Our streak of poets-with-three-names continues as Joan Bransfield Graham (below) tags April Halprin Wayland. April writes, “Joan’s marvelous shower poem mentions ‘a private cloud.’ My husband is from Albuquerque and we go there often. When we first visited, the city left me cold—we drove mile after mile past strip malls, 7-11s and auto shops— it felt as if Albuquerque had grown without plan or much attention to beauty. I’ll never forget the day we rented a convertible and I lay down in the back seat. The extraordinary beauty of the sky took my breath away. It changed my sense of that city forever.” Here’s April’s beautiful poem.
(Copyright © by April Halprin Wayland. Used by permission of the author, who controls all rights)
Five fun facts about April Halprin Wayland
*she’s a former farmer and folk musician
*she has worked as a Hollywood nanny
*she has a cat named Snot and a turtle named Roadkill
*she likes to doodle and draw and you can see her creations on her Web site
*she recorded some of her stories and poetry on CD/downloadable MP3
Look for these selected books by Wayland:
*New Year at the Pier (Dial, 2009)
*Girl Coming in for a Landing: A Novel in Poems (Knopf, 2002)
*It’s Not My Turn to Look for Grandma (Knopf, 1995)
*The Night Horse (Scholastic, 1991)
*To Rabbittown (Scholastic, 1989)
Check out her Teaching Authors blog and her Poem-a-Day-Challenge.
Next up: Joyce Sidman
Posting (not poem) by Sylvia M. Vardell © 2010. All rights reserved.
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