SQUEEZE by Heidi Mordhorst

SQUEEZE

Poems from a Juicy Universe
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Age Range: 8 - 16
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KIRKUS REVIEW

Mordhorst’s collection of 24 non-rhyming poems is a juicy treat itself, full of evocative images and insightful glimpses into childhood activities, many inspired by her own Southern childhood. She takes ordinary slice-of-life events such as a scraped knee or lying on a sandy beach and turns each into a fresh, adventurous experience that is quite out of the ordinary. In surprising twists, birds grow from birdseed, sand dunes are elephants and a rug turns into a geographic structure for toy cars. The titular poem, “Squeeze,” is especially memorable, comparing a lemon in the hand to one’s own little universe, sometimes sour and sometimes sweet. Torrey’s photographic montages add just the right touch of sugar and spice to the collection: flowers, trees, smiling children and darker shots of the moon, a starlit sky and sparklers twinkling to illustrate a poem about brainpower. Teachers will find this a welcome classroom resource for many age groups. (Poetry. 8-16)

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 2005
ISBN: 1-59078-292-5
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Boyds Mills
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 1st, 2005