Friday, May 16, 2014


In this video clip, I talk about an important discovery I made while writing
my YA novel Also Known As Rowan Pohi:

https://asuonline.wistia.com/medias/yrg2i69ckb

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Writing Habits



What are some helpful habits I’ve developed as a writer?
Check out this short video clip:

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

How do writers find our material?
Check out this two-minute video clip
where I talk about where I find my
stories.

https://asuonline.wistia.com/medias/u8k598wnlz

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Where Can You Find A New Nose?


Where Can You Find A New Nose?

                                                  by Ralph Fletcher

If you want a new mouth
Check the mouth of a cave.

If you want some new curls
Check the curl of a wave.

If you’re looking for hands
Try the hands of a watch.

But where can you find a new nose, a new nose?
Who knows where to find a new nose?

Do you need a fresh face?
Try the front of a clock.

Would you like a new lip?
Try the top of a cup.

There’s a nice soft shoulder
On the edge of the road.

But where can you find a new nose, a new nose?
Who knows where to find a new nose?

You can find a new tongue
Tucked inside your shoe.

You will find extra teeth
On the next saw you use.

There are plenty of ears
In a tall field of corn.

But where can you find a new nose, a new nose?
Who knows where to find a new nose?

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Skipping Stones


Skipping Stones

Dad skips breakfast
Elizabeth skips rope
I skip stones

George skipped fourth grade
Brian skipped out of school
I skip stones

Flat stones sharp stones
Skinny as potato chips

          ing            wrin
Kick           up                   kles

          the                   smooooooth
on              glass                                  lake

                                      from Water Planet

Monday, April 28, 2014

Family Photo


Family Photo

One last picture
before we head off
in different directions.

One last group shot of
all of us, smirking,
with rabbit ears.

Three generations:
kids on shoulders,
a baby cousin in my lap.

And in the middle
Grandma and Grandpa
who started all this.

We’re all ripples in a pond
spreading out
from a stone they threw.


from Relatively Speaking: Poems About Family

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Bad Weather


Bad Weather

They’re predicting a big term paper
due to arrive on Monday morning.

Tuesday the forecast looks bad:
intense DOL and grammar drills.

Wednesday will be a scorcher
when the state writing test arrives.

Thursday there’s a high probability
of five-paragraph essays.

Friday should bring some relief
when scattered poetry blows in.

                  from A Writing Kind of Day