Consider in its turn the common swift.
There is new evidence that over the dark dunes
of the Sahara, a swift will stay aloft
two hundred days.
Scientists are puzzled, not over how, but why.
Consider the work, they note, of sleeping in flight:
the alertness demanded,
the tacks and turns it takes
to ride the wind. Even a gliding bird would expend
a small but constant effort.
For such a cost, there must be benefit.
Over at the Guardian, novelist and professor of literature Jonathan Myerson has joined the long list of well-intentioned editorial writers holding forth on children’s literature without (apparently) reading much of it. (He mentions merely Twilight and Harry Potter.)
You’ll be glad to know, fellow children’s writers, that this time we get to dispense with our work to “confront the full range of genuine human experience, a world where individ...
GUYS, I am flying. The (American) launch of Sorrow’s Knot is in just two days. First, the really big news: Sorrow’s Knot was just named a Publisher’s Weekly Book of the Week.
But that’s not all. It kicked off Kirkus’s week of monsters as a Friday-is-for-ghouls read. “Bo...
I do love me my book bloggers. They — together with a handful of friends — are responsible for 80 or 90 percent of the books I read. Of course, it’s always great when book blogger love you back! Some links.
Sorrow’s Knot is a stunning, vivid, gorgeous read. One that will stay with you even after the book is closed. Amitha Knight
Sorrow’s Knot is hands dow...
There is for each piece of the world a thing
that is perfect in it. November was empty
until the chrysanthemums bloomed.
Across them, this morning,
a maple casts a shadow-trunk of frost.
Branches more beautiful than branches
shift across the cup-curled rime
of fallen leaves.
(Part of a series of poems called "definitions")