Name: Poem Flow
Platform: iPhone (OS 3 or later), iPad, iPod Touch
Cost: ranges from $0.99 to $2.99
POEM FLOW is an app available for the iPhone (requires OS 3 or later), iPod Touch, and iPad. It was one of the first apps I ever downloaded to my iPod Touch several years ago. After all, I am a former English teacher, one who recalls her own students’ distaste for all things poetic back in the 80s and 90s when I was teaching middle school (and I doubt that has changed much since then either).
POEM FLOW provides new poems each day for your player. Three month subscriptions are less than a dollar and will net you 2100 poems. Subscribe for larger packages and receive 1365 poems ($1.99) or 3365 poems ($2.99). Each poem “flows” across the screen, one line fading into the next and the next as the poem unfolds.
Why this app you might ask? In terms of introducing teens to poetry, this is one of the best methods I can think of. Instead of confronting poems flat on a single page, readers will seen them glide effortlessly line by line, emphasizing the rhythm of the language of poetry. Have POEM FLOW running on one of the computers in or near the teen area. Attach a player to an LCD projector and have a poem flow as your TAG members are gathering for a meeting. Share the app one-on-one (always the best approach for a poem from my perspective). Encourage English teachers to have a look at POEM FLOW for use in the classroom, too. Once students get the hang of POEM FLOW, they can create their own flows from original poems using Prezi or Power Point or other programs.