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Here We Go Again: Poetry II
Where last month's list dealt with single-author collections, this month's dozen (which includes another generous dozen in the John Agard) showcases multi-poet anthologies. There's a variety of focuses--from ghosts to cultures to pastimes--and a variety of reading levels, so anybody who can even stand poetry should be able to find something irresistible among the pages.
Energetic, singing poems from thirteen poets soar through the oversized pages accompanied by Felstead's vividly colored, protean artwork. (BCCB 12/94)
In a rich combination of English and Spanish (most poems appear in both, and a few mix the languages within themselves), this strong collection addresses the contemporary Latino experience by focusing on small details and large thoughts. (BCCB 9/94)
Traditional and contemporary spooky verse gather together with surrealistic yet edgily concrete illustrations to provide frissons for young readers. (BCCB 1/97)
Duffy's compact collection includes the irreverent and the heartbreaking and everything in between; Rafferty's angular line drawings keep the look sophisticated. (BCCB 9/96)
A wide variety of contemporary poets examine home or, more often, moving to it, from it, and in spite of it. (BCCB 11/95)
Clustering in unofficial groups by pastime (and representing a multitude of pastimes), these poems range from the biographical to the impressionistic, and they'll lure in the poetry-shy. (BCCB 9/88)
Seventy-six poems for children, by authors from Edward Lear to Margaret Wise Brown to Myra Cohn Livingston, float in white space enhanced by Ormerod's unassuming and friendly watercolor-and-line illustrations. (BCCB 2/93)
One of the broadest collections in recent years, this volume contains contemporary poems from every inhabited continent (a map of contributors is included); entries are free-verse, fluid, and lyrical, often dealing with childhood or offering a child's vie wpoint. (BCCB 12/92)
This plump little volume is packed with resonant traditional children's chants, jeers, and rhymes; Sendak, artistic king of childhood rebellion, provides spirited child-centered artwork with intriguing overtones. (BCCB 5/92)
American art pairs with American poetry to convey the American experience, resulting in surprising and vivid juxtapositions. (BCCB 12/94)
This elegant picture book glitters with a variety of wintry aspects in verse and image; poem range from classic to contemporary as snow falls, accumulates, and melts from spread to spread. (BCCB 1/95)
This generous collection of jump-rope rhymes, playground chants, and back-of-the-bus songs sticks to the cleaner side of folk verse, but it's no less fun for that; Sue Truesdell's high-speed ink and wash sketches add to the drollery. (BCCB 5/92)
Sixty-four pages of light-hearted poetry on food and eating covers everything from disliked foods to eating methodologies to greed, while Westcott's candy-hued spreads keep the energy level at its peak. (BCCB 6/94)
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