It's not the most impressive form of poetry, nor is it going to help you win someone's heart (or maybe it will! You never know!). But the diamante is a cool way to experiment with words, teach parts of speech and just have a bit of fun.
Whether you're a homeschooler using the Brave Writer program or a family who just wants more poetry and fun time in your life, adopting a weekly poetry teatime is a fantastic way to share poetry and enjoy family time. You can memorize and share poems together, write poetry and bake something delicious to serve with your tea. This can be a weekly ritual that you hold on any day of the week!
Whether you homeschool or not, have kids or not, it's always a great idea to learn about new poets! There are several daily poetry books you can use to memorize or simply read about new poets. Many homeschoolers have a poetry teatime once a week (courtesy of the Brave Writer Program) where they often memorize or read a poem to enjoy together over snacks.
Yesterday I listened to about 30 middle and high school level girls recite poems they selected for a class. Most of them seemed excited about reading their poems, but all of them read their poetry as if it were choppy and sing-song and without rhyme or meter. I wanted to step in and ask the teacher if I could just share a few tips with the kids. Reading poetry is so much more enjoyable when you read it the way it's meant to be read.
Poetry isn't meant to be some faraway art placed on a pedestal to be admired but not enjoyed. Like most things in life, it should be played with, enjoyed, analyzed, and of course, replicated! (Okay, like MANY things in life. These verbs do not apply to measles.) That's the idea behind the annual Chicago Poetry Block Party held at the National Museum of Mexican Art.