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Take Your Poet to Work Week–I’ll take Joy Acey

Posted by lindamartinandersen on July 15, 2015

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“Take Your Poet to Work Week–I’ll Take Joy Acey” by Linda Martin Andersen

I would like to feature Joy Acey here today.  Why?  It’s “Take Your Poet to Work Week.” 

Copyright Joy Acey

Copyright Joy Acey

Notice the setting above.

Joy is at home anywhere. 

Check her bio information to learn about her many adventures.  I’ve enjoyed reading poems inspired by desert, paradise (Hawaii), Rainforest, Carolina country, morning walks, and views from her window.  I hope you will visit her often too.

This is “Take Your Poet to Work Week”…

This is where I work and Joy is the poet I’ve chosen to feature.  To kick that off, here’s one of my favorite book characters.

 Frederick  (written and illustrated by Leo Lionni)

Here is a video reading of the story: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SFCLWytjcUY

Like Frederick, Joy Acey is a poet. Joy reminds me of Frederick in that she gathers things she sees and hears and turns them into poetry.

Unlike Frederick, she creates and shares her poetry every day.  EVERY day.  Can you imagine?  I tried that for a full year once and I did accomplish it, but I wouldn’t share my poems.  Joy shares her creations on her blog every day.  Her poems brighten my life.

Joy’s post about idle hours inspired me to select her as my poet to take to work.

Even Joy Acey’s “idle hours” inspire: 


Keep writing and posting those poems, Joy.  I’m glad I can take you to work every day of the year!  Thank you for sharing poetry for kids joy, and those young at heart.

Please leave a comment and share the name of the poet you’d like to take to work with you today. 

You can take a poet with you in a book, a poem, or in your imagination, even if you can’t take them in person.  Have fun with your poet today!

I hope you’ll leave a comment.  Thanks for stopping in.  Come again soon and bring a friend.  Please remember that children 13 and under need an adult to comment for them. Thank you!


12 Responses to “Take Your Poet to Work Week–I’ll take Joy Acey”

  1. Joan Y. Edwards said

    Dear Linda,
    What a clever idea! Gosh, I hope Joy Acey has plenty of extra time. I’d love to take her to work with me, too. She is very uplifting and creative.

    Celebrate you, Linda.
    Celebrate you, Joy.
    Never Give Up

    • Joan,
      I’m glad you enjoyed this. Thanks for the compliment for me. I really enjoy making Joy’s poems a part of my day. It’s like she’s at work with me every day.

      I think you can work Joy into your week too. Just check out her daily blog. Works for me!

      Always good to hear from you. I’m sure Joy will appreciate the compliments too.

  2. She also has a great smile. I’m always impressed by poets; they have such rhythm. One of my favorites is e.e. cummings, because he had such humor in his poetry and of course there’s always Shakespeare or Ogden Nash who wrote “Anticipation: Shake and shake the catsup bottle, none’ll come and then alot’ll. Good job, Linda. Love, Sarah

    • Sarah,
      I know you would enjoy spending time reading e.e. Cummings, Shakespeare, or Ogden Nash this week. I think I’ve had that catsup bottle before! 😉 See if you can work some poetry reading in. Enjoy! Thanks for commenting.

  3. joyacey said

    What a fun surprise, Linda. Thank you. You make me feel so special. I better get to work to keep those poems coming.

  4. Joy is such an accomplished poet. How nice to honor her here!

    • Carol,
      I’m sure Joy will appreciate your kind words. I follow Joy’s blog and read her posts almost every day. I am honored that she shares her poems daily for kids and those young at heat. Thanks so much for commenting here!

  5. Roxie said

    Love this, Linda! great idea and introduces me to awesome folks!

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