As you know, April is poetry month. I have always enjoyed reading different types of poetry and even trying my hand at writing poetry. My reading lists have seen traditional, not so traditional, rhyming, not so rhyming, prose poetry, classical poems and modern poetry.
But when I picked up Follow Follow: A Book of Reverso Poems by Marilyn Singer I knew this was something wonderful, different and absolutely amazing!
The first line the poem starts poem one, but it ends the second poem. The first poem is, in fact, flipped so that the second poem is the exact same worded poem as before. However it is completely different with a few tweaks to punctuation and capitalization. Each time the meaning (and sometimes the narrator) of the poem changes. The combination poems complement each other and tell amazing stories!
The Little Mermaid first tells of how she will sacrifice her voice for love; the second tells her not to sacrifice her voice! “Your Wish is My Command” tells of how Aladdin wishes to be free of the burdens of his poor, enslaved life by being a rich and powerful man married to the princess; the second tells of how the granter of the wish defines true freedom and riches. A famous Birthday suit, an unsmiling princess and other fairy tales take a turn at the genre of poetry by turning it on its head!
The brilliant and rich illustrations by Josee Masse heighten the experience as it did with their other collaboration, Mirror Mirror: A Book of Reversible Verse.
And don’t forget today, April 2, is Children’s Book month, so adults, children and young at heart will find this book or whatever they are looking for to celebrate this most important holiday at the Northshire Bookstore. You can come in person or put it book after book in your Northshire.com cart!