What to Wear Where

By J. Patrick Lewis b. 1942
When I was a boy
In Looziana,
We wore blue jeans
And a red bandanna.
 
My folks moved up
To the state of Maine,
We wore duck shoes
In slicker-suit rain.
 
My folks moved down
To the state of Texas,
We wore brand names
Like Lazy X’s.
 
Now that we’re living
It up in Vermont,
We wear pretty much
Whatever we want.


J. Patrick Lewis, "What to Wear Where" from The Bookworm’s Feast, published by Penguin Putnam, Inc. Copyright © 1999 by J. Patrick Lewis. Reprinted by permission of Curtis Brown, Ltd.

Source: The Bookworm's Feast (Penguin Books, 1999)

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Poet J. Patrick Lewis b. 1942

POET’S REGION U.S., Midwestern

Subjects Living, Coming of Age, Relationships, Home Life, Social Commentaries, Town & Country Life

 J. Patrick Lewis

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Former Children's Poet Laureate J. Patrick Lewis grew up in Gary, Indiana and earned a BA at Saint Joseph’s College, an MA at Indiana University, and a PhD in economics at the Ohio State University. Lewis taught in the department of Business, Accounting and Economics at Otterbein College in Westerville, Ohio, until 1998 when he became a full-time writer.

Lewis is the author of more than fifty books of poetry for children, which . . .

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SUBJECT Living, Coming of Age, Relationships, Home Life, Social Commentaries, Town & Country Life

POET’S REGION U.S., Midwestern

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