Marileta Robinson

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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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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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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