Constance Levy

Works

SPLASH! Poems of Our Watery World
   Ocean Rhythms
Wave after wave
each wave
a beat
each beat
repeating
each stretch
receding.
This is Earth’s
old wild heart
beating.

A TREE PLACE and Other Poems
   Volcano
If you were a volcano
asleep in the same spot
for a hundred years,
with old anger
rumbling and burning
your insides

wouldn’t you awake
screaming with fire,
spitting rocks and ashes,
throwing a flaming fit
not caring who or what
you hit?

WHEN WHALES EXHALE and Other Poems
   WHEN WHALES EXHALE
There’s a horn sound
from the blowhole
and a high-speed spout
when a whale at sea
blasts the old air out.
It breathes up a geyser,
a flare of fizz,
a white cloud that shows you
where it is
in the endless waves
of the great green sea.
Oh, whales exhale
magnificently!

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
"…her 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 nature…(She ) accomplishes the true poet’s 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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