I am excited to help with the Cybils judging this year in poetry. Congratulations to all the nominees, and to the following finalists:
Laura Purdie Salas – Bookspeak: Poems About Books
David Elliott - In the Sea
J. Patrick Lewis - Last Laughs: Animal Epitaphs
Ron Koertge - Lies, Knives, and Girls in Red Dresses
compiled by J. Patrick Lewis – National Geographic Book of Animal Poetry: 200 Poems with Photographs That Squeak, Soar, and Roar!
Douglas Florian – UnBEElievabes: Honeybee Poems and Paintings
Kate Coombs – Water Sings Blue
These poets write beautiful poems for children and young adults. They inspire me to do my best to learn and grow in my writing, and their words give pleasure again and again. Like all writers, I love the alphabet and am “in love” with the challenges of using words in varied styles. Here is a tribute to these poets who carry us forward into the future with good hearts. Happy New Year!
An Alphabet Acclaim
Always Believe Caring
Form Generates Hyperbole.
Imagery Jostles Knowledge, Lyrics.
Metaphor Names Objects.
Quiets Raging Souls,
Untying Vast, Weary,