The Stone Soup Book of Poetry

Stone Soup Editors' Notes  /   /  By Gerry Mandel
Stone Soup Magazine
July/August 2017

We are pleased to announce the publication of The Stone Soup Book of Poetry, the fifth volume in our series of anthologies of writing from past issues of Stone Soup. I confess, the Poetry anthology is my favorite of the five. While it’s nice to have a mixture of stories, poems, and book reviews in each issue of the magazine, an entire book of poems by children turns out to be a revelation. From lyrical to humorous to poignant, these poems show us the world through the eyes of children. We divided the 68 poems in the anthology into six sections: The Four Seasons, Friends and Family, Animals, Nighttime, Nature, and Reflections. We’re so proud of all our young authors. Here’s one of our favorite poems:

Peeling Apples
By Katie Ferman, age 12

Carefully, warily,
Sitting with my mom at the kitchen table.
She peels quickly: in a few swift moments
One twisted apple peel sits on the cutting board.
I try to copy her, but no—
The knife slips and
Cuts off a small chip of the red peel.
Trying again, I get lost in the smell of the ripening fruit
(Sweet, almost sickly sweet),
Filling the room with a scent like my grandma’s house.
And I start to remember the first time
The first time I had her apple pie—
I wrinkled my nose and said, “Too sweet!”
(Now it’s my favorite dessert.)
The first time I buttoned up my coat
To keep out the cold on an October day,
The first time I read a book
To my mother in broken, unsteady words,
The first time I tied my shoe
After hours of torture and trial—
And as I think of this,
I barely notice the one, perfect apple peel
Sitting on the cutting board in front of me.

Gerry Mandel
About the Author

Back in 1973, I was one of the group of UC Santa Cruz students who put together the early issues of Stone Soup. It was my great pleasure to work on the magazine until I retired in 2017.

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  1. Michael December 4, 2012 at 6:08 pm Reply

    Very nice.

  2. LiLi May 28, 2013 at 8:15 pm Reply

    Peeling Apples is such a great poem; it brings with it feelings of nostalgia for the days long gone. It’s a wonderful piece of work!

  3. Morgan Rozansky June 1, 2013 at 5:22 am Reply

    Hi, I will be posting a poem soon!

  4. Katie Ferman May 18, 2014 at 7:19 pm Reply

    I just stumbled across this, and I am so honored that you have decided to include my work in this anthology! Stone Soup is such an incredible publication, and I remember how excited I was whenever I got an envelope from them in the mail… Thank you for continuing to provide such a supportive community for young writers!
    Katie Ferman, still peeling apples

  5. Mia May 1, 2015 at 10:58 pm Reply

    Katie Ferman–In case you visit this page again: our family is a fan of your two poems, this one, Peeling Apples, and the one you wrote the year before called You and Your Dad. We want to know: Are you still writing?
    The Pardos from Los Angeles

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