Black Stars in a White Night Sky

Black Stars in a White Night Sky Cover

Black Stars in a White Night Sky

By JonArno Lawson; Sherwin Tjia (Illustrator)

Wordsong, Hardcover, 9781590785218, 118pp.

Publication Date: March 1, 2008

The Lion and the Unicorn Award for Excellence in North American Poetry
Philosophy and tomfoolery are equally at home in this exemplary new volume of poetry. These entertaining poems explore everything from love and conformity to the nature of time. Lawson stretches the boundaries of various poetic forms to create verses that are at turns humorous and thought provoking.
What's left of me?
What's right of me?
You're hungered by the
sight of me.
I need what's left,
so do what's right
and please don't take
another bite. FROM THE BOOK.

About the Author
Born in Hamilton, Ontario and raised nearby in Dundas, JonArno Lawson's most formative experiences as a child occurred in Florida which he visited for an extended stay at the age of eight. Happy to be missing almost an entire year of school, he filled his days at the beach digging holes and collecting shells and coconuts, travelling in glass-bottomed boats and touring nature parks that featured free-roaming monkeys and parrots. He wore a ship captain's hat at all times, and a green pouch in which he kept dozens of ticket stubs, a musket ball, brass souvenir coins that bore the faces of various American presidents, and other treasures which he hoards to this day. JonArno is a two-time winner of the Lion and the Unicorn Award for Excellence in North American Children's Poetry, for "Black Stars in a White Night Sky" in 2007 and again in 2009 for "A Voweller's Bestiary". In 2011 his poetry collection "Think Again" was short-listed for the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children's Book Award. JonArno lives in Toronto with his wife Amy Freedman and his children Sophie, Ashey and Joseph, all of whom assist the author with phrases, topics and sometimes even complete lines for use in his poems.

In addition to creating his Pick- a-Plot books Tjia organizes Slowdance Nights, Love Letter Reading Open Mics, Crowd Karaoke singalongs, and Strip Spelling Bees. You Are a Kitten! will launch at Calgary's Wordfest 2015.