Watcher of the Skies: Poems about Space and Aliens by Rachel PierceyWatcher of the Skies: Poems about Space and Aliens by Rachel Piercey

Watcher of the Skies: Poems about Space and Aliens

EditorRachel PierceyIllustratorEmma Wright

Paperback | September 29, 2016

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How big is the universe? Are there dogs in space? What if your friend – or your granddad – was an alien? Join the poets in wondering in Watcher of the Skies, a sparkling collection of poems about the outermost possibilities of space, life and our imaginations.

Fully illustrated by Emma Wright and accompanied with helpful facts from space scientist Rachel Cochrane (Institute for Astronomy, University of Edinburgh) and ideas for writing poems from Rachel Piercey, this is the perfect companion for any budding stargazer or astronaut.

With poems from Sohini Basak, John Canfield, Mary Anne Clark, Mandy Coe, Rebecca Colby, Dom Conlon, Dharmavadana, Julie Anna Douglas, Sarah Doyle, Inua Ellams, David Harmer, Philip Monks, Cheryl Moskowitz, Dale Neal, Rachael M Nicholas, Richard O’Brien, Suzanne Olivante, Abigail Parry, Rachel Piercey, Gita Ralleigh, Robert Schechter, Lawrence Schimel, Mike Sims, Camellia Stafford, Jon Stone, Kate Wakeling, Rob Walton and Kate Wise.

Title:Watcher of the Skies: Poems about Space and AliensFormat:PaperbackDimensions:128 pages, 8 × 5 × 0.3 inPublished:September 29, 2016Publisher:The Emma Press LtdLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1910139432

ISBN - 13:9781910139431


Table of Contents

Introduction, by Rachel Piercey - viiHow to Brush Your Teeth in Space, by Sohini Basak - 1Comet, by Kate Wakeling - 4Stars? Dust? Us? by Inua Ellams - 7Art 101 for Aliens, by Rebecca Colby - 10But how big is the universe? by Rachael M Nicholas - 12Recipe for Cosmic Cup Cakes, by Julie Anna Douglas - 14My granddad Burt's an alien, by Dale Neal - 17Milky Way Disco, by Camellia Stafford - 21The Starry Messenger, by John Canfield - 25Compared to What? by Robert Schechter - 31Message for Rosetta, by Rachel Piercey - 35High Frontier, by Richard O'Brien - 38A Dog in Space, by Mary Anne Clark - 45Letters, by Rob Walton - 47Many Moons Ago, by Lawrence Schimel - 51The Way Planets Talk, by Dom Conlon - 54Alien Boy, by Mike Sims - 59Up Above, by Mandy Coe - 62The Algonquin Calendar of Changing Moons, by Cheryl Moskowitz - 65Poets in Space! by Abigail Parry and Jon Stone - 68Emily Dickinson in Space - 68Shakespeare in Space - 70Ted Hughes in Space - 72Ono no Komachi in Space - 74Lord Byron in Space - 75Solar System Candy, by Gita Ralleigh - 77The Alien Restaurant, by David Harmer - 78Countdown, by Philip Monks - 81Uranus: Roll Up, Roll Up, by Sarah Doyle - 84The Hungry Galactic Plug Hole, by Suzanne Olivante - 89Stars, by Kate Wise - 92How to get to Zagnaraputta, by Dharmavadana - 95Watcher of the Skies Bonus BitsExtra facts - 100Interview with a space scientist - 102Write your own poem! - 104About the editors - 107About the poets - 108About the Emma Press - 113Also from the Emma Press - 114

Editorial Reviews

'This is a book which truly has something for everyone. From poems considering BIG topics, perfect for quiet contemplation such as 'But How Big is the Universe?' to those which are designed to be read and shared aloud: 'Comet' (which simply must be heard - how will you respond to the challenge it sets?), there are hours of sharing, reading and discovering to be done through an exploration of the space themed poetic treasures contained in this collection. It's difficult to pinpoint a favourite, besides the ones already mentioned, as each poem has something uniquely joyful and simultaneously illuminating about it. It would seem that in this 115 page collection, every topic under the stars is covered and that is no mean feat. What is fascinating about this collection is the range of styles and voices incorporated. There are fantastic rhymes, visually experimental poems, deep thought, humour and a genuine love for space which shines through in every poem. This is a collection that well deserves a place on the shelves of any young science enthusiasts and which we're sure will also bring adult readers plenty to discover and marvel at. A thoroughly recommended collection.' - One Giant Read