Poetry Friday is hosted today by Jama's Alphabet Soup.
For Poetry Friday -- "The world's greatest poems" written by J. Patrick Lewis and illustrated by Keith Graves.
This is not what you think -- there's no pedantic analysis, best of the 20th (or any other) century's verses or top ten poets anthology here.
Lewis has done the delightfully unexpected by offering readers twenty-five poems inspired by The Guinness Book of World Records. What could be a better antidote for the verse-phobic reader than works based on the wonderfully whacky, strange or amazing records for which Guinness is famous. The Kookiest Hat leads off a collection that includes The Most Cobras Kissed Consecutively, and concludes with The Highest Air On A Skateboard. Lewis thoughtfully includes the details from the Guinness account along with the verses.
Is "Rush Hour" a problem for your commute? Consider this --
Thus begins Lewis' poem "The Longest Traffic Jam" (FYI 1093 miles long, Lyon toward Paris, France, February 16, 1980).
Graves' artwork takes a playful cue from Lewis' words while also reflecting a sense of the Guinness details behind the verse.
With a record book in hand, students might even be persuaded to write their own poetry.