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  • Published: 15 January 2017
  • ISBN: 9780670014798
  • Imprint: Viking
  • Format: Board Book
  • Pages: 304
  • RRP: $29.99

Please Excuse This Poem


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One hundred poems. One hundred voices. One hundred different points of view.
 
Here is a cross-section of American poetry as it is right now—full of grit and love, sparkling with humor, searing the heart, smashing through boundaries on every page. Please Excuse This Poem features one hundred acclaimed younger poets from truly diverse backgrounds and points of view, whose work has appeared everywhere from The New Yorker to Twitter, tackling a startling range of subjects in a startling range of poetic forms. Dealing with the aftermath of war; unpacking the meaning of “the rape joke”; sharing the tender moments at the start of a love affair: these poems tell the world as they see it.

Editors Brett Fletcher Lauer and Lynn Melnick have crafted a book that is a must-read for those wanting to know the future of poetry. With an introduction from award-winning poet, editor, and translator Carolyn Forché, Please Excuse This Poem has the power to change the way you look at the world. It is The Best American Nonrequired Reading—in poetry form.

  • Pub date: 15 January 2017
  • ISBN: 9780670014798
  • Imprint: Viking
  • Format: Board Book
  • Pages: 304
  • RRP: $29.99

About the Authors

Rosemary Wells

Rosemary Wells is a classic children's writer and illustrator with a worldwide reputation for her very acute observations of children. Born in New York City she attended the Museum School in Boston and then worked as a book designer. Her first book was published in 1972, since when she has published over 30 children's picture books and board books. She recently collaborated with Iona Opie on MY VERY FIRST MOTHER GOOSE which has received huge media attention and been critically acclaimed as a classic.
AUTHOE LIVES: New York, USA

PRAISE FOR NOISY NORA:
'CAN STAND LIMITLESS REREADINGS. A WONDERFULLY CONCISE RHYTHMIC TEXT, WITH FULL STORY IN THE PICTURES.' Sunday Telegraph
'A WONDERFULLY FUNNY STORY' The Mail on Sunday
'THE ILLUSTRATIONS ARE, UNSURPRISINGLY, OF HIGH QUALITY; THE STORYLINE GENTLY AMUSES, THOSE FAMILIAR WITH ROSEMARY WELLS' WORK OVER THE LAST TWENTY FIVE YEARS ARE NOT LIKELY TO BE DISAPPOINTED. SHE IS LIKELY TO ALSO WIN SOME NEW EARLY YEARS ADMIRERES' School Librarian Magazine


Praise for Please Excuse This Poem

“PRAISE FOR PLEASE EXCUSE THIS POEM "This eclectic mix of poetry from some of the most up-and-coming poets provides a glimpse into contemporary life. Poems include the heart-wrenching and the hilarious, the bitingly sarcastic and the utterly stoic.  The poems tackle a variety of difficult topics, including sexual abuse, racial profiling, drug use, and family problems, as well as more hopeful subjects, and highly relatable ones. Appended are short biographies of each of the authors and their answers to insightful questions (the last book of poems they read, their idea of misery). Readers will find the afterword, where the editors explain their reason for creating the collection, a valuable bonus. The poems are not organized in a way that require readers to explore the titles in order, which will appeal to busy and reluctant readers. Those with an interest in poetry will devour these relatable selections." -- SLJ "Incisive and occasionally brash, the selected works by these poets on the rise showcase the challenges of 21st-century living for readers who are ready for them."--Kirkus Reviews ”


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