At the center, a dark star
wrapped in white.
When you bit, listen
for the crunch of boots on snow,
snow that has ripened. Over it
stretches the red, starry sky.
I simply love the visual imagery this poem evokes. I think it’s an excellent mentor for students who are trying to write with crystal-clear clarity (in their poems).
I am a literacy consultant who focuses on writing workshop. I've been working with K-6 teachers and students since 2009. Prior to that, I was a fourth and fifth-grade teacher in New York City and Rhode Island.
I'm the author of Craft Moves (Stenhouse Publishers, 2016) and the co-author of Jump Into Writing (Zaner-Bloser, 2021), Welcome to Writing Workshop (Stenhouse Publishers, 2019), and Day By Day (Stenhouse, 2010).
I live in Central Pennsylvania with my husband and children. In my free time, I enjoy swimming, doing Pilates, cooking, baking, making ice cream, and reading novels.