A Wish for the World by Irene Latham

 This month we've been invited to answer the question:

What impossible-to-receive gift do you wish you could be bestowed on you?

My first thought: free books forever!

But then I remembered: LIBRARIES already make this possible!

My next thought was of a poem I wrote a few years back. It's an "impossible to receive gift," because it can't just happen; we—all of us—must do the work to make it happen.


And this is how

we shall remake

the world:

like a seamstress

with pins in her mouth,

steady fingers

coaxing thread,

a hum forever

in her throat

as stitch by stitch,

the fabric is fitted,


until what was once tattered

now dances across the floor.

- Irene Latham

...and here's a middle grade novel you simply must read, because it's beautiful, and because it provides a way to do this work, through the process of restorative justice. And it was just awarded the NCTE Charlotte Huck Award for Outstanding Fiction! WAYWARD CREATURES by Dayna Lorentz.

Thank you for reading this post. Wishing you the happiest of holidays! ❤️


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