Imaginary Silly Animals


My Favorite Silly Animal Is


A horse and dog mixed up. 
I will call it a horog or a dorse.
It likes to eat meat, it makes a naying noise,
Has eight legs and likes to dance.
It loves to chase the mailman!


A dragon and a turtle, combined.
He’s tall with a shell on his back.
He’s scaley green and flat black.
He always dreams about Abraham
Lincoln. He can’t help it.

A three-headed giraffe.
One head is a girl and the other two
Are brothers. They smell like garbage.
They love Pizza Hut.
They are yellow and orange,
And don’t get along with themselves.


A dog and dragon put together.
His name is B. Dog and his favorite music
Is rock and hip hop and Kiss. 
He likes to play video games and go
To the stadium.
He’s a pimped out bro.


A bat who changes color
Depending if she’s sleepy, happy,
Or hungry,
Or wants attention.
She turns the color of a rainbow
Whenever it rains.
Her name is Moodee Bat!


Hunchy the monkey
Who plays gitar with his feet
And has shape shifting powers.
It walks and flys without wings.
It dances. It has fur and hair.
It can be anything you want it to be.


A camel mixed with a cangaroo.
Camaroo likes to sky dive, and when he’s happy
He eats ice cream. 
So he tries to stay happy.
He growels in his sleep, but it’s a good growel.
Don’t get him mad, though,
Because he’ll box you upside the head!
Warning: do not get him mad.
If he looks cranky,
Offer him ice cream,
Then back up!


About deniselanier

I am an educator & advocate, poet & performer, speaker & storyteller who believes in the power of narrative to transform & transport, create & connect. I was the shy, awkward girl who didn’t fit in, was often bullied, happiest with my nose in books, whose best friend was my dog. After being cast in a play in my teens I discovered a way to be comfortable in my own skin, bringing to life the words of a character. Costumed in make-believe I dared to be more of myself than I ever allowed off-stage; I claimed my voice. I spent most of my adult life teaching others to raise their own voices, through acting, creative writing, even slam poetry. When the diagnosis of MS intervened in my 30s I had to let go of acting, which is why most of my storytelling is now expressed through page and less “formal” interactions with stages. I devote much of my time to kids, teaching them to use words & imagination, developing authentic, resilient, remarkable voices. I endeavor to grow in my students the belief, the truth, that we are all artists & the change-makers in our own stories. My best friend still has fur & four legs. My mobility assistance dog is my constant companion, teaching assistant & muse to many. Luke is also chief partner in crime; I’m getting a reputation for stealing things. As inventor of a poetic form called klepto-collaborative, I pickpocket words & phrases from others, reshuffling & reshaping the puzzle-pieces into a colorful, storied mosaic of diverse voices. Taking something from every speaker at a conference in real-time, I craft a collective poem that highlights the messages of the day, repurposing ideas & refashioning stories, weaving them together in a manner that never loses the originality & spirit of the speakers’ themes. So while I may be a word thief, I figure being eco-conscious makes up for it. I’m available to facilitate wordy goodness in your community, school, workplace or play space. I like to think I have way of transforming annual meetings into something interactive, cooperative & memorable. Through my klepto-collaborative poems I aim to delight, to ignite conversation, and maybe even incite innovation. I earned an MFA from Florida International University, where I edited Gulf Stream Literary Magazine. I’m the founder of WordPlay, a poetry-in-the-schools project inspired by Dave Eggers. My poetry has appeared in Bloomsbury Review, Cake, Luna, Best American Poetry blog (a collaborative poem with the phenomenal Denise Duhamel), Wicked Good Life, and various anthologies. My non-fiction has appeared in the Miami Herald and my fiction has been nominated for Best New American Voices. &

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