Sample from Now You See Them, Now You Don’t

ANNOUNCEMENT: Tomorrow I’ll show you the step by step process of writing this poem. Hope you’ll come by.

Hi everyone,

With only a few months to go before the 2/16 pub date I’d like to share an example from my new Charelesbridge book illustrated by Giles Laroche. First, here’s that magnificent cover again.
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The cover picture is of a copperhead using its natural coloration to hide among the leaves. The illustration also appears in the book with this poem.

Dear Mr. Mousssse:

Find me,
If you can,
My sssskin
Deceivessss,
Helpssss me
Dissssappear
Among thesssse
leavessss.

Find me,
If you can,
On dappled
Sssstonessss,
Lounging by
Thissss pile of
Tiny
Bonessss.

Find me,
If you can,
Atop thissss
Ledge,
A broken
Sssstick,
A branch
Along thissss
Edge.

Find me,
If you can,
For if you
Don’t,
I’ll be here
Tomorrow . . .
You
Won’t.

Ssssincerely,
Mr. Copperhead

New book announced

Hi everyone,

If you hear what sounds like an elephant on the roof, it’s only me doing a little victory dance. My next book of poetry has an official pub date. NOW YOU SEE THEM, NOW YOU DON’T is set for February 2, 2016. The publisher is Charlesbridge and my very cool editor is Karen Boss. Giles Laroche has provided sensational art. The subject is creatures that use natural camouflage to hide or hunt.

It has been a while since COWBOYS in 2012 so I’m pleased to have a new trade book soon available. I’ve published poems during this period but they’ve appeared in forty or so anthologies plus professional books. Ninety-six were in the five book series from Shell, LEARNING THROUGH POETRY and this fall sixty more will come out in another Shell title, SOCIAL STUDIES LITERACY.

Back to my dance.