FEG by Robin Hirsch
Ridiculous Stupid Poems for Intelligent Children

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What is a Spoonerism? How many syllables are in a Haiku? What makes a palindrome a palindrome? The answers to these questions and many more are in this witty and wise collection, which invites readers to discover the joy of language and introduces them to literary and historical figures from Shakespeare and Gertrude Stein to Mel Brooks and Zbigniew Brzezinski. The twenty-three poems are accompanied by educational and entertaining explanatory notes, as well as a glossary, making this book perfect for classroom use. With bold, graphic illustrations by New Yorker cover artist Ha, this book is sure to entice people of all ages - even those suffering from poetryphobia (from the Greek; fear of poetry).
 

About Robin Hirsch

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Robin Hirsch is truly a Renaissance man. Writer, performer, producer, restaurateur, former Oxford and Fulbright scholar, he is the author of the acclaimed memoir, Last Dance at the Hotel Kempinski, and of Mosaic: Fragments of a Jewish Life, his award-winning solo performance cycle with which he has toured across the Unites States and Europe.When he is not writing or performing, the author can usually be found at the Cornelia Street Café in Greenwich Village, of which he is a co-owner. On its tenth anniversary (in 1987), Mayor Koch proclaimed it "a cultural as well as a culinary landmark." (it also serves the best french fries his editor has ever tasted.)Ha is the pen (or should we say "paintbrush?") name of an acclaimed artist whose illustrations have appeared in major magazines both in the United States and abroad, including a number of covers for the New Yorker. His work has won numerous awards and has been exhibited internationally. This is his first children's book. A native of Canada, Ha lives in Los Angeles.
 
Published April 1, 2002 by Little, Brown Young Readers. 48 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Sports & Outdoors, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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After opening with a “Tragical-Comical-Historical-Pastoral” introduction in which he takes issue with Archibald MacLeish’s “A poem should not mean / But be,” he offers a disguised alphabet—“Abie’s seedy effigy / Eight chide Jake: a lemon / O peek.

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Hirsch is in splendid form, whether penning a sonnet to his son ("Nay, thou art more precious than a Snickers Barre") that does double duty as an acrostic or yielding to the siren song of puns with a poem entitled "Eye Rhyme" ("Underneath a shady bough/ I'm startled by a sudden cough"), followed ...

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