What if books had different names—
Like ALICE IN . . . UNDERLAND?
BABAR THE BEAVER and
A VISIT FROM ST. TICKLE US,
Or WINNIE-THE-POOH POOH-POOHS,
THE WALRUS AND THE CARP AND HER,
THE EMPEROR HAS NO CLUES,
Or MARY HAD A LITTLE CLAM,
And how about GREEN EGGS AND SPAM?
Well, surely you can think of one.
Oh what extraordinary merry
Copyright © 2005 J. Patrick Lewis. From Please Bury Me in the Library. HMH Books for Young Readers. Reprinted by permission of the author.
J. Patrick Lewis’s book of poems—Gulls Hold Up the Sky—was published in October 2010 by Laughing Fire Press. His adult poems have appeared in Gettysburg Review, New England Review, New Letters, Southern Humanities Review, new renaissance, Kansas Quarterly, Fine Madness, over 130 poems in Light Quarterly, and many others.
In May 2011 the Poetry Foundation named him the third U.S. Children’s Poet Laureate (2011-2013). He has published eighty-five children’s picture/poetry books to date with Creative Editions, Knopf, Atheneum, Dial, Harcourt, Little, Brown, National Geographic, Chronicle, Holiday House, Scholastic, and others.
He has made over 530 school visits here and abroad. He also keynotes at conferences. His website is: www.jpatricklewis.com