I like looking at cover art. For instance, I've posted covers from Shirley Jackson's works, Les Misérables, Vivaldi's Four Seasons, Mozart's The Magic Flute, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade.
This week, I took a look at poetry book covers. I found that children's poetry book covers are often more fun, more exciting, more intriguing than the ones for adults. Maybe publishers think children need the bells and whistles and adults don't. Still, it would be nice for more covers for adults' poetry books to reflect that something special is happening inside. Why not have a remarkable container for a remarkable work?
Many of us who celebrate Poetry Friday are probably familiar with wonderful children's poetry covers, so I am mostly including great adult covers below. But I'll start with a few kids' covers...yes, I know we're all already familiar with Shel Silverstein's books, but I think it's worth taking a moment to admire the art. He did it right.
I think a good cover makes you linger over it for a moment.
New and Collected Poems for Children
by Carol Ann Duffy
Poke in the I
by Paul Janeczko, illustrated by Chris Raschka
Every Dress a Decision
by Elizabeth Austen
The Collected Songs of Cold Mountain, translated by Red Pine
Designed by Valerie Brewster
Poem, Revised: 54 Poems, Revisions, Discussions
Edited by Robert Hartwell Fiske and Laura Cherry
Book cover art by Judy Benson
Beauty is a verb
And two album covers:
Break Beat Poems
Poems about the Ocean
Yesterday's post featured gifts for art-lovers.
Anastasia at Booktalking is our Poetry Friday host.