Benjamin Rosenbaum

Comments on "Wise Bugs and the Way to Go"

Ben, can any of the poems be viewed online?

Posted by valerie at January 29, 2011 04:38 PM

Also have a friend with a small art book printing biz in Berkeley- he has a young daughter and I think would like a project like this. Contact me if you want me to pursue it.

Posted by Valerie at January 29, 2011 04:40 PM

Congratulations - what a fabulous market for those poems! And good luck placing the rest of them. It sounds like a book I'd love to read to MrD in a few years.

Posted by Steph Burgis at January 29, 2011 05:55 PM

If I were you, I'd contact the good folks at Milkweed Press, here in Minneapolis. They are one of my favorite publishers, with a long list of interesting, quirky and soulful children's literature (in addition to lots and lots of beautiful books for non-kid-types as well). I'll bet they'd be into it.

Posted by Kelly Barnhill at January 29, 2011 06:49 PM

Wow. That's awesome about Sluggo et al!

Da Capo Press has published various Tao-related books over the years (a parent's guide to Tao Te Ching, etc.). Might be worth dropping someone there a line.

Posted by Tim Pratt at January 29, 2011 06:51 PM

Valerie -- I haven't put up any of the poems yet. Well, okay, until now. Here's one -- "Not-Doing", based on Lao Tse's poems 2 and 3.

If everybody thinks the same things are beautiful,
that's ugly.
If everybody agrees about what's good,
that's bad.

You can't have easy without hard.
You can't have high without low.

Wise kids do nothing, and stuff gets done.
They can teach without talking.

So if wise kids were in charge
they'd give people food
instead of ideas and wishes.
If someone knew how to fix everything,
the wise kids would say,

If you do not-doing, nothing is broken.

Posted by Benjamin Rosenbaum at January 31, 2011 05:51 PM

Thanks everyone, and thanks Tim, Val & Kelly for the leads -- I'm putting them on my list...!

Posted by Benjamin Rosenbaum at January 31, 2011 05:53 PM

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