casino gambling in our state. ...Those words shouldn't be allowed to be in the same sentence (amend constitution and casino gambling). REE-DICKALUS!

Camille said...

I think if you have an idea in your head then you absolutely have to give it wings. NaNoWriMo seems the perfect opportunity to do so. Plus you have a lovely family who would encourage and support you and a blogging community who will be rooting for you!! Go Dog Go!

Rachee said...

Oh! I love Mordecai Gerstein's THe Absolutely Awful ALphabet, Jon Stone's The Monster at the End of this Book and Arrrrggghhhh! Spider! by Lydia Monks as notHalloween, Halloween books.

laurasalas said...

Love this poem! And your story:>)

I'm doing nanowrimo this year for the first time. I'm writing several chapter books, though, not one longer novel.

Did you decide to do it? If so, buddy me--I'm salaslp. (Not sure exactly what buddies do, but I know I'll need some to survive the month:>)

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