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Shirl McPhillips captures perfectly the "shaking off the old classroom skin" feel of the start of the summer. Shirley's commentary encourages teachers to use time away from students  "to break out, free up, go someplace, and cast off the trappings."

Message from Old Crow

The end of winter is upon us! Shirl McPhillips celebrates with a poem about an old crow and reflections on revising poems over time.

Message from the Moon

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