Friday, April 20, 2018

Book of Nature Poetry edited by J. Patrick Lewis

Book of Nature Poetry
edited by J. Patrick Lewis [j811.08 Nat]

A beautiful ‘coffee table book’, this is appropriate for readers of any age. Produced by National Geographic and edited by J. Patrick Lewis, former US Children’s Poet Laureate, it is full of gorgeous photographs to accompany the many poems, old and new, about flora, fauna, and other natural topics and phenomena. A variety of poets, ranging from venerable scribblers such as Emily Dickinson and Robert Frost to ‘youngsters’ in the field of young people’s poetry like X. J. Kennedy and Jane Yolen, are represented. The shortest (and funniest) verse in the book may be this, by Douglas Florian:

The Rhea
The rhea rheally isn’t strange –
It’s just an ostrich, rhearranged.

[If you enjoy this, you may also wish to try Julie Andrews’ Treasury For All Seasons, by Julie Andrews.]

[ publisher’s official Book of Nature Poetry web site ] | [ official J. Patrick Lewis web site ]
Recommended by Becky W.C.
Walt Branch Library

Don't forget -- April is National Poetry Month!
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