Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Writers Gather

Some of the writers and illustrators
and other noted book people
at the recent Rhode Island Festival
of Children's Books & Authors:

Kate Messner with Professor Susannah Richards

Chris Van Allsburg with Jarrett Krosoczka

Gregory Mone with Avi

Editor Susan Rich with Dan Santat

and the illusive Lemony Snickett


Much love for enthusiastic readers
and much love for fellow writers 
and illustrators
and book lovers.

We did laugh an awful LOT.


Thursday, October 24, 2013

The Harbor

Down in the harbor
boatmen and women
are making repairs

steadily preparing
to wrap up for winter


as the sun 
slides lower and lower
in the sky

and the dinghies
lie in wait

for their final shuttles
of the season
. . .


Saturday, October 12, 2013

Refilling the Well: or Why I'm Not Getting Any Writing Done

I give up.

The next/new story
is just not going to get written


it turns ugly


Monday, October 7, 2013

Sudden Beauty

You're carrying a load of laundry
down the hall
you round the corner 
and there!
on the windowsill:

You stop
you freeze
you are struck dumb

It's too much
this sudden beauty
on laundry day


Sometimes I think 
I should never write another word
because words pale
in comparison
so much else.