Thursday, December 3, 2020

Birthday Poem

 Hello and Happy Poetry Friday! Be sure to visit the birthday girl Mary Lee at A Year of Reading

back cover D-39
(final will be in color)

I'm super-honored Mary Lee is hosting the cover reveal for D-39: A Robodog's Journey, my dystopian verse novel coming May 18, 2021. I hope you like it!

Cover art is by illustrator Jamie Green (learn a little about Jamie in Mary Lee's post as well!), the publisher is Charlesbridge, and it's a book I started out calling my boy-dog-war story... and then it morphed into the girl-robodog-war story you see depicted on the cover.  And it's so much more than that... about tinkering and heroes and made-up words and surprises and acceptance and love and friendship and finding one's way... I hope you'll give it a read! 

And if you'd like to review it on your blog, the publisher is offering digital galleys! You can email me irene (at) irenelatham (dot) com or leave a comment below.

Meanwhile: Thank you, Mary Lee!! My ArtSpeak: RED poetry offering today continues the birthday (and dog) theme. It's a revision of an e.e. cummings-inspired birthday poem I wrote a while back. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MARY LEE!

Dog's Birthday Song

to you happy birthday
on this most yippity day
stick a candle in every hour
lickety-sniffety every plate

to you happy birthday
in my teeth a thousand thank yous
for party-hats cake the universe you
on this most yippety day
for you i wish

- Irene Latham

p.s. in other happy news: THIS POEM IS A NEST was included on Kirkus' Best Middle Grade Books of the Year. Yay for poetry for middle grade! xo


  1. So much to celebrate, Irene! Congratulations to you and your cover artist, Jamie. Your poem hits just the right note. (pun intended) My Smidgey lives the her best "yippity day" everyday. :)

  2. Love your birthday poem, and congrats on D-39. I am in awe of your versatility as an author and poet!

  3. You do have a lot to celebrate. I'd be happy to review it on my blog. That would be fun.

  4. Love the dog with a party hat, "lickety-sniffety" tells much about a dog & those birthday sweets! Congrats again for your new book which sound like a fun adventure!

  5. Ha! Yes, it's an auspicious day...celebrating our dearest Mary Lee on a special birthday as well as a new book from you. I will read it! I'm so enjoying your growing pile of published books. I love seeing a creative person find success. Hooray! And, the words in your birthday poem are perfect for my middle schoolers.

  6. Your Birthday poem fits so well to celebrate Mary Lee and your forthcoming new book, many congrats Irene–And such a lovely line this is,"stick a candle in every hour, thanks!

  7. I am so excited for your success, Irene. Your new book sounds wonderful. I think I will borrow your Happy Birthday poem because my littlest granddaughter is one on Jan. 9th. Please ask your publisher to send me a copy of your new book for a review on my blog. If there is a Blog Tour let me know about that also.

  8. Thank you SO much for this special birthday poem, and for the gift of doing your cover reveal! I'm so honored.

    The poem is extra perfect because I did indeed stick candles at regular time intervals all day long yesterday, celebrating with friends and family from Australia to Germany and all across the USA! So. Much. Fun.

  9. It's a party in a post! Congratulations on all the exciting news, Irene, and thanks for the doggo birthday celebration :>)

  10. Congratulations on your new book, Irene! It looks amazing, and I look forward to reading it. And Happy Birthday, Mary Lee!!

  11. Congratulations on your new book AND on THIS POEM IS A NEST (a well-deserved honor). Love the lickety-sniffety!

  12. So much to love in this post! I can't wait to read your new book, and the doggy birthday poem is yippety!


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