By Marilyn Singer
Contributor note: Illustrated by way of Meilo So
Publish yr note: First released in 2002
This provocative number of poems levels from such lofty matters as an astronaut’s view of Earth to the burrows of worms and little creatures in the earth, “where i attempt to tread softly: a quiet mammoth leaving merely footprints at the roof.”
Marilyn Singer’s lilting unfastened verse bargains visible photographs that supply us clean new insights and admire for the powerful strength of volcanoes, fens, islands, deserts, dunes, and typical mess ups. Singer’s simply obtainable poems additionally comprise the various lighter moments of adolescence, equivalent to sliding on ice and enjoying in dust. Meilo So’s detailed india ink drawings on rice paper supply a particularly good-looking show off for those buoyant nature poems.
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Footprints on the Roof: Poems About the Earth by Marilyn Singer