TO INSPIRE AND EXPLORE
This collection from RAEMARK PRESS includes poems previously published in three chapbooks. CATCHING THE TRADE WINDS will take you on a voyage of discovery and delight. Here are sonnets, haiku, free verse, and traditional rhymes, embracing the beauty of language and life's changing scenes. Tributes to Keats, Tennyson, Ginsberg, and others make this book a handy resource for teachers.
"It was so exciting I even got up early just to read it." ~ Joanne (8), England
HOW CHAPTER ONE BEGINS:
Hugging a sketchpad, Jandy scuffed her sandals down the dusty sidewalk in Shekarabad, Iran. Ideas for an art project buzzed like mosquitoes in her brain. If only they could drive out the memory of last night's phone calls.
Jandy hadn't been so scared since Dad's job brought her here three years ago. Everything had seemed so strange and different then, until an Iranian girl called Maryam made her feel at home.
Maryam, still her best friend, dawdled behind with her dark head buried in a script. She was so caught up in their school Christmas play that Jandy hadn't told her about the phone calls yet.
"How can I help you, Ali Baba?" said Maryam, reading the part of Morgiana the slave girl. "Your secret is safe with me, Ali Baba."
HOW CHAPTER ONE ENDS:
The line crackled. Jandy cleared her throat. "Are you still there? Can you hear me?"
Finally a man spoke with a heavy accent. "Americans go home. We do not want you here."