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Judith Viorst Biography

an American author, newspaper journalist, and psychoanalysis researcher. She is perhaps best known for her children's literature, such as The Tenth Good Thing About Barney (about the death of a pet) and the Alexander series of short picture books.

Viorst is a 1952 graduate of the Newark College of Arts and Sciences at Rutgers University in Newar ...

Judith Viorst Poems

1.
If I Were In Charge Of The World

If I were in charge of the world
I'd cancel oatmeal,
Monday mornings,
Allergy shots, and also Sara Steinberg.
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2.
Since Hanna Moved Away

The tires on my bike are flat.
The sky is grouchy gray.
At least it sure feels like that
Since Hanna moved away.
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3.
Mother Doesn'T Want A Dog

Mother doesn't want a dog.
Mother says they smell,
And never sit when you say sit,
Or even when you yell.
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4.
True Love

It is true love because
I put on eyeliner and a concerto and make pungent observations about the great issues of the day
Even when there's no one here but him,
And because
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5.
The Pleasures Of Ordinary Life

I've had my share of necessary losses,
Of dreams I know no longer can come true.
I'm done now with the whys and the becauses.
It's time to make things good, not just make do.
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Judith Viorst Quotes

11 November 2014

Craving that old sweet oneness yet dreading engulfment, wishing to be our mother's and yet be our own, we stormily swing from mood to mood, advancing and retreating—the quintessential model of two-mindedness.

11 November 2014

The need to become a separate self is as urgent as the yearning to merge forever. And as long as we, not our mother, initiate parting, and as long as our mother remains reliably there, it seems possible to risk, and even to revel in, standing alone.

11 November 2014

A normal adolescent is so restless and twitchy and awkward that he can mange to injure his knee—not playing soccer, not playing football—but by falling off his chair in the middle of French class.

11 November 2014

Close friends contribute to our personal growth. They also contribute to our personal pleasure, making the music sound sweeter, the wine taste richer, the laughter ring louder because they are there.

11 November 2014

We have to divide mother love with our brothers and sisters. Our parents can help us cope with the loss of our dream of absolute love. But they cannot make us believe that we haven't lost it.

Judith Viorst Comments

Mamel Teh 15 September 2006

The poem Apology is a good reading material for Filipino schoolchildren. ------------- 13 September 2006 Ms. Judith Viorst Author Email: info@annonline.co, judithviorst.com, www.brownielocks.com Dear Ms. Viorst: Greetings of peace! This is a follow-up to our request for your kind permission to use your poem, APOLOGY from the website http: //www.barkingspiderpoetry.com, in the Elementary Reading grade two textbook manuscript we are currently preparing and to be published by JFC Publishing House, Inc. here in the Philippines. Kindly send us your reply at JFC Publishing House, Inc.,105 Gremville Subdivision, Tandang Sora, Quezon City 1116, Philippines. You can also send a facsimile at (632) 456-1715 or e-mail your reply at jfc_publishinghouse@yahoo.com and mamel_teh@yahoo.com. Thank you for your kind attention. Very truly yours, Annabelle A. Fabro Teacher, Grade School St. Mary’s College-Quezon City Eleanor Pagayon-Pineda English Teacher, Grade School St. Mary’s College-Quezon City ------------ 02 July 2006 MS. JUDITH VIORST Author Dear Ms. Viorst: Greetings of goodwill! We are currently preparing a textbook in Reading for second grade students in the elementary level, which is part of the textbook series being coordinated by Dr. Maria Alicia Bustos-Orosa of De La Salle University-Manila and to be published by JFC Publishing House, Inc. We came across your poems that are good reading materials for Filipino school children. In this regard, we would like to request your kind permission to use your beautiful poem, APOLOGY (year?) , which was downloaded from the web site http//www.barkingspiderpoetry.com. Please be assured that we will make proper acknowledgment of the text material in the textbook. If you are agreeable, kindly sign the permission form below and return the duplicate copy of the letter to the undersigned at 105 Gremville Subdivision, Tandang Sora, Quezon City 1116, Philippines. You can also send a facsimile at (632) 456-1715 or e-mail a scanned copy at jfc_publishinghouse@yahoo.com, whichever is most convenient. Thank you for your consideration of this request. Very truly yours, Annabelle A. Fabro Eleanor Pagayon-Pineda English Teacher, Grade School Teacher, Grade School St. Mary’s College-Quezon City St. Mary’s College-Quezon City ------------------------------ PERMISSION FORM Permission granted by Date: ____________________________ __________________________________ SIGNATURE OVER PRINTED NAME Remarks: ---------------- 21 June 2006 http: //www.barkingspiderpoetry.com Dear Sir/Madam: Greetings of goodwill! I am currently preparing a textbook in Reading for second grade students in the elementary level, which JFC Publishing House is scheduled to publish. In this regard, I would like to request your kind permission to use the following poems from your website: 1. APOLOGY by Judith Viorst (year?) 2. CHILDREN OF THE RAINBOW by CJ Heck (year?) Please be assured that I will make proper acknowledgment of the text materials in the textbook. If you are amenable, kindly sign the permission form below and send a duplicate copy of the letter to the undersigned at 105 Gremville Subdivision, Tandang Sora, Quezon City 1116, Philippines. You can also send a facsimile at (632) 456-1715 or e-mail a scanned copy at jfc_publishinghouse@yahoo.com. Thank you for your consideration of this request. Very truly yours, Annabelle A. Fabro Eleanor Pagayon-Pineda Teacher Teacher ------------------------------ PERMISSION FORM Permission granted by Date: ____________________________ __________________________________ __________________________________ SIGNATURE OVER PRINTED NAME SIGNATURE OVER PRINTED NAME Remarks: 21 June 2006 Permissions Department Picture Book Studio 10 Central Street, Saxonville MA 01701, USA 21 June 2006 http: //www.barkingspiderpoetry.com Dear Sir/Madam: Greetings of goodwill! I am currently preparing a textbook in Reading for second grade students in the elementary level, which JFC Publishing House is scheduled to publish. In this regard, I would like to request your kind permission to use the following poems from your website: 1. APOLOGY by Judith Viorst (year?) 2. CHILDREN OF THE RAINBOW by CJ Heck (year?) Please be assured that I will make proper acknowledgment of the text materials in the textbook. If you are amenable, kindly sign the permission form below and send a duplicate copy of the letter to the undersigned at 105 Gremville Subdivision, Tandang Sora, Quezon City 1116, Philippines. You can also send a facsimile at (632) 456-1715 or e-mail a scanned copy at jfc_publishinghouse@yahoo.com. Thank you for your consideration of this request. Very truly yours, Annabelle A. Fabro Eleanor Pagayon-Pineda Teacher Teacher ------------------------------ PERMISSION FORM Permission granted by Date: ____________________________ __________________________________ __________________________________ SIGNATURE OVER PRINTED NAME SIGNATURE OVER PRINTED NAME Remarks:

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Mamel Teh 15 September 2006

13 September 2006 Ms. Judith Viorst Author Email: info@annonline.co, judithviorst.com, www.brownielocks.com Dear Ms. Viorst: Greetings of peace! This is a follow-up to our request for your kind permission to use your poem, APOLOGY from the website http: //www.barkingspiderpoetry.com, in the Elementary Reading grade two textbook manuscript we are currently preparing and to be published by JFC Publishing House, Inc. here in the Philippines. Kindly send us your reply at JFC Publishing House, Inc.,105 Gremville Subdivision, Tandang Sora, Quezon City 1116, Philippines. You can also send a facsimile at (632) 456-1715 or e-mail your reply at jfc_publishinghouse@yahoo.com and mamel_teh@yahoo.com. Thank you for your kind attention. Very truly yours, Annabelle A. Fabro Teacher, Grade School St. Mary’s College-Quezon City Eleanor Pagayon-Pineda English Teacher, Grade School St. Mary’s College-Quezon City ------------- 21 June 2006 http: //www.barkingspiderpoetry.com Dear Sir/Madam: Greetings of goodwill! I am currently preparing a textbook in Reading for second grade students in the elementary level, which JFC Publishing House is scheduled to publish. In this regard, I would like to request your kind permission to use the following poems from your website: 1. APOLOGY by Judith Viorst (year?) 2. CHILDREN OF THE RAINBOW by CJ Heck (year?) Please be assured that I will make proper acknowledgment of the text materials in the textbook. If you are amenable, kindly sign the permission form below and send a duplicate copy of the letter to the undersigned at 105 Gremville Subdivision, Tandang Sora, Quezon City 1116, Philippines. You can also send a facsimile at (632) 456-1715 or e-mail a scanned copy at jfc_publishinghouse@yahoo.com. Thank you for your consideration of this request. Very truly yours, Annabelle A. Fabro Eleanor Pagayon-Pineda Teacher Teacher ------------------------------ PERMISSION FORM Permission granted by Date: ____________________________ __________________________________ __________________________________ SIGNATURE OVER PRINTED NAME SIGNATURE OVER PRINTED NAME Remarks: -------------- 02 July 2006 MS. JUDITH VIORST Author Dear Ms. Viorst: Greetings of goodwill! We are currently preparing a textbook in Reading for second grade students in the elementary level, which is part of the textbook series being coordinated by Dr. Maria Alicia Bustos-Orosa of De La Salle University-Manila and to be published by JFC Publishing House, Inc. We came across your poems that are good reading materials for Filipino school children. In this regard, we would like to request your kind permission to use your beautiful poem, APOLOGY (year?) , which was downloaded from the web site http//www.barkingspiderpoetry.com. Please be assured that we will make proper acknowledgment of the text material in the textbook. If you are agreeable, kindly sign the permission form below and return the duplicate copy of the letter to the undersigned at 105 Gremville Subdivision, Tandang Sora, Quezon City 1116, Philippines. You can also send a facsimile at (632) 456-1715 or e-mail a scanned copy at jfc_publishinghouse@yahoo.com, whichever is most convenient. Thank you for your consideration of this request. Very truly yours, Annabelle A. Fabro Eleanor Pagayon-Pineda English Teacher, Grade School Teacher, Grade School St. Mary’s College-Quezon City St. Mary’s College-Quezon City ------------------------------ PERMISSION FORM Permission granted by Date: ____________________________ __________________________________ SIGNATURE OVER PRINTED NAME Remarks:

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john Peach 16 January 2018

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Mamel Teh 15 September 2006

13 September 2006 Ms. Judith Viorst Author Email: info@annonline.co, judithviorst.com, www.brownielocks.com Dear Ms. Viorst: Greetings of peace! This is a follow-up to our request for your kind permission to use your poem, APOLOGY from the website http: //www.barkingspiderpoetry.com, in the Elementary Reading grade two textbook manuscript we are currently preparing and to be published by JFC Publishing House, Inc. here in the Philippines. Kindly send us your reply at JFC Publishing House, Inc.,105 Gremville Subdivision, Tandang Sora, Quezon City 1116, Philippines. You can also send a facsimile at (632) 456-1715 or e-mail your reply at jfc_publishinghouse@yahoo.com and mamel_teh@yahoo.com. Thank you for your kind attention. Very truly yours, Annabelle A. Fabro Teacher, Grade School St. Mary’s College-Quezon City Eleanor Pagayon-Pineda English Teacher, Grade School St. Mary’s College-Quezon City 13 September 2006 Ms. Judith Viorst Author Email: info@annonline.co, judithviorst.com, www.brownielocks.com Dear Ms. Viorst: Greetings of peace! This is a follow-up to our request for your kind permission to use your poem, APOLOGY from the website http: //www.barkingspiderpoetry.com, in the Elementary Reading grade two textbook manuscript we are currently preparing and to be published by JFC Publishing House, Inc. here in the Philippines. Kindly send us your reply at JFC Publishing House, Inc.,105 Gremville Subdivision, Tandang Sora, Quezon City 1116, Philippines. You can also send a facsimile at (632) 456-1715 or e-mail your reply at jfc_publishinghouse@yahoo.com and mamel_teh@yahoo.com. Thank you for your kind attention. Very truly yours, Annabelle A. Fabro Teacher, Grade School St. Mary’s College-Quezon City Eleanor Pagayon-Pineda English Teacher, Grade School St. Mary’s College-Quezon City 13 September 2006 Ms. Judith Viorst Author Email: info@annonline.co, judithviorst.com, www.brownielocks.com Dear Ms. Viorst: Greetings of peace! This is a follow-up to our request for your kind permission to use your poem, APOLOGY from the website http: //www.barkingspiderpoetry.com, in the Elementary Reading grade two textbook manuscript we are currently preparing and to be published by JFC Publishing House, Inc. here in the Philippines. Kindly send us your reply at JFC Publishing House, Inc.,105 Gremville Subdivision, Tandang Sora, Quezon City 1116, Philippines. You can also send a facsimile at (632) 456-1715 or e-mail your reply at jfc_publishinghouse@yahoo.com and mamel_teh@yahoo.com. Thank you for your kind attention. Very truly yours, Annabelle A. Fabro Teacher, Grade School St. Mary’s College-Quezon City Eleanor Pagayon-Pineda English Teacher, Grade School St. Mary’s College-Quezon City ------------- 21 June 2006 http: //www.barkingspiderpoetry.com Dear Sir/Madam: Greetings of goodwill! I am currently preparing a textbook in Reading for second grade students in the elementary level, which JFC Publishing House is scheduled to publish. In this regard, I would like to request your kind permission to use the following poems from your website: 1. APOLOGY by Judith Viorst (year?) 2. CHILDREN OF THE RAINBOW by CJ Heck (year?) Please be assured that I will make proper acknowledgment of the text materials in the textbook. If you are amenable, kindly sign the permission form below and send a duplicate copy of the letter to the undersigned at 105 Gremville Subdivision, Tandang Sora, Quezon City 1116, Philippines. You can also send a facsimile at (632) 456-1715 or e-mail a scanned copy at jfc_publishinghouse@yahoo.com. Thank you for your consideration of this request. Very truly yours, Annabelle A. Fabro Eleanor Pagayon-Pineda Teacher Teacher ------------------------------ PERMISSION FORM Permission granted by Date: ____________________________ __________________________________ __________________________________ SIGNATURE OVER PRINTED NAME SIGNATURE OVER PRINTED NAME Remarks: -------------- 02 July 2006 MS. JUDITH VIORST Author Dear Ms. Viorst: Greetings of goodwill! We are currently preparing a textbook in Reading for second grade students in the elementary level, which is part of the textbook series being coordinated by Dr. Maria Alicia Bustos-Orosa of De La Salle University-Manila and to be published by JFC Publishing House, Inc. We came across your poems that are good reading materials for Filipino school children. In this regard, we would like to request your kind permission to use your beautiful poem, APOLOGY (year?) , which was downloaded from the web site http//www.barkingspiderpoetry.com. Please be assured that we will make proper acknowledgment of the text material in the textbook. If you are agreeable, kindly sign the permission form below and return the duplicate copy of the letter to the undersigned at 105 Gremville Subdivision, Tandang Sora, Quezon City 1116, Philippines. You can also send a facsimile at (632) 456-1715 or e-mail a scanned copy at jfc_publishinghouse@yahoo.com, whichever is most convenient. Thank you for your consideration of this request. Very truly yours, Annabelle A. Fabro Eleanor Pagayon-Pineda English Teacher, Grade School Teacher, Grade School St. Mary’s College-Quezon City St. Mary’s College-Quezon City ------------------------------ PERMISSION FORM Permission granted by Date: ____________________________ __________________________________ SIGNATURE OVER PRINTED NAME Remarks

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Kyra West 20 October 2018

I read a wonderful piece in the NY Times (I think) around 1968. It was an ink drawing of breakfast between a surly wife and a cheery husband. She with a black cup of coffee and a cigarette, he all bright eyed with a huge breakfast spread. I would love to get a copy of this poem. Thank you for lots of great reading. dnkwest@gmail.com

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kimya 03 September 2020

thought ut was funny and crazy and a litle wierd

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? ? ? ? ? 27 April 2020

Judith Viorst Writes good poems. (I am a child)

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Reagan Meuth 30 December 2019

I love bossy mom. It is just so exciting to read and it gets me pumped up for the day. once again I love bossy mom.

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Reagan Meuth 30 December 2019

I love bossy mom. It is just so exciting to read and it gets me pumped up for the day. once again I love love love bossy mom.

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Gail Gurman 28 May 2019

When I was in high school, in the mid-70s, I remember having torn out a poem from a magazine and memorized it. It was called " Some People's Children" and I have a vague feeling that it was written by Judith Viorst, but I can't find it anywhere. Anyone know anything about it?

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