With facility and polish, but not much gusto, McCord conducts a staccato conversation on a butterfly sighted in a field;...

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SPEAK UP: More Rhymes of the Never Was and Always Is

With facility and polish, but not much gusto, McCord conducts a staccato conversation on a butterfly sighted in a field; recalls the dubious joys of the roller coaster; looks askance at some conventional representations of animal vocalizations (""lambs bleat? . . . cows moo? . . .""); turns limericks into stiff, enjambment-riddled mouth traps; and bases other rhymes on puns or points of grammar or a list of Persian words. His rhymes might be used as models of light verse technique, but they are all very dry, however accomplished. Word play for little professors.

Pub Date: Oct. 23, 1981

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: -

Publisher: Little, Brown

Review Posted Online: N/A

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 1, 1981