Overheard by Conifers.
John V. Hicks.
Grades 8 and up / Ages 13 and up.
Apple PickerThis slim volume of poetry is engaging, accessible and replete with humor, vision, and the celebration of the senses. Cosmic metaphors predominate, and they enlarge the minutiae of human life and touch it with significance. The themes are the usual ones of poetry - the seasons, death, love, nature, etc. The natural world, the human world of emotions, and the immortal sphere all figure here. The title would be a good selection for grade 8 to 10 students and Creative Writing students. The cover design, unfortunately, is dull and misleading - the content is not.
Love's apples dangling from her wrist,
a prize of pickings, plump, red,
bruise not at all against the thumping
thigh. Thwarted birds sing sharp-beak
requiems from their summer choirs
and cool leaf aprons. What is food
compared to her songs of victories?
Go away, old woman with your patent
parer, competent to skin in sweeps
the succulent flesh. Core's coat of juice will sicken in sunlight that retreats
before the advancing dial's
shadow. There will be time to
taste. Wait, wait, I tell you.
Willa Walsh is a high school teacher-librarian in Richmond, B.C.
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