The Basket Counts

by Arnold Adoff and Michael Weaver

Poems should be spoken aloud, but not every poem demands it. Arnold Adoff’s... read more

Poems should be spoken aloud, but not every poem demands it. Arnold Adoff’s do so in this pace-setting, rhythm-changing, gravity-defying collection for all those who love basketball, or who love to see how words behave in the hands of a skilled poet. They can become the basket. They can become the ball. They can become the different players, charging, breathless, energized, defeated. The shapes and designs of Adoff’s poems can be intimidating with their odd and shifting spacing. It is in the vocalizing, and the deliberate attention this requires, that they become less mysterious. The spacings are part of the rhythm and suggest whatever action or emotion is being conveyed. Michael Weaver has created full-page gouache illustrations to accompany a number of the poems. Taking his lead from the poems, he shows both male and female players hard at the game. (Ages 11-15)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2001

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