Thursday, April 7, 2011

Poems and rhymes, oh boy....

Another winner for you to enjoy today. A touch of what is to come in 1012.

A Stick Is an Excellent Thing
Marilyn Singer

A stick is an excellent thing.
If you find the perfect one,
it’s a scepter for a king.
A stick is an excellent thing.
It’s a magic wand. It’s yours to fling,
to strum a fence, to draw the sun.
A stick is an excellent thing
if you find the perfect one.

From A STICK IS AN EXCELLENT THING: Poems Celebrating Everyday Play,
written by Marilyn Singer, illustrated by LeUyen Pham, coming from
Clarion in February, 2012.

© Marilyn Singer. All rights reserved.

Gregory K. from his blog “gottabook” states:

I love Marilyn Singer's poetry, but I admit that every now and then I
curse her for her reversos. If you don't know the form, a reverso is a
type of poem Marilyn created in which the poem reads differently from
the bottom up than from the top down. In her book Mirror, Mirror
(which won this year's Cybil award in poetry), the poems often tell
different perspectives on the same fairy tale based on which direction
you read. I would say that the form is IMPOSSIBLE... except that she
brilliantly filled a book with them. So, I keep trying.

The poem she gave us today is triolet, a form that's hard, yes, but
compared to a reverso, it's a walk in the park. Or maybe I only say
that because she makes it look so easy and has such fun with the form.
(And you can see another triolet from Marilyn for more proof.) One
thing I'm positive actually is easy, however, is for me to say I'm
thrilled to have any poem by Marilyn Singer here as part of this
year's 30 Poets/30 Days.
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