For me, writing a poem is like solving a puzzle. What rhymes and rhythm can I play with today? What words will be the most delicious ones to say out loud? What poetic form will best suit my subject? How can I bring an image alive in a reader’s mind? I love puzzles… and playing with poetry!
One of my recent books, On a Snow-Melting Day: Seeking Signs of Spring, is an extended poem that celebrates the change of season. I was honored that it was selected as a 2021 Notable Poetry Book by the NCTE. On a Gold-Blooming Day: Finding Fall Treasures is also written as a poem, and was selected as a 2023 CLA/NCTE Notable Children’s Books in the Language Arts.
You can find my poems in these anthologies:
What Does a River Rock Gather?
Riffles and ripples
A ride on the river
A view of green sedges.
An eddy, a burble
An oxbow to slow it,
A sparkle, a shine
A song for a poet.
Published in Cricket, 3/2019
Poetry begs to be read aloud. Click here to hear me read a couple of my poems on my friend Renee LaTulippe’s No Water River blog. Try to “Be the Beat” with me as you watch a reading here.
Here I am reading my poem “Think of an Atom” from the Poetry Friday Anthology for Science.
Watch two first graders read one of my poems from the Poetry Friday Anthology for Celebrations: