Runaway opposites / poems by Richard Wilbur ; pictures by Henrik Drescher.

by Wilbur, Richard, 1921-2017Looking glass; Drescher, HenrikLooking glass.

Publisher: San Diego ; Harcourt Brace, [1995]Edition: First edition.Description: 36 unnumbered pages : colour illustrations ; 29 cm.ISBN: 0152587225.Subject(s): American poetryLooking glass | Children's poetry, AmericanLooking glass | English language -- Synonyms and antonyms -- Poetry | Humorous poetryLooking glass
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A collection of humorous poems about the opposites of various words.

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Publishers Weekly Review

Drescher (The Boy Who Ate Around; Pat the Beastie) pays homage to Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Wilbur's verse and the result is equal parts silliness and wit, with the artist's playful grotesques populating every page. Wilbur's poems range from couplets to multiple stanzas, presenting puzzle-like proofs rather than standard opposites. The opposite of ``doctor,'' he jokes, is ``anyone who makes you sick''; ``hat'' is the reverse of ``shoes/ For shoes and hat together/ Protect our two extremes from weather.'' Drescher assembles his collages on backgrounds of dark, textured paper, and forms the text by hand-lettering or cutting out newsprint, à la B-movie ransom notes. His raw, studiedly imperfect designs include metal trinkets attached with masking tape; canceled postage stamps; cartoon details and borders; and sepia-tone photo portraits, often given feathery arms and beaky noses. One memorable spread contrasts an armadillo with a pillow-the creature walks on four human feet (clad in black pumps), and feathers litter the page: "`Oh, don't talk nonsense!' you protest. / However, if you tried to rest/ Your head upon the creature, you / Would find that what I say is true.'' Kid-pleasingly silly and Generation X-pleasingly raffish. All ages. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

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Richard Purdy Wilbur was born in New York City on March 1, 1921. He received a bachelor's degree from Amherst College in 1942. During Word War II, he was a combat soldier in Europe. He received a master's degree from Harvard University in 1947. He taught at Harvard University, Wesleyan University, Smith College, and Amherst College.

His first collection, The Beautiful Changes, was published in 1947. His other collections of poetry included The Mind-Reader and Anterooms. In 1957, he received the Pulitzer Prize and a National Book Award for Things of This World. He received a second Pulitzer Prize in 1988 for New and Collected Poems. He became the second poet laureate of the United States in 1987-88 and received the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize in 2006. He also wrote and illustrated several children's books and wrote lyrics for opera and musical theater productions including Leonard Bernstein's Candide. He was a translator of poems and other works from the French, Spanish, and Russian, including the plays of Molière and Jean Racine. He was the co-recipient of the Bollingen Translation Prize in 1963. He died on October 14, 2017 at the age of 96.

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