"I prefer free verse, but I deliberately wrote most of the ocean poems in rhyme because kids just really love rhyme, something I learned from being a first grade teacher about 10 years ago. My caveat when rhyming is that rhyme cannot distract from the language. I won't include words to force a rhyme, and try to ensure that the lines flow naturally, not with an overly stiff, perfect meter." - Kate Coombs
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