Becoming a Tree (Paperback) by Graham James
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A child climbs a tree and sprouts leaves from his fingertips - not magic but imagination. Ancient people drum and play flutes in the echoing caves of Lascaux. A fire-eater in Mexico City goes to work. A Cairo family find treasure in a rubbish dump. Robin Hood turns up in the 21st century and goes online...Becoming a Tree is a collection of poetry with three elements: personal political and humorous. With a wide range of subject matter and form its defining feature is its diversity. Becoming a Tree features a selection of people in history from the tragic young Tsarevitch Alexei killed by the Bolsheviks to the noble Simon Bolivar. There's also a fun section - poems that are playful off-the-wall wacky: the poet tames a sabre-tooth tiger; heroic Torvald Longtooth the otter sets off on an adventure to rival The Odyssey. And there is a nonsense poem that Lewis Carroll himself would have admired. Poetry grows out of everyday things - a traffic roundabout a TV commercial break - and James' collection features poems intended both for careful contemplation as well as for more light-hearted reading. Becoming a Tree will appeal to both established fans of poetry and those interested in discovering more of the genre.