Lemonade: And Other Poems Squeezed from a Single Word

Bob Raczka, Author, Nancy Doniger, Illustrator
Bob Raczka, illus. by Nancy Doniger, Roaring Brook, $16.99 (48p) ISBN 978-1-59643-541-4
Reviewed on: 11/29/2010
Release date: 03/01/2011
Paperback - 48 pages - 978-1-250-01894-6
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Inspired by the concrete poetry of Andrew Russ (aka endwar), Raczka's poems are all produced from the letters in single words, magnifying and playing on their meanings. "Vacation" is transformed into "action/ in/ a/ van," and the letters from "snowflakes" trickle down lazily as though from the sky. Several words result in more imaginative compositions: from "constellation" come the lines, "a/ silent/ lion/ tells/ an/ ancient/ tale." Some selections feel slight, but there's a subtle humor and power at work in many ("friend" reads simply "fred/ finds/ ed"), and readers may be spurred to construct their own. Final art not seen by PW. Ages 8–12. (Mar.)
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