Greenwillow, 1998 (1998)
Reviewed by Hilary Williamson
ll kinds of ideas and feelings pop off the pages of James Stevenson's
. The author looks behind everyday things that we all see, and he shows us their history. There's
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.
ome verses are sad, like
about a dog's last days; some cheerful like
If you don't see / What you want, / You'll want / What you see
'; and some silly like
, 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
, in a
, an early
, when the
comes up suddenly, or when a
of a '
' creeps out of the fog that's his ocean.
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