Friday, October 10, 2008

Poetry Friday: Birds on a Wire

There has been a ton of buzz surrounding this title, as it's written in such a cool and unique manner. Birds on a Wire: A Renga 'Round Town is written by J. Patrick Lewis and Paul B. Janeczko, with illustrations by Gary Lippincott. It's written in a Japanese form of poetry called "renga", where different poets will take a turn add a verse to a previous poets verse. The style appears similar to that of a haiku, but being written in a slightly different format by different poets.

Birds on a Wire doesn't exactly tell a story, but each page has a different renga poem about a place around town, connecting with the next renga, ultimately creating a "story" of sorts. My favorite verse is as follows:

"beauty salon women
study grandchildren photos
each knows the cutest

with hair sprayed and fixed, they leave
proud to show off the natural look
"

The illustrations beautifully accompany the verses and the overall style of the book is just so, darn cool! I was amazed from page to page and really think kids will enjoy it as much as I did. It's simplistic, not a collection, and the illustrations are perfect. This is a must for all library collections.

If you're interested in learning more about the book or to purchase, click on the book cover above to link to Amazon.

4 comments:

cuileann said...

That does sound cool!

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lisa said...

Amanda-
My Children's Librarian had this book up on the "take notice stand" and i picked it up for the illustrations.
Inspired by the Renga theme, I am thinking it might be a fun thing to try on my facebook group.

Blessings,
Lisa

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