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Saturday, August 7, 2010

One Big Rain: Poems for Rainy Days - Rita Gray (Poetry)

Released July 2010

Reviewed by Bob Walch

This beautifully designed collection of poetry captures the seasonal mood, sights, sounds and feelings associated with wet weather. You’ll find five short poems in each section of the book that corresponds to summer, autumn, winter and spring.

The poetry Rita Gray presents ranges from haikus from a number of Japanese poets such as Sora, Sodo, Issa and Shisei-jo to more familiar names like Robert Frost, Carl Sandburg, Lillian Moore and Eve Merriam.

Given the variety of poetic forms, this collection not only evokes the feelings wet weather creates, but it also offers enough variety to open the door to a discussion of poetic styles.

After you have shared these poems with your child you might want to have him or her try writing a haiku or short mood piece to capture whatever is happening that day. This could be a great activity for an indoor snow day or one when the heavens open up and send torrents earthward!

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