Michelle de Villiers

Biography

I scribble , dribble and doodle.

I sculpt in clay for bronzing; paint anything under the sun; write children’s stories and illustrate them. I read a lot.

When I’m not in the studio covered in paint; working on a new picture story; doodling cartoons, or reading; I reluctantly go to the gym. (In the basement, now!) Or travel to far-off places. (BC)

I once lived in a rainforest.

Once upon a time I worked as an engineer on secret projects. And also underground in a gold mine.

I have a lot of Neanderthal DNA. Relatively speaking.

I can wiggle my ears.

I have two cats.

Series

Purloin Like a Poet
A One
Price: $2.99 USD.
Not Too Late
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Three is a Waltz
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Spring Forth
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High Five
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Six of the One
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Apropos
A Vos Fraise
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Viral Verse
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March of the Dark Brigade
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GrimPoWriMo
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Cave Canem
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Jejune Jousting
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Books

Six of the One
Series: Purloin Like a Poet, Book 6. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 2,010. Language: English. Originally Published: August 18, 2021 by Star Bear Publications. Categories: Nonfiction » Art, Architecture, Photography, Nonfiction » Inspiration » 12-step programs, Nonfiction » Entertainment » Humor & satire, Poetry » Contemporary Poetry, Nonfiction » Education & Study Guides » Language experience approach
Six of the One is the sixth poemflit in the Purloin Like A Poet series. Words-of-the-day gleaned from online dictionaries attempt to be gainfully employed in the making of memories in the strange times of Covid lockdown. Poems are accompanied by art in the public domain, or by the wordsmith as painter. "I was reading the dictionary. I thought it was a poem about everything." - Steven Wright.
Just Weight
Series: Apropos, Book 10. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 2,220. Language: English. Originally Published: December 4, 2020 by Star Bear Publications. Categories: Nonfiction » Entertainment » Humor & satire, Poetry » Contemporary Poetry, Nonfiction » Education & Study Guides » Language experience approach, Nonfiction » Entertainment » Games, puzzles, & brain twisters » Word & Word Search, Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Creativity
Just Weight is the tenth bundle in the Apropos: Epic Poetry series. The scale of the corona virus epidemic was devastating. We had had enough of the virus, but the virus was not finished with us, and our lifestyles felt in the balance, as did our political futures. This collection includes, as a bonus, the daily ink illustrations for the month...
March of the Dark Brigade
Series: Apropos, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 1,370. Language: English. Originally Published: September 30, 2020 by Star Bear Publications. Categories: Nonfiction » Entertainment » Humor & satire, Poetry » Contemporary Poetry, Nonfiction » Art, Architecture, Photography » Fine art » Conceptual, Nonfiction » Education & Study Guides » Language experience approach, Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Creativity
A selection of laissez-faire postparnassian poetry crafted at the crack of dawn. Inspiration comes from online dictionaries' freshly harvested words-of-the-day. A poem might in turn tickle the fancy of the painterly muse; often it merely laughs at its own expense. Covid-19 spread during March 2020. The Island of Doctor Ironymisch Devilish, the oil painting companion piece to the twelve...
Cave Canem
Series: Apropos, Book 5. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 1,940. Language: English. Originally Published: November 27, 2020 by Star Bear Publications. Categories: Nonfiction » Entertainment » Humor & satire, Poetry » Contemporary Poetry, Nonfiction » Education & Study Guides » Experimental methods, Nonfiction » Education & Study Guides » Teaching methods & materials / language arts, Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Personal Growth / Memory Improvement
A selection of laissez-faire postparnassian poetry crafted at the crack of dawn. Inspiration comes from online dictionaries' freshly harvested words-of-the-day. A poem might in turn tickle the fancy of the painterly muse; often it merely laughs at its own expense. Covid-19 continued its rampage through May 2020. The simple exercise of...
Surely July
Series: Apropos, Book 7. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 1,410. Language: English. Originally Published: December 4, 2020 by Star Bear Publications. Categories: Nonfiction » Entertainment » Humor & satire, Poetry » Contemporary Poetry, Nonfiction » Education & Study Guides » Language experience approach, Nonfiction » Entertainment » Games, puzzles, & brain twisters » Word & Word Search, Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Creativity
Surely July is the seventh bundle in the Apropos: Epic Poetry series. In this time of COVID, misinformation and seemingly ever-increasing chaos and lies, a stoic would recommend that one accept the moment as is, without complaint. Not even the Word Of The Day can universally be agreed upon, but we can employ them in any way we wish! Stoically...
A Vos Fraise
Series: Apropos, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 1,700. Language: English. Originally Published: July 31, 2020 by Star Bear Publications. Categories: Nonfiction » Inspiration » Meditation, Nonfiction » Entertainment » Humor & satire, Poetry » Contemporary Poetry, Nonfiction » Education & Study Guides » Language experience approach, Nonfiction » Home & Garden » Crafts & Hobbies » Reference
A selection of laissez-faire postparnassian poetry crafted at the crack of dawn. Inspiration comes from online dictionaries' freshly harvested words-of-the-day. A poem might in turn tickle the fancy of the painterly muse; often it merely laughs at its own expense. January 2020 was BC (Before Covid), or not, as we know now. As the virus took off, The Island of Doctor Ironymisch Devilish surfaced...
Seven Embers
Series: Apropos, Book 9. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 1,900. Language: English. Originally Published: December 4, 2020 by Star Bear Publications. Categories: Nonfiction » Entertainment » Humor & satire, Poetry » Contemporary Poetry, Nonfiction » Education & Study Guides » Language experience approach, Nonfiction » Entertainment » Games, puzzles, & brain twisters » Word & Word Search, Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Creativity
Seven Embers is the ninth bundle in the Apropos: Epic Poetry series. These are the embers that have sparked many a fire in 2020: Black Lives Matter; Covid; climate change; politics; poverty; violence; intolerance. A fire can be cleansing, and it can also destroy. The poems in this collection were composed with the Words of the Day from online...
Three is a Waltz
Series: Purloin Like a Poet, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 1,900. Language: English. Originally Published: July 3, 2021 by Star Bear Publications. Categories: Nonfiction » Entertainment » Humor & satire, Poetry » Contemporary Poetry, Nonfiction » Education & Study Guides » Experimental methods, Nonfiction » Home & Garden » Crafts & Hobbies » Reference, Nonfiction » Education & Study Guides » Literacy » General
Three is a Waltz is the third pamphlet in the Purloin Like a Poet series. They state that everybody has at least one book in them, and that is where it should probably stay. But let me say: wait, it's not too late for the opsipoeth in you to shine through. As Giles Lytton Strachey said (and this may be the only thing that he is remembered for, at least on the internet - this, and his splendid...
Jejune Jousting
Series: Apropos, Book 6. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 1,510. Language: English. Originally Published: November 17, 2020 by Michelle de Villiers. Categories: Nonfiction » Entertainment » Humor & satire, Poetry » Contemporary Poetry, Nonfiction » Education & Study Guides » Language experience approach, Nonfiction » Entertainment » Games, puzzles, & brain twisters » Word & Word Search, Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Creativity
Jejune Jousting is Book 6 in the Apropos: Epic Poetry series. As with its predecessors it was crafted with freshly-harvested daily 'words-of-the day' generously supplied by several online dictionaries. These crack-of-dawn pomodoro poems of June 2020 were written in a quixotic quest to beat the blues brought on by a chaotic year.
Eight Ball
Series: Purloin Like a Poet, Book 8. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 2,050. Language: English. Originally Published: October 6, 2021 by Star Bear Publications. Categories: Nonfiction » Art, Architecture, Photography, Poetry » Contemporary Poetry, Nonfiction » Education & Study Guides » Language experience approach, Nonfiction » Entertainment » Games, puzzles, & brain twisters » Word & Word Search, Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Creativity
Eight Ball is the eighth poemflit in the Purloin Like a Poet series. A poem a day keeps the mind trotting along merrily. Like Oscar Wilde said: All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling.
Seventhly Sloth
Series: Purloin Like a Poet, Book 7. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 2,300. Language: English. Originally Published: October 6, 2021 by Star Bear Publications. Categories: Nonfiction » Entertainment » Humor & satire, Poetry » Contemporary Poetry, Nonfiction » Art, Architecture, Photography » Fine art » Folk & outsider art, Nonfiction » Education & Study Guides » Language experience approach, Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Creativity
Seventhly Sloth is the seventh poemflit in the Purloin Like a Poet series. As John Cage said: "I have nothing to say, I am saying it, and that is poetry.
Viral Verse
Series: Apropos, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 1,120. Language: English. Originally Published: August 31, 2020 by Michelle de Villiers. Categories: Nonfiction » Entertainment » Humor & satire, Poetry » Contemporary Poetry, Nonfiction » Art, Architecture, Photography » Fine art » Conceptual, Nonfiction » Education & Study Guides » Language experience approach, Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Creativity
A selection of laissez-faire postparnassian poetry crafted at the crack of dawn. Inspiration comes from online dictionaries' freshly harvested words-of-the-day. A poem might in turn tickle the fancy of the painterly muse; often it merely laughs at its own expense. Covid-19 emerged from the shadows after February 2020, and insinuated itself into every aspect of life. The Island of Doctor...
Sober Now
Series: Apropos, Book 11. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 1,750. Language: English. Originally Published: December 22, 2020 by Star Bear Publications. Categories: Nonfiction » Entertainment » Humor & satire, Poetry » Contemporary Poetry, Nonfiction » Education & Study Guides » Language experience approach, Nonfiction » Entertainment » Games, puzzles, & brain twisters » Word & Word Search, Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Creativity
Sober Now is the eleventh bundle in the Apropos: Epic Poetry series. Have we been sobered by the almost one and a half million dead? Certainly, the sting will be in the tail. Still, some escape can be found from our daily doomscrolling by nurturing freshly harvested online words-of-the-day for poems. Imagination is built on memory. A writerly habit is built, word by word, creative within...
Hang Ten
Series: Purloin Like a Poet, Book 10. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 2,320. Language: English. Originally Published: December 6, 2021 by Star Bear Publications. Categories: Nonfiction » Art, Architecture, Photography, Nonfiction » Entertainment » Humor & satire, Poetry » Contemporary Poetry, Nonfiction » Education & Study Guides » Language experience approach, Poetry » Female authors
This is Poemflit #10 in the Purloin Like a Poet series. Visit a small universe of magical wordplay with #APoemADay, accompanied by thirty original illustrations.
DieVersity
Series: Apropos, Book 12. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 1,860. Language: English. Originally Published: March 15, 2021 by Star Bear Publications. Categories: Nonfiction » Entertainment » Humor & satire, Poetry » Contemporary Poetry, Nonfiction » Education & Study Guides » Language experience approach, Nonfiction » Entertainment » Games, puzzles, & brain twisters » Word & Word Search, Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Creativity
DieVersity is Book 12 in the Apropos: Epic Poetry series. December brought the first vaccine roll-out, hope at the end of a difficult year. The roll of the dice did not affect everyone equally, some suffered more than others. In its own small way, harvesting the online dictionaries Words of the Day and using them for writing a poem every day without fail, helped to sustain a sense of living in...
GrimPoWriMo
Series: Apropos, Book 4. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 1,570. Language: English. Originally Published: May 25, 2020 by Star Bear Publications. Categories: Nonfiction, Nonfiction » Entertainment » Humor & satire, Poetry » Contemporary Poetry, Nonfiction » Education & Study Guides » Language experience approach, Nonfiction » Home & Garden » Crafts & Hobbies » Reference
Laissez-faire postparnassian poetry written in the cruelest Covid month of April 2020.Each poem is handcrafted at the crack of dawn, using as many as possible words-of-the-day harvested fresh from online dictionaries. They are later used as inspiration in the painterly studio. This is a timeproven panacea to reduce stress of time in quarantine.  It is the making of memories.
Twelfth
Series: Purloin Like a Poet, Book 12. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 1,890. Language: English. Originally Published: March 8, 2022 by Star Bear Publications. Categories: Nonfiction » Art, Architecture, Photography, Nonfiction » Philosophy » Linguistics, Poetry » Contemporary Poetry, Nonfiction » Education & Study Guides » Language experience approach, Nonfiction » Education & Study Guides » Literacy » General
This is Poemflit #12 in the Purloin Like A Poet series, a collection of #APoemADay paired with original illustrations.
Spring Forth
Series: Purloin Like a Poet, Book 4. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 2,490. Language: English. Originally Published: July 4, 2021 by Star Bear Publications. Categories: Nonfiction » Entertainment » Humor & satire, Poetry » Contemporary Poetry, Nonfiction » Education & Study Guides » Language experience approach, Nonfiction » Entertainment » Games, puzzles, & brain twisters » Word & Word Search, Nonfiction » Education & Study Guides » Literacy » General
Spring Fourth is the #GlobalPoetryWritingMonth #APoemADay pamphlet in the Purloin Like a Poet series. As Marianne Moore wrote: "Poetry. I too, dislike it: There are things that are important beyond all this fiddle." Yet, we are interested in it!
High Five
Series: Purloin Like a Poet, Book 5. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 2,230. Language: English. Originally Published: July 5, 2021 by Star Bear Publications. Categories: Nonfiction » Inspiration » Meditation, Nonfiction » Entertainment » Humor & satire, Poetry » Contemporary Poetry, Nonfiction » Education & Study Guides » Literacy » Composition & creative writing, Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Personal Growth / Memory Improvement
High Five is the fifth pamphlet in the Purloin Like a Poet series. Poetry, a small parachute in the big golden pond. "Poetry is just the evidence of life. If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash." - Leonard Cohen
Not Too Late
Series: Purloin Like a Poet, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 940. Language: English. Originally Published: July 2, 2021 by Star Bear Publications. Categories: Nonfiction » Entertainment » Humor & satire, Poetry » Contemporary Poetry, Nonfiction » Education & Study Guides » Language experience approach, Nonfiction » Education & Study Guides » Literacy » Spelling, Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Creativity
It's a bird, no, a word; it's a plane, no, a poem; it's Superman, no, Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious passion fish and poem frites, wrapped in paperless print, and bound in a panoply of Poemflit, for your enjoyment, and also as a hellish hiccup of presque vu haecceity. #APoemADay lets sanity hold sway. Poemflit #2 in the Purloin Like a Poet series. "Publishing a volume of verse is like...
A One
Series: Purloin Like a Poet, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 1,850. Language: English. Originally Published: July 1, 2021 by Star Bear Publications. Categories: Nonfiction » Entertainment » Humor & satire, Poetry » Contemporary Poetry, Nonfiction » Education & Study Guides » Language experience approach, Nonfiction » Education & Study Guides » Literacy » General, Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Personal Growth / Memory Improvement
Here be it: a bold blow-by-blow poetic dish served cold, garnished with lashings of diverse words-of-the-day. The year bumbles through the Covid fray -still- with new word seasoning and a sometimes jamais vu reasoning. To survive (in style) the pestilence plight, we bring humor, be it blackish, to the fight. (It is almost never funny to be flippant in the face of heartbreak, for anybody's sake...
An August Presence
Series: Apropos, Book 8. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 2,090. Language: English. Originally Published: November 14, 2020 by Star Bear Publications. Categories: Nonfiction » Entertainment » Humor & satire, Poetry » Contemporary Poetry, Nonfiction » Education & Study Guides » Language experience approach, Nonfiction » Entertainment » Games, puzzles, & brain twisters » Word & Word Search, Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Creativity
An August Presence is Book 8 in the Apropos: Epic Poetry series. For many it was a pandemic month of bluster, bragging, braying, and boasting in the political arena, spiced with dire warnings about climate change. We isolated, adjusted our masks, and worried. Words of the Day to the rescue! Harvested at the crack of dawn from online dictionaries...
Elevenses
Series: Purloin Like a Poet, Book 11. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 1,840. Language: English. Originally Published: December 21, 2021 by Star Bear Publications. Categories: Nonfiction » Art, Architecture, Photography, Poetry » Contemporary Poetry, Nonfiction » Education & Study Guides » Language experience approach, Nonfiction » Education & Study Guides » Literacy » General
This is Poemflit #11 in the Purloin Like a Poet series. Explore the world through thirty #APoemADay-s and thirty original #APaintingADay-s. Let our melting times not be remembered as mankind's eleventh hour. Art may soothe the savage beast but makes the elephant blush.
To The Nines
Series: Purloin Like a Poet, Book 10. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 2,070. Language: English. Originally Published: December 6, 2021 by Star Bear Publications. Categories: Nonfiction » Art, Architecture, Photography, Nonfiction » Entertainment » Humor & satire, Poetry » Contemporary Poetry, Nonfiction » Education & Study Guides » Language experience approach
This is Poemflit #9 in the Purloin Like a Poet series. Enter an imagined universe of magical realism through the lenses of #APoemADay accompanied by thirty original paintings. Cat burglars do not plagiarize; they praise by purloining titillating tidbits that tickle in memory of their prey!