Voices : Poetry and Art from Around the World

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An international collection of poetry illustrates the places and scenes of each poet's home with selected paintings, folk art, historical artifacts, and evocative photographs.

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Gr 5 Up-A remarkably visual collection of world poetry, reminding readers of their humanity, their oneness as people, and their delight in the unexpected beauty of nature. Breathtaking photographs introduce six sections based on the continents; within each one is an array of poems featuring a diversity of topics, styles, age appeal, and traditions. Brenner has masterfully selected poems that come from the past-including the Bible, Aboriginal songs, Aesop, nursery rhymes, haiku, and chants-as well as the work of present-day writers and poets such as Jean Little (Canada), Sheenagh Pugh (Wales), and Rutger Kopland (Netherlands). Each double-page spread is magnificently enhanced by dramatic visual images from ancient sculptures and carvings to modern ceramics and embroideries. Readers will initially appreciate this anthology for the photographs, and later for the power and beauty of the words. An enriching experience.-Ronald Jobe, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada

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Gr. 6-12. Many global anthologies are loosely organized by theme. Here the arrangement is by continent. The large-size pages include poetry, much of it in translation, and beautifully reproduced full-color art from each region, with no forced connection between the pictures and the words. Many of the selections are compelling, beautiful in their particulars and universal in their reach. It's a pity that urban life is represented in the U.S and Europe only--even Australia is just the great outback. But one book can't do it all, especially since Brenner includes the traditional, the historical, and the contemporary around the globe. With each selection there are brief facts about the artist, poet, or translator, as well as the culture and history of the place. The open design will attract browsers, and the geographical focus will make this an excellent tool for teachers across the curriculum. Hazel Rochman
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