POEMS IN BLACK AND WHITE by Kate Miller

POEMS IN BLACK AND WHITE

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Age Range: 6 - 12
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KIRKUS REVIEW

Miller pairs lovely images with monotypes in different hues, including inky black and cool white. Sometimes the titular theme examines the colors directly, celebrating in “First Steps” a new baby’s inked footprints and in the clever “Dog-eyed,” both a canine’s black-and-white eyesight and his Border Collie coat, which, “among his doggy friends / is just as grand as / Irish Setter red.” Other poems tease out the theme more obliquely: “Dandelion Dreams” contrasts the plant’s tenacious root with “her head . . . filled with / winged seeds—her fluffy cloud-white dreams. . . . ” Short lines beautifully integrate assonance and near rhyme in unselfconscious verse that plumbs the natural world and occasionally reflects on a child’s familial connections. Miller’s often exquisite exploitation of the monotype medium (as in illustrations for “King Crow” and “Comet”) falls short in pictures for “Dad’s Closet” and “Almost Perfect,” wherein a doctor’s coat, stethoscope and buttoned shirt, flatly depicted, lack the lush nuance found elsewhere. Worthwhile overall, with glimmers of brilliance; an artist to watch. (note on illustrations) (Poetry. 6-12)

Pub Date: March 1st, 2007
ISBN: 978-1-59078-412-9
Page count: 40pp
Publisher: Wordsong/Boyds Mills
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 15th, 2007