Poetry Friday–New Year, New Book, New Card!

Year of the Rabbit, © 2023 Michelle Kogan, pen and ink digitally toned drawing.

Happy Poetry Friday!

I’m sharing a New poem celebrating the Year of the Rabbit, a New Anthology Book I’m in, and a New Valentine’s Card.


year of the rabbit
year of the cat
celebrate the

animals in
Rabbit’s kindness,
empathy, and

patience, symbols
of feminine
yin forces. Don

new clothes, haircuts–
wish good luck and
fortune throughout

© 2023 Michelle Kogan, Draft

I’m very happy to be featured with a handful of poems in this new Poetry Anthology, SO MANY ANIMALS! A Child’s Book of Poetry, Edited by M.R. Street and published by Turtle Cove Press! It came out late in 2022 and also includes many Poetry Friday poets including Margaret Simon, Irene Latham, Jan Annino, Linda Mitchell, Buffy Silverman, and the editor M.R. Street along with eight additional poets. It also picked up a Kirkus Review. Each poem has an accompanying lively line art drawing that children can color, and there’s also room in the back of the book for them to write their own poem and make a drawing. In addition, many of the poems also include the poetry form used and a bit about it.

Margaret Simon’s poem TURTLES AND GATORS feels like it wants to move right off the page as her critters, “Bump / Bounce / Boogie / on a wayward log.” and physically down the page in her fun concrete poem. Editor M.R. Street offers us a warm and snuggly view in her poem of an Okapi and her new calf “(a relative of the giraffe),” “A long tongue reaches behind / Pink, new-born ears of her.” Linda Mitchell shoos away any rainy-day-blue feelings with her endearing BLUE OX poem, “Today, I wear my blue coat / and nibble cakes of sweet oats / Even if there are rain showers.” I love the playfulness in Irene Latham’s poem A DREAM OF SHEEP, “I like their wooly coats, / the way they bleat / and how they eat/whenever they please.” Buffy Silverman gives us a quick glimpse into summer evening fireflies with her poem, NIGHT ARTISTS, “Windows are washed / with splashes of light / with flashes of green.” As the book closes Jan Annino gathers many of the animals in her delightful poem ANIMALS ALL AROUND, “Giraffe, bear, ostrich, moose. / So many animals running loose.” And here’s one of my poems,


My habitat’s in Caldwell Pond

by bullfrogs, ducks, and butterflies.

I fish, I fly, not far beyond

my habitat’s in Caldwell Pond.

Don’t get too close, sit by that frond

or SKEOW you’ll soon hear my cries–

My habitat’s in Caldwell pond

by bullfrogs, ducks, and butterflies.

© 2022 Michelle Kogan

SO MANY ANIMALS! A Child’s Book of Poetry
Edited by M.R. Street
Turtle Cove Press
© 2022

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Here’s a new Valentine’s card available in my online Etsy Shop, Michelle Kogan Fine Art!

Marcie Flinchum Atkins at her blog of the same name, is hosting this week’s Poetry Friday Roundup, thanks Marcie! She’s sharing a bevy of dormancy nature books including one of her own, be sure to stop by!

About Michelle Kogan Art, Illustration, & Writing

Michelle Kogan is an artist, illustrator, instructor, and writer, creating colorful allegorical figure, flora and fauna paintings and children's illustrations, which have a sensitivity to endangered species, and the environment. She is an art instructor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the Evanston Art Center and offers Plein Air Painting Workshops at nature venues in the Chicago area including the Lincoln Park Conservatory, Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, and Lurie Gardens at Millennium Park. Visit her online Etsy Shop at: http://www.MichelleKoganFineArt.etsy.com and her website: http://www.michellekogan.com
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16 Responses to Poetry Friday–New Year, New Book, New Card!

  1. Kay Mcgriff says:

    What a fun collection of animal poems, especially with all those familiar poets. Congrats!

  2. Laura Shovan says:

    Congratulations on the publication, Michelle! What a wonderful way to kick off the year. I’m going to be thinking about “Rabbit’s kindness and empathy” as Chinese New Year begins.

  3. jama says:

    Congrats on being in the new anthology!! Love your Year of the Rabbit drawing, your Lunisolar and Heron poems 🙂 And what a pretty Valentine’s Day card!! Thanks for all the delights this week.

  4. margaretsmn says:

    Thanks for featuring So Many Animals today. I haven’t seen the book yet. I’m so honored to be published with you and other favorite poets.

  5. lindabaie says:

    How wonderful, Michelle. Congratulations to you and to all the other familiar faces! I love that you created a new word in your poem & the bouncy rhyme!

  6. mbhmaine says:

    Thanks so much for sharing from So Many Animals today and congratulations on having your poem included. There’s so much to celebrate in your post!

  7. maryleehahn says:

    Congratulations to you and the other PF peeps included in the new anthology. It sounds like so much fun! Love your Valentine and your “lunisolar” poem!

  8. Oooh, this is lovely. What a fun anthology–I hadn’t heard of it until now!

  9. Congratulations, Michelle, on your lovely poem in such a beautiful collection. Sounds like a great gathering of animals.

  10. Congratulations on the poetry anthology! I will have to check it out!

  11. Susan T. says:

    Michelle, congratulations on the publication. Love the heron poem with its SKEOW, which captures the odd heron voice well! Herons must be in the air (ha ha). I have one in my poem today, too.

  12. Congrats, Michelle, on the anthology; how fun to join so many PF poets in celebrating animals and art! I will pass this resource along to my kinder-teacher-sister!

  13. haitiruth says:

    I do love your heron! There’s so much to love here. That anthology sounds amazing! Ruth, thereisnosuchthingasagodforsakentown.blogspot.com

  14. rosecappelli says:

    Thanks for all the poetry goodness here, Michelle. I’m putting the anthology on my wish list – can’t pass up a collection of poems by so many PF friends.

  15. Linda Mitchell says:

    Awwwwww! I haven’t gotten a copy yet. Must get on that right away. It’s like a Poetry Friday celebration in a book!

  16. Congratulations on all, Michelle! Thanks for sharing. I have obviously been under a rock (well, scurrying in a vortex with this complicated move!) and missed this new collection – looks and sounds so wonderful! Yay for your Heron poem – I’m happy that wherever we’ve lived over the years, great blues have called home.

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