That’s all I can say, when I realize I’ve written 19 poems in less than a week.
But that’s exactly what happened! I mentioned in last week’s Poetry Friday post that I’d written seven new poems for a new poetry collection I’m putting together…but that number didn’t include the poems I wrote that Friday, or the poems I wrote on Saturday. So the grand total turned out to be 2 revised poems and 17 brand-new ones, written betwen Wed.- Sat.
I’ve been tweaking them a bit and getting submissions ready (I probably won’t send the manuscript out until next week), so for today I thought I’d share a favorite poem of mine that I wrote 6 years ago. Given the time of year and weather outside, I felt it was more than apropos:
We could be looking at wind chills of -20 to -40 in the northern part of the state tomorrow (Sat.) and around -10 where I am…so the shoreline is definitely a place I plan to avoid for the time being. (Remind me why I live here?)
In other news, I Am Today (POW! Kids Books) is still on track to be pubished one Jan 25, just 11 days from now! It’s been delayed 4 times since last year due to supply chain problems, but everything appears good to go at this point.
(Now that we have what appears to be a definite date, I’ve updated what wil hopefully be the final version of the book trailer, in case you’d like a sneak peek, below!)
If you’d like to learn more about the book, my process for writing it, and my approach to the craft of writing in general, I hope you’ll check out some of the wonderful posts that folks have shared as part of the official I Am Today blog tour!
The Blog Tour:
- Nov. 14: Unleashing Readers
- Nov. 29: You May Contribute a Verse
- Nov. 30: Picture Book Spotlight
- Dec. 2: Celebrate Picture Books
- Dec. 3: Beyond Literacy Link
- Dec. 4: Vivian Kirkfield’s “Will Write for Cookies”
- Dec. 7: Writer’s Rumpus
- Dec. 20: Maria C. Marshall’s “Picture Book Buzz”
- Dec. 24: Maria C. Marshall’s “Perfect Picture Book Friday”
- Jan. 4: Future Bookworms (Instagram) / The Momma Spot (blog)
I Am Today (POW! Kids Books) is available for pre-orders everywhere books are sold – but if you order from my local indie bookstore, I can personally-sign ANY of my books and have them in the mail usually within 12-24 hours!
Care for a sneak peek?
(REMINDER: On Feb. 1 my friends at KidLitTV host the official COVER REVEAL of my NEXT picture book, The Beginner’s Guide to Being Human (Beaming Books), which comes out this fall.)
Mary Lee Hahn is hosting today’s Poetry Friday roundup with a poem dedicated to one of her favorite fruits (and min): the beautiful pomegranate. I hope you’ll check it out!
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I continue adding to my “Wit & Wordplay” videos ! These videos were created for parents and educators (along with their kids) to learn how to write poetry, appreciate it, and have fun with it. From alliteration and iambs to free verse and spine poetry, I’m pretty sure there’s something in these videos you’ll find surprising! You can view them all on my YouTube channel, and if you have young kids looking for something to keep busy with, I also have several downloadable activity sheets at my website.
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- NY Public Library’s “100 Best Book for Kids 2017” AND “Staff Pick!”
- KIRKUS Starred review!
- Kansas NEA Reading Circle Recommended Books!
- “Best Reads of 2017,” Unleashing Readers
- Finalist, 2019 New Hampshire Literary Awards
- Positive reviews from Horn Book, School Library Connection, School Library Connection, Booklist, Publisher’s Weekly, and Shelf-Awareness!
DON’T ASK A DINOSAUR:
- “Rollicking rhyme!” – Booklist
- “A wild romp!” – Parenting NH Magazine
- “Cute…intriguing…4 out of 5 stars” – Tulsa Book Review
- “Rhythmic…funny and informative” – Unleashing Readers
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12 thoughts on “Poetry Friday: Dusting off a “January Shoreline”… and gearing up for publication day of I AM TODAY!”
Congratulations on a nice book trailer and your upcoming pub date finally! I AM TODAY looks like a winner. And your poem, it is like being so frozen by the low temps that your tongue gets twisted up trying to speak. Your “blizzard’s frigid fists” makes me want to go find a nice hot chocolate with marshmallows!! Happy Friday!
Thank you so much, Janet! I wanted to force the reader’s mouth to make the sound of the wind and surf blasting aginst the shore, so I liked the way this turned out.
I am in total awe of your productivity, Matt! Congratulations, and best of luck on your upcoming projects.
Thank you, Rose, I appreciate that!
Stay warm and write on!
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This poem is full of strong words that really paint a picture as we read them. Thanks for sharing it today. Best of luck with the book launch and the submission of your new collection.
Thanks so much, Elisabeth!
You’ve been prolific! Congratulations! I can’t even imagine the temperatures you’re experiencing. Here in Paraguay, it’s summer and 106 degrees! Ruth, thereisnosuchthingasagodforsakentown.blogspot.com
Wow, 106?? I can’t even imagine…although I’d prefer that over -20!
I’m catching up, did not realize you & others had posted, Matt. I love the poem, know you must be receiving some of the ‘blizzard’s winter fist’ right now! Best wishes for that book coming in, & the one going out!
Thank you, Linda, and best wishes to you dealing with Colorado winters and wild fires…hope you’re safe.
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