Could you resist this book?
I couldn't. I ordered it the second I saw it.
World Make Way: New Poems Inspired by Art from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, edited by Lee Bennett Hopkins, is precisely what the title says it is. This lovely book begins with this splendid quote from Leonardo da Vinci:
"Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt,
and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen."
(Pardon me while I pause and nod in appreciation.)
The poets are delightful, the selections delicious. Here's a snapshot (from the backcover) of the featured artists and poets:
I'm sure I need not say more?
(I'll get out of your way as you race to your local indie bookstore....)
Oh, one more thing:
Happy 80th birthday to Lee Bennett Hopkins,
Poetry Advocate Extraordinaire!
Thank you, Sir Hopkins, for all that you do
to champion the beauty of language and share it with children the world over.
Robyn Hood Black has the Poetry Friday round-up
(and a bunch more birthday wishes for Lee)