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Kuskin References (& more)

"The words in a poem are like the colors in a painting. When they are put together with care, they make and engaging picture." (Karla Kuskin, Dogs & Dragons, Trees & Dreams, p. 8).
 
"In order to describe something you have to look at it closely, see it with a clear eye and remember it. Writing and remembering are like Siamese twins; they are so close to each other and so hard to separate. They need each other. Parts of the past are always showing up in the words you write" (Karla Kuskin, same book as above, p. 28).

References (Books and Articles Used for This Author Study)

 

Burrows, Alvina Treut. 1979. Profile: Karla Kuskin. Language Arts 56, no.8, Nov/Dec1979. Available from www.ncte.org/llibrary/files/elementary/Kuskin.  Accessed 30 May 04.

 

Courtot, Marilyyn. Date unknown. Meet authors and illustrators. Available  from www.childrenslit.com/f_karlakuskin.html. Accessed 30 May 2004.

 

Cullinan, Bernice E., Editor. 1996. A jar of tiny stars: Poems by NCTE award-winning poets. Honesdale, Pennsylvania: Boyds Mills Press.

 

Gale Group. 2000. Karla (Seidman) Kuskin. Contemporay authors online. Available through TWU library databases.  Accessed 02 June 04.

 

Karla Kuskins biography. Date unknown. Available from http://www2.scholastic.com/teachers/authorsandbooks/authorstudies/

authorhome.jhtml?authorID=4738&. Accessed 30 May 2004.

 

Kuskin, Karla. 1980. Dogs & dragons, trees & dreams. New York: Harper & Row, Publishers.

 

Kuskin, Karla. 2003. Moon, have you met my mother? Illustrations by Sergio Ruzzier. New York: HarperCollins.

 

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

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Moon
 
Moon
Have you met my mother?
Asleep in a chair there
Falling down hair.
 
Moon in the sky
Moon in the water
Have you met one another?
Moon face to moon face
Deep in that dark place
Suddenly bright.
 
Moon
Have you met my friend the night?
 
Poem by Karla Kuskin. Taken from Dogs & Dragons, Trees & Dreams, Harper & Row, 1980, p. 76.