Poetry Friday: "You Can, Toucan, Math"
Side Dishes Feb. 28

Wish List

Thomas Here are some new titles I'm looking forward to reading.

Poetry's Playground: The Culture of Contemporary American Children's Poetry, by Joseph T. Thomas, Jr. The publisher says, "Canonical issues are central to Poetry's Playground," but I'm on the lookout for the book because Thomas aruges that "that children’s poetry is an oft-neglected but crucial part of the American poetic tradition."  Great cover!

Don't You Forget About Me: Contemporary Writers on the Films of John Hughes. Despite Publishers Weekly's snarky review (see the Powell's link), I really want to read this collection of essays, which comes out in March. Thanks to the commenter who mentioned it.

Grace (Eventually): Thoughts on Faith, by Anne Lamott. April is the official pub date, but Lamott will read at NYC's Union Square Barnes & Noble on March 20th, so no doubt the book will be in stores by then. I'm a big Lamott fan, especially of her writing guide, Bird by Bird.


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Ooh thanks! That first one looks especially great.

Yes, Susan, I too can't wait for Anne Lamott's newest. Bird by Bird is one of those books I go back to both by rereading and in my mind.

De nada, Jules. I hope it's as good as it sounds. The author is on the Child_lit list; that's where I first heard about the book.

Rose, I was reading Anne Lamott's Operating Instructions on the subway in NYC years ago and started to laugh; the woman sitting beside me started talking about how much she liked Lamott's writing. We had a nice conversation for about four or five subway stops.

Hey there--just wanted to let you know that my book, Poetry's Playground, is now up for sale on Amazon. If you decide to buy a copy, I'd be interested in hearing any reactions you might have to it.

I am looking forward to reading it!

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