Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Read Harder Challenge - Poetry

With April being National Poetry Month, I thought it would be a good time to get this requirement crossed off the list.  I would have gone back to some of my favorite collections or poets that I already knew so I reached out to the Twitter hive mind for some suggestions. I got what I could from the library and picked up one other.

Small PoemsSmall Poems by Valerie Worth
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I thought these poems were really cute and I think a great way to start kids off with poetry.  These are simple poems about everyday objects, animals, and I think some foods stuffs.

Pug: And Other Animal PoemsPug: And Other Animal Poems by Valerie Worth
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

When I was looking in the library catalog for I saw this book.  Being a pug mom I had to check it out. Again some great poems for children. Personally I think the pug poem was the best!

Poisoned Apples: Poems for You, My PrettyPoisoned Apples: Poems for You, My Pretty by Christine Heppermann
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was intrigued by this collection of retold fairy tales.  Some of them were a little odd, but I think it would really speak to teens today. I really liked the poem titled To My Sheep, Wherever You Are. I chose it as the poem for Poem In Your Pocket Day.

Motherland Fatherland HomelandsexualsMotherland Fatherland Homelandsexuals by Patricia Lockwood
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Nope. I didn't understand most of what was written in this collection.  The few things that either made sense or just sounded pretty are what saved this collection from either bring a DNF or a 1 star book.

Selected PoemsSelected Poems by Federico García Lorca
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I liked a good number of the poems, but I think something was lost in the translation.

Apparently I liked the children's poems better than the more adult collections.  Does that say something about poetry or about me?

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