If you need a poem for your pocket this April, Indieland editors present these starred poetry collections that celebrate: the enduring, flexible haiku; The Tempest reimagined and illustrated for kids; a beachcomber’s account of a sojourn; and the Buckeye State.
The Wonder Code: Discover the Way of Haiku and See the World with New Eyes,
edited by Scott Mason: Mason’s 500-poem anthology shows the “versatility of moods and subject matter haiku can address and the vividness of its stripped-down but potent imagery,” says our reviewer. “There are many landscapes and nature scenes (‘winter hills / with each boot crunch / the scent of sage’ by Jo Balistreri) as well as lyrically grungy urban tableaux (‘dumpster / the iridescence / of starlings’ by Bill Kenney).”
The Wild Waves Whist by Erin Nelsen Parekh, illustrated by Mehrdokht Amini: “In their second Shakespearean board book, Parekh and Amini adapt Ariel’s songs from The Tempest for a tale of two children discovering the wonders of an island world….For the very young lap readers intended as this reinvented story’s audience, the sounds of the words will be more important than their meanings (‘Courtsied when you have and kiss’d / the wild waves whist’). Amini’s textured, mixed-media illustrations create a gorgeous paradise.”
The Sandpiper’s Spell by Tom Pearson: “The Sandpiper’s Spell” is a six-part poem and epilogue that in its simplest interpretation is a walk along a beach to a forest....Both vastly panoramic and deeply introspective, Pearson’s writing explores both the wonders of nature and the shifting landscape of the human mind.
An Everyday Thing by Nancy Richardson: “The geographic inspiration for Richardson’s masterful book is the industrial heartland of Ohio….Here, the powerful beauty of a sunset mirrors the infernal glow of the steelworkers’ toil.”
Karen Schechner is the vice president of Kirkus Indie.