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Hi everyone,

I loved TLA again this year. It’s an exceptional conference. I heard a guess that 15,000 attended but don’t have any true numbers yet. Yesterday I enjoyed very much being one of five featured poets in the 14th annual Poetry Round Up. The others were Jorge Argueta, Janet Wong, Margarita Engle (current U.S. Children’s Poet Laureate), and Juan Felipe Herrera (former United States Poet Laureate). We each read for a while and I loved hearing from the other four. My thanks again to Sylvia Vardell for including me.

Are you enjoying Renee La Tulippe’s wonderful month-long celebration of Poetry Month at No Water River? Don’t miss it! Already she has featured Margarita Engle, Nikki Grimes, Lita Judge, LaNay Brown-Wood, Janet Wong, and Leslea Newman. Today it’s Pat Mora and tomorrow it’s my turn. I hope you’ll check it out at

Poetry Month at No Water River

BULLETIN: Sandy and I will be on Larry Freund’s KWTO W-FACTOR RADIO talk show this morning at 10:00 CST, 560 AM and 93.3 FM, to discuss books, education, and other topics that might come up. Join us if you can.

Hi everyone,

My pal Renee LaTulippe is up to doing good stuff again over at No Water River. Throughout the month of April she’ll feature a poet/poem/prompt each day. I hope you’ll make a note to check in with her each day throughout the month at

Here’s a way to view the upcoming schedule. Sorry I’m making it a multi-step procedure. Not smart enough to do in one. Doc1

Renee, thanks in advance. It promises to be a great month at No Water River!

My September Word of the Month poem

Hi everyone,

This month I thought it would be fun to turn to Shakespeare himself for inspiration. He had such a bubbly disposition. Once begun I was soon remembering Renee LaTulippe’s incredible performance from Macbeth over at NO WATER RIVER. .
So, my talented dear, you can see at once where this is heading. To accept my challenge you need not douse yourself with icy water. You need only to respond, Macbeth-like, to my poem of the month. Let the bubbling begin!

From Macbeth, more or less,
With apologies, as you might guess.
David L. Harrison

A dark Kitchen. In the middle, a crock pot boiling. Thunder.
Enter three Witches.

Witch 1
Thrice the aged cabbage stewed.

Witch 2
Thrice and once, the children whin’d.

Witch 3
Mothers cackle, “’tis time! ‘tis time!”

Witch 1
Round about the crock pot go,
In the blackened mushrooms throw,
Radish slickening long alone,
Pork decaying off the bone,
Swelter’d squashes border rot,
Boil thou first i’ the charmed pot!

Double, double toil and trouble,
Children quake, and crock pot bubble.

Witch 2
Fling a maggoty bloody steak
Into the crock pot, boil and bake
Eye of potato, tongue of frog,
Stinking spinach, howl of dog,
Cauliflower old since spring,
Cold forsaken chicken wing
For a charm of powerful trouble,
Like devil-broth boil and bubble.

Double, double toil and trouble,
Children quake, and crock pot bubble.

Witch 3
Rancid fish which time has come,
Worm of apple, mush-gone plum,
Green mold bread hard as bark,
Gooseberries plucked i’ the dark,
Something brackish, something phew,
Dump them all in ghoulish stew.
Sliver’d in the moon’s eclipse –
If you have them, chicken lips –
Celery six months past its prime,
Lima beans gone chartreuse slime,
Of freezer burned, throw in the lot,
Adds mystery to the pot.
Screech and cackle, watch it thicken,
He who eats it shall be stricken.

Double, double toil and trouble,
Children quake, and crock pot bubble.

Witch 2
Fill their bowls with spoon of wood,
And now the charm is firm and good.

Ken Slesarik’s new book

Hi everyone,

Ken Slesarik was in our poetry workshop in 2011. He teaches school in Phoenix at Esperanza Elementary School and is the father of Kenny, Cathy, and Bonnie. Ken Slesarik Photo We all loved Ken’s poems. He has a wry sense of humor and wonderful way of finding rhymes where no one else would expect them. He is passionate about teaching poetry to the kids in his school and works tirelessly to encourage them to discover the joy of writing.
Ken Slasarik's book POETRY ROCKS
Last year Ken published a book of poems by his students called POETRY ROCKS 2012. His own work has appeared in several of the anthologies published by Janet Wong and Sylvia Vardell and he appears among Renee La Tulippe’s collection of poets reading their work over at No Water River .

Now Ken’s own book of poems has come out.Ken Slesarik's book CREATURES It’s called CREATURES, CRITTERS, BEASTS AND VARMINTS, A POETIC GUIDE TO OZARK WILDLIFE and you can order it on-line.

I’m going to bring my copy to the workshop in Honesdale to read and share some of Ken’s work. He not only writes humorously about wildlife but tells the reader what poetic devices he used and relates some factual information about the subject on nearly every page. Way to go, Ken!! Kids will have fun with the collection and teachers will appreciate the additional information.

I know that Ken also does school visits so if anyone is interested in learning more about him and how he can come to your school, contact Ken directly at