poet Judith Viorst

Judith Viorst

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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 Newark, New Jersey. In 1968, Viorst signed the “Writers and Editors War Tax Protest” pledge, vowing to refuse tax payments in protest against the Vietnam War. In the latter part of the 1970s, after two decades of writing for children and adults, she turned to the study of Freudian psychology. In 1981, and after six years of study at Washington ... more »

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  • 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 tw...
    Judith Viorst (20th century), U.S. author and poet. Necessary Loses, ch. 3 (1986).
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  • 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 possib...
    Judith Viorst (20th century), U.S. author and poet. Necessary Loses, ch. 3 (1986).
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  • Somewhere slightly before or after the close of our second decade, we reach a momentous milestone—childhood's end. We have left a safe place and can't go home again. We have moved into a world wh...
    Judith Viorst (20th century), U.S. novelist and poet. Necessary Losses, ch. 10 (1986).
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  • ''Adolescence involves our nutty-desperate-ecstatic-rash psychological efforts to come to terms with new bodies and outrageous urges.''
    Judith Viorst (20th century), U.S. novelist and poet. Necessary Losses, ch. 10 (1986).
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  • 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 ...
    Judith Viorst (20th century), U.S. novelist and poet. Necessary Losses, ch. 10 (1986).
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  • kimya (9/3/2020 9:27:00 AM)

    thought ut was funny and crazy and a litle wierd

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  • ? ? ? ? ? (4/27/2020 1:15:00 PM)

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

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  • Reagan Meuth (12/30/2019 8:28:00 AM)

    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 (12/30/2019 8:27:00 AM)

    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 (5/28/2019 2:01:00 AM)

    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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  • Kyra West (5/7/2019 2:14:00 PM)

    My husband says we have been married 53 thousand years - sounds like, you, too have had a " good" marriage. When we were first married, you had a poem with a wonderful drawing of a wife (who is not a morning person) across from her sparkling husband. I have looked far and wide with no success so..... If at all possible, I would love to have a copy. As soon as I can, I will buy a copy of your latest.

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  • Rajnish Manga (5/5/2019 2:09:00 AM)

    Just read your beautiful poem 'Since Hanna Moved Away'. You have transformed the parting with a loved one into a lasting song to be cherished for ever. I will read more of your poems for a wholesome poetic pleasure. Thanks.

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  • Kyra West (10/20/2018 8:42:00 AM)

    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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Best Poem of Judith Viorst

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.
And when you come home late at night
And there is ice and snow,
You have to go back out because
The dumb dog has to go.

Mother doesn't want a dog.
Mother says they shed,
And always let the strangers in
And bark at friends instead,
And do disgraceful things on rugs,
And track mud on the floor,
And flop upon your bed at night
And snore their doggy snore.

Mother doesn't want a dog.
She's making a mistake.
Because, more than a dog, ...

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