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Think poems are for sissies and grandmothers? Then check Charles Ghigna's engaging new book of verse, A Fury of Motion. With style, humor, and passion, Ghigna has created a world in which adolescents and teenagers, especially boys, will find empathy and refuge. In forty-six poems, the poet delivers a hearty mix of verse that conveys the power at the line of scrimmage, the "lost boys" of hunting season, the threat of loneliness, the clarity of autumn, and the silliness of science. Here's a thoroughly appealing book that will attract those teens who believe poetry is far beneath or beyond them.
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Charles Ghigna is the author of more than thirty books of poetry for children and adults, including Animal Trunk: Silly Poems to Read Aloud, an American Bookseller "Pick of the Lists." He lives in Homewood, Alabama.From School Library Journal:
Grade 6-9-Everything about this book is understated. The physical dimensions are diminutive, the pictures are tiny black-and-white silhouettes, and the type is simple and uncluttered. It is the perfect book for boys who might not want to advertise the fact that they are reading poetry (except, perhaps, to the attractive girls who sit behind them in English class). Ghigna not only has a good sense of description and metaphor, but also of sound and rhythm. In "The Leopard of Loneliness," "Loneliness, the leopard,/Stalks the heart;/He captures his prey/And tears it apart." The cadence is slow, like a stalking predator, until the last line. Ten of the 46 poems are about sports, but the rest range widely in topic from "The Beach" to a "Haircut." There is a good balance of funny and serious, rhyming and free verse. The poems are targeted at teens, but are appropriate for younger children as well. A colloquial foreword by X. J. Kennedy tells of his first encounters with poetry and gives encouragement to both the uninitiated and to closet poetry readers.
Donna Cardon, Provo City Library, UT
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Book Description Wordsong, 2003. Paperback. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX1590781880
Book Description Wordsong, 2003. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M1590781880