by Joyce Sidman

illustrated by Rick Allen
Dark Emperor
Other Poems of the Night
Co¬e |ee| (ae :oo| aaJ saaJoweJ oree:e,
:o¬e s¬e|| yoor way a¬oag (ae (rees,
:o¬e (oo:a rooga oarl aaJ |ea(aereJ |eaves:
Ve|:o¬e (o (ae a|ga(.
W
elcome to the night, when
mice stir and furry moths
flutter. When snails spiral into shells
as orb spiders circle in silk. When the
roots of oak trees recover and repair
from their time in the light. When the
porcupette eats delicacies—raspberry
leaves!—and coos to its mother.
Come out to the cool night woods,
and buzz and hoot and howl—but be-
ware, |or |('s w||J aaJ |('s w|aJy way oo(
|a (ae wooJs|
Jacket art © 2010 Rick Allen
REINFORCED BINDING
$16.99/Higher in Canada
“I
’ve always loved the :oa:eo(
of nighttime,” writes the poet
Joyce Sidman, “its mystery and dark
beauty, but knew little about what
actually went on. For us humans—
diurnal, sight-oriented creatures that
we are—the darkness is alien and a
little frightening, especially in the
woods (which already have dark,
mythic undertones). But there are all
sorts of creatures that prefer the night
and thrive in the dark. Why? And
how? This book is my exploration of
those questions.”
Joyce Sidman is the award-winning
author of many fine books of poetry,
including the Caldecott Honor books
Soag o| (ae Va(er Boa(¬aa aaJ O(aer
PoaJ Poe¬s and ReJ S|ags |ro¬ Tree-
(oos. She lives with her family in
Wayzata, Minnesota.
www.joycesidman.com
O
n the tip of Lake Superior at
the Kenspeckle Letterpress in
Duluth, Minnesota, where the winters
are quite long and ofer lots of time
to create stunning prints (even in the
night!), the printmaker Rick Allen
produces original linoleum cuts, curious
wood engravings, eccentric broadsheets,
and other printed ephemera in collabora-
tion with his wife and creative partner,
Marian Lansky, and their assistant,
Janelle Miller. He makes his Houghton
Mifin debut with this picture book.
www.kenspeckleletterpress.com
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ISBN 978-0-547-15228-8
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To all of you who crawl and creep,
who buzz and chirp and hoot and peep,
who wake at dusk and throw of sleep:
Welcome to the night.
To you who make the forest sing,
who dip and dodge on silent wing,
who flutter, hover, clasp, and cling:
Welcome to the night!
Come feel the cool and shadowed breeze,
come smell your way among the trees,
come touch rough bark and leathered leaves:
Welcome to the night.
The night’s a sea of dappled dark,
the night’s a feast of sound and spark,
the night’s a wild, enchanted park.
Welcome to the night!
Welcome to the Night
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As night falls, the nocturnal
world wakes. Mice begin to stir,
moths flutter into the star-
light, and deer step out from
hidden places to roam and
forage. Having rested all day
in a hollow tree, the raccoon
lumbers down at dusk to search
for food. Curious, intelligent,
and omnivorous, the raccoon
has nimble front paws that are
good for digging, climbing, and
prying open almost anything.
Its well-developed sense of
touch—almost unparalleled in
the mammal world—serves it
well in the darkness. Making its
unhurried way across the forest,
the raccoon forages by feel—
inside a log (for insects), down a
hole (for eggs), even underwater
(for frogs or crayfish).

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