Laura Purdie Salas (laurasalas) wrote,
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Poetry Friday: Dark Emperor (Joyce Sidman)

Joyce Sidman's newest collection, Dark Emperor and Other Poems of the Night, is  gorgeous. It shows how Joyce uses a scientist's eye and a poet's heart as she approaches each topic. I had a hard time choosing which poem to share because there are so many stunning ones. In the end, I decided to share the introductory poem, which I hope you'll find as inviting as I did.

Welcome to the Night

To all of you who crawl and creep,
who buzz and chirp and hoot and peep,
who wake at dusk and throw off sleep:
Welcome to the night.

To you who make the forest sing,
who dip and dodge on silent wing,
who flutter, hover, clasp, and cling:
Welcome to the night!

Come feel the cool and shadowed breeze,
come smell your way among the trees,
come touch rough bark and leathered leaves:
Welcome to the night.

The night's a sea of dappled dark,
the night's a feast of sound and spark,
the night's a wild, enchanted park.
Welcome to the night!

--Joyce Sidman, all rights reserved

That poem, with its wonderful, lush, wild atmosphere created by specific nouns that appeal to all your senses, is a terrific taste of the joys that wait for you in the dark. My favorite poems are "Snail at Moonrise," "Dark Emperor" (love owls!), "Oak After Dark," "Night-Spider's Advice," and "Moon's Lament." And the nonfiction passages accompanying each poem are lovely and enlightening, too. If you enjoy nature poetry, run order this book right now!

Elaine at the fabulous Wild Rose Reader has the Poetry Friday Roundup, so head over and check it out!

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