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Born: 1940-09-08
Profession: Poet
Nation: American
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After I'd produced about two dozen pen and ink drawings, one evening I decided that they needed poems to accompany them. I still have no idea where that notion came from, but it took me about two hours to produce verses for these creatures.

Tags: After, Evening, Idea

Children seem naturally drawn to poetry - it's some combination of the rhyme, rhythm, and the words themselves.

Tags: Children, Poetry, Words

Frankly, writing poetry for children is plain old fun, and I consider myself blessed to have such a delightful career.

Tags: Blessed, Fun, Poetry

I accept challenges, I have always done that in writing.

Tags: Accept, Done, Writing

I always knew would be some sort of artist, but didn't know what.

Tags: Artist, Knew

I look for poetry in English because it's the only language I read.

Tags: Language, Poetry, Read

I would go to sketch groups and draw. I really enjoyed the subject matter, but I wasn't good at it.

Tags: Good, Matter, Subject

I write the poems first, with only a few exceptions for odd reasons, where I'm given the illustration first.

Tags: Few, Reasons, Write

I'm mostly influenced by life, what's around me, and my own childhood.

Tags: Childhood, Influenced, Life

I'm usually working on eight or 10 things at once.

Tags: Eight, Once, Working

I've been influenced by poets as diverse as Dylan Thomas, Lewis Carroll, and Edgar Allan Poe.

Tags: Diverse, Influenced, Poets

My wife used to tell me one of my best qualities was that my feet don't smell, but I remember my brother's did when we were kids.

Tags: Best, Remember, Wife

Otherwise I don't read much adult poetry at all, because I'm not smart enough and mostly I don't get it.

Tags: Enough, Poetry, Smart

Then I decided to draw from and on my own imagination, and everything came out perfect.

Tags: Decided, Draw, Perfect

We all need ways to express ourselves, and poetry is one of mine.

Tags: Ourselves, Poetry, Ways

When I began writing, I didn't read any other children's poets... I didn't want to be influenced until I'd found my own voice. Now I read them all.

Tags: Children, Until, Writing

Writing gives me the opportunity to explore ideas, play with language, solve problems, use my imagination, and draw on my own childhood.

Tags: Language, Problems, Writing

I invented animals and birds - I had about two dozen. After working on them for six months, I sat down and just for fun wrote two dozen poems to accompany the drawings. It was for no one to every see, but a friend sent me in to an editor.

Tags: After, Friend, Fun

I keep a guitar around while writing and will improvise music. I do this for several reasons, such as that it's fun, and sometimes it helps me with the meter.

Tags: Fun, Music, Writing

I'm working now on a collection of Shakespearean sonnets, about 100 of them, that I may publish if anyone's interested. My take on life is a little different from the bard's.

Tags: Life, May, Working

My reading is extremely eclectic. Lately I've been teaching myself computer graphics, so I'm reading a lot about that. I read books of trivia, of facts.

Tags: Books, Read, Reading

Poetry seems to sink into us the way prose doesn't. I can still quote verses I learned when I was very young, but I have trouble remembering one line of a novel I just finished reading.

Tags: Learned, Poetry, Young

There's not too much difference between writing a picture book and writing a collection of a hundred poems or so, except that the bigger books take a lot longer to do.

Tags: Between, Book, Writing
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