Welcome to Poetry Friday (and happy Halloween)! Joyce Sidman has a new poetry collection coming out Tuesday, and it is glorious. It’s a companion book for Dark Emperor called Winter Bees & Other Poems of the Cold (HMH, 2014). I love Joyce’s work, nature, and winter, so this is a triple-threat collection! The poems are lovely, presented in a variety of styles and moods and voices. From the surreal elegance of tundra swans to the ancient voice calling snakes to their winter home to the whimsical moose calf, you will love every animal and plant here (and learn more about each in every poem’s accompanying prose sidebar). While you’re deep in the enchantment of Joyce’s language and Rick Allen’s art, you might not even notice until you’re finished that you’ve learned an awful lot about the various ways animals and plants survive–or even thrive during–the winter.
I just realized I chose the only poem about a non-living thing to share here. Oh well–I tasted our first winter flurry on Tuesday, and I just had to pick this poem about snow!
lace sprouting from fingertips
in a dizzy cloud,
a pinwheel gathering glitter
Drops into air,
and full, a lattice
of stars spinning
sighs and settles
tucked in its own blanket
–Joyce Sidman, all rights reserved
Isn’t that gorgeous? “lattice / of stars spinning / silently” Sigh. Here I am giving it a read.
For more Poetry Friday fun, go visit Linda at Teacher Dance, where she’ll have the Poetry Friday Roundup. Linda always has the best things to share!