Alan Balter


About Alan Balter

Alan Balter was born May 25th, 1939 in Chicago. He worked as a teacher for children with special needs before becoming a professor in the Special Education Department at Chicago State University. There, he prepared teachers for children and adolescents with learning disabilities and developmental delays. Along with Poetry for my Grandchildren and Everyone Else’s, his other publications include: Divided Apple: A Story about Teaching in Chicago, Learning Disabilities: a Book for Parents, and two novels entitled Birds of a Feather and Holden and Me.
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    Poems by Alan Balter

  • The Lake

    I wrote this poem for my wife. Together, we have shared a magnificent 42 year love affair, world travel, and 14 healthy and otherwise terrific grandchildren. I hope you enjoy my poem and will consider it in your contest and for publication.

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    • Posted on 01/10/24

    in Short Love Poems

    The Lake

    waters, blue-green and laced with foam

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    • Votes 10
    • Rating 4.50
  • Harvey The Hippo

    • Published: July 2021

    in Limericks

    Harvey is a huge hippopotamus
    Who bathes in a bay that is bottomless
    HIs mouth is as large
    As a riverboat barge


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    • Stories 5
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    • Favorited 6
    • Votes 46
    • Rating 4.26
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    I enjoyed the quality presentation of the hippo story. The rhyme style was very skilled, and there was care for rhythm while telling a coherent and entertaining tale.

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  • Night Noises

    • Published: September 2019

    in Funny Poems for Kids

    My parents' bedroom is far from mine, so I have to wonder
    What the noise is every night that sounds a lot like thunder.
    We don't live near the seashore, but almost every morn
    I'm wakened by a noise that sounds like a fog horn.


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    • Stories 1
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    • Favorited 12
    • Votes 133
    • Rating 4.00
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    The writer has given a humorous touch to a common incident found in many a home. Mother's lighthearted comment, "I don't mind; it's really a godsend" makes the idea more effective.

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  • Who Nose?

    • Published: October 2017

    in Funny Poems for Kids

    Some are as long as hoses
    You buy at a garden store.
    Mine can be used to smell roses
    From a couple of miles or more.


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    • Stories 1
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    • Favorited 3
    • Votes 171
    • Rating 4.11
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    I think children will like the poem. It's funny. You must have a lot of imagination to write such a poem. I like it!

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  • Great Grandpa

    • Published: January 2018

    in Family Poems for Kids

    Great Grandpa is a wise old man who says he's ninety-four.
    He tells me that he lost his leg fighting in some war.
    When I was just a little tot with eyes and nose still runny,
    He swears that he forgot my name, so now he calls me Sonny.


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    • Favorited 9
    • Votes 106
    • Rating 4.29
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    Balter's poem reminds me of my own grandfather whom I lost 49 years ago when he was 94. I remember his two habits very lucidly. He was a frugal eater. He used to weigh his food every time...

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  • Alan Balter
  • 2 years ago

Hi Rita, thanks for the kind words about Harvey the Hippo. I've got about 20 other poems like Harvey. I can also furnish an illustrator. You go ahead and find a publisher, and we can be partners.

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