I have a confession to make. I am not really a big Shel Silverstein fan. I just don’t care that much for his really silly or nonsense ones. A few, maybe. But they wear me out. And his meter sometimes doesn’t scan naturally to me. But the man is a cultural icon. Can’t tell you how many people I’ve met who feel he IS children’s poetry, and they’re passing that love down to their kids. Obviously his work resonates with millions of people.
In the interest of keeping up with what’s what in poetry, I checked out Every Thing on It, his new collection (published posthumously–Silverstein died in 1999). I’ve only read a few poems from it, but I wanted to share this one, which I really like. I love it when he’s outrageous and maybe a touch grotesque.
I’ve Got Your Nose
She yelled, “I’ve got your nose,”
And squeezed her fingers ’round her thumb.
She thought it was cute, I suppose–
I thought it was silly and stupid and dumb.
But then I looked into the mirror
And got such a scare.
She did! She did! She took my nose
And left her finger there.
–Shel Silverstein, all rights reserved
OK, that’s pretty funny! And when I read a bit more about him, I think I’d probably enjoy his work for adults more than his children’s work. That said, I did like the pure inventiveness of a bunch of the poems I’ve browsed in this book. Guess I’m going to have to admit defeat and read it from beginning to end. In small doses:>)
Elaine at Wild Rose Reader (one of my favorite poets and poetry bloggers) has the Poetry Friday Roundup today!