Rip out and read

Amulet/Abrams’ Laura Mihalick gave me a neat book at Midwinter: Poem in Your Pocket for Young Poets: 100 Poems to Rip Out & Read, compiled by Bruno Navasky, and due out this March. While the book has a sturdy hardcover, its apparent aim is to gradually self-destruct, as the poems within are printed on a […]

>Great minds

>Our Fanfare choice Button Up: Wrinkled Rhymes by Alice Schertle and illustrated by Petra Mathers has been awarded the 2010 Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award. Congrats, Alice! And now, to paraphrase Nicki Grimes on Jerry Pinkney, just give Petra Mathers the damn Caldecott medal, already.

>J.K. Rowling wishes they paid by the word.

>Agent Amanda Urban on the economics of book publishing: “Books can only support a certain retail price,” she said. “It’s not like you have books that can be Manolo Blahniks and books that can be Cole Haan. Books are books. A book by James Patterson costs the same as a book by some poet.” Which […]

>Fun with Intertextuality

>I’m not even completely clear on who the Watchman really is, but this is really fun. But can I just say how much I have always loathed W. C. W.’s poem about the plums in the icebox? We-coulda-made-pie versus some poet’s fucking sensitivity–is it even a contest?

>The Invigilator Strikes

>A complaint from an “exams invigilator” has caused Carol Ann Duffy’s poem “Education for Leisure” to be removed from the U.K.’s GCSE curriculum. Children’s Laureate Michael Rosen is quoted being sensible (“Of course we want children to be talking about knife crime and poems like these are a terrific way of helping that happen. Blanket […]

>It’s not a word to throw around lightly

>Poets are supposed to choose their words very carefully. This one doesn’t. But a poet standing up to a bookstore does demonstrate chutzpah, I’ll give her that. Thanks to Shelf Awareness for the link.

>You’re not the boss of me,

>I say. Defining poetryIs a task best left to those who Do,Not some Society.

>March/April 08 Horn Book

>The new issue of the Horn Book is out; online articles include Lolly Robinson’s guide to alphabet books and Madelyn Travis’s profile of Michael Rosen (the British one), including a gorgeous poem of his about reading: . . . Some of these things you may have never seen before. But now you know them. Some […]

>The New Laureate

>Sometime Horn Book contributor Madelyn Travis interviews Britain’s new children’s laureate Michael Rosen, he of the funny verse and the very sad book. We love Madelyn here because it was her since-third-grade friendship with our Jennifer Brabander that brought Bridget Jones’s Diary to the Horn Book long before the rest of you had heard of […]

>But Sammy the Snot Who Lives in Your Nose? Sure!

>Publishers Weekly alerts us to the latest buy-an-agent scam; I love e-literary agent‘s sage analysis of the publishing market: “because this is a highly competitive business, we recommend that you take the time to run your manuscript through a spell check.” If they wanted to tip us off that they were wolves after sheep, well, […]