Make sure that your heart Isn't too well-defended. Your heart is designed To be broken and mended. --- “The Heart”
These quietly beautiful and surprisingly humorous four-line poems reveal the many aspects of first love --- the longing, the frustration and the joy. The poet writes not from a single point of view but instead embraces the duality of first love, alternating between the perspectives of a boy and a girl. The poems and revealing illustrations by Julie Morstad combine to inspire young readers to think ... and think again.
While the illustrator's spare grayscale drawings curiously stitch more of a narrative thread through the volume than the poems suggest, they effectively amplify the tension they masterfully depict.
Lawson's writing is spare and humourous, and he captures universal feelings whose force never seems as huge as in adolescence.
He focuses on mind and heart, bringing a warmth and depth of reflection that seems to open our brain, cells to new perceptions --- just what poetry is there for.
It is filled with witty, insightful, playful, and ontarget poems. ThinkAgain should be forced into the hands of every sensitive, soul-searching teen. They might even mumble a thank you for it.
An ideal book for wandering, wondering romantics.
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