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NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC'S BOOK OF ANIMAL POETRY

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Yesterday was the official release day for NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC'S BOOK OF ANIMAL POETRY: 200 poems with photographs that squeak, soar, and roar!, edited by J. Patrick Lewis, U.S. Children's Poet Laureate. The "illustrations" are photographs by a host of people - you know the ones, the ones that make National Geographic the go-to source for nature photos.

As the cover says, it contains "favorites from Robert Frost, Jack Prelutsky, Emily Dickinson, and more". It includes the poem "Home to Roost" by Kay Ryan, former Poet Laureate of the U.S., as well as poems by some of the best poets working in the biz, including J. Patrick Lewis, Lee Bennet Hopkins, Marilyn Singer, Paul Janeczko, Jane Yolen, and more. What the cover doesn't mention is that it also contains a poem by yours truly. I was fortunate enough to have a poem I wrote about jellyfish accepted for inclusion in this gobsmackingly GORGEOUS book of poetry.

In case you can't read the text due to the flash bounce-back, here it is, as found on page 98 of this marvelous collection:

Sea Jelly

It's not made of jelly; it isn't a fish.
Mostly it drifts, but can move with a swish.
It doesn't have lungs or a brain; most can't see.
It captures its dinner tentacularly.
Named after a Gorgon who turned men to stone,
It's best if you leave this Medusa alone.


--Kelly Ramsdell Fineman


I hope you'll check the book out. It really and truly is spectacular.

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robinellen
Sep. 12th, 2012 11:40 pm (UTC)
Oh, that's awesome! :D
kellyrfineman
Sep. 13th, 2012 01:37 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Robin. And again, happy birthday!
slayground
Sep. 13th, 2012 12:55 am (UTC)
Congratulations! Very cool poem and photo!
kellyrfineman
Sep. 13th, 2012 01:37 pm (UTC)
Thanks, LW - the photo really is a stunner!
boreal_owl
Sep. 13th, 2012 01:17 am (UTC)
Congrats! Jellyfish are beautiful but very creepy.
kellyrfineman
Sep. 13th, 2012 01:37 pm (UTC)
Creepy indeed. And painful, too.
deenaml
Sep. 13th, 2012 02:10 am (UTC)
What a cool project!
kellyrfineman
Sep. 13th, 2012 01:37 pm (UTC)
The book is GORGEOUS!
annemariepace
Sep. 13th, 2012 11:50 am (UTC)
Beautiful! Congratulations!!
kellyrfineman
Sep. 13th, 2012 01:38 pm (UTC)
Thanks, AM!!
lorrainemt
Sep. 13th, 2012 04:03 pm (UTC)
Oh do I love jellies! And tentacularly! Perfect word for a wonderful poem. Congratulations, Kelly! And it's great to see you here on LJ.
kellyrfineman
Sep. 14th, 2012 08:16 pm (UTC)
I keep forgetting to post - it's the darnedest thing!
soulfully
Sep. 13th, 2012 06:53 pm (UTC)
That book looks wonderful! Congratulations!
kellyrfineman
Sep. 14th, 2012 08:16 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
writerjenn
Sep. 13th, 2012 11:19 pm (UTC)
Congrats again!
I also want to see "tentacularly" in the OED alongside "brainradio."
kellyrfineman
Sep. 14th, 2012 08:16 pm (UTC)
Why, thanks!
(Anonymous)
Sep. 14th, 2012 03:52 am (UTC)
Congratulations
What a fine coffee table book - fab photographs and what lovely company you're in yet again.

Cheers & kudos. -t
kellyrfineman
Sep. 14th, 2012 08:16 pm (UTC)
Re: Congratulations
I am very lucky indeed. And it is indeed a spectacular coffee-table book!
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