Going on a Picnic: Poetry Especially for Children

These twenty-one poems, written with a younger audience in mind, recall special moments of childhood--moments of discovery, of excitement, of joy, of learning. All are designed to appeal to the child in the reader...regardless of age.

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Words: 2,730
Language: English
ISBN: 9781452349695
About Michael R. Collings

I am a professor emeritus of English at Pepperdine University in Malibu CA (although my retirement home is in southwestern Idaho). During my twenty-seven years at Pepperdine I taught everything from Freshman Composition to Advanced Grammar to Business Writing; from Survey of English Literature to Milton and the Epic; from Introduction to Creative Writing to Senior Seminars in Writing.

Along the way, I discovered the joys of writing, not just to meet requirements for graduate degrees or to insure tenure, but for myself--saying things in a way that might make my thoughts more interesting for readers and thereby invite them back into the books I talked about. Most of my academic writing relates to authors I love: John Milton, the great 17th-century English poet, on the one hand; Stephen King, Orson Scott Card, Piers Anthony, and additional science fiction, fantasy, and horror writers on the other.

But my real love now is creative writing: novels, short stories, and most especially poetry. My offerings range from the three-line haiku found in Tissue Promises to a 6,500-line epic, The Nephiad. And everything in between.

Please let me know what you think at my website: http://www.starshineandshadows.com/

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