Meet Artist Robyn Crowell- Illustrator for The Trickster: Poems for Very Clever Children & Silly Adults

A nice article was recently published in the Fort Bend County Herald Newspaper profiling Robyn Crowell, the artist who illustrated my new book, The Trickster: Poems for Very Clever Children & Silly Adults.IMG_7266


My Homophobic Friend-A Poem by Daniel Klawitter

My Homophobic Friend

When the bow is in the clouds, I will see it
and remember the everlasting covenant
between God and every living creature
of all flesh that is on the earth.
—Genesis 9:16

Seeing a rainbow makes my friend see red.
A belligerent bull, he just can’t help
Lowering his head and charging.
I know he has this unexamined wound
In his raging, intolerant heart.
I know that he is easily consumed
By disgust. And yet, he trusts that place
Where fascism and faith embrace
In obscene acts of idolatrous copulation.

My friend’s fantasies are explicit:
They involve cutting off the horns
Of all the magical unicorns.
He definitely doesn’t get it.
But there’s no arguing with a guy
Who can’t tell fact from fiction.
He might as well be a matchstick,
Ready to scratch himself into flame
In the inferno of his contradictions.

The Trickster: Poems for Very Clever Children & Silly Adults—Publication Announcement

Break out the champagne! My new book of poems was published today by White Bird Publications. As of this posting, it was the #1 new release on Kindle in the Children’s Poetry category.

The paperback can be ordered directly from the publisher here.

The poems are fully illustrated in color by the talented Texas-based artist Robyn Crowell. The age range for which the book is intended is children aged 9 to 109. Please consider buying a copy for a child in your life and/or for the child inside of yourself. It is also available for order online at Barns and Noble for the Nook. Best of all, you can special order it at most independent brick and mortar book stores as White Bird Publications distributes nationally and internationally through Ingram.

Here’s a sample:


The Praying Mantis


I think the neatest bug of all

Must be the Praying Mantis—

They know kung fu and it may be true

That they used to rule Atlantis!


They might resemble leaves or sticks—

These masters of disguise.

They can see in true 3-D

(Why not? They have five eyes!)


It’s so cool how they can turn their head

A hundred and eighty degrees!

These carnivores who live outdoors

Have lots of expertise.


And the lady Praying Mantis

Can have a thousand youngsters!

But she sometimes eats the father,

From his head down to his dumpster.




The Trickster: forthcoming book of poems for very clever children & silly adults by Daniel Klawitter

I am happy to offer a sneak peak of the cover for my forthcoming book: The Trickster: Poems for Very Clever Children & Silly Adults. It will be published by White Bird Publications out of Austin, TX in late May/early June and contains full-color illustrations by Robyn Crowell. The poems are appropriate for children age 9 to 109. I will post a link for ordering information once it is released. perf6.000x9.000.indd

Writing The Vision

The journal, Sacramental Life, has a circulation of about 500 subscribers…including several seminary libraries. Alas, they don’t have an online presence. So here is a new poem of mine that appears in their latest issue, slightly revised by me since I first submitted it:

Writing the Vision


And the Lord answered me, and said, ‘Write the vision,

and make it plain upon tablets, that he may run that readeth it.’

—Habakkuk 2:2


Here in the rot & wreck—

In the besotted & messy elegance

Of my chosen art, I strive & crawl

Through broken psalms

Of lament & praise toward

What? Irrelevance? Only time will tell

If desire is equal to intelligence.

And even if it isn’t, at least I have dwelled

In the temple of the most highs.

I have seen them ascend

Like Perseus on Pegasus:

These poets with their mysteries—

Their uncanny focus & eloquence.

They help us to see beyond the charms

Of sight. And by their liturgies

They sing us home to where memory

Is infused with such reflected light

The darkness is quite undone:

Stunned, illuminated & incredulous.