But all the while, I haven’t been able to ignore the urge to tell my own stories, like I had done as a child.
When my wife and I had kids of our own, I returned with fresh eyes into the children’s books I grew up with, by the likes of Dr. Seuss, Shel Silverstein, Maurice Sendak and Mercer Mayer. For the first time in many years, I found myself reading the words out loud to them and falling in love all over again with the rhythm of the language, the whimsy of the words, and how they interplayed with the illustrations. Another poetry book called The Tomato Collection by Kevin Kammeraad also lit a spark of inspiration and got me thinking it might be neat to start writing again.
So one day on a complete whim, I started writing poems, and it was like a bottle cork popped off to unleash a gushing of ideas for characters, stories and poetic reflections I didn't even know were inside me. I grew to love playing with the words and re-working them, while sketching ideas for those that would be best served with illustrations.
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Updated: July 16, 2018