They say middle schoolers are hard to figure out – well, that is certainly true of my 12-year-old son, who claims he doesn’t like poetry even though he writes really good poetry. (huh??)
I’ve shared a few of his poems here over the past few months, like THIS ONE and THIS ONE. Well, he’s back with another, and I told him I’d be sure to share it with my blog readers.
Keep in mind, he’s not writing these as part of his schoolwork – he’s writing these in his spare time, yet is adamant he’s not a fan of poetry. Personally, I don’t care if he’s unsure of his opinion, I’m just glad to see him writing it and enjoying the process!
And yes, he does love all of those – he’s a budding conservationist, whose heroes are Steve Irwin and David Attenborough! So don’t be surprised if you see him hosting a show on Animal Planet one of these days.
Speaking of poetry and writing, I had a great time this past weekend at MainStreet BookEnds, a local independent bookstore in New Hampshire! My friend and neighbor David Elliott was there chatting and signing books during the morning, and then I stopped by and did the same for another couple of hours.
This is the store that offers personally-signed copies of all of my books – so if you go online to place an order, you can leave a note requesting the book be signed, and to whom. The owner will send me an email letting me know, I’ll zip down to the store and sign it, and it’s in the mail in about 24 hours or less! How’s that for service??
In picture book news…
e-ARCs have arrived!
These are electronic Advance Review Copies, which publishers use to pre-promote the book to potential buyers, and are about as close to final proofs as you can get before they head off to production. I can only share one spread here, but I can’t wait for you to see the entire book:
The book is my first-ever creative nonfiction book to be published, so I’m eager for people to read it – but also anxious about what they’ll think! Personally, I love the concept (which was my editor’s idea), I love the structure and tone (my idea), and I love Andre Ceolin’s illustrations (his idea, natch).
I hope you’ll love it, as well! (Pre-orders are available now – just sayin’.)
Have a wonderful weekend! And since today is Poetry Friday, I hope you’ll check out all the poetry links and fun at Teaching Authors, where Carmela is hosting the complete roundup with STEAM-Powered Poetry and an original poem from a brand-new anthology.
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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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14 thoughts on “Poetry Friday: My favorite 12-year-old poet returns – and “Beginner’s Guide” ARCs have arrived!”
Congrats on your forthcoming creative NF! I love that your son is a budding conservationist/poet at 12. Mine embraced both of those at the ripe age of 29!
Nice! Thanks, Patricia!
I know that you live in the woods & am not surprised your son writes of his love for it, Matt. That’s wonderful, as is the idea & look of the new book! Congratulations!
Thank you so much, Lidna!
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What a joy to read your son’s poetry! Thank you for sharing it. He is living proof that the next generation cares about our planet. Looking forward to your new book!
Thank you, Rose. There’s a world of possibilities awaiting him!
How wonderful that your son writes poetry and has an appreciative audience at hand. Congratulations on your latest publication. Sounds like all sorts of beautiful things are blooming in your neck of the wood. Enjoy!
Thanks, Molly! I hope all is well in your neck of the woods. We’ll be heading up to York in a few weeks!
Matt, congratulations on the new book. I love the title and would be interested in reviewing it for you when my eyes are healed. Also, your son is quite a poet. I wonder if he would be interested in offering his poem for the Poetryliscious Gallery & Padlet? It would be great to have others see his work (I forgot your son’s name.)
Thanks so much, Carol! I appreciate your support very much, as you know. I’ll let the publisher know you’d like to be part of the blog tour, and will ask my son about you sharing his poem – although I’m sure he’ll be thrilled. 😉 Hope your eyes are healing!
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I look forward to your son’s thoughts on being in the same online gallery as Dad. Another blog tour would be fun.
Thanks so much for sharing your son’s poem, Matt. I love the last two lines. And congrats on stretching out and publishing in a new genre. Your creative nonfiction book looks intriguing. I look forward to reading it.
Thank you, Carmela! I’m hoping the book does some good for children.
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