I AM CHERRY ALIVE,"" THE LITTLE GIRL SANG by Delmore Schwartz

I AM CHERRY ALIVE,"" THE LITTLE GIRL SANG

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KIRKUS REVIEW

The words are poet Delmore Schwartz's paean to the pleasures and unconstricted promise of childhood: ""When I like, if I like, I can be someone new,/ Someone very old, a witch in a zoo:/ I can be someone else whenever I think who. . . ."" And like many such adult projections, they make what's natural seem self-conscious and strained (""And the peach has a pit and I know that too,/ And I put it in along with everything/ To make the grown-ups laugh whenever I sing""). Especially as pictured here, with a naked sprite standing in a vast entrance hallway at the start and variously disporting herself, clothed and unclothed, in stagey greeting-card landscapes.

Pub Date: March 1st, 1979
Publisher: Harper & Row