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Reflections on a Gift of Watermelon Pickle Hardcover – April 1, 1967
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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.
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.
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...Read more ›
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I had a copy that been loaned out and never returned and I was pretty sad about it. I was telling another friend its story (That I had purchased it in the late 60's and it had... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Vermont Kiwi
So glad to find a replacement copy in such good condition...thanksPublished 3 months ago by Reader girl
can't think of a better "my first book of poetry" for a youth. Inspirational stuff for budding poetry writersPublished 12 months ago by Michael Hummel
This was my favorite poetry book in my 20's. Thirty years later, it still shines as one of the finest compilations of poetry.Published 17 months ago by Amazon Customer
I loved books and this book defined my young life and love for poetry. It is a one of a kind collection. If you like poetry-make haste to buy it and devour it. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Grammy