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Popcorn    by James Stevenson order for
by James Stevenson
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Greenwillow, 1998 (1998)
* * *   Reviewed by Hilary Williamson

All kinds of ideas and feelings pop off the pages of James Stevenson's Popcorn. The author looks behind everyday things that we all see, and he shows us their history. There's Picnic Table under the apple tree with its memories of 'chocolate cake and ice cream'; Under the Hull of a beached boat 'Where dolphins rolled' and now 'A golden dog lies sleeping'; and there are Flying Saucers, Dragons, and Sorcerors all to be seen at Aldo's Pizza - if you look in just the right way.

Some verses are sad, like Chelsea about a dog's last days; some cheerful like The Bakery where 'If you don't see / What you want, / You'll want / What you see'; and some silly like Romeo, the tux-wearing skunk. But my favorites in this collection are several that convey images of nature as we've all seen it on a May Morning, in a Harbor, an early Crocus, when the Wind comes up suddenly, or when a Pirate of a 'raggedy cat' creeps out of the fog that's his ocean.

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