Out of Wonder, Poems Celebrating Poets
By Kwame Alexander with Chris Colderley and Marjory Wentworth.
Illustrated by Ekua Holmes
Candlewick Press, 2017
It’s a delight to read each poem celebrating a poet and written in that poet’s ‘style’. This poem collection is packed with freshness, with so many layers going on at once. Poets celebrated include Robert Frost, e.e. cummings, Nikki Giovanni, and Langston Hughes, twenty in all.
Using bright, bold colors and shapes, Ekua, a fine artist, uses mixed-media collages to explore the poem’s message in visual form. Each poems’ illustration is uniquely and masterfully done. This is a treat for poetry lovers and an interesting way to introduce poets to young readers.
The book includes an afterword with a few paragraphs on each poet celebrated and on the three poets who created this collection. Good energy exudes from between the covers. A book worth picking up.