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Jabberwalking    by Juan Felipe Herrera order for
by Juan Felipe Herrera
Order:  USA  Can
Candlewick, 2018 (2018)
Hardcover, Softcover, CD
* *   Reviewed by Hilary Williamson

Juan Felipe Herrera, first Mexican-American Poet Laureate in the USA, teaches young readers (ten and up) how to write poetry on the move in Jabberwalking.

Herrera urges young readers to move fast, jotting down burbles, which are going to become 'a Seismic & Crazy Epic Poem!' You don't need to know where you're going, though he does explain very well what it's like to be a Jabber Walker in an airplane, and to try and make sense of hours of Jabber Notes after they're written!

Herrera shares his own Jabber burbles, and how to make Burble Magic with them, with 'eyes of flame'. And burbles become poems, as 'I love autumn / with its leaves that become many different things / miniature sailboats / on tiny oceans as the rain / rushes the edges of gutters / away they go like incomplete letters?'

Juan Felipe Herrera's Jabberwalking will not be to everyone's taste, but it will inspire some young budding writers into continuing spurts of creativity.

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