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Back in November, I read a post over at Laurie Purdie Salas's blog in which she called for two poems for her (now) newly released title from Compass Point Books, Write Your Own Poetry by Laura Purdie Salas.

I submitted two poems, one for each of the categories that Laura needed, and was thrilled when my bathtub-related poem was chosen for inclusion. When I was at ALA last weekend, I got to see and hold a copy of the actual book over at the Compass Point booth. My poem is there on the right-hand page, near the very small rubber ducky.

Wanna know what the poem says? Since I'm sure at least one or two folks out there might, here it is:

In the Bathtub of Possibilities
by Kelly Fineman

I am:

    a landscaper
        clearing a lake amid bubble mountains

    an admiral
        directing battles between rubber ducks
        and drakes

    a mermaid
        my hair a floating halo
        or fishnet

    Now, Alice
        in a towel
          too big for the rabbit-hole drain







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amanda_marrone
Jan. 18th, 2008 03:39 pm (UTC)
Fabulous poem--I could picture several illustrations in my mind as I read it! Congrats!!!
kellyrfineman
Jan. 18th, 2008 04:07 pm (UTC)
Thanks!
slatts
Jan. 18th, 2008 03:45 pm (UTC)
Great poem!
WOW!

exactly what amanda_marrone said!

pictures and all!
kellyrfineman
Jan. 18th, 2008 04:07 pm (UTC)
Re: Great poem!
Thanks, Kevin!
boreal_owl
Jan. 18th, 2008 03:47 pm (UTC)
I love it! Yah!
kellyrfineman
Jan. 18th, 2008 04:08 pm (UTC)
Whoot!
robinellen
Jan. 18th, 2008 04:00 pm (UTC)
Very cool -- I love your finesse with words, rhythms, and meanings -- wonderful!
kellyrfineman
Jan. 18th, 2008 04:08 pm (UTC)
Finesse? That is so very sweet!!
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deenaml
Jan. 18th, 2008 04:20 pm (UTC)
You are so good at this. It's great!
kellyrfineman
Jan. 18th, 2008 05:05 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
liz_scanlon
Jan. 18th, 2008 04:28 pm (UTC)
Alice in a towel....
LOVE that...
kellyrfineman
Jan. 18th, 2008 05:06 pm (UTC)
That last part about Alice in a towel is the part I'm most proud of. Leave it to you to put your finger right on it!
(Anonymous)
Jan. 18th, 2008 04:44 pm (UTC)
This reminds me of all the things I pretended to be in the tub while styling my hair with shampoo. I now love watching William do the same thing!
Tricia (Miss Rumphius)
kellyrfineman
Jan. 18th, 2008 05:05 pm (UTC)
That's exactly how I went about coming up with it. I thought back to all the stuff I used to do in the tub, like moving bubble mountains around, etc. Although I left off the beard - I was a big fan of bubble beards, but somehow that didn't occur to me when I wrote the poem!
linbinwriter
Jan. 18th, 2008 04:53 pm (UTC)
I especially enjoy the last line. The photo is too small to really see the photo but I'm sure it's cute and you look good holding the book.
kellyrfineman
Jan. 18th, 2008 05:04 pm (UTC)
The photo is small on purpose to make it less obvious that my eyes aren't both fully open - it was a poorly shot photo, I'm afraid, and I figured it'd be less obvious if it were small.
lisa_schroeder
Jan. 18th, 2008 05:23 pm (UTC)
Ahhhh, I ♥ the last line about Alice! :)
kellyrfineman
Jan. 18th, 2008 05:25 pm (UTC)
Thank you, Lisa.
jamarattigan
Jan. 18th, 2008 05:57 pm (UTC)
Love this! You've really captured that unwavering childlike spirit of "possibility." Wonderful images. Rub a dub, Alice!
kellyrfineman
Jan. 18th, 2008 06:59 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Jama!!
ajboll
Jan. 18th, 2008 06:17 pm (UTC)
Hooray!
Is the writing poetry book specific to children in anyway. Writing for children or children writing poetry? I'm looking for resources for my adult writing poetry for children class this spring.
kellyrfineman
Jan. 18th, 2008 06:59 pm (UTC)
Re: Hooray!
The book is for the library market, and is geared towards children (teaching them how to write poetry). But some of its content might be suitable for teaching adults how to write for children as well.

One of my favorite books on form is, as you no doubt already know, The Ode Less Travelled by Stephen Fry. Another great resource is A Kick in the Head by Paul Janeczko, which gives examples of different sorts of poems -- all poems for kids, but all forms. It's a really great resource for poets of all ages, in my opinion.

tamarak
Jan. 18th, 2008 06:44 pm (UTC)
Phew!

Now I can sleep again. THANK YOU.

Nice work, Fineman.
kellyrfineman
Jan. 18th, 2008 06:59 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Tammi!
lizzybee999
Jan. 18th, 2008 07:10 pm (UTC)
I loved it!
those images are soooo universal -- the poem is perfect, and the title is absolutely wonderful. I'll look for the book -- I have a feeling I'd like to share it with fellow poets in my Cub pack.

Hooray for Poetry Friday!
kellyrfineman
Jan. 18th, 2008 08:01 pm (UTC)
Re: I loved it!
Thanks, Lizzy!
christy_lenzi
Jan. 18th, 2008 07:43 pm (UTC)
Kelly, you Wow me.
kellyrfineman
Jan. 18th, 2008 08:02 pm (UTC)
High praise indeed!! Thank you, Christy!
(Anonymous)
Jan. 18th, 2008 08:45 pm (UTC)
Mermaid Stanza
Great poem. Really liked the contrast in the last two lines of the mermaid stanza especially.

-John Mutford
kellyrfineman
Jan. 18th, 2008 08:53 pm (UTC)
Re: Mermaid Stanza
Thank you, John!
lorrainemt
Jan. 18th, 2008 09:30 pm (UTC)
You know what I love about this poem? It's the feel of a world wide open with possibilities that kids are so open to, and we as adults often forget about.

Great poem, Kelly. Congratulations!
kellyrfineman
Jan. 18th, 2008 10:36 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much, Lorraine!
ex_kmessner
Jan. 18th, 2008 10:19 pm (UTC)
I love this! I'll be sharing it with E at bath time.
kellyrfineman
Jan. 18th, 2008 10:37 pm (UTC)
Does E do any of the things in the poem?
sheela_chari
Jan. 18th, 2008 10:26 pm (UTC)
I love this, Kelly! I saw your later post about getting the books in the mail. I'm reading this to my daughter...
kellyrfineman
Jan. 18th, 2008 10:37 pm (UTC)
That's so sweet, Sheela. Thanks!!
jeannineatkins
Jan. 18th, 2008 10:51 pm (UTC)
yay
most awesome
kellyrfineman
Jan. 19th, 2008 03:30 pm (UTC)
Re: yay
Thanks!
(Anonymous)
Jan. 18th, 2008 11:24 pm (UTC)
Congratulations, Kelly -- it's great! Your bathtub runneth over!

Becky at Farm School
http://farmschoolathome.blogspot.com
kellyrfineman
Jan. 19th, 2008 12:54 am (UTC)
Thanks, Becky - and what a great phrase you coined!
writerjenn
Jan. 19th, 2008 02:14 am (UTC)
I especially like the choice of Alice for one of the images. It's not an obvious or hackneyed choice, so it's delightfully unexpected. And it works! Thanks for sharing the poem.
kellyrfineman
Jan. 19th, 2008 03:31 pm (UTC)
Thank you for the kind words!
lizjonesbooks
Jan. 19th, 2008 02:20 am (UTC)
I love it!! Esp. the least bit...
kellyrfineman
Jan. 19th, 2008 03:31 pm (UTC)
Thanks!
(Anonymous)
Jan. 19th, 2008 02:36 am (UTC)
Many congratulations on the book inclusion! I love this poem. I think I may use it to help my students. We have been talking about how poems paint a picture in our minds. This is a perfect example because they will either have done this before, or will do it that night when they get home. Thanks for sharing.
Lisa :)
kellyrfineman
Jan. 19th, 2008 03:40 pm (UTC)
When I was a kid, I did all of the things in the poem (except think of myself as Alice - although I was scared I might go down the drain). And I made bubble beards, too.
slayground
Jan. 19th, 2008 05:49 am (UTC)
ALICE!
You rock.
kellyrfineman
Jan. 19th, 2008 03:41 pm (UTC)
:)
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(Anonymous)
Jan. 19th, 2008 11:35 am (UTC)
cloudscome says:
Congratulations! I wish I had run into you at ALA to see it and you in person. That ending really kicks!
kellyrfineman
Jan. 19th, 2008 03:28 pm (UTC)
Re: cloudscome says:
Thanks, Andi!!
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