Not Gonna Write Poems: A Poetry Book for All the Non Poets.

By Michael A. Lee

ISBN: 978-1-927538-44-9

Michael A. Lee, a physician turned poet, has released his debut book of humorous children’s poetry and sketches, titled Not Gonna Write Poems: A Poetry Book for All the Non Poets.

Dr. Lee’s book is a collection of unique, witty poems and illustrations meant to be read out loud and enjoyed by both children and adults of all ages. This poetry book was inspired by his family’ slove of the poems and drawings of Shel Silverstein, and it was co-illustrated by Dr. Lee’s young daughter, Jessica.

Unlike some poetry books, Not Gonna Write Poems is not meant to be melancholy or serious;it introduces children to the world of poetry with funny verses and illustrations.

Children are inspired to read poetry, and perhaps to write it themselves, after they read Dr. Lee’s poems about such subjects as homework to snoring to slime to “Whatever Happened to Superman?”

Mike Lee Sets New Standards for Children's Poetry


Mike Lee is enticing readers of all ages to embrace poetry through his tongue-in-cheek poems. The book—titled, “Not Gonna Write Poems” shines a light on minor familial affairs such as doing homework, facilitating and participating in sleepovers, the not-so-fictional Boogey Monster, and snoring parents among other things.

The writer shares that the book was inspired by his mission to make poetry an enjoyable art form for all ages. The whimsical piece of literature also aims to bring together families through books and encourages a team effort by guaranteeing a fun time when reading it aloud.

Michael drew on his inspiration—the late poet Shel Silverstein, throughout his journey of writing the book. He shares that his family has always enjoyed Silverstein’s work. Because of this, he was inspired to share a similar experience with other families.

Further adding to the whimsy of the book, Mike Lee and his 10-year-old daughter worked hand-in-hand to finish the book. Readers will find several funny drawings illustrated by Michael and his daughter.

Mike Lee’s “Not Gonna Write Poems” aims to share and explore the love for contemporary and relevant poetry and artwork that appeals to regular readers. One of the most unique aspects of the book is its readability. The book is designed for children and yet, it is enjoyable for adults as well. The book can only be seen as the perfect “gateway drug” into the poetic arts.

Furthermore, the book is expected to inspire children to take up their pens and express themselves not only through poetry but through illustrative means as well. This is expected to cultivate a culture that inspires and enables the younger generation to express themselves through more productive means.

Moreover, thanks to the progressive digital age, it has become increasingly easier for parents to help children share their work with the world. This means that the Internet has not only provided a visible platform for anyone who wishes to have his or her voice heard, but the platform is also effective as well.

Children’s poetry is anything but new. Nonetheless, Michael A. Lee’s take on poetry allows readers of every age to connect with the poems on a personal level. Each poem is written as a quatrain and introduces children to reading about advanced types of poetry like odes by talking about a more relatable subject like “Dad’s snoring” while keeping a light and fun tone that encourages its readers to share a chuckle or two.