Tuesday, April 19, 2011

National Poetry Month: A Foot in the Mouth

Last June, I reviewed A Poke in the I: A Collection of Concrete Poems and A Kick in the Head: An Everyday Guide to Poetic Forms, both collections selected by Paul B. Janeczko and illustrated by Chris Raschka

I'm very familiar with those two titles because they're on our summer reading lists. Somehow, I TOTALLY missed that they have a third poetry collection out!

A Foot in the Mouth: Poems to Speak, Sing and ShoutA Foot in the Mouth: Poems to Speak, Sing and Shout

As you could probably tell from the subtitle, this collection features poems that demand to be read OUT LOUD. It's broken into sections such as "Poems for Three Voices" "Short Stuff" "Bilingual Poems" "List Poems" and "Limericks."

Authors range from Sandra Cisneros ("Good Hot Dogs" in "Bilingual Poems") to Shakespeare (Macbeth Act IV, Scene 1 aka "Double Double Toil and Trouble" in "Poems for Three Voices.")

It's a great collection that would work well with schools and assignments, as well as general browsing.

Here's one from the section "Short Stuff"

Pussycat, Pussycat
by Max Fatchen

Pussycat, pussycat, where have you been?
Licking your lips with your whiskers so clearn?
Pussycat, pussycat, purring and pudgy,
Pussycat, pussycat, WHERE IS OUR BUDGIE?

For those who don't know, budgie is British-English for parakeet.

Book Provided by... my local library

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