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¡Viva la poesía! An #L4LL Día Blog Hop!

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We have the pleasure and honor to once again be a blog host of the #L4LL Día Blog Hop. Last year, many of you enjoyed a special guest author and this year is just as special. There are several other Latina Bloggers who are hosting some of the most well­-known and award­-winning Latino children’s authors and illustrators.

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This amazing event has been arranged by Latinas for Latino Lit (@Latinas4LatLit, #L4LL) and its co-founders Monica Olivera (@LatinMami) & Viviana Hurtado, Ph.D (@VivianaHurtado).

 

Please welcome F. Isabel Campoy…

¡Viva la poesía!

By F. Isabel Campoy

It is a joy to receive spring celebrating in April the month of poetry. Looking at the calendar, I hurried pen in hand to write just one more poem before the editors shouted: last call before printing!

I surrendered all words under my chosen title: Poesía eres tú, and begun dreaming with the day I could share it with readers.

“Poesía eres tú” is a verse from a well-known poem written by Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer, and it is the answer to a question posed to the poet:

¿Qué es poesía?
¿Y tú me lo preguntas?
Poesía eres tú.

¡Viva la poesía!  By F. Isabel Campoy

To me, each reader is the answer to that question and for them I have opened eyes and heart to offer joy, reflection, laughter, wonder, or simple silly play with words.

Now Poesía eres tú is a reality, one very ready to celebrate April, spring, poetry and children. When I visit schools readers often ask me where do I find my ideas for a book, or a poem. I love to see their faces when I say ideas are hidden everywhere, but you must look at the world with wonder. I like to read to them my poem “The refrigerator door”, or my salad recipe to make people laugh. Even in microwaves are hidden poems. Like this one I wrote a day I was really in a hurry: “Five O’clock Rush”

Game’s in thirty minutes
and father is late
How about dinner?
he asks in dismay.
I open the fridge
and take what I saved,
two pieces of pizza
to heat in
the microwave.
Only one minute
Dinner is served!

I love to observe the world around me. Birds, cats, trains, trees. From my observation grow poems that ask if cats know how to laugh, or what exactly goes on in the mind of dogs. I used to sit in silence, looking at my dog worry with a bone in his mouth where he would hide it. I brought him to life in the poem “Mi fiel jardinero”

Mi perro es el mejor jardinero
de todito el mundo entero.
Con sus patas hace
hondo, y bien limpito
un agujero,
donde le gusta plantar
su objeto favorito:
un hueso de cordero.
Él cree que en primavera
le nacerá un ternero.

I also like to celebrate our Latino culture to remind children how important it is to speak two languages, and to be able to sing the songs our grandparents brought with them to our new country. My friend Suni Paz has put music to many of the song of the folklore and I like to think that parents sing along with their children “El patio de mi casa”, and “Tengo una muñeca”, or “La Vilanela” There is great value in these traditional songs as it is a positive way to teach children the Spanish syllabic system, as well as tons of vocabulary.

¡Viva la poesía!  By F. Isabel Campoy

But perhaps it is the topic of family the one that fills my heart and the pages of Poesía eres tú. Poems to a kiss from father, to mother’s day, to the way abuelita speaks, and to abuelito’s white hair. I have been blessed having a loving family I could always take for granted. They were always there, in the good and bad moments, in the happy and sad ones, and I would like children learn to appreciate to give and receive love.

Familia,
ellos conmigo
y yo ¡adelante!
¡Adelante!
a construir caminos
que nos lleven juntos
a una vida justa y alegre.
¡Adelante!
a cruzar los puentes
que nos abran mundos
y un nuevo horizonte

¡Viva la poesía!  By F. Isabel Campoy

¡Viva la poesía!  By F. Isabel Campoy
Abuelita,
quiero hablar como tú
para decirte muy quedo,
quedito,
cuánto te quiero

Let us all be poets! And honor through words the many blessings in our lives!

¡Viva la poesía!

Visit Isabel Campoy and follow her on Facebook!

For more information, please visit Latinas for Latino Lit and their Facebook page for event updates.

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Liz Cerezo

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Liz is a Mexican-American blogger living in Southern California. Married 19 years, and a mami to 3 kids, her content is inspired from living in and raising a multicultural familia. Liz has been blogging for more than 7 years, establishing herself as a nationally recognized Latina blogger. She often blogs in Spanglish and may throw in some Tagalog when talking about her hubby. You can also find her chit chatting away at @Liz_Cerezo on Twitter!

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