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Paul B. Janeczko (1945–2019)

Author of A Kick in the Head: An Everyday Guide to Poetic Forms

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About the Author

Paul Bryan Janeczko was born in Passaic, New Jersey on July 27, 1945. He received a bachelor's degree in English from St. Francis College in 1967 and a master's degree in English from John Carroll University in 1970. While teaching public high school, he created his own poetry anthology to use in show more his classes. He retired from teaching in 1990 after 22 years. He became a poet and anthologist best known for his poetry anthologies for children. From the 1980s through the early 2000s, he was the compiler for several anthologies including Pocket Poems: Selected for a Journey, I Feel a Little Jumpy Around You: A Book of Her Poems and His Poems Collected in Pairs, and A Kick in the Head: An Everyday Guide to Poetic Forms. He wrote several poetry collections including The Crystal Image, Requiem, Worlds Afire, and The Proper Way to Meet a Hedgehog and Other How-to Poems. His novel, Bridges to Cross, was published 1986. He died on February 19, 2019 at the age of 73. (Bowker Author Biography) show less

Works by Paul B. Janeczko

Worlds Afire (2004) 96 copies
Poetspeak (1983) 77 copies
Wing Nuts: Screwy Haiku (1656) 71 copies
Very Best (almost) Friends (1999) 26 copies
Wherever Home Begins (1995) 25 copies
Home on the Range: Cowboy Poetry (1997) — Editor — 24 copies
Brickyard Summer (1989) 20 copies
Going Over to Your Place (1987) 15 copies
Pocket Poems (1985) 15 copies
Stardust Otel (1993) 11 copies
Crystal Image (1977) 2 copies
Bridges to Cross (1986) 1 copy

Associated Works

Our White House: Looking In, Looking Out (2008) — Contributor — 340 copies

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Birthdate
1945-07-27
Date of death
2019-02-19
Gender
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wallace2012 | 2 other reviews | Nov 4, 2023 |
Can be challenging to read as not all the shapes have a predictable way to read the poem. However, the ones I can read easily are quite clever.
 
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KaraRW | 59 other reviews | Jul 25, 2023 |
First sentence: Home
East side, West side,
all around the town.
Which side
is the best side?
Wherever you sit down
to eat your supper, pet your cat,
do homework, watch TV.
Any old place
that's your home base
is where you want to be.
X.J. Kennedy

Premise/plot: Where I Live is a poetry collection edited by Paul B. Janeczko. The poems are gathered together into three sections, "Home," "Street," and "Town." Each poem is illustrated. Many poems celebrate the ordinary, the little moments that make up life.

My thoughts: Poetry collections are interesting. I always find a few to love. I rarely love them one and all. Such is the case with this new collection. There were a handful of poems that I definitely enjoyed reading. I thought they worked really well. I could see using them in the classroom, sharing them with young ones.

One of my favorite visual poems is by Nicholas Virgilio.
"Now the swing is still:
a suspended tire
centers the autumn moon."

The illustration shows a tire swing with a centered moon. It's a beautiful image.

I loved Ice Cream Truck by Irene Latham
On summer Mondays
we listen
for the jinglesong
that holds
half notes
of winter:
fudgesicle
orangesicle
pushpop
bombpop
firecracker
snowball
and ice cream
on a stick
that drips
unless
your tongue
is swift
like mine.

The Walk
Crunching my boots
through another snowstorm,
each footprint a temporary tattoo
against the frosted prairie.
~ Charles Waters
… (more)
 
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blbooks | Jun 28, 2023 |
This collection is a great way to introduce children to poetry. The combination of powerful writing and imaginative illustrations is perfect for this book of seasons. We can picture the countryside and the cityscape in these pages. Enjoy reading, listening and looking at this treasure.
 
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