Poetry Friday: “I Am Someone Else” first peek!

As we approach the end of 2018 – and as those of us who celebrated Christmas attempt to get our lives back into their normal rhythm – I thought I’d share a wonderful surprise gift I received just a few days before Christmas. The proof of the spread of my poem in Lee Bennett Hopkins’ new upcoming children’s poetry anthology, I Am Someone Else: Poems About Pretending, arriving July 2, 2019 from Charlesbridge!

What would it be like to be a wizard, a dancer, a veterinarian, a pilot? The book contains 15 poems about not only “who” a child might like to pretend to be – but why. Here’s the proof of my poem’s page, so far…

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Once again, I’m honored to be included in a collection that features so many talented, highly-esteemed writers as former U.S. Children’s Poet Laureate J. Patrick Lewis, Newbery winner Lois Lowry, and many others.

By the way, the annual CYBILS Awards‘ Poetry category shortlist has been officially nailed down, and we’ll be sharing the results soon (Shortlisted titles move on the 2nd Round judges, who will decide the winners in February). For more poetry, head on over to Mainely Write, where my friend Donna Smith has today’s complete Poetry Friday roundup!


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39 thoughts on “Poetry Friday: “I Am Someone Else” first peek!

  1. Congratulations, Matt. It must have been such a thrill to open that proof and see your poem. Love that surprise (and oh dear, it really shouldn’t be one!) ending. What a year you’ve had!!!


    1. Diane Mayr

      Heidi, I’m sure you’ve noticed, too, that few of them know nursery rhymes. Although, I hope some those for whom English is their second language know the rhymes from their native lands.


  2. lindabaie

    As all have shared, Matt, your ending is perfect. The books is going to be a lot of fun for kids! I am really looking forward to seeing that poetry list! Hope you found some wonderful ones to send on! Happy New Year!


  3. Matt, I did leave a message but maybe it did not save properly. Congratulations on sharing your book with National Flashlight Day. A very big congratulation comes your way for having another poem published. I do like that the narrator gives his mom a shoutout in your poem.


  4. Joyce Ray

    It’s a great poem, Matt. I love the inclusive line “no matter who they are or where they’re from.” And the twist at the end which reminds us that even firefighters can be moms is just the best ending. Congratulations on this newest anthology!


  5. Linda Mitchell

    Ha! Just like my mom….such a perfect and fun and honest last line. Great job. And, many congratulations on the great and small successes of 2018. I hope 2019 brings you even more. Keep writing!


  6. Janet F.

    I saw this yesterday but too hard to comment in the car (being the non-driver even) on my phone. I am so happy to see your post and your poem. It lifts kids to have these kind of dreams and to revere one’s firefighting mom, well, terrific. I can imagine some kids who read this book are going to truly relate to your poem, Matt. (I am so excited to be able to be in it with you as you know. Pinch me any time.) AND continued success in all you do, Matt. You are a terrific dad/spouse, writer/poet/friend/enthusiast. And glad I know you and your work.


  7. Hi Matt,
    What a fun and wonderful poem! As a long-time pre-school teacher, I watched my children play fireman over and over. You capture that impulse to help beautifully. And I love the ending!
    Congrats on being in this new anthology. And happy new year!


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