Lion looks so lazy, watching day-life pass,
Yet searing eyes are stalking shadows in the grass.
Inside a mighty golden throat, he stores his
Nightmare roar that sends his subjects
Galloping across the sunstruck floor.
Interest have zebras in
Leather tethers or
Reins In their
Power, and sun so
These poems can be drunk in quickly in long droughts of gold and dusk or drawn out lazily to savor the multiple levels. The back of the book includes notes on the African animals, information about the poetic form, and information about the photography done on location in Namibia. I would strongly recommend this book for poets and children of all ages; to absorb, enjoy and learn from in delight and surprise. If you are building your classroom or home library in preparation for a new school year you need this poetry book added to your curriculum!
Other blog reviews: (more poems from the book & photos)
Miss Rumphius (also links to an interview with Alex Harley)
Becky's Book Reviews
Today's Friday Poetry roundup is hosted by Heidi Mordhorst's my juicy little universe. Enjoy!