A Fury of Motion: Poems for Boys

A Fury of Motion: Poems for Boys

by Charles Ghigna
     
 

Think poems are for sissies and grandmothers? Then check Charles Ghigna's engaging new book of verse, A Fury of Motion. With style, humor, and passion, Ghigna has created a world in which adolescents and teenagers, especially boys, will find empathy and refuge. In forty-six poems, the poet delivers a hearty mix of verse that conveys the power at the line of

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Think poems are for sissies and grandmothers? Then check Charles Ghigna's engaging new book of verse, A Fury of Motion. With style, humor, and passion, Ghigna has created a world in which adolescents and teenagers, especially boys, will find empathy and refuge. In forty-six poems, the poet delivers a hearty mix of verse that conveys the power at the line of scrimmage, the "lost boys" of hunting season, the threat of loneliness, the clarity of autumn, and the silliness of science. Here's a thoroughly appealing book that will attract those teens who believe poetry is far beneath or beyond them.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Grade 6-9-Everything about this book is understated. The physical dimensions are diminutive, the pictures are tiny black-and-white silhouettes, and the type is simple and uncluttered. It is the perfect book for boys who might not want to advertise the fact that they are reading poetry (except, perhaps, to the attractive girls who sit behind them in English class). Ghigna not only has a good sense of description and metaphor, but also of sound and rhythm. In "The Leopard of Loneliness," "Loneliness, the leopard,/Stalks the heart;/He captures his prey/And tears it apart." The cadence is slow, like a stalking predator, until the last line. Ten of the 46 poems are about sports, but the rest range widely in topic from "The Beach" to a "Haircut." There is a good balance of funny and serious, rhyming and free verse. The poems are targeted at teens, but are appropriate for younger children as well. A colloquial foreword by X. J. Kennedy tells of his first encounters with poetry and gives encouragement to both the uninitiated and to closet poetry readers. Donna Cardon, Provo City Library, UT Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Children's Literature
While the first ten poems in this nearly pocket-sized book are about sports, the remaining thirty-plus cover a variety of topics, including a haircut, a firefly, different seasons, playground showdown, ants, eternity, family, death, and dreams. Using a variety of rhymes, rhythms, free verse, descriptive words, humor and gravity, Ghigna captures where teen boys (and girls) live. The book's design—clear font, simple black and white pictures, crisp black accent line on each page, lots of white space—make this perfect for those who don't want to draw attention to the fact that they are reading poetry! In his introduction, Ghigna addresses his dislike of poetry as a young adult. X.J. Kennedy's conversational foreword also promotes giving poetry a try. After all, "Just when you think/you are done with it/the poem turns on you/charges back for more, pricks you with its finer points..." While aimed at teen boys, there is much here for girls and even some for younger children. 2003, Wordsong/Boyds Mills, Ages 12 to 16.
— Peg Glisson
Kirkus Reviews
Here Ghigna follows up X.J. Kennedy’s cleverly casual introduction with 46 pithy takes on sports ("Football: Sweat / Mud / Dirt / Blood / Snow / Rain / Frost / Pain / Win / Yell / Lose / Hell"), haircuts, and playground politics, as well as more private thoughts, epiphanies, and memorable moments. Highlighted by memorials for two athletes, one who lost his life in war, the other in a prank, the overall tone is serious, but the language play and comic verse for which Ghigna is best known wells up occasionally: "Of all the magic I have seen / My favorite, I suppose, / Was yesterday at lunch when Mark / Made milk come out his nose." About half of these poems are new work; the rest are reprinted from magazines. Several, including the final--"What’s a Poem? A whimper / a shout, / thoughts turned / inside out"--are aimed at young readers who hold poetry in low regard. Despite the title, girls as well as boys will find verses here that, to use Kennedy’s phrase, "will really talk to you." (Poetry. 10-15)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781590781883
Publisher:
Highlights Press
Publication date:
09/03/2004
Pages:
64
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 7.00(h) x (d)
Age Range:
11 - 14 Years

Meet the Author

Charles Ghigna is the author of more than thirty books of poetry for children and adults, including Animal Trunk: Silly Poems to Read Aloud, an American Bookseller "Pick of the Lists." He lives in Homewood, Alabama.

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