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****A Poem a Day

edited by Karen McCosker and Nicholas Albery

Reviewed January 8, 2002.
Steerforth Press.  1996.  484 pages.

I alluded to this book last week, but forgot to mention it in my Best of 2001 list.  I purchased this book some time in the year 2000, but found myself forgetting to read a poem a day.  So last year, I began reading a poem each night or so to 13-year-old Josh at bedtime.  (My husband and I trade off.  One reads a chapter of a book and the other tucks the boys in that night.  When it’s my turn to tuck in, a poem is a nice little end to the day.)

I liked the wide variety in this collection.  Most of the great classics I read in English Literature class are there, but also a wide variety of more modern poems.  A couple were a bit too risque to read aloud to my son, but that was rare.  Many of the modern ones were quite strange, but we enjoyed exclaiming on that together.  Almost every poem also has a note about the author and maybe a connection to that particular date.  I felt that every penny I paid for this book was well-spent.
Reviews of other books in the series:

Poem a Day, Volume 2
Poem a Day, Volume 3

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