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Three cheers for National Poetry Month, always a happy month for poets! I’d like to celebrate this anthology, edited by the fabulous, hard-working Sylvia Vardell for Penguin/DK Books, 2020. Sylvia was good enough to include two of my poems, “Make a Joyful Noise” and “Dream Train” which I’ll post below. It’s a joy to share pages with many contemporary poet friends as well as our predecessors such as Emily Dickinson, Christina Rossetti, Robert Louis Stevenson, and William Makepeace Thackaray. Truly a magnificent anthology, reminiscent of those large poetry tomes we had as kids.
Here is my poem, “Dream Train.” Apparently Sylvia saw this on Kenn Nesbitt’s poetryminute.org/dream-train-by-b-j-lee/. Originally published in the SFF magazine, “Beyond Centauri,” it was nominated for the SFF Rhysling Award in 2012 and subsequently appeared in The 2013 Rhysling Anthology. But though this poem was published in adult venues, it really is meant for children. I am grateful to Kenn Nesbitt and Sylvia Vardell for bringing it back into the kidlitosphere. Here’s the poem: