Slice of Life: Welcome, Leslie Bulion!

Reading to the Core

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Today is an exciting day here at Reading to the Core! I’m so happy to welcome poet Leslie Bulion to talk about her third collection of nonfiction poetry, Random Body Parts: Gross Anatomy Riddles in Verse (Peachtree, 2015). Leslie is also the author of At the Sea Floor Cafe: Odd Ocean Critter Poems and Hey There, Stink Bug!, as well as four books of fiction. You can read about all of Leslie’s work on her website.


The words “gross” and “riddles” in the title of this collection will automatically lure readers who wouldn’t ordinarily pick up poetry. In the opening poem, Leslie invites readers to “Riddle Me This:”

“Of course you have a body,

But do you have a clue,

Where all the body parts you’ve got are found

And what they do?”

Leslie delivers on her promise of grossness. In “Lunchtime,” kids will learn which body part has “Mucus [oozing]…

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