Splinters: A Book of Very Short Poems

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Splinters: A Book of Very Short Poems

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This is a book of very short poems, most of them about 4 lines long. They're like splinters -- short and sharp. The poems are written by those wellknown for their work for children like Ogden Nash, Elizabeth Coatsworth, Walter de la Mare, Jane Yolen and Carl Sandburg. But the anthology also provides a delightful introduction to the more sophisticated work of poets such as Osip Mandelstam, Emily Dickinson, ee cummings, A.E. Housman, and Ezra Pound. Thanks to the poems' brevity and Sue Heap's whimsical line drawings -- reminiscent of Stevie Smith -- these writers are rendered quite accessible to younger readers.

Little Fish

The tiny fish enjoy themselves
in the sea.
Quick little splinters of life,
their little lives are fun to them
in the sea. -- D.H. Lawrence

This little gem of a book will make an ideal gift for child and adult alike.

MICHAEL HARRISON is a teacher, anthologist, and author who lives in England. His most recent books include The Curse of the Ring and, as co-editor, The Oxford Treasury of Children's Poems. SUE HEAP's illustrations have appeared in several Oxford books.

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Halfway Street, Sidcup by Karen Fleur Adcock
The Early Morning by Hilaire Belloc
Epigram by William Blake
Eternity by William Blake
Radish by Niels Mogen Bodecker
Small Rains by Niels Mogen Bodecker
Bird Sips Water by Keith Bosley
March by Elizabeth Jane Coatsworth
Harlech Castle by John Corben
In The Eggs by John Corben
On The Beach by John Corben
Cinquain: November Night by Adelaide Crapsey
The Warning by Adelaide Crapsey
73 Poems: 9 by Edward Estlin Cummings
Prayer by John Day
Napoleon by Walter John De La Mare
A Smile As Small As Mine by Emily Dickinson
The Sun And Fog Contested by Emily Dickinson
A Sum by Charles Lutwidge Dodgson
The Blue Room by Richard (1949-) Edwards
When I Was Three I Had A Friend by Richard (1949-) Edwards
Poet by Ralph Waldo Emerson
Our Dog Chasing Swifts by Ursala Fanthorpe
The Relief Of Myopia by Ursala Fanthorpe
Beyond Words by Robert Frost
The Butterfly by John Fuller
Alley Cat by Esther Valck Georges
Love Without Hope by Robert Ranke Graves
Of Courtesy by Arthur Guiterman
April Gale by Ivor Gurney
If I Walked Straight Slap by Ivor Gurney
The Coming Of Good Luck by Robert Herrick
Dreams by Robert Herrick
Thetin Frog by Russell Hoban
Good Night by Thomas Hood
Hailstorm In May by Gerard Manley Hopkins
An Epitaph by Alfred Edward Housman
Infant Innocence by Alfred Edward Housman
Shadows by Patricia Hubbell
Wings by Victor Marie Hugo
Bee by X. J. Kennedy
Little Fish by David Herbert Lawrence
Things Made By Iron by David Herbert Lawrence
Wind And Silver by Amy Lowell
A Baby-sermon by George Macdonald
On My Winter Walk by Hugo Majer
Spring by Hugo Majer
From Prison by Osip Emilyevich Mandelstam
The Shy Speechless Sound by Osip Emilyevich Mandelstam
Haiku by Matsuo Munefusa
Spring Moon by Matsuo Munefusa
529 1983 by Gerda Mayer
Bilberries by Gerda Mayer
Dandelions by Gerda Mayer
Snow Poem by Roger Mcgough
Snowman In The Fields by Roger Mcgough
Nature Poem by Adrian Mitchell
God Made The Bees by Mother Goose
A Riddle by Mother Goose
The Dog by Ogden Nash
The Mermaid by Ogden Nash
The Parent by Ogden Nash
Season Song by Judith Nicholls
Waterfall by Gareth Owen
Squeezes by Brian Patten
Conceit by Mervyn Laurence Peake
Ease by Po Chu-yi
And The Days Are Not Full Enough by Ezra Pound
Others by James Reeves
The Christmas Spider by Michael (1915-) Richards
From The Winter Wind by Michael Rosen
Jack by Charles Henry Ross
Daisies by Christina Georgina Rossetti
Sea-sand And Sorrow by Christina Georgina Rossetti
Sing-song; A Nursery Rhyme Book: 76 by Christina Georgina Rossetti
The Redbreast by Anthony Rye
The Greater Cats With Golden Eyes by Victoria Mary Sackville-west
Choose by Carl Sandburg
Fog by Carl Sandburg
Splinter by Carl Sandburg
The Tickle Rhyme by Ian Serraillier
Mother Love by Florence Margaret Smith
The White Thought by Florence Margaret Smith
Epitaph For A Good Mouser by Anne Stevenson
Gales by Anne Stevenson
The Happy Thought by Robert Louis Stevenson
Rustler by William Stroud
The Cherry Trees by Philip Edward Thomas
In Memoriam (easter 1915) by Philip Edward Thomas
Thaw by Philip Edward Thomas
Clockface by Judith Thurman
A Maltese Dog by Tymnes
Don't Care Was Made To Care by Anonymous
The Four Best Things by Anonymous
I Saw Esau Sawing Wood by Anonymous
Lesson From A Sun-dial by Anonymous
My Love For You by Anonymous
Old Chinese Rhyming Proverb by Anonymous
On A Seat In Kensington Gardens (1844) by Anonymous
On Tomato Ketchup by Anonymous
Winter Wise by Anonymous
The Wise Men Of Gotham by Anonymous
Good Appetite by Mark Van Doren
A Clear Midnight by Walt Whitman
To Old Age by Walt Whitman
Fragment by William Carlos Williams
Diary by M. J. Wilson
Witten In An Album by William Wordsworth
Caterpillar's Lullaby by Jane Yolen
The Fairy Ring by Andrew (1885-1971) Young
The Nest by Andrew (1885-1971) Young
-- Table of Poems from Poem Finder®

From School Library Journal:

Grade 4-12-- This small book contains 103 short poems accented by child-like pen-and-ink drawings. The poems are loosely organized by diverse topics, including love, pets, war, and the seasons. The selections range from classic poems to those by contemporary children's poets. They come from the oral tradition, from sundials and park benches, and from poets of both East and West. Some are light-hearted, such as the three poems by Ogden Nash; others, like those of Stevie Smith and D. H. Lawrence, require that readers ponder darker meanings. Like David McCord's All Small (Little, 1986) and Paul Janeczko's Postcard Poems (Bradbury, 1979; o.p.), this collection invites readers to poetry through brief provocative poems, although its audience is broader and its content more diverse than either of those. This book is recommended for teachers and school and public librarians who use poems for display and to read aloud in conjunction with storytelling sessions, booktalks, and book discussions. Each poem can be used in a number of ways to introduce students of all ages to the sheer joy of the power in language. --Barbara Chatton, College of Education, University of Wyoming, Laramie
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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