Marileta Robinson

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Overachiever

This is a LIST POEM, the outrageous kind of list a dragon would keep.  What kind of list would a bear make before going to sleep for the winter? What kind of list would an astronaut make for “Things to Do on the Moon”? What kind of list would you like to make?  

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Antoine the Anteater

This poem began because I had a feeling that I wanted to write about ants, and took notes as ideas and pictures appeared in my head. “Vacuum cleaner” led to “hose of a nose.” Sometimes rhymes suggest ideas, too.  “Post mortem” led to “snort ’em.”  I was happy with my PORTRAIT of an anteater, one […]

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Meadow Mouse

When my sons were little, we loved to read Dr. Seuss’s ABC out loud. That man knew how to celebrate sounds! Each poem played with a different letter of the alphabet. One of my favorite lines is “four fluffy feathers on a Fiffer-Feffer-Feff!” (Guess which letter that was for.) This poem was inspired by Dr. […]

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Camels and Unicorns

What rhymes with “caravan”? This poem provides one answer to that question–you can probably think of lots more. It’s also an example of COMPARISON. Animals tend to live in different places because of their habits–or maybe it’s the other way around. How would you compare a rabbit and a monkey? A snake and a lion?

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Stormy Weather

This poem is more or less a SNAPSHOT of what I was seeing out my window one afternoon, with a little IMAGINATION thrown in. As always, I used hard-working VERBS–sweeping, blowing, and dancing, to get the picture across. What can you see out your window? How can you use your imagination to go beyond what your […]

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Whew!

Have you ever watched kittens play? They are more verb than noun, until they suddenly collapse, their energy spent–for the moment. In this poem I used ACTIVE VERBS, with SHORT LINES to emphasize the rapid movement of the whirligig kittens. What verbs and what kind of lines would you use to describe a snake? A […]

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Grandma’s Pickles

Can you taste the pickles? I wanted to SHOW how hot they were by describing the person’s physical reactions–scrunched nose, flapping eyelids, curling toes, red ears, and perspiration. How could you show by someone’s reactions that the water in a swimming pool is cold? That an icy sidewalk is slippery? I hope you will have […]

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Squash

This poem serves up a helping of EXAGGERATION to create a tall tale, a story that bends the truth in a humorous way. Ben didn’t really sit there for a whole year and grow cobwebs when he refused to eat his squash. But it seemed like it to him–and to his mother. Can you use […]

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