Slides (Interpreted by Nancy) by Nancy Kangas Halloween Edition, plus: a Poetic Kickstarter Campaign

For those of you who know and love Nancy’s poetic slide interpretations as we do, it will come as no surprise that she is spearheading an exciting movie project based on children’s poems. To learn more about and support “The Preschool Poets: An Animated Film Series”–and to see Nancy ride her motorcycle!!–click here.


If you could be anything or anybody

If you could be anything or anybody–

anything or anybody in the whole wide world–

try to choose something with big eye holes.


It says 37

It says 37

but Im 43 cant get fb to change it lol

I am a caring and loving hard working

gentleman who likes to treat his woman

right. Question: do you like

or do you love kissing


Cheerful Tearful

When you drop Cheerful Tearful’s arm to her side

water leaks through holes at the bottoms of her eyes.

The fleshy corners of her mouth tug down tight.

She is misery. It is in there deep

even when you rachet her arm up high.


They said YES

They said YES.

I’m going to be a banker

in the best bank in town.

I was counting cracks

in the ceiling when they called.

I was steeled to walk the haul

but buddy now I’m home.


Nancy Kangas lives in Columbus, Ohio. Her poetry has been published in print and online, and for over a decade she edited Nancy’s Magazine. She writes and draws for Muse magazine, and often teaches poetry in residencies sponsored by the Ohio Arts Council. Nancy works as a cut-flower grower, florist and public librarian.