'word gifts -- a story, poem, or letter -- to the people you love; its the best
gift of all and yours alone."
I was little, I used to make my own
cards--write a poem inside, draw a picture on the front--and give them to the
people I loved.
- I still do, only now I
often use my original photographs on the outside.
Among the things I treasure most are word
gifts--stories, poems, and letters--I have received over the years from my
two daughters. Do you give word
gifts? They are unique and
something only you can give.
to my backyard!
I love to write out here, and I've found so many poems--a hummingbird
nest in the redwood tree, bees collecting pollen from a magnolia blossom,
red-tailed hawks swooping overhead. I've
also discovered poems all over my house, especially in my kitchen.
Looking out of my office window, I see only the side of a house and a
patch of sky, but there's always the "window" of my imagination.
It's amazing what you can learn from your poems!
Bransfield Graham has lived in the north, south, east,
and west United States. She grew up
next to the Atlantic Ocean in New Jersey and now lives near the Pacific Ocean in
California. In between, she has
sailed on rivers, oceans, the Chesapeake Bay, lived near Lake Michigan, and
camped at the top of a waterfall in Yosemite National Park.
It's not surprising, then, that her first book was a collection of water
poems. Splish Splash celebrates
the many forms that water can take, from ice cubes and icicles to waves and
waterfalls, by using shape itself--concrete poetry. It gives children a chance to have fun with words, shapes,
and ideas--to discover that poetry is all around them. Her book, Flicker
Flash, explores the wondrous ways that light
illuminates our world, from the flicker of birthday candles to a flash of
lightning. Joan's poetry for
children has been published in anthologies, textbooks, in Ranger
Rick's Nature Magazine, Highlights,
and Cricket magazines.
She's done freelance writing for ABC-TV and The
An honors graduate of Rowan University in New Jersey, Joan took writing
classes at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee and UCLA.
She has traveled extensively and lived one summer with a Spanish family
on the island of Majorca, where she studied painting and drawing.
Joan has been a teacher, scout leader, and outdoor education crafts
instructor who loves inspiring students to be creative.
She's also lived in Wisconsin, Kentucky, and Virginia, as her husband,
Jim, was a FBI agent for 22 years. A
writer friend calls them "Rhymes & Crimes."