Yesterday was the 110th birthday of the late great Dr. Seuss, who is another obvious source of inspiration for many of the poems in my book. Like most kids I would assume, his pictures, rhymes and rhythms were among my first introductions to books in general as a wee lad...and now in the past few years with my own kids, I have been re-introduced to him again with fresh eyes. Even more recently I have researched closer into his life, career, and taken a closer look at works of his that I missed when I was younger.
The rhythm inherent in reading his books out loud with my kids have given me great inspiration for some of the poems I've been writing. One of the advantages that Seuss always had with his work, however, was that he built up such a fantasy world of his own, that if he couldn't find a word that rhymed with something, he could always just make one up!
In addition to his rhyming books though, another fantastic discovery has been re-visiting some of his earlier works which were written in prose, as straight-forward stories. In particular, The King's Stilts and Bartholomew and the Oobleck. I remember having these books in my family's home collection from when I was a kid, though I had very little memory of the stories themselves, until I picked up copies recently from a used-book store downtown.
The inspiration from these rare early Seuss works continues to carry me forward, directly inspiring a few specific poems for my book (which will most likely be featured on this blog at some point), and quite likely fueling other future stories & projects which haven't been born yet.