I wrote this book of poetry with children in mind, although adults may enjoy my sense of humor as well. There are many images in this book and the accompanying poem was written specifically for that image. I have used some experiences from my own youth to write these poems, but I did exaggerate scenes and themes to make them more enjoyable to a younger audience. I believe poetry should be fun to read at an early age and not be restricted to tight poetic rules. Most of my poems are free verse and generally do have a moral lesson revealed at the end. The illustrations are all one of a kind original images created by me. They are also fanciful and fun to look at, which I think children of all ages will enjoy. I tried to use language which a child would understand, but I was more concerned with the flow of the poem and some words may be above some readers. I think this is a good thing because it gets a child used to a dictionary, which exposes them to more words and offers a chance to expand their own imaginations.
I was born in 1946 and raised in central Illinois. During my youth, I was lucky to be able to visit my parent's families each summer in two very small towns and had, in my opinion, free range over what I did. It was a great and unique experience that allowed my imagination to grow wild.
I started to write and paint at a very early age and have been lucky to be able to continue my creativity my entire life. To do so has caused many difficulties at times, but I wouldn't trade a second of it. Being creative and being able to express myself in paintings, sculptures, and writing has made me a better person. I recommend creative freedom to everyone.
I have a BS degree in English, an MA in sculpture, and an MFA in ceramics.read more