Autumn has appeared with its "coolcrisp"* days but for today summer still seems to be in the air with the debut of Irene Latham's newest book, This Poem Is A Nest. Sunshine and warmth are bathed in this book's descriptive words and imaginative poetic nestlings. "Delightful" is a single word of praise chosen by Kirkus to describe this engaging book so let's see why. (*one of Irene Latham's lovely new "pressed together", unique words)
Come join me as I take a look at this small-sized, amazing poetry book, unlike others. What is crafted inside is a beautiful 37-line poem taking the reader through the building of a nest in spring and developing the thoughts through the winter season. From this imaginative beginning, 161 little nestlings, small poems, fly out not from robin blue eggs but from Irene Latham's creative writing talent. Within the four source poems and the nestlings, Irene sparks joy, both for herself and the reader, while introducing a new concept, nest-poems.
"What fun to play with words, to arrange and rearrange, and to watch some of them learn to fly!"
For those who love words, there are alphabet poems, wordplay poems, and definition poems that allow young writers to have fun with format, white space, and words.
As you open your heart to this experience, I hope you will find that there is nothing more joyful than discovering yourself and the world in a poem-nest. -Irene Latham