POEMS FOR FATHERS by Myra Cohn--Ed. Livingston


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Of these 18 poems, 13 were commissioned from poets whose names are familiar, including Lucille Clifton, X.J. Kennedy, and Lillian Morrison; the remaining are even more familiar--e.g., McCord and Carroll. Meanwhile, the poems are more about fathers than for them; and though they include some notably funny verse (especially Ciardi's ""Mummy Slept Late and Daddy Fixed Breakfast"") and the expected, sometimes mundane, shared experiences, several are bittersweet--like the editor's poignant entry (""never knew/you were/unhappy/only knew I love you/Daddy"")--or reflect contemporary themes (Martha Robinson's ""My Jose"" is a stepfather; Tony Johnston's ""Christmas Wish"" is for an absent Dad; and Deborah Chandra's ""Daddy's Gone"" begins with an angry parental quarrel). A good, unstereotypical assortment; Casilla's illustrations are serviceable but not special.

Pub Date: April 15th, 1989
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Holiday House