King of Crows is really a story about listening and perhaps the way our own fears of not being heard keep us from listening better. I liked the character here of Johnny Fahey and plan one day to write about more of his adventures.
"Jack Straw" was written for Jane Yolen's young adult anthology Things That Go Bump in the Night. It was one of those rare stories that comes like grace, spilling out effortlessly all at once. In it, a frightening confrontation with Death leaves a young girl wondering about the perils of change.
The poem Donkeyskin is based on the fairy tale "Donkeyskin" (other variants are known as Sapsorrow, Tattercoats, Deerskin, and Allerleirauh) It one of those tales that begins with an impossible situation. A widowed King attempts to marry his daughter when she comes of age -- forcing her to flee for her life.
Baba Yaga Duet. Between my daughter coming of age and and my own passing beyond the age of young fairy tale heroines, I discovered a kindred spirit in the rough and powerful figure of the Russian woodwife, Baba Yaga. So I wrote the poem "Baba Yaga" both for my daughter and as a consolation for myself, no longer so young. A few years later, while living in Costa Rica, my daughter Taiko Haessler wrote a reply, "Baba Yaga's Daughter." Both poems can be read here
Midori Snyder is the author of nine novels for children and adults. She won the Mythopoeic Award for The Innamorati, a novel inspired by early Roman myth and the Italian "Commedia dell'Arte" tradition. more>>