Poetry Apps #sol21

I’ve never considered myself to be a poet. For a long time, poetry frankly scared me and I just didn’t think that I was capable of writing it. However, during my time as a part of the SOL community and the Teach Write group, my view of poetry and my ability to write poetry has changed quite a bit. One member of both groups, Christie Wyman, has shown me that poetry is not something to fear or avoid. The book Poems Are Teachers, by Amy Ludwig VanDerwater, also taught me so much.

I’ve written more and more poetry over the last year or so. Recently, I discovered two apps for my iPad that stimulated my poetry writing. One is the poeTree app and the other is the Instant Poetry 2 app. I’ve enjoyed playing around with words and creating a variety of poems. I think that I appreciate these apps because they don’t insist on one correct way to write a poem. I have freedom to write whatever is in my heart or on my mind.

7 thoughts on “Poetry Apps #sol21

  1. JenniferM

    I’ve always loved poetry, but I understand how intimidating it is for so many people. Free verse has always been my favorite because, as I tell my students, there are no rules, and how fun is that?! I love that these apps opened the door for you, and I hope you’ll share one of your poems in a slice sometime! I was really hoping to read one!

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  2. Amanda Regan

    I don’t really consider myself a poet, either, but sometimes my slices demand that they be written as poetry, which sounds kind of weird, I admit. I recently got Poems Are Teachers and I love it. So many great ideas. Thank you for sharing the apps. I hadn’t heard of them before and will need to check them out.

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  3. JudyK /J Koval

    I am starting to enjoy poetry more now as an adult than I ever did as a young student. I found it to be bewildering back then; I think that I am more willing to “let go” and just try it now. Thanks for the book and app recommendations! 🙂 ~JudyK

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  4. glenda funk

    I understand your hesitation to write poetry. Only in the past few years have I written poetry regularly. Think about joining Sarah Donovan’s April challenge on Ethical ELA dot com. We’ll write a poem a day. It’s a nurturing group.

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  5. Cathy M

    I have always found poetry so much easier to write than prose. I’m not sure why. I wonder if some of it is the way it was taught to me. I had a creative writing teacher who taught us poetry without form from the start. Of course, maybe it was the fact that I have always loved reading poetry. Who knows? I’m glad you are starting to enjoy writing it as well. I am not familiar with the apps you have mentioned, but I will check them out. It’s perfect timing as I’m about to try to continue this writing streak with a poem each day in April.

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  6. Jackie Higgins

    I always say I write bad poetry. I’ve never felt confident in my ability to write poetry. However during quarantine I found myself reading a ton of poetry because I couldn’t really concentrate on other things. The more of it I read, the more I wanted to write poetry. I will try out those apps, they sound fun!

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