LIFE DOESN'T FRIGHTEN ME AT ALL by John--Ed. Agard

LIFE DOESN'T FRIGHTEN ME AT ALL

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Agard's no-nonsense, straightforward, yet hip introduction sets the tone for this British poetry anthology: ""Poets come from all sorts of cultures and are inspired by all sorts of things--from a tiny pimple to the big wide questions. . ."" That should grab readers, for Agard validates their own journal scribblings even as he sets forth writers from the US, UK, Jamaica, Guyana, India, Scotland, and Chile--e.g., Nikki Giovanni, Maya Angelou, James Berry, Henry Dumas, June Jordan, Bob Marley, and even Yeats--sometimes describing the poets in brief notes. The poems are about almost everything ""Maths"" asks, ""What do you minus/and from where?/I ask my teacher, but he don't care."" ""Mother's Advice to the Bride after the Wedding"" declares, ""Oh, child, behave like the tiger,/Behave like the tiger in the moonlight:/When it is dark, he bites."" Various typefaces coexist harmoniously on small, decorated pages, so that each inviting spread resembles a well-designed underground newspaper of both cosmic and teenage appeal: ""Heaven's in the basement/My mum and dad don't agree/But I'm gonna play my music/To satisfy me."" Amen. Author index; index of first lines.

Pub Date: April 30th, 1990
Page count: 96pp
Publisher: Henry Holt