Students at Eaton Learn Pantoum

Early June 2017, Cupertino Poet Laureate Ann Muto visited the 5th grade class of Patricia Biocini. They explored the poetry style called “pantoum.” The lines are grouped into quatrains (4-line stanzas). The final line of the Pantoum must be the same as its first line. The Pantoum has a rhyme scheme of abab in each quatrain.

While this style can seem intimidating, the students were willing to give it a try.

Below are samples from the class, shared with their permission. They exemplify what we can do when we just try!  Give the pantoum a try yourself!

Unicorn Traffic

There was a crash on Magical Lane
Unicorns are cramped
Cloud caution tape in a square
They call 9-sparkle-1-1-glitter

Unicorns are cramped
There is chaos everywhere
They call 9-sparkle-1-1-glitter
Unicorn police are on their way

There is chaos everywhere
Glitter and sparkles everywhere
Unicorn police are on their way
Rainbows flying through the air

Glitter and sparkles everywhere
Cloud caution tape in a square
Rainbows flying through the air
There is traffic on Magical Lane

By Aditi Gangasani and Sierra Chen

The Bakery

I peer through the window and I see a bakery
Pies cakes and pastries
People line up at the counter
Bakers working hard inside

Pies, cakes, and pastries
Delicious smells come from inside
Bakers working hard inside
Smiling faces everywhere

Delicious smells come from inside
Tip jar full of money
Smiling faces everywhere
Different flavors galore

Tip jar full of money
People line up at the counter
Different flavors galore
I peer through the window and I see a bakery

By Aditi Gangasani and Sierra Chen

The Sea Turtle Swims Along

The Sea Turtle swims along
Its shell glitters in the sun
Floating calmly in the sea
Nibbling on sponge coral

It’s shell glitters in the sun
Swimming swiftly from a shark
Nibbling on sponge coral
Playing in the sea

Swimming swiftly from a shark
Taking shelter in the coral
Playing in the sea
Watching fish swim by

Taking Shelter in the coral
Floating calmly in the sea
Watching fish swim by
The Sea Turtle swims along

By Savi Kolari

In the Ocean

While swimming in the ocean,
Seeing stingray swim above me,
Bubbles popping at the touch of coral,
Kelp floating in the sea.

Seeing stingray swim above me,
Turtles nibbling on coral,
Kelp floating in the sea,
Sharks racing through the ocean

Turtles nibbling on coral,
A school of fish swim past,
Sharks racing through the ocean,
Waves crashing through the water

A school of fish swim past,
Bubbles popping at the touch of coral,
Waves crashing through the water,
While swimming in the ocean

By Savi Kolari

Millie The Cat

Millie the cat!
Pouncing on string
Laying in warm sunshine
Nibbling on juicy tuna

Pouncing on string
Paws as white and fluffy as snow
Nibbling on juicy tuna
Rushing up and down the stairs.

Paws as white and fluffy as snow
Part ginger, part tabby, part every breed
Rushing up and down the stairs.
Who is this wonderful fatty?

Part ginger, part tabby, part every breed
Laying in warm sunshine
Who is this wonderful fatty?
Millie the cat!

By Jolie Han (Catalina Mao), Jennifer Hu, and Tahlia Wu

The Cat on The Moon

The cat on the moon,
Beautiful and black,
She’s the one who brings good luck,
Although she’s stuck in the sky.

Beautiful and black,
She watches over everyone,
Although she’s stuck in the sky,
She will always be there for us.

She watches over everyone,
Though she is not well-known,
She will always be there for us,
And her name is Shadowed Night.

Though she is not well-known,
She’s the one who brings good luck,
And her name is Shadowed Night,
The cat on the moon.

By Jolie Han(Catalina Mao) She will always be there for us

Sick Johnny

Johnny was sick
Maybe he was tired
He could of been choking
He might have been faking

Maybe he was tired
Or he was just out of breath
He might have been faking
He drank a lot of water

Or he was just out of breath
He ran 10 miles
He drank a lot of water
He was starting to sleep

He ran 10 miles
He could have been choking
He was starting to sleep
Johnny was sick

By Aayan Rizvi ™

 

Generosity of Spirit

Poetry Reading –Generosity of Spirit
Cupertino Poet Laureate Hosts Area Poets June 24th

 

Cupertino, CA—The Cupertino Poet Laureate program is sponsoring a community benefit poetry reading June 24, 1:30-3PM in the Story Room at the Cupertino Library. The event is no charge and open to the public. Cupertino Poet Laureate Ann Muto and Fred Brown will moderate the event, and share poetry.

Generosity of Spirit is the theme and the name of the Poetry Record book presented to McClellan Ranch Preserve (MRP) as a result of the poets who took a series of poetry workshops at their Nature Preserve.

“Our inspiration for this event will be Pt. Lobos where Fred and I are docents,” said Muto, who will continue as Cupertino Poet Laureate through 2017. “Point Lobos State Natural Preserve has such artistry, different from McClellan, but equally as moving for us poets.” Brown is a semi-retired tax consultant and lives in Carmel. He has always enjoyed photography and poems of E.E. Cummings and Ogden Nash.

Other members of the McClellan Ranch Preserve gatherings reading their poems from Generosity of Spirit are: Gloria Bares, Edith Barr, Larry Hollist, Elaina Kyrouz, Gene Lee, Pushpa MacFarlane, Charleene Puder, Flo Oy Wong, and Jing Jing Yang. There will be time for Open Mic as well for attendees to read.

Reservations may be made by sending an email to poetlaureate@cupertino.org. Seating is limited. Join us!

The Cupertino Poet Laureate Program is sponsored by the City of Cupertino, the Cupertino Library Commission, the Cupertino Library Foundation, and The Friends of the Cupertino Library. Sanctioned by the City Council in 2011, there have been four Poets Laureate serving under the theme Celebrating Creativity. 

Expressing Gratitude

To the Poet Laureate Program of Cupertino:

I am Flo Oy Wong, a Sunnyvale-based artist, writer, and educator. I am writing to express my gratitude for the outstanding Cupertino Poet Laureate Program. It is my pleasure to have studied with Amanda Williamson and now with Ann Muto.

I am pleased to share this news – a poem, “At the End of Her Day,” that I wrote in one of Amanda’s workshops has been published in the fall 2016 Blue Collar Review. Amanda was highly inspirational in introducing her workshop participants to the lyric voices of many established poets.

Now, I continually look forward to taking Ann Muto’s workshops, many of which are offered at the McClellan ranch park. Ann demonstrates that nature is a powerful source from which to write poems. Ann is also introducing us to established poets who are inspired by Nature.

I am also a member of the Cupertino Poetry Circle shepherded by Ron Miller @ the Cupertino Y.

To be able to learn from these two outstanding community literary programs is a blessing. For that and more I am grateful.

Sincerely,
Flo Oy Wong

A Joining of Bilingual Poets

Hear a dozen Bay Area poets recite poems in English and Hindi-with translations-at Confluence.  This is a joint presentation of the Poetry Center San Jose and Inner Eye Arts, Saturday March 4, 2017 at the Shiv Durga Temple, 1170 Kern Avenue, Sunnyvale, 3:30-5:30. $5 Donation. For more information on participating poets go to http://www.innereyearts.com.

Make poetry a priority in 2017

Start your year with these creative opportunities. Join Cupertino Poet Laureate Ann Muto for a series of poetry sessions the first quarter of 2017.  To reserve space, please send a message with your contact information to: poetlaureate@cupertino.org.

NATURE POETRY SESSIONS at McClellan Ranch Preserve – Environmental Education CenterStarts on February 1, culminates on April 8. All sessions are at no charge, thanks to our sponsors.

  • Feb.1, 2017– 10:00 am to 12:00 pm – ages 18 and up.

The first session begins with a nature walk led by Naturalist Barbara Banfield who will bring McClellan Ranch Preserve (MRP) to life as she shares her love and knowledge of this unique preserve in Cupertino. Poems about nature’s allure and power will be the content of the workshop which will include time to write and share in small groups.

  • Feb.15, 2017– 10:00 am to 12:00 pm – ages 18 and up.

Facilitated by Poet Laureate Ann Muto, participants will emulate William Stafford’s posting of poems along the Methow River in Washington State in the form of a McClellan Ranch Preserve Poetic Record – a collection of poems documenting winter turning to spring in MRP. The workshop will include time to write and share in small groups.

  • March 11, 2017– 10:00 am to 12:00 pm – Haiku workshop – ages 14 and up.  Maximum of 15 participants / Registration required. Patricia Machmiller of the Yuki Teikei Haiku Society will lead an interactive workshop offering another form of poetry for the McClellan Ranch Poetry Record.
  • Mar. 22, 2017– 10:00 am to 12:00 pm – ages 18 and up.

A working session to put together the McClellan Poetry Record to be “gifted” to McClellan Ranch Preserve on Sat. Apr. 8th.

  • Apr.8, 2017 – 10 am to 12:45 pm Children’s Nature Walk/Poetry Workshop/ Open Mic – ages 10-14. Maximum of 12 children / Registration required.

Naturalist Barbara Banfield and Cupertino Poet Laureate Ann Muto team up again to provide a nature walk/poetry workshop for children to be followed by a reception and an Open Mic to be shared with readings from the McClellan Poetry Record.

  • Apr, 8, 2017– 11:30 am to 12:45 pm – all ages

Reception shared with the children’s workshop followed by readings from the McClellan Poetry Record, Open Mic and the presentation of McClellan Poetry Record to McClellan Ranch Preserve. Announcement of city-wide poetry contest.

 THURSDAY EVENING SESSIONS –7:00 to 8:30 pm @ Cupertino Library Story Room

  • JANUARY 26 – Poetry Circle @ Cupertino Library

One of the local ongoing poetry groups which typically meets at the Northwest YMCA moves their meeting to the library on this day to introduce themselves to Cupertino residents interested in poetry.  Ron Miller will introduce the group to attendees and invite all to participate in a lively reading and appreciation of poetry.  Attendees are asked to bring a favorite poem or one of their own poems to share with the group; please bring copies to distribute to those present. Limited to 25 attendees.

  • MARCH 30 – “Write to the End” @ Cupertino Library

Another of the local writing groups that typically meets on Tuesday nights but will make this special effort to introduce themselves to Cupertino residents interested in writing. Keiko O’Leary will introduce the group to attendees. All will be invited to participate by writing poetry or prose in 20-minute segments and to share what was written with the group. Limited to 25 attendees.

Poetry Memoir Class-MakeYour Own Book

It’s not too late!

Poetry Memoir Sessions Conclude in November

The well-attended poetry memoir series, led by our own Poet Laureate, Ann Muto, ends on November 16. Consider attending that final extended (10:45 am to 1:00 pm) session even if you did not attend any of the others. You will be able to make your own book guided by local book artist Keiko O’Leary. Whether you have one poem or 16, you will still be “published.”  Even if your first poem is eluding you at this moment, you will take home a unique art book, a gift for yourself or for someone special. For more information about Keiko’s talents, go to www.thinkinginkpress.com/tag/keikooleary/

The final memoir sessions are held in the Story Room at the Cupertino Library. If you have not attended before, please indicate your interest by emailing poetlaureate@cupertino.org.

November 2, 10:45 am to 12:15 pm, Wednesday “Holidays”–Writers can look at their family holiday traditions, exploring the uniqueness of their family celebrations and exploring similarities and differences of family history, ethnic identity and family origin.

November 16 , 10:45 am to 1 pm, Wednesday “My Poems, My Book” – Poets will walk out of this last session with their own book of poetry or at the very least a unique art book in which their poetry will find a home in the future. Poets will be invited to share one of their memoir poems with the group.

 

Three CPLs Reading!

On April 28 at 7:00 p.m. in the Cupertino Library’s Story Room, you can be dazzled by the poetry of not ONE, not TWO, but THREE Cupertino Poets Laureate!

Please join me for a very special evening.  We will celebrate Poetry Month by celebrating our excellent city, a city that honors poetry.  Dave Denny, Cupertino’s first Poet Laureate; Jennifer Swanton Brown, our second Poet Laureate; and I, our third Laureate will read together.

We’ll also share the podium with community members for some open mic time.  And we’ll discuss our inspirations and writing methods, which is something new that I’d like to offer in the readings I organize.  I’d like to save a little time to hear from our poets and take questions from audience members.

Bring a friend.  All are welcome.  We hope to see you there.

An Evening at the San Jose Museum of Art

This Thursday, April 21, nine Bay Area poets will take part in a special evening of ekphrastic poetry at the San Jose Museum of Art.  Ekphrasis, you may know, is an artistic comment on another work of art.   Thursday at the SJMA, visitors can travel through the exhibits in the company of poets who will read their poems about the artwork.  I’m going to be reading a poem about a video installation by Japanese artist Tabaima called yudangami.  

Other participating poets are Arlene Biala, Lorenz Dumuk, Asha Sudra Finkel, Mike McGee, David Perez, Nils Peterson, Janice Sapigao, and Ann Sherman.

The show starts at 7:00.  Tickets are $5.00 after 5:00.  For members, the event is free.  Come join us!

Rotary Poetry Contest extends invitation to more students

Hi, young poets,

Our Cupertino Rotary Club’s Poetry Contest is open to middle schoolers in the CUSD and high schoolers in the FUHSD.  HOWEVER, we forgot to say that it is also open to students who RESIDE in those districts but attend a private school or are home schooled.  If that’s you, then please send us your poems!  Each student may submit up to three poems.

Remember, the deadline is April 15.  Entries must address the theme, “Be a Gift to the World.”  See the previous CPL blog post about that.  Send entries to Irmgard Lafrentz, member of the Rotary Youth Commission at irmgard@globalpresspr.com.

–Amanda