Following the poem-posts of Julie, Bonny and Margaret, here are a few tasty morsels of poetry from my childhood. I loved the book “You Read to Me, I’ll Read to You.” Recently I found it in paperback.
I especially liked Ciardi’s poem “Little Bits”.
Another favorite book was Ounce Dice Trice.
It might not have been called a book of poetry, but it was and is all about savoring words (and pictures).
My last word goes to Margaret Wise Brown from her book “Where Have You Been?”, illustrated by Barbara Cooney. This poem roosted inside me when I was about 5, and it has lived there ever since. I recite it to the crows in our neighborhood.
In the comment section I welcome any of your favorite poems or words from childhood. Thank you.
p.s. In my newsletter I mentioned the wonderful book Forgotten Words by Robert MacFarlane. It is actually called Lost Words.
Artists work with line, shape, color and texture. It can be hard to pull those elements apart.
Toni Yuly illustration from Gracias Abejas
Where does shape end and color begin?
When a shape is right it dances.
A shape can be positive or negative (i.e. created by the space around it.)
A well drawn shape gets to the essence of things, eliminating detail.
With compression and distortion a shape can convey movement. Exaggeration makes it more active (and more delightful).
Margaret Chodos-Irvine – detail from Where Lily Isn’t
As it moves toward abstraction a shape is enlivened by what is real.
Salud – here’s to this shapely world!
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