Sweet Corn: Poems
Beech Tree, 1999 (1995)
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Reviewed by Hilary Williamson
ook at the world frontwards, backwards, sideways and upside down through James Stevenson's unique, whimsical poems. This
series of collections of verse brings back the wonder of childhood. The author uses different fonts, clever graphic design, and appealing watercolor illustrations to convey and reinforce his ideas.
n this collection I especially enjoyed
Mountaineers and pirates / Ascend and descend, / Busy as inchworms
of little kids always being stuck in the back seat, a
like an old man ('
A few rungs missing at the end
'), and the exuberance of
, after which '
We'll throw our sneakers off and race / To muddy puddles deep and warm / And kick the water back into the sky.
ut every one of these poems is worth a thoughtful read, both the ones that leave you happy and those like '
I hope he knows where he's going
that are a little sad - they're all sweet as corn.
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