FRESH PAINT: New Poems by Eve Merriam


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Forty-five new poems, colorful, humorous, thoughtful, and bursting with energy--poems on colors, nature, nonsense, and love. Most fit on a single page decorated with a simple woodcut. It is hard to choose a favorite. Among the color poems, ""Strike Me Pink,"" where ""Rose became madder"" and then reels off a catalog of reds, is a wonderful word play. ""Sunset,"" ""Yellow and pink as a peach left to ripen on a tree,"" explores color and texture in a softer mood. ""A New Pencil"" tells a story within a story, pulling together images of the simple act of sharpening a pencil and an immigrant grandmother's view of the world, past and future. Not all the poems work; ""Quest"" is a didactic complaint about pollution, awkwardly phrased; ""Excursion,"" a nonsense dialogue between a bear and a flea, is more interesting for its play with the sounds of words than humorous; but at their best, these poems are very good indeed. A collection to savor.

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 1986
Page count: 48pp
Publisher: Macmillan