Islander Middle School student Aliya Schenck was honored this month with the publication of a poem in the January 2013, winter edition of Stone Soup, a national literary magazine for young writers and artists.
The poem, titled "Winter", is structured as a visual poem, where the typographical arrangement of the words also carries meaning is the expression of an idea.
Aliya, a seventh grader, also enjoys track athletics, music and puppies — particularly her three English pointers.
Stone Soup is a print magazine based in Santa Cruz, CA and written and illustrated by young writers and artists, and is issued just six times a year for subscribers in the U.S., Canada and 40 other countries around the globe. The magazine describes itself as a leading publisher of creative writing by children ages 8 to 13, which is intended to inspire other children to read and write. The magazine only accepts submission via surface mail and receives an average of 200 submissions per week.
With permission, here's Aliya's poem:
toboggan up the
mountain of snow and
ice. An extreme amount of
work only for the thriller one
second slide of joy, spraying snow up
in the air behind you, screaming with delight
or terror, you don't know which and you unexpectedly
are slowing down. Your ride runs out, and it is soon over.