As I’ve said before, working with Rob Shepperson is just plain fun. His droll wit invariably enhances the words and frequently brings surprises to the poet as well as the reader. This poem from VACATION is a good example. Look around the picture at the details. Nothing is wasted. Everything is there for a purpose — to add to the humor of the situation. My first book with Rob was BUGS, POEMS ABOUT CREEPING THINGS. His sense of the comedic makes bugs one of the funniest books I’ve done and it cemented our resolve to work together on other projects. Hence, VACATION and, we hope, other collaborations to follow.