One day in 1987 I was browsing in a Flagstaff, Arizona thrift store and picked up a small leatherbound book of poetry from 1927 – “Dark of the Moon” by Sara Teasdale. I probably had read some of her poetry before in anthologies, but nothing impressed me like this collection did. Maybe it was the way the book fit into my hands, or the feel of the leather. We became friends right away.

Here are a couple of her poems from another old book, a 1930 ex-library book called “Stars Tonight.” Yes, Sara Teasdale was fond of the stars.

Dorothy Lathrop (1891-1980) An illustrator and writer from the 1920s and 30s. She illustrated 38 books and wrote 9 children’s books. She won the Caldecott Medal in 1938. Her work is in museums in permanent collections.


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