Well, okay. Goofy post title, I know, but I haven’t had coffee yet. Not to mention I just couldn’t make up my mind. Today’s featured poetry anthology includes haiku—not just traditional poetry—and I’m going to post before Poetry Friday begins, so there ya go. Hence, my funky post title is what I’m trying to say. Anyway. I never promised to be coherent. (Did I?)
Give the buried flower a dream; / Make the settled snow-bank steam…”
I love it when it rains. Really. I’m one of those chuckleheads who grins to herself when the forecast calls for days and days of it.
In July of this year, Charlesbridge released a poetry anthology dedicated to such days, One Big Rain: Poems for Rainy Days, compiled by Rita Gray and illustrated by Ryan O’Rourke, a title “well suited to a drizzly afternoon,” as Publishers Weekly wrote.
Opening this post is an excerpt from Robert Frost’s “To the Thawing Wind.” Having organized the anthology by seasons (five poems for each)—and really and truly covering many forms of precipitation—Rita also includes some poems from Carl Sandburg, Eve Merriam, Lilian Moore, and many more, including a poem of her own:
As mentioned, there are many haikus, Gray even including a note in the beginning about the translations, as well as a brief description for child readers as to how haikus are written.
“…Like a cinnamon / Geranium / Smells the rainingest rain.”
Writes the School Library Journal review, “The short poems are distinctive and well chosen…The delightful oil-on-paper illustrations in muted colors wrap around the text and add whimsical details…This attractive collection offers a delightful introduction to nature poetry.”
Indeed. I like the artwork. Below are a few spot illustrations from the book. Enjoy.
And stay dry. But only if you want to.
The one and only Jama Rattigan will host tomorrow’s Poetry Friday gathering here.
ONE BIG RAIN: POEMS FOR RAINY DAYS. Compilation copyright © 2010 by Rita Gray. Illustrations copyright © 2010 by Ryan O’Rourke. Published by Charlesbridge, Watertown, MA. Illustrations used with permission of publisher.