Hilltown Families

In "One Clover & a Bee," Amy shares two poems to read and recite with your kids while crunch through autumn leaves or during indoor transitions...

This month in "One Clover & A Bee: Poems for Families to Learn & Love," Amy's pick for July is a poem by Emily Dickinson...

Take a Poem to the Beach To kick off the summer, here’s a poem by E.E. Cummings. Cummings is known for his inventiveness—his play with language and form. That playfulness is...

Big Ideas (in the Ordinary) I’ve noticed that often when we try to write, we get stuck because we think we need to write about “big” subjects. So we sit and...

Springtime In Your Eye I know, you thought it would never get here. Even though for many weeks the thermometer refused to creep up, and many of us (me!) were walking...

Behind All Our Questions: Yet Another Reason Poems Are Good For Us I don’t know about you, but I don’t always know what I’m feeling. Or I have a general idea,...

Phtheezles May Even Ensue This month I offer up a poem by A.A. Milne, of Pooh fame, that’s about being sick (or pretending to be), which a lot us can probably...

Other Bells We Would Ring: A Poem for Parents As I write this the rain is bucketing down out of a sky so gray it feels as if even the weather...

I’m Grateful for…The Bed Book If you’re familiar with Sylvia Plath’s work you might be surprised to see a poem of hers here. But in addition to her darkly brilliant work...

Amy Dryansky shares two not-so-spooky poems for Halloween in her column, "One Clover & A Bee" Poems for Families to Learn & Love." Many of the poems she looked at when...

The Sound of One Leaf Falling Some poems are clearly meant to be read aloud: sound is the engine that moves them off the page and into our consciousness. Other poems...

Whisper and Shout Whisper and Shout: Poems to Memorize, edited by Patricia Vecchione, was given to my daughter on her 10th birthday. It’s a book that she’s dog-eared and written in...

Sing a Song of Popcorn When I polled my kids for their all-time favorite book of poems from when they were little they singled out Sing A Song Of Popcorn: Every...

A Poem to (Possibly) Sleep On Sleep figures large in the life of a parent. For some of us it’s a tantalizing mirage, always just out of reach—it was for me,...

Is Poetry On Your Playlist? Many of us think of poetry with a capital P—meaning, Poetry lives in a castle high on a hill surrounded by a deep moat and a...

In the Tree House I empty the rusty teapot of blue water, mud and leaves, retrieve pink tea cups from the sand box, play food strewn through the woods. I put...