McHenry & Nicholas Garland, Mommy Daddy Evan Sage
72 pp, ISBN
978-1-904130-45-1, £8.99 (hardback only)
October 1st 2011
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If you see a vulture, dont play dead.
can be a confusing time, but not to Evan and Sage. Theyve
got the world pretty well figured out, and are happy to explain
it to their perplexed parents: A monkey and an ape are not
the same, / said Sage. The monkey has a longer name.
In this book of funny, fanciful poems and woodcuts, Eric McHenry
and Nicholas Garland pay tender tribute to parents and the children
who run circles around them.
A note on Eric McHenry
McHenry grew up in Topeka, Kansas and earned degrees from Beloit
College and Boston University. His first book of poems, Potscrubber
Lullabies (Waywiser, 2006), won the Kate Tufts Discovery Award,
and in 2010 Poetry Northwest awarded him the Theodore Roethke
Prize. He is a contributing editor of Columbia magazine
and has written about poetry for the New York Times Book Review,
Parnassus: Poetry in Review, the San Francisco Chronicle,
the Boston Globe and Slate. He lives in Topeka with
his wife, Sonja, and their two children, Evan and Sage, and teaches
creative writing at Washburn University.
A note on Nicholas Garland
Garland was born in London in 1935 and from 1947 lived in New
Zealand. He returned to London to study at the Slade School of
Fine Art. Later he worked as a Stage Manager at the Royal Court
Theatre and directed shows at Peter Cooks Establishment
Club. With Barry Humphries he created the Barry McKenzie strip
for Private Eye and quit the theatre to become a political
cartoonist. He has also illustrated a number of books, by John
Fuller, Wendy Cope, James Fenton and Alex Garland among others.
He is married and has four children and six grandchildren.
of Mommy Daddy Evan Sage
Sage said, is when/you take my favourite toy away/and
I look at the floor and say/Sorry and get it back
is one of the 30-odd poems in a delightful new collection from
Eric McHenry, Mommy Daddy Evan Sage, illustrated with
characteristic boldness by Nicholas Garland, and published by
the Waywiser Press.
poems celebrate quotidian family life, centring on two children
Evan, seven, and Sage, two and the questions they
ask, the theories they have and the unexpected flashes they show
of knowing exactly how the world really works, as the above poem
demonstrates. The girls coy glance out at the reader is
a typical Garland flourish, and elsewhere his woodcuts complement
the mood of the poetry beautifully.
Waywiser Press, set up by Philip Hoy in 2002, is an independent
publishing company that has brought out a series of quirky titles,
handsomely produced and delightfully cheap." Toby
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