ROOMRIMES by Sylvia Cassedy
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In her first collection of poetry, the author of such notable fiction as Behind the Attic Wall presents an alphabet of imaginative, strongly rhythmic poems about rooms and other dwelling spaces. Beginning with the intriguing mysteries of an ""Attic"" ""where wasps once hummed"" and cast-off treasures like a dinner bell and cuckoo clock are snared in silence; going on to the ""Basement,"" where mold, potato buds and love are growing in the dark; and concluding with a hilarious, staccato summation of comfortable, messy ""Your Room"" and the inevitable ""Zoo,"" this series delights with its variety--from elegant, nonsensical word-play reminiscent of Milne's deft skill to more meditative, lyrical passages. Some of the poems mn three or four pages; others are as brief as haiku. There are city, country and imaginary settings, as well as the shell of a clam. Words aren't skimped, but the ideas are child-sized, with multileveled intimations. This splendid collection is worthy of a place beside McCord and Worth, and has enough comic appeal to compete with Silverstein; the poems are sure to become favorite read-alouds.

Pub Date: Nov. 1st, 1987
Page count: 80pp
Publisher: Crowell