Thursday, April 08, 2010

Poetry Tag: Joyce Sidman is IT

Next up in our game of Poetry Tag is Joyce Sidman. She connects with yesterday’s poem by April Halprin Wayland and writes, “I LOVED April's poem for its evocative sense both of wide open sky and the closeness of snuggling in a car with people you love. So, I am choosing a poem from BUTTERFLY EYES called ‘Always Together’, which is about goldfinches, who flock together the year 'round. In this grey time of year they cheer my heart!" Here’s the page right out of the book, shared with permission of the poet and the publisher.

Butterfly Eyes and Other Secrets of the Meadow by Joyce Sidman. Illustrated by Beth Krommes. Used by permission of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Copyright (c) 2006 by Joyce Sidman. All rights reserved.

Five fun facts about Joyce Sidman
*she’s a middle sister of three sisters
*she has a degree in German
*she started writing poetry in high school, encouraged by a sympathetic teacher
*she has a free poem bookmark on her Web site
*she loves dogs (and the world of nature altogether)
[Taken from Poetry People; A Practical Guide to Children’s Poets]

Look for these selected poetry books Sidman:
*Eureka! Poems about Inventors (Millbrook, 2002)
*Song of the Water Boatman and Other Pond Poems (Houghton Mifflin, 2005)
*Butterfly Eyes and Other Secrets of the Meadow (Houghton Mifflin, 2006)
*Meow Ruff: A Story in Concrete Poetry (Houghton Mifflin, 2006)
*This is Just to Say (Houghton Mifflin, 2007)
*Red Sings From Treetops; A Year in Colors (Houghton Mifflin, 2009)
*Ubiquitous; Celebrating Nature's Survivors (Houghton Mifflin, 2010)
*Dark Emperor and Other Poems of the Night (Houghton Mifflin, 2010)

Next up: Marilyn Singer

Posting (not poem) by Sylvia M. Vardell © 2010. All rights reserved.

Image credits:;;;HoughtonMifflin


Mary Lee said...

That's one of my favorites of her poems -- she captures both the song and the flight pattern of goldfinches in her poem!

BB said...

May I just say that I LOVE this game of tag and look forward every morning to reading the playful contribution by the "it" of the day. For someone who was never know for grace or coordination, this is great fun! B-)

Jane Heitman Healy said...

What a fun, beautiful riddle poem! Great wordplay! Thanks.

Mandy Yates said...

One of my favorites as well. Plus, I can't say enough how much I love Red Sings From Treetops. It's a wonderful companion to an old favorite: Hailstones and Halibut bones. I aspire to write poetry like Joyce's wonderful gems!

Elaine Magliaro said...

I am absolutely in awe of Joyce Sidman. She writes such exceptional poetry for children. Her new collection UBIQUITOUS is another winner. I love that book!