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PEE-YEW! Dirty Laundry Pile Poetry Collection Honors National Poetry Day (10-8-15)


What would it be like to be a vacuum cleaner, a washing machine, or a turtle?

 Dirty Laundry Pile: Poems in Different Voices is a poetry collection of persona or mask poems. Mask poems are first person narratives where the subject of the poem is the speaker.   Readers use their imaginations as they experience the world through the eyes of a mosquito, a crayon, a snowflake and more. This book promotes visualizing, perspective and imaginative thinking.

TITLE: Dirty Laundry Pile: Poems in Different Voices

POEMS SELECTED by: Paul B. Janeczko

ILLUSTRATOR: Melissa Sweet

PUBLISHER: Harper Collins Publisher, Collection copyright 2001

AGE GROUP: elementary

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: visualization, imagination


Mask poems are poems written from the point of view of an animal, an object or a person other than yourself.

Write a mask poem from the point of view of a pumpkin. Your poem can rhyme or not rhyme.

Step 1:  Wonder what it would be like to be a pumpkin. What is the world like from your point of view? What do see, hear, feel, taste, and/or touch? What is happening around or to you? What do you want to do? What do you wish for?

Step 2:  Write your poem. Don’t forget to title your poem.

Step 3:  Share your poem.

To write an instant mask poem and see examples of mask poems, visit http://ettcweb.lr.k12.nj.us/forms/mask.htm


To learn more about poet Paul B. Janeczko, visit http://www.paulbjaneczko.com

To learn more about illustrator Melissa Sweet, visit http://melissasweet.net

To learn more about writing mask poems, visit Laura Purdie Salas website http://laurasalas.com/mask-poem/