Did Pirates Rip Her Arms Off?: An Anthology

Did Pirates Rip Her Arms Off?: An Anthology

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Overview

Middle School Literary Anthology

This is the middle school anothology that makes middle school kids want to get in touch with their inner poet or pirate tale teller.

What do you do when you're the goddess of love, but you don't have arms? That's the trouble with the Venus de Milo, this crazy armless statue some guy found on an island called Milos about two hundred years back. You've probably seen the statue somewhere before... maybe on the cover of this book!

Nobody's quite sure how the Venus de Milo lost her arms. The French sailors who bought her, though, claimed that they battled brigands on a beach to get to her. Apparently, her arms were ripped off during the fight!

That's a pretty cool story.

It might not be true, but, now that you've heard that version of the tale, you'll probably never forget it. It's unique and exciting, and only the Venus's own rescuers could have told it like that.

There are an infinite number of Venus de Milos in the world—objects, people, places, and ideas that are strange, cool, and quite possibly, unique to your life. And, just like those French sailors, you, too, have awesome versions of those Venuses' stories to tell.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781597094955
Publisher: Red Hen Press
Publication date: 02/01/2011
Edition description: 2
Pages: 184
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

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Introduction

by Robert Kane
 
 
What do you do when you’re the goddess of love, but you don’t have any arms? That’s the trouble with the Venus de Milo, this crazy statue of a pretty lady some guy found on an island called Milos a few hundred years back. You’ve probably seen the statue somewhere before . . . maybe on the cover of this book!
Nobody’s quite sure of how this Venus lost her arms. The French sailors who bought her, though, claimed that they battled brigands on a beach to get her. Supposedly, her arms were ripped off during the fight!
That’s a pretty cool story.
Yeah, it might not be true, but who cares? Now that you’ve heard that version of the story, you’ll never forget it.
There are an infinite number of Venus de Milos in the world—objects, people, places, and ideas that are totally awesome. What happens after you die? There’s a story. What does it feel like to fall in love? Ah! There’s another story. How do you bake a cake? Oh, you bet there’s a story.
Take a look at the stuff the following authors have written. Each author saw a Venus de Milo in the world—something that inspired their work of art—and told its story like no one ever had before. The sources of the authors’ inspirations range from the mundane to the insane, as you’ll find out in the comments and questions the authors wrote to accompany their work. Check ‘em out! They’ll show you just how many cool things there are to write about in the world (and how many cool ways there are to write about them)!
Then, it’ll be your turn to give it a shot—to find a Venus de Milo in your life and tell your version of its story. It doesn’t matter if it’s true, if it’s crazy, or even if it’s been told a thousand times before. No one will tell it like you . . .
. . . and, if you tell it right, no one will ever forget it.

Table of Contents

CONTENTS

Introduction
9

CHARLES HOOD
All My Poems Hate Me
11

KATE GALE
The Orange Balloon
14

MIRIAM SAGAN
The Rat
16

RON KOERTGE
First Grade
20

GAYLORD BREWER
Being Lon Chaney, Jr.
22

MAURYA SIMON
The Covenant
24

CAMILLE T. DUNGY
Cleaning
26

ELIZABETH BRADFIELD
Maid of Honor
28

SHOLEH WOLPÉ
Tehran Treats
31

ED FALCO
Stoops
34

BART EDELMAN
Names
36

ERINN BATYKEFER
Eureka Vacuum
39

DOUGLAS KEARNEY
Alameda Street
41

PEGGY SHUMAKER
Young Boy Dancing at Playa los Muertos
44

SHELLEY SAVREN
Talking with Her Fingers
48

LISA C. KRUEGER
Girlfriends
50

FRANCES PAYNE ADLER
Invention
52

LISA RUSS SPAAR
Piano
55

DEENA METZGER
Wolf Leave Tracks Now
58

CHARLES HARPER WEBB
Fish City
60

SEBASTIAN MATTHEWS
For an Hour Mickey Mouse
63

RON CARLSON
The Proper Wolf
65

DENNIS MUST
Marine Band
70

JULIE SHIGEKUNI
Elephant Story
77

GREG SANDERS
Demise of the Buffalo, Circa 1880
81

RON KOERTGE
Just a Couple of Girls Talking Haiku
84

DOUGLAS THORPE
All Things Counter, Original, Spare, Strange . . .
96

STEVEN SCHUTZMAN
Chelm Goes To War
100

Contributors’ Notes
127

To the Tunnel’s End
139
 

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