Wednesday, May 5, 2010

You Say It’s Your Birthday

Today, I would like to extend birthday greetings to J. Patrick Lewis!

If you haven't heard of this gentleman, he is a notable and well-loved U.S. children's author-poet.

He is also quite prolific.

In 2009, he had several titles published including The Underwear Salesman: And Other Jobs For Better or Verse, First Dog, Countdown to Summer: A Poem for Everyday of the School Year, and Spot the Plot!: A Riddle Book of Book Riddles.

But wait there's more. He has several titles with a 2010 publication date including The House, Mr. Nickel & Mrs. Dime, The Kindergarten Cat, Skywriting: Poems to Fly, and Twinspiration: A Double Dose of Poems (with Jane Yolen).

Last year, Lewis created a poetic form called the zeno. Here is his definition of the zeno: "A 10-line verse form with a repeating syllable count of 8, 4, 2, 1, 4, 2, 1, 4, 2, 1. The rhyme scheme is abcdefdghd". You can read a couple of his examples of the zeno here.

To learn more about J. Patrick Lewis, visit his website at

In closing, I invite you all to track down and read one or several of his poems in celebration of his special day.


  1. Very unique and noteworthy! Mazeltov on your blog!

  2. Hi Carol-Ann, Congrats on entering the world of blogging! I love Pat's poetry. He is simply amazing! Not sure prolific comes close to describing him. And not only prolific, but able to do so many kinds of poetry so well! Nice feature on him.