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Yippee! In honor of Poetry Month, Easter, and all things rabbity,
my free-verse picture book, To Rabbittown is now only 99 cents
on iTunes, Kindle, Nook--yippee! (Picture me jumping up and
down like an over-caffeinated kangaroo…)
Download the free Kindle for PC  if you don’t have an eReader.

And here are links to Poetry Month
in the Kidlitosphere–thanks, Jama!

Eli found Squirrel at the dog park.
Eli loves Squirrel.
Squirrel no longer squeaks. 
Eli removed Squirrel’s squeaker.
He couldn’t help himself.

Howdy, Campers and welcome to my 2012 Poem-A-Day Challenge!  Wowee–I can’t believe it’s here again!  This means I’ve been writing a poem a day since I took the challenge in April 2010.  Two. Whole. Years.  Over six hundred poems.

Ask any writer and I’ll bet 98% of us wonder if we deep-down really ARE writers.  Writing a poem a day has given me an amazing gift–I no longer doubt that I’m a writer.

This month, all the poems will be DOG POEMS, because the dog park is my new addiction.  So, let’s get on with the dog show–arf, arf!


April 5


by April Halprin Wayland

a long time ago
i chewed you out
for chewing my shoe


the other day
you leaped in the backseat
i rolled down the back window
you leaned out, singing, all the way to the dog park


you s—t—r—e—t—c—h   out   on   the    rug
like an abused slinky
while i click clack these keys


well, well, well.

happy birthday, baby dog.
you’ve grown on me.
you’ve grown up.

you’ve grown
all over

lucky, lucky

Poetry Prompt:

Sometimes I don’t want to make sense.  I don’t want to capitalize.  I don’t want you to understand me, not completely.  Fine, fine!  Poems are about making rules, breaking rules, howling at the moon, and not necessarily capitalizing the word “I.”

The Poetry Foundation’s page on e.e.cummings says: “No one else,” Randall Jarrell claimed,”has ever made avant-garde, experimental poems so attractive to the general and the special reader.”…Between the ages of eight and twenty-two, he wrote a poem a day, exploring many traditional poetic forms. By the time he was in Harvard in 1916, modern poetry had caught his interest. He began to write avant-garde poems in which conventional punctuation and syntax were ignored in favor of a dynamic use of language. Cummings also experimented with poems as visual objects on the page.

I love his poem,  [in Just-]

It’s your turn.  Play with word placement, let your words, their sounds and their meanings do the funky chicken on your paper.  Write with joy ~

poem © 2012 April Halprin Wayland. All rights reserved

2 Responses to “DOG BIRTHDAY”

  1. And lucky, lucky Eli! Happy Birthday, Pup.

  2. Thanks, Robyn ~ Actually, lucky, lucky us that we’re in this rich kidlitosphere galaxy!

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