It’s Me!

Hi everyone,

Two days ago I received an e-mail from a French educational publisher in Paris asking permission to reprint my poem, “It’s Me,” in an upcoming textbook for students 17-18 years old. Some of you may remember this one. I wrote it for Jan Greenberg’s award winning, art-inspired book, HEART TO HEART, which came out from Abrams in 2001.Jan GreenbergHeart to Heart

I was asked to write a poem based on Andy Warhol’s Cows diptych. After Jan had accepted the poem, she learned that that the painting was not available so she asked if I could do something with Warhol’s Marilyn Monroe diptych. I switched “cow” for “Marilyn” and the poem worked fine, even better. Jan received awards for the book, as her books tend to do. I arrived late to a ceremony at ALA when she received the Michael L. Printz Award “for a book that exemplifies literary excellence in young adult literature.” Someone read “It’s Me” as an example from the book but I missed it. Jane Yolen, you remember the book? You are in it. So are J. Patrick Lewis, X.J. Kennedy, Sandy Asher, Constance Levy, Janet Wong, Brenda Seabrooke, and numerous others you would recognize.
Arts and Artists
In 2012, “It’s Me” popped up in another collection, published as a Borzoi Book by Alfred Knopf called ART AND ARTISTS. It was edited by Gallatin professor Emily Fragos (Columbia University School of Arts and Letters) who received one of two 2015 Witter Bynner Fellowships from the United States Poet Laureate Charles Wright. Fragos was one of ten poets selected to receive a Guggenheim fellowship in 2014 as well as The American Academy of Arts and Letters 2014 Prize in Literature. I forgave her for throwing into her book a bunch of old dead guys such as Homer, Shakespeare, Whitman, and Byron.

For a poem that began with a cow, my little ditty is enjoying itself. This latest outing is with French publisher Editions Didier in a book to be called PASSEWORD LITERATAURE 1RE/tLE. It’s due out in April. Maybe I’ll have enough time to brush up on my French.


11 comments on “It’s Me!

  1. I wish I had run across Heart To Heart when I was homeschooling my kids. It’s a great way to learn poetry and art at the same time. I like integrative teaching approaches. I’ll look for both HTH and It’s Me!

  2. Hey 🙂 I studied your poem in class with my students! They found it very nice 🙂 Very funny to hear that it was originally about a cow!

  3. Bonjour! I’m French and I teach Literature in English to 12th grade students. I discovered your poem It’s Me in this textbook, and I’m about to study it with my students: they’ll love to hear about the cow anecdote! 🙂 Au revoir! Virginie

    • Dear Virginie,
      Thank you for being in touch. I hope your students enjoy the poem as much as I did writing it.
      Au revoir!


  4. Hello, I’m one of the 12th grade students of Miss Plessis. I just wanted to say that is a great and funny anecdote ! Also “It’s Me”, fit much more with the “Marilyn Diptych” of Andy Warhol than the “cow”.
    It is also a very original poem! We read it out loud in class with several people (one person did a sentence and an other did the next sentence), and it was a very fun moment to give a voice to your poem!
    Goodbye ! 🙂

    • Greetings from Springfield, Missouri, Alexandra! You are kind to get it touch to say you like my poem. I love to hear from those who read my work and enjoy it. I’m sure to brag about this on my blog, perhaps tomorrow! Thank you again.

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