Today’s poem comes from?Joyce Sidman‘s (click to check out her snazzy new website) amazing Newbery-Honor-winning collection, Dark Emperor and Other Poems of the Night?(Houghton Mifflin, 2010). Joyce is one
of the most fantastic and thoughtful poets writing for kids today, and I am completely thrilled to call her a writer friend and critique group partner. This collection truly evokes the creatures of the night and the mystical mood of the woods, and prose notes deepen the reader’s understanding of the science behind the poems. Since this is a concrete poem, I’m sharing the image of half the spread (note the gorgeous art by Rick Allen).
And here is my Poem Starter Video (which includes me reading the poem, so if you’re having trouble reading the picture above, check it out):