Synopses & Reviews
Even kids who dont know they like poetry will love this playful, visually accessible collection of thirty concrete poemsillustrated by a Caldecott Honor artist!
Concrete poems startle and delight the eye and mind. The size and arrangement of wordsor even just letters on the page can add or alter meaning, and poems can take the shape of crows and fly off the page. Or become a balloon filled with rhyme drifting away from outstretched hands. Or fourteen exuberant lines can become "Joy Sonnet in a Random Universe." Here in a single extraordinary volume are thirty poems from some of the worlds finest visual poets, including John Hollander, Emmett Williams, Maureen W. Armour, and Douglas Floriana spirited "poke in the I" brought to you by the very talented Paul B. Janeczko and Chris Raschka.
This volume of 30 concrete poems from visual poets such as John Hollander, Emmett Williams, Maureen W. Armour and others provide a playful, visually accessible collection that is illustrated by Caldecott Honor artist Chris Raschka. Illustrations.
About the Author
Chris Raschka is the illustrator of more than twenty highly praised books for children, including YO! YES?, a Caldecott Honor Book; CHARLIE PARKER PLAYED BE BOP; ARLENE SARDINE; and RING! YO? He says, "Concrete poetry is the yoga of words. Like feeling your breath and your bones, you begin to notice what words and sentences actually look like. Its just like the feeling you get after a fifteen-minute handstand. And you dont even have to put on loose-fitting clothes!" Chris Raschka lives in New York City with his wife and son.
Paul B. Janeczko is a poet and teacher and has edited more than twenty award-winning poetry anthologies for young people. He says, "I want young readers to see the spectacular possibilities of poetry. Im hoping this ‘poke in the I kicks kids imaginations into high gear and lets them run wild writing their own concrete poems." Paul B. Janeczko lives in Maine with his wife and daughter.