I am happy to once again be joining the Poetry Friday community hosted this week by Carol’s Corner. As we continue to search for titles that fit into our current reading theme (see below):
I was reminded of Isol’s Nocturne which I just booktalked during our research dissemination initiatives to various groups of international and local librarians. How could I have forgotten this utterly magical book.
Nocturne: Dream Recipes
Published by: Groundwood Books, House of Anansi Press. ISBN: 1554981794 (ISBN13: 9781554981793)
Bought personal copy of the book.
The cover says that this is a “glow-in-the-dark bedtime book” and that is correct, but it’s so much more. This book features a variety of dreams: from the boring book dream or the dream of being another, or the dream underwater, or the dream of the door that should not be opened, or the roommate dream, just to name a few.
All that you have to do is to find a dream that tempts you, and before going to bed, open it to the dream you’ve chosen, place it on the night table under a bright light because according to Isol: “A dream is like a moth that loves to get close to the light when no one is looking.” Then you have to be patient, and wait for five minutes and don’t make any noise lest you scare the dream away, then put it where you can see it when lying in bed, then turn out the light, and you see this.
I tried it myself, and saw these glorious fantastical images:
A friend shared this one with me:
This is a perfect gift to your young ones this Christmas, I assure you. And for more Poetry goodness, I share with you a fragment from O’Shaugnessy’s Ode. I took a photo of the page and edited it using an iPhone app.