Category Archives: poetry

Poisoned apples, twisted tales, and mer-lore

  Yep, it’s time for more re-worked fairy tale collections, including another Windling/Datlow book!  Hey, I’ll keep reviewing them as long as I keep finding ’em 🙂 Christine Heppermann. Poisoned Apples: Poems for You, My Pretty. New York: Greenwillow Books, 2014. This … Continue reading

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Nursery Rhyme Redux

Three years ago, before Fairy Tale Comics, there appeared in the folklore-themed-comicsphere… What I love about this collection is that the illustrators treat the rhymes like little stories, following the original words but interpreting them in different ways.  It’s “not a parody … Continue reading

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2013 Hall o’ Faves

Edit 01-06-14:  Cannot. Believe. I left out the Sherlock Holmes stories (Vol. 2 of the Barnes & Noble ed.; I read Vol. 1 in 2012). Cannot. Believe it. (Shut up, Naruto.) Edit:  Oops! Missed one. Sorry ’bout that, October Daye … Continue reading

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Swaying in my hammock

For this month’s Exchange, Book Bloggers International asks:  What’s your favorite reading spot? Is it a comfy chair?  A sweet sofa?  A reading nook by a window?  A place in the park?  A coffee shop?  Your bed?  Your deck or … Continue reading

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Of Tattlesnakes and Tubaboons, Clocktopi and Spatuloons…a belated poetry-related post

It’s time for another episode of “While Wandering Through the Library the Other Day…” So… I was wandering through the library the other day, when I saw this: An intriguing title, pretty cover art, and the promise of more poetic … Continue reading

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“Ten miške, kur eglės ošią…”

Inspired by Jean of Howling Frog Books, whose January posts focused on lesser-known children’s titles from (mostly) outside the U.S., I thought I’d share a few of the classic Lithuanian stories I grew up with. . . . . . … Continue reading

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“The heart of it not in the chosen—the act itself the main, the quadriennial choosing”

For the Tea with Transcendentalists challenge (I know it’s not an official event anymore, I don’t think, but I’m still going to do a post or two this month just for fun), I offer the following Whitmanian sentiment on Election Day. … Continue reading

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Bitter as a dragonbite

And now this just caught my attention:  in her most recent post, Chelle from Tempting Persephone shared this poem by Peter S. Beagle, and it has such a deliciously eerie, haunting, October-appropriate tone and imagery that I want to pass it … Continue reading

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Picture Book Mini-Parade: anthropomorphic edition

Going with today’s theme, I’m mostly imitating each book’s own voice/style for my commentary.  And sometimes I’ll just let them speak for themselves.   Marilyn Nelson.  Sweethearts of Rhythm: The Story of the Greatest All-Girl Swing Band in the World.  … Continue reading

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Everything is Music

First, a plug!  My coworker Lily hosts a radio program, InBetween the Music, which explores the connections between music and literature, music and film, music and places, seasons, celebrities, and more. The latest episode, appropriately timed with the release of … Continue reading

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