Friday, October 29, 2010

An Original Fairy Tale Poem & Information about My NCTE Poetry Sessions

Here’s another poem from my unpublished collection Excerpts from the Fairy Tale Files.


Important message. Urgent. Read!
Our sage advice you must now heed.
Stay in the cottage. Don’t go out.
Your evil stepmom’s hereabout.
She’s dressed up as an ugly crone.
She knows that you are home alone.
Go lock the windows. Bolt the door.
Hide in the closet. Please ignore
Her coy attempts to sell you things:
Poison apples, combs, or rings.
She’s bent on murder. She won’t rest
Until her mirror says she’s best.
Don’t let her trick you. Use you head!
Or she’ll be fairest. You’ll be dead.

Here are links to previous Wild Rose Reader with witch poems and poetry and picture book recommendations for Halloween

Witch Poems

Children’s Poetry Books for Halloween

Picture Books & Poetry Books for Halloween

Bone Soup: A Great Halloween Read-Aloud

Tailypo: A Ghost Story

Poetry for Halloween

Picture Book Review: The Three Bears’ Halloween

Great Halloween Read-Alouds for Little Listeners

NCTE Annual Convention News
I’ll be presenting at two sessions at the NCTE Annual Convention in Orlando.

Session Title: Poets and Bloggers Unite: Using Technology to Connect Kids, Teachers, and Poetry
Date: November 19th
Session/Time: A.09—9:30 am to 10:45 am
Format: Panel

Other children’s literature bloggers who’ll be participating in the session along with me are Sylvia Vardell of Poetry for Children and Tricia Stohr-Hunt of The Miss Rumphius Effect. The poet members of our panel will be Lee Bennett Hopkins, Jame Richards, and Marilyn Singer.

NOTE: I'll be featuring Lee Bennett Hopkins at Wild Rose Reader next week!

Session Title: Poetry for Children and Teachers at Its Best: The 2009 Notable Poetry Titles
Date: November 19th
Session/Time: C.20—12:30 pm to 1:45 pm
Format: Panel
Panel Members: The NCTE Excellence in Poetry Committee


At Blue Rose Girls, I have an original poem titled Look at the Man: A Poem Explaining Why Women with Mates Gain Weight, which I previously posted at my blog Political Verses.

Toby Speed has the Poetry Friday Roundup at The Writer’s Chair.


david elzey said...

what's funny is that that the dwarfs used old technology - a fax machine. since we know that snowy didn't get the warning, she must have been called away from the home office via IM text messaging on her iphone, a gift from the evil stepmom! (it was an apple, after all!)

good stuff! happy halloween!

Elaine Magliaro said...


I wrote this poem about fifteen years ago.

I've never sent a text message. I do have a cell phone--but only use it for emergencies.

david elzey said...

proof that good poems stand the test of time! you didn't know it then, but you were writing for the future generations.

and it's a clever poem no matter when you wrote it.

Elaine Magliaro said...

Thanks, David!

I love fairy tale poems. Have you ever read "Trail of Stones" by Gwen Srauss. I'd really like to get my hands on a copy of "The Poets' Grimm" some day.

jama said...

You know I love your fairy tale poems. Interesting comment from David -- fax machines, iPhones -- technology changes, but good poems do stand the test of time, and acquire new contexts and interpretations as it goes along.

Toby Speed said...

Great last line!

I'm almost positive I've read Trail of Stones -- it had to be years ago.

Mary Lee said...

David -- cell phone -- it was an apple -- you made me snort my tea!

Elaine, I can't wait for this collection of poems to be PUBLISHED!!!