I am glad to join the Poetry Friday community once again. This week, we have just launched our new reading theme for this month (and the next):
As such, we will be sharing poems that are in keeping with universes, the stars, the moon, the skies, the heavens, the cosmos. I did a bit of book hunting from my own bookshelves, and I rediscovered this picturebook that I bought several years back written by Pat Mora and illustrated by Steve Jenkins. Seemed perfect for our our reading theme. Our host this week is the very beautiful and immensely talented Renée LaTulippe from No Water River. Her website is such an amazing resource for anyone who loves and writes poetry. Be sure to check out her round-up post which I anticipate to be a thing of beauty.
There are fourteen poems in all in this poetry collection by Pat Mora. In the Dedication Page, Pat indicated that the book is dedicated to her daughter who loves animals and the desert. It is no wonder then that there are poems about a Horned Lizard, Urban Raccoon, the coyotes in Desert Snow, and bluejays in Joyful Jabber. Since I like me my touch of darkness, I especially enjoyed Halloween:
and those shadows, stretching closer-
branches of a tree so bare
or bony fingers reaching
for your hair?
and Noche. Quite similar to most of Pat Mora’s writing, this one has a few Spanish words sprinkled into a few verse, here and there, like fairy dust. Given my background (notwithstanding its being fairly limited) in Spanish, I am familiar with a few of the words ike duende in particular, which made its appearance in Twilight Choir. There is a Glossary of Terms found at the end of the book for those who may be unfamiliar with the language.
I have not seen a great deal of Steve Jenkins’ illustrations, but I did love the ones I found here. The collage art provides a different kind of texture and layer to the verse. I would have preferred a different, and much-lighter book cover though.
I have two favorites from this collection. The first one has something to do with how to make a poem, which I am sure would resonate with a lot of Poetry Friday enthusiasts. I took two photos of the page so that you’d have a closer look and you also gain an appreciation of Jenkins’ pictures.
I love the image of free falling and leaping through one blue door.
And here is This Big Sky which made me feel so alive, brimming with all the possibilities this world has to offer.
This Big Sky by Pat Mora and Pictures by Steve Jenkins. Published by Scholastic, Inc. 1998. Bought my own copy of the book. Book photos taken by me.