Hello and Happy Poetry Friday! Be sure to visit Margaret at Reflections on the Teche for Roundup.
With the help of my really excellent library system, I've been catching up on poetry books released the first half of 2019. One that I'm completely enamored of is CLIMBING SHADOWS by Shannon Bramer, pictures by Cindy Derby, brought to us by Groundswood Books.
In this collection, the author wrote a poem for each child in a Kindergarten class -- which all by itself is such a lovely thing! The poems are as varied as the children who inspired them. And the art is delightful!
There are fun poems like “Skeleton Song” (you can imagine) and
“The Envelope” which begins
“My mommy is an envelope
an antelope an artichoke
a fine porcupine”
In “Three Hearts and No Bones at All,”
“Octopuses dream of climbing trees. They want
to climb trees more than anything else in the world.”
There are heartbreaking poems, like “afterschool,” which tells of a hard day and ends with “I want/to be a puddle.”
You'll find thoughtful poems, too, like “You Speak Violets” which begins...
"sometimes you are quiet as a trillium yet your eyes speak,
the language of wild basil red butterflies impatient"
My favorite might be “Eleanor's Poem” which catalogs all the ways this poem is “just like Eleanor.” Like...
“This poem is tired of wearing a pink snowsuit,
just like Eleanor.”
I'm pretty sure my poems feel that way sometimes, too. :)
Wordplay, imagination, surprise emotion, child appeal... it's all here! Please do check it out!