Knock at a Star A Child's Introduction to Poetry

ISBN-10: 0316488003
ISBN-13: 9780316488006
Edition: 1999 (Revised)
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Book details

List price: $15.00
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication date: 9/1/1999
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 192
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.484

Widely anthologized, Kennedy's poetry may not be as influential among contemporary poets as others' because of his preference for, in his words, "old-fangled structures most poets have junked these days." As Kennedy's comments on his verse suggest, his poetry is witty, concise, and unpretentious. His subject matter is drawn from the everyday including his Catholic background and middle-class suburban life. Yet his concerns can be profound including death, violence, suicide, and Genesis.

What do Poems do?
Make You Smile
Crunchy
Commas
My Mother Took Me Skating
Learning
There Was a Man
Algy
The Termite
Spring is sprung
The Ceiling
Miss McGillicuddy
Knitted Things
Getting Together
Tell Stories
A Peanut sat on a railroad track
The Knowledgeable Child
The Purist
What Has Happened to Lulu?
Coyote Blue
But Only the Breeze ...
The Outlaw
A Story That Could Be True
Mummy Slept Late and Daddy Fixed Breakfast
John Henry
Send Messages
Before Starting
Smokescreen
Subway Rush Hour
The Golf Links
Spectacular
Childhood
Poor
Raccoon
Landscape
A word is dead
Oh, God of dust and rainbows
Time to Plant Trees
Share Feelings
Christmas morning i
And Stands There Sighing
My Brother
Leave Me Alone
Look Out!
Zimmer in Grade School
Losing Face
The 1st
Listening to grownups quarreling
Hide and Seek
The Hurt Doe
An Historic Moment
Country School
While I Slept
Help You Understand People
People
Puerto Ricans in New York
Narcissa
The Knowing One
The Park People
Myrtle
Two People
Mama's Bouquets
My Mother
Dad
Sundays
Grandmother
Start You Wondering
Magnet
Key Ring
The Magical Mouse
Daniel Boone
The White Horse
The Child on the Shore
A Boat
Winter Song
Green Candles
The Old Stone House
What's Inside a Poem?
Images
Good Hot Dogs
My Fingers
September
Bull snake rattle
Surprise
Waiting for the Storm
Snowy Benches
Peach
Spruce Woods
The Runner
This Is a Night
Earthy Anecdote
Word Music
Winter Ocean
Saying Dante Aloud
Flittermice
The Skaters
Rain
Julius Caesar
The pickety fence
Mice Are Nice
My Old Cat
Stories
Analysis of Baseball
Football
Beats That Repeat
We Real Cool
The Ostrich Is a Silly Bird
Windy Nights
Windy Nights
Windshield Wiper
I am Rose
Canis Major
Paleface
The opposite of kite, I'd say
My Half
Blackberry Sweet
Triolet Against Sisters
Likenesses
Fireflies
Porch Light
Child Frightened by a Thunderstorm
The house-wreckers
Wind and Silver
Dreams
Stars
Epigram Engraved on the Collar of a Dog
The Horses of the Sea
The Eagle
Splinter
Dry Winter
Spill
The Wind
Word Play
Sing Me a Song of Teapots and Trumpets
In Just-
My auntie
Plant Life
Song of the Pop-bottlers
Chess Nut
Crickets
Did you eever, iver, over?
Auk Talk
Notice to Myself
I Wave Good-bye When Butter Flies
Special Kinds of Poetry
Limericks
A bridge engineer, Mr. Crumpett
There was an old person of Skye
Well, it's partly the shape of the thing
How awkward while playing with glue
April Fool
A piggish young person from Leeds
There was a young lady from Lynn
There was a Young Lady named Rose
There was a young lady of Twickenham
There was an old man from Peru
Blessed Lord, what it is to be young
Takeoffs
Twinkle, twinkle, little bat!
This is lust to Say
Variations on a Theme by William Carlos Williams
Clementine
In a cavern, in a canyon
Sing a Song of Sixpence
Sing a Song of Subways
We four lads
Songs
Riddle Song
I Had a Little Nut Tree
On Top of Old Smoky
Blowin' in the Wind
Show-and-Spell Poems
The Dancing Bear
You Can Talk About Your Hummingbirds
The Sidewalk Racer
Waterwheels in whirl
Fury said to a mouse
Seashells
For a Quick Exit
Concrete Cat
Handsawwwwwwwwwwwwwwww
Finders-Keepers Poems
Gate
Yield
The lake was covered all over
4-Way Stop
Genuine Poem, Found on a Blackboard in a Bowling Alley in Story City, Iowa
Haiku
Ancient pool
A bantam rooster
Now the swing is still
Out after dark
Midnight sirens
Tunnel
The green cockleburs
After weeks of watching the roof leak
Bang! the starter's gun
August
Do it Yourself
Writing Your Own Poems
Ideas
Teddy bear, teddy bear, turn around
Rope Rhyme
That Old Haunted House
On the one-ton temple bell
Do It Yourself
Afterword to Adults
About This Book
Encouraging Children to Like Poetry
When Kids Write Their Own Poems
For People Who Work with Groups
Index of Authors
Index of Titles
Index of First Lines
Acknowledgments

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