MARCH brings bugs -- NASTY BUGS - the official publication is March l5 (Dial Books). Reviews have been wonderfully nasty including the lastest PUBLISHERS WEEKLY which ends: "A squirm-inducing tribute to our blood-sucking, garbage-eating insect friends." All the poems in the collection were especially commissioned.
The Lee Bennett Hopkins/Penn State Poetry Award was announced. The 2012 winner is WON TON: A CAT TALE TOLD IN HAIKU (Holt) by Lee Wardlaw; one Honor Book: HIDDEN by Helen Frost (Farrar, Straus & Giroux).
Norma Farber (1909-1984) and I enjoyed years of correspondence. I have in my files many of her unpublished poems as well as a treasure of other mementoes she sent me. I was thrilled to hear from her son, Tom, who sent me her adult work - YEAR OF REVERSIBLE LOSS - Norma's journal written after the death of her husband, Sidney. Sidney Farber, a pioneer in chemotherapy of cancer, died in l973.
Norma published many extraordinary children's books. After reading ...LOSS, I would suggest you hold your breath -- fast and hard. If you do not, Farber's writing will take your breath away. It did mine. For more on this beautiful, visceral work see www.elleonliteraryarts.org...