Greenwillow / Harper Collins
Date: March 2, 2004
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Poetry and Art
Notes: Reading level: ages 9 – 12 / teen
This Forever, or What?
& Paintings from Texas
Selected by Naomi
Texas is a state
that has everything – the ocean, the plains, the rivers, small
towns, and gigantic cultural cities. Life there is both like and
unlike life everywhere else. People grow and change with the times
just like everywhere else, but they also cling onto what makes them
feel at home in the gigantic state, the world they knew growing
up. They embrace their world like a child embraces a teddy bear
and the poems and paintings in this book are amazing proof of how
much treasure there is to be found in such a unique state.
One of the
poems, “Almost Asleep” by Ken Fontenot, happens to be
one of my favorites. An excerpt is printed on the back cover of
the book along with my favorite painting, “Dream of Texas”
by Deborah Maverick Kelley.
I am close to my bed. I am close
to my book.
I am close to my chair. And my silence lights the room.
There is no other real joy but this:
To feel as if a glass of milk were warming
Inside one’s stomach...
This is just one
of the many amazing poems by various poets contained in this massive
book. There is also a section in the back called “Notes on
the Contributors” which lists each artist and poet and their
information. I highly recommend this book for anyone who loves the
feeling of warm wind gusts and at its best and worst.