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Once Around the Sun
These poems are autobiographical. I spun them from deeply imbedded, but clear, memories of my own experiences and feelings from when I was an elementary school child. And even now, so many years after I've been out of school, and even college, the year seems to start in "when yellow pencils / in brand-new eraser hats / bravely wait on perfect points."
My year in poems, one for each month it takes Earth to circle our star, the sun. LeUyen Pham illustrated my poems with a gorgeous interplay of changing sunlight and starlight as a background for a boy, his family, and his friends. Each month has its own speical images for each person. I hope this collection will help every reader or listener to recall his or her own memories of a particular month. And maybe those memories will become poems, too.
when your math book
is completely lopsided:
the pile of unfinished pages on the right
but you need to use your left hand to hold down
all the stuff you've already learned.
when the gentlest rustle
of a leaf outside the window
can drown out your teacher's voice
every word on the spelling test spells:
From Once Around the Sun by Bobbi Katz and illustrated by LeUyen Pham, coming from Harcourt 2006.
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