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 favorite vampire

Hi everyone,

Here’s the link to the lovely Renee LaTulippe’s site at No Water River. She finally took off her makeup so we can see her in her natural state: a vampire. Or is that vampirette? Either way, she’s bloody delicious.

If you care to take a look, she explains all in her post and even includes a shot of her 5-year-old twins casting rather anxious looks our way. Playing with Renee is always a treat. What a talented lady!


A frightful thing coming your way soon

Hi everyone,

Some of you have already discovered Renee LaTulippe’s FB post on Friday about a bit of Halloween silliness we engaged in to celebrate this bootiful season. She plans to post the video on Monday so stay tuned.
Renee LaTulippe reading
We wrote the poem together and Renee scripted, directed, and produced it. I wrote some of mine during the day Thursday while talking to kids at the Children’s Literature Festival of the Ozarks. I stopped at one point to hold up my phone to show them that creative types are always at work, even when they’re at work.

Check it out on Monday. If you like it — and who doesn’t like Renee! — pass it around.

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.
http://www.nowaterriver.com/portfolio-item/the-three-witches-from-macbeth-by-william-shakespeare .
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.

Need a word for May

BULLETIN: That Renee has done it again. For a fine interview of Joyce Sidman, visit Renee LaTulippe today at No Water River. Click here: http://www.nowaterriver.com/poetry-month-2013-the-ants-by-joyce-sidman .

Hi everyone,

Here we are with only a few days left in this confused month of April. Next week I’ll post the Word of the Month word for May. I’m taking suggestions today for what the word will be. Post your word in the comments below and I’ll choose one for May.

Until then, enjoy the final days of Poetry Month. If you haven’t posted a poem yet for April, there’s still time. Remember, the word is FRAGRANCE.