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.
From: 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.
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