Anastasia's first two poems
April 25, 2016
The Hunt kids are taking the National Poetry Month Memorization Challenge to benefit Imagine Dallas. (Full disclosure: Amos is the founder and executive director of this awesome nonprofit!)
Daniel (7) and Anastasia (5) will each commit four poems to memory this month. Even Eleanor Hildegard (2) is getting in on the fun by learning Christina Rosetti's "Mix a Pancake!" Please encourage them and show your support by making a donation.
Watch this space for super-cute recitation videos starting Saturday, April 9.
Daniel will be learning:
- "Epigram" by Alexander Pope
- "Dust of Snow" by Robert Frost
- "The New Colossus" by Emma Lazarus
- "The Height of the Ridiculous" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
Anastasia will learn:
- "The Duck" by Ogden Nash
- " For Want of a Nail" by Anonymous
- "Who Has Seen the Wind?" by Christina Rosetti
- "Weather" by Marchette Chute
Please help us reach our goal of raising $250 for poetry education in Dallas County!
Imagine Dallas Literary Arts, Inc. wrote -
Can you memorize four poems this National Poetry Month? Take the challenge and help raise money for poetry education by inviting your friends and family to sponsor you.
How it works
Sign up on by clicking the grey "FUNDRAISE FOR THIS CAMPAIGN" button on the right. You'll get your own fundraising page, where you can tell the good people of the world what poems you've chosen to memorize this month and why they should sponsor you with a donation to Imagine Dallas Literary Arts, Inc. As you learn your poems, if you like, you can post videos of yourself reciting them and share them across the net.
All participants in the challenge are entered into a random drawing for a bundle of books by local authors, including a signed copy of The New World by Frederick Turner and books by Alex Lemon, Corey Marks, and others to be announced.
The top fundraiser will win a gift card tour of Dallas bookstores, featuring:
- $30 card for The Wild Detectives
- $30 card for Serj Books
- $25 card for Half Price Books
(Staff and board members of Imagine Dallas and their families are not eligible for these prizes.)
Sponsors' gifts to Imagine Dallas send tutors into schools to deliver vibrant, effective tutorials; promote readings by poets enthusiastically committed to a community of interpretation; and support the publication of important, beautiful, extravagant literary writing. Thank you for your generous help!
A Pep Talk
This April, don't just read poetry. Work it into the rhythm of your daily life. Your chair swivels left, that's a line. It swivels right and that's a rhyme. Poetry discovers the richness of our existence in the world that we are always forgetting. Memorize the words that stir you, not that they will give you constant light--leave that to the fluorescent overheads--but so that the truth in the words can well up in you when you need it.