I’ve finished highlighting the picture book poetry books?on the CYBILS shortlist now. What a great bunch of books!
Now I wanted to share a poem from A Little Bitty Man, which I read a while back.
The style of poems in this book actually isn’t?the kind that’s my particular taste. But what I found totally amazing was that these were Danish poems by Halfdan Rasmussen, translated into English by poet Marilyn Nelson and Pamela Espeland. I am stunned that they were able to turn Danish poems into English ones that are still charming and with meter and rhyme that totally works! I wish I read Danish so that I could really get a sense for how this transformation happened. Meanwhile, here’s?a lovely little bitty poem:
The ElfThe elf puts on his winter coat
and puts his winter hat on,
finds a muffler for his throat
in his drawer–puts that on,
packs his pockets full of mice
and then, before he goes,
puts on an empty ice-cream cone
to insulate his nose.
–by ?Halfdan Rasmussen, translated into English by poet Marilyn Nelson and Pamela Espeland
See Kevin Hawkes’ cute illustration below:
April Halprin Wayland at?Teaching Authors has?today’s Poetry Friday roundup?– enjoy!