Constance Levy

Welcome

   Drops
A teardrop
looks like sadness
and has a salty taste.
A raindrop tastes of sky
and brings a shower.

A dewdrop is a new drop,
a taste-of-morning-brew drop
and is probably delicious
to a flower.
            (from SPLASH! Poems of our Watery World)

Hello, and welcome to my web site home. Just as I would in my real home I welcome you warmly. Letís talk about poetry.

For me, poetry was love at first sound. I couldnít get enough of it. When I was in first grade I wrote a poem about winter and snow. My teacher liked it so I wrote more and more about anything I found interesting. Nothing was safe from my probing senses.

Here I am now, with a bakerís dozen of grandchildren, still writing about snow and also worms, whales, bugs, sunsets, peas, volcanoes, elephants, butterflies, frying eggs, riding a bicycle and anything else that speaks to me. In fact; I canít imagine not writing poems! Poetry is where words go to be happy, even if the poem reflects something scary or sad. And I like being happy.

Some information:

Childrenís poet Constance Levy has earned awards and honors for her books, including: a Lee Bennett Hopkins Award and a Lee Bennett Hopkins Honor Award, a Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Award, American Booksellers Pick of the Lists, National Council of Teachers of English Notable Books in the Language Arts, The Bank Street College Childrenís Books of the Year, The New York Public Library 100 Titles for Childrenís Books, State of Kansas William Allen White Award Master List, a Junior Library Guild Selection. Her poems appear in anthologies, textbooks, magazines and journals.

She lives in St. Louis, Missouri and is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis, AB 1952, MA 1974 and a recipient of a Washington University Arts and Sciences Distinguished Alumni award in 2004. She has been an elementary grade teacher, an adjunct college instructor, and a Missouri Arts Council Writer in the Schools. She is a guest speaker at conferences, schools and college classes.

Books
The Story of RED RUBBER BALL
SPLASH! Poems of Our Watery World
A CRACK IN THE CLOUDS and Other Poems
WHEN WHALES EXHALE and Other Poems
A TREE PLACE and Other Poems
IíM GOING TO PET A WORM TODAY and Other Poems

Selected Works

Children's Poetry
SPLASH! Poems of Our Watery World
"The variety of voices, all a mixture of praise, delight and celebration, makes this a first choice for all collections ... these poems can be recited and enjoyed again and again.
--School Library Journal, May 2002
A TREE PLACE and Other Poems
"Öher poems offer a delightful series of humor-touched epiphanies and insights into how the most ordinary things may be extraordinary and how a poet's words can reveal that quality..."
-- Kirkus Reviews (pointer)
WHEN WHALES EXHALE and Other Poems
"Levy shows herself to be a thoughtful observer of natureÖ(She ) accomplishes the true poetís trick of showing the extraordinary beauty in anything closely and intelligently observed ... to read Levy is to see the wonder of the everyday world."
--School Library Journal

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