This poem is a nest

by Latham, Irene,

Format: Print Book 2020
Availability: Available at 5 Libraries 5 of 5 copies
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Mt. Lebanon Public Library Children's Non-Fiction j 811 Lat
Location  Mt. Lebanon Public Library
Collection  Children's Non-Fiction
Call Number  j 811 Lat
Northland Public Library Children's Nonfiction J 811 L34
Location  Northland Public Library
Collection  Children's Nonfiction
Call Number  J 811 L34
Sewickley Public Library Juvenile Nonfiction J 811 LAT 2020
Location  Sewickley Public Library
Collection  Juvenile Nonfiction
Call Number  J 811 LAT 2020
Shaler North Hills Library Juvenile Non-Fiction j 811.6 L
Location  Shaler North Hills Library
Collection  Juvenile Non-Fiction
Call Number  j 811.6 L
South Fayette Township Library Juvenile Non-Fiction J 811.6 LAT
Location  South Fayette Township Library
Collection  Juvenile Non-Fiction
Call Number  J 811.6 LAT
Kirkus Reviews Best Book
NCTE Notable Poetry Book
Bank Street College of Education Best Book of the Year

This beautiful poetry collection introduces readers to the art of found poetry as the poet writes a 37-line poem, "Nest," then finds 160 smaller poems within it.

What can you find in a poem about a robin's nest? Irene Latham masterfully discovers "nestlings" or smaller poems about an astonishing variety of subjects--emotions, wild animals, natural landmarks on all seven continents, even planets and constellations. Each poem is a glorious spark of wonder that will prompt readers to look at the world afresh. The book includes an introduction detailing the principles of found poetry and blackout poetry, and a section of tips at the end. The joyous creativity in this volume is certain to inspire budding poets.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Latham (Can I Touch Your Hair?, 2018) suggests poems are nests in which poets "gather words, ideas, and dreams, and then . . . set about weaving, arranging, and structuring." A lengthy 37-line opening poem, titled "Nest," solidifies this concept by combining imagery of birds and poets at work throughout the seasons. Latham then uses this anchor poem as a source for 161 very short found poems or "nestlings." These nestlings, in turn, are divided into broad subject areas, from time, colors, and animals to wordplay, places, and final musings. These tiny nestlings, no more than a few lines each, still offer much to ponder: beauty, as in "Violet" ("morning's / glittery web / coated in / woodsmoke); whimsy, captured in "While You Sleep" ("moon / stocks poems / with dreams"); and even wisdom, like that in "A Definition of Maybe" ("hinge between / wild / and safe"). Above all, they encourage metaphorical thinking in young readers, while Wright's grayscale, loosely drawn illustrations enhance these sentiments. Latham ends her work with tips for budding poets to create or find their own nest poems and nestlings, such as using verbs as nouns (or vice versa), joining words to make unique words, and experimenting with the placement of words on the page. This clever poetry exercise will inspire reflection, recreation, or simple enjoyment."
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Subjects Found poetry -- Juvenile literature.
Erasure poetry -- Juvenile literature.
Publisher New York :2020
Edition First edition.
Contributors Wright, Johanna, illustrator.
Language English
Description 112 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
ISBN 9781684373635
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