[Poetry Friday] We Need To Carry Others’ Hearts With Us

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Myra here.

I have to admit that I have to really find my groove back into the Poetry Friday community. Things have been so crazy hectic in the university, particularly with the marking period and my traveling, that I haven’t really found the time to visit other blogs. My deepest apologies. I will get around to it at one point – and you’d just see all my comments at one go. While we do post every single day, I really do miss being more visible in other people’s blogs. I feel more than ever how important it is to build community, especially given trying times ahead of us.  Poetry Friday this week is hosted by Friendly Fairy Tales.

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We have launched our reading theme until the end of the year. However, we are struggling to find really great fantasy-themed poems. If you know of any, please do share with us and we will hunt those down. I have to admit that I turn to fantasy and poetry more these days to just find some semblance of peace and quiet. And it is with such pleasure that I finally managed to get this book for our research project.

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I Carry Your Heart With Me

Written by E. E. Cummings
Illustrated by Mati McDonough
Published by Cameron + Company (2014)
ISBN-10: 1937359522
ISBN-13: 9781937359522

This has always been one of my favourite e. e. cummings poem. While I would have loved it to be romantically-themed as Sandburg’s A Love Poem with pictures by Anita Lobel:

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This one was interpreted by McDonough as a mother-and-child kind of love:

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There is that play in the words of literally carrying a being inside one’s self when one conceives that was captured perfectly in the artist’s visual narrative – up to that time when the mother gives birth and nurtures the child.

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I thought the collage style really worked well, giving the poem that full-bodied sensation of being enveloped in another’s love – matched by bold, solid, bright colours.

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I think now is the time when we need to carry others’ hearts with us wherever we go. We need to be able to choose light over dark, love over hate – now, more than ever.

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6 Comments on [Poetry Friday] We Need To Carry Others’ Hearts With Us

  1. Beautiful! I hadn’t thought of that as a parent-child poem before, but it works. Those collages are gorgeous. I put together a list of fantasy poems a while back:
    http://tabathayeatts.blogspot.com/2014/04/collections-i-and-ii.html (Edgar Allan Poe, Lewis Carroll, Carol Ann Duffy…)

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  2. Those illustrations are just fantastic! I love the papercut layers, so joyful and beautiful.

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  3. I bought this book when it came out, and do love it, Myra. I understand how busy you are, and what a time politically it has been for you recently, hoping that we can all work hard together for a kinder world. Thanks!

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  4. The mother-child perspective is surprising, but I really like it! What a charming book. The collage illustrations suit the poem so well. Hang in there, Myra. I, too, am discovering that I can only do so much.

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  5. This sounds like a neat book! 😀

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  6. Beautiful illustrations. Mother love is powerful stuff. I can see why it’s a kid’s book with that interpretation.

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