“River of Words”
Edited by Pamela Michael $18 Paperback, 256 pages.
“River of Words” is an anthology of art and poetry created solely by children. Every year, editors at Milkweed Editions receive thousands of submissions from all over the world. To read selected samples of the children’s work, see below.
hitting rocks below.
But don’t be afraid,
there is poetry
deep inside each crevice.
The rain, the trees
the road and my heart
are part of the world.
The windy moonlight
are like wishing dust
that is coming down on me.
First Winter’s Fog
The fog floats upon the fields, blanketing each hay bale, barn,
animal -- Shrouding every object in its icy, cobwebbing
The moon reflects upon the stilled waters of the slough, shining as bright
as in the sky, glowing with the stillness of the night.
Trees, bare from winter’s cold, stand alone, silhouetted against the sky
Of evening, reaching, gesturing as the breeze stirs
Their freezing branches.
“On the night you were born,” Mom says,
“There was fog.”
“Fog,” you think.
When I’m happy
Jump over the sun
When I laugh
Laugh with me.
You may think
I am a shadow.
I am a sun.
Kids, find out how to submit your work to the Milkweed competition. Visit https://www.riverofwords. org/contest/index.html
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