Picture of Robert Schechter

photo by Susannah Greenberg

“There are good books which are only for adults, because their com­pre­hen­sion pre­sup­poses adult expe­ri­ences, but there are no good books which are only for chil­dren.”

–W.H. Auden


I write poetry that can be enjoyed by both children and adults. My children's poems appear in such places as Highlights for Children,  Cricket, SpiderLadybug, The School Magazine, TygerTyger, The Dirigible Balloon, and The Caterpillar, as well as in anthologies edited by J. Patrick Lewis, Kenn Nesbitt, Sylvia Vardell, Brian Moses, James Carter, Janet Wong, Joshua Seigal, Roger Stevens, Rachel Piercey and Emma Wright.  The details are
here.  I've also been known to write light verse for adults and to translate rhyming and metrical poems from other languages (mostly  Spanish).  

My first collection of children's poems, The Red Ear Blows Its Nose, will be published by Word Galaxy/Able Muse in 2023:





​My adult poems and trans­la­tions have appeared in The Wash­ing­ton Post, The Spec­ta­tor, Salon, The Evans­ville Review, String Poet, Able Muse, Poetry East, The Paris Review Daily (online), The Alabama Lit­er­ary Review, Iron­wood, Miller’s Pond, Redac­tions, Anon, The Rain­town Review, The Avatar Review, Per Con­tra, First Things, Light Quar­terly, Light­enUp Online, Snake­skin, and Bum­ber­shoot, among other jour­nals, as well as in the anthology, Vil­lanelles, part of the Everyman’s Library Pocket Poets series pub­lished by Ran­dom House,  Poems for a Liminal Age, an anthology in support of Médecins Sans Frontières, and in the lat­est edi­tion of Lewis Turco’s The Book of Forms.


I was the winner of the 2016 X.J. Kennedy Parody Award. My winning poem, a parody of Rainer Maria Rilke's famous "Archaic Torso of Apollo," is entitled "Archaic Torso of Barbie," and was published in Measure: A Review of Formal Poetry, Volume XI, Issue 2. You can read it here. I also won the 2019 Willis Barnstone Translation Prize for my translation of Leo Strauss's poem, "The Village of As Though," which will be published in Prism : An Interdisciplinary Journal for Holocaust Educators.

My pri­mary goal as a writer is to con­tinue writ­ing and pub­lish­ing poems that can be enjoyed by both chil­dren and adults. I have com­pleted sev­eral col­lec­tions of children’s poems (as well as a couple of rhyming picture books) that are in search of a pub­lisher.


You can read a few of my poems and translations by clicking on the menu up top. I hope you find something to enjoy. And thank you for stopping by!


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