DOGSPEAK: Poetry Boost

As we coast to the end of National Poetry Month, how about a little BOOST?

The multi talented Michelle Schaub over at has a whole website dedicated to sharing poetry to BOOST literacy

In Michelle's words...

"Poetry is literacy's superfood. Just as certain fruits and veggies are packed with antioxidants, poetry is loaded with rich content, brain-stimulating vocabulary, and nourishing literary devices. Poetry's concise format makes it a perfect choice for:

  • educators who are short on time but challenged with providing rigorous content 
  • reluctant readers who fatigue when faced with pages of text
  • advanced readers ready to dig into deeper analysis
  • English language learners who need exposure to rich vocabulary and sophisticated sentence structure in small bites
In short, poetry is a great choice to boost literacy in all learners."

I am proud and honored that Michelle featured me Smidgey this week!

Smidgey's yearning for the limelight and my recent move coincided perfectly for Smidgey to share my Jaunty Letter J poem from my 10.10 Poetry Anthology: Celebrating 10 in 10 Different Ways.


(Click HERE to get to the video.)

Smidgey is so talented she can recite the entire poem without moving her doggy lips!

And Smidgey and I are not the only poets featured on Michelle's website this month.

A plethora of poetic ROCK STARS are sharing AMAZING poems that will knock your socks off

Or at least give you a long list of Poetry Books that you need to Get. Read. and Share...NOW.

Head on over to Jone Rush MacCulloch's place to meet up with some more ROCK STAR poets!

DOGSPEAK: Bundle of Joy

Welcome to Smidgey's Limelight World!


National Poetry Month is still going strong as I share today's video.

I'm happy to report that Smidgey's finely honed deductive reasoning skills led her to the only logical answer to today's riddle.

It was child's play!

Smidgey's Identity Crisis Poetry Series, Episode 4: Bundle of Joy

Congratulations to Maureen M-U! 

Maureen is this week's lucky email subscriber winner of a beautiful hardback copy of my 10.10 Poetry Anthology!

 Next week is the final Friday in April AND your last chance to win...subscribe today!

Margaret at Reflections on the Teche is this week's Poetry Friday host. Join us! 


DOGSPEAK: Fairy...Tale

Welcome to the third Friday of National Poetry Month!

Smidgey continues to enjoy the limelight... much so that she thinks she is in a fairy tale tail!

Smidgey's Identity Crisis Poetry Series, 

Episode 3: Fairy...Tale

Winners' Announcement!

Congratulations to these three lucky email subscribers who have each won a beautiful hardback copy of my 10.10 Poetry Anthology:

April 1st winner: Sally M.

April 8th winner: Stephan S.

Today's (April 15th) winner: Rose C.

Didn't win? 

Never fear, you have two more chances to win during National Poetry Month

Matt at Radio, Rhythm & Rhyme is this week's Poetry Friday host. 

Join the fun!

DOGSPEAK: Getting to the Point

Happy National Poetry Month!

Smidgey continues to enjoy the limelight...

 ...Me? Not so much.

Well, that is not entirely true.

I love making people laugh. (Myself included.)

But sometimes I am self conscious.



These videos are a delight to make. (So much so that I literally LOL during the process.)

And after I finish I am proud...for a minute.

But then I worry.

Does my voice really sound like that?

Am I weird to put this into the world?

Is my poetry good enough to be among *real* poets?

Maybe I should leave it in a draft folder and call it a day...

But then I look at Smidgey's tiny furry face

And I know someone in the world needs to see the joy she brings. 

Needs to hear her *ahem* voice.

Needs a few minutes of silly dog respite from their worries.

Which brings us to the here and now.

To the POINT of this post... a short and sweet video. (It will prove my point.)

(short + sweet = Smidgey)

Smidgey's Identity Crisis Poetry Series, 

Episode 2: Smidgey-who? Smidgey-ku!


Thank you for each and every comment on my blog. 

I read them to Smidgey and she gobbles up your kind words like a cheese-filled treat. 🧀

Winners have been chosen!

I am waiting to hear back from two lucky email subscribers who have each won a beautiful hardback copy of my 10.10 Poetry Anthology. (for April 1st and today's drawings)

There will be three more chances to win during National Poetry Month. 

Yay for a 5 Friday month!

Not a subscriber? Sign up (upper right hand corner ) and be eligible for next week's hardback 10.10 Poetry Anthology giveaway.

Janice is interviewing David Elliot at Salt City Verse! She also happens to be the host of this week's Poetry Friday round up!






And for a complete listing of the NPM awesomeness happening in the kidlitosphere, go to Jama’s Alphabet Soup

Jama is everything that is good in the world.


Do you want to be a part of my next poetry anthology, Two Truths and a Fib

Submission guidelines are here and here

I look forward to reading your words!