have a poetry blog. However, the main focus of my reviews is collection development. My library currently has a very large poetry collection with a correspondingly low circulation number. Our nonfiction section is painfully lacking in many more popular areas (sports, crafts, fairy tales) and even more lacking in less popular but equally important areas (history and biography). So, I made the decision to not purchase any more poetry for the foreseeable future. Except for that adorable guinea pig book....and replacements for Shel Silverstein...and, well hardly anything.
ANYWAYS. There's an exception to every rule and this is it. Jane Yolen, of course. Jason Stemple's gorgeous, close-up photographs of birds are paired with poetry that ranges from thoughtful, to funny, to profound. I saw the photograph of the chickadee and I was hooked, I read "Terns Galore" and I was in love:
"At the seaside, terns galore,
One tern, one tern, one tern more.
My turn to fly, tern,
Overhead and high, tern.
Underneath and 'bye, tern.
Why, tern, why turn?
Turning terns are all returning,
ISBN: 9781590788301; Published April 2011 by WordSong; Review copy provided by publisher through Raab Associates