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Hugh Smith has taught officer cadets in Australia for over three decades and was the Founding Director of the Australian Defence Studies Centre.


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: HarperTeen (April 1, 1967)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0688412319
  • ISBN-13: 978-0688412319
  • Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #358,640 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In 1972, I chose several poems from Reflections... for a poetry anthology I compiled as a project for my Children's Literature course. This course was an elective course I took while earning my B.A. in teaching. For many years, this book was part of my classroom. Yesterday, I read "Crossing" by Philip Booth (about watching a train at a railroad crossing) from that book at a variety show at my church. Today, four people requested the title of the book I read that poem from! For 30 years, I have recommended this book -- I should get a commission on the number of copies I have sold! Makes a wonderful birthday, holiday, etc. gift for any child.
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I've had a pretty rotten day (week, month, etc.). I went to my local coffee shop for a sandwich and picked up a book off the shelf, thinking the sandwich would take awhile to be ready. I was wrong, the food came quick, but I still stayed for nearly an hour because the book was so good!

These poems made me feel sentimental, open. They are honest, humorous, and intense in their simplicity. I was halfway through and almost walked to the counter to ask if I could keep the book. I changed my mind, and returned it to the shelf. Everyone deserves to read this book, I can buy my own copy.
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I first read this book when I was in 3rd or 4th grade. I absolutely loved it, as you can tell by my remembering it to this day, about 40 years later. Once upon a time, I had a paperback copy, probably from Scholastic books. I now live in limited space, so had to give up almost my entire library. To rebuild my library, I bought a Kindle. I was hoping to get this in Kindle format, but alas, it is not to be just yet.

I highly recommend this book. It is a wonderful way to introduce children to poetry, as the verse is not too complicated or flowery. I am so glad my teacher used this book. It instilled in me a love of poetry that has lasted my entire life.
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This is the best anthology of poetry for middle and high school students that I have encountered in 30 years of library work. Acerbic poems like Parker's "Resume" are included as well as lighthearted ones like "Why nobody pets the Lion at the zoo" by Ciardi. Reflections has the best of 20th century- the well known like Cummings, Frost and Cheever (his "Sonic Boom" is a hoot) as well as lesser known poets like Deutsch and Stafford. The compilers picked poems that would appeal to males and females. This book should be in every school and library in the county- its that good!
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Unlike other reviews I've attempted, this one really matters for a host of reasons. For one thing I've read the book. Also I love the book. I value it enough to want to convey the "essence of it" and I'm recommending it to friends and you know how that goes. Say one thing a little off and a recommended book is never looked at again.
So with no small amount of weight here on my shoulders I will try and tell a reader what this book was like for me. Essentially I probably formed all my beliefs and values in the late 60's and early 70's- I think we should make wax crayon candles and frog plaster casts for our tables, I'm really into trolls though I no longer have or collect them, I recall thinking Woodstock sounded like the best idea ever except I'm not so much into mud.
This book was published in 1966 and I got my hands on it in 1968 in a book order from Scholastic that I ordered from school. Likely I ordered not knowing what I was asking for, as I wasn't a particularly good reader then. But I got it and this was how I DISCOVERED POETRY. If I can be forgiven it's rather like your first love. You see the world through a different lens ever after. I know my peers were grappling with their own issues but I was in a life that needed poetic vision and I loved that this collection spurs you into thinking about nuclear winter, jazz, loneliness, kittens. It was just great. Vietnam body and injury count numbers appeared nightly on the TV then and I had friends with older brothers at war, so I think I was thinking rather much on life. The collection contains poems by Yvor Winters, Ferlinghetti, cumming, Hughes, Roethke, Leuders(who put it together and you must get his "Clam Lake Papers"-trust me) and so many writers that I read them from this initial introduction all my life.Talk about turning on...
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i had to do a project of poetry and this book made it more fun and enjoyable and i'm in 9th grade!
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I love this little book of poetry. I was originally given this book by a dear friend over 40 years ago. As so many of us do we lend wonderful books, never to see them again, thus my book. I recently checked Amazon to see if I could replace my, never forgotten book, and hooray! I love my little book of poetry just as much as ever, and am so happy to have reclaimed my treasure. I most highly recommend this book. Get it--you won't regret it.
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I first read this book in high school and must have borrowed it from the school library so much that no one else had a chance to use it. It impressed me so much that, even now nearly forty years later, I remember the words of many of the poems, if not in their entirety at least key portions.

I was both surprised and elated to find this book still in print. It is one of my favorites and the dog-earred, worn paperback copy that I have owned since high school graduation is in need of replacement.

I recommend this book to everyone, both young and old, poetry lovers and those who have no clue what a poem actually is. It is a collection that speaks to all and that touches both the mind and the heart.
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