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Finally, I have read This Poem Is a Nest, by Irene Latham (illus by Johanna Wright, Wordsong). For my birthday, BACK IN OCTOBER, I bought this book and Whale Day by Billy Collins from my lovely indie, Red Balloon. These were my birthday gifts to myself. First, I was surprised because I had expected a picture book–I guess just because the cover is so dang gorgeous. So I opened it and was a bit startled. Then I started to read the nest poem at the beginning, and it was pretty long. I thought, “I guess I’d better wait until I have the time to really relax with this.”
Then it was February. Seriously.
Anyway, I read this poetry collection in one sitting–not rushing, but I just couldn’t put it down. I shouldn’t have let the initial nest poem throw me off a bit. The nestlings are all super short and startlingly beautiful. I had to keep reading to see what she came up with next. I’ve already re-read it once and expect I’ll come back to it often. The language is just amazing. And while I wish the book could be stuffed with full-color art by Wright, her digital ink wash art is spare and fitting for Irene’s words. I’m going through some things with my writing and books recently, and I’m feeling all the feels, as the kids say. So on my re-read, this is the spread that spoke to me, especially the vulnerable poem.
One of my favorite poetry collections in a while–don’t miss it. (And I know I’m late to this party and many of y’all have already read it!) And teachers, Irene has printables of a number of longer poems that your students can find nestlings in. Find them on Irene’s poetry books page.
And for lots of wonderful poetry, don’t miss the Poetry Friday Roundup with Molly at Nix the Comfort Zone, who captures poems in words and photos.
PS I’m off the grid for a few days spending time with our daughter and son-in-law, so I likely won’t get around to the PF posts this week! I’ll miss your lovely posts!