Monday, May 29, 2017

Teaching Eye Rhyme To Cyclopses

The illustrator Jenny Mathews said I could release one last panel from our new book Atrocious Poems A To Z before it debuts at an exhibit titled Bittersweet Observations at Rockford Art Museum June 9th at 6:30 p.m. 

I chose the poem I probably worked on the longest, and which caused me the most anguish: eye rhyme. 

Eye Rhyme is a poem from the children's book Atrocious Poems A To Z

Eye Rhyme

A 3d movie is hard to watch 
When you are a kid wearing an eye patch.
It takes two eyes to see
In three dimensions,
But you only have one,
Which means your depth perception is gone.

While everyone yells and jumps from their seat,
You sit there and wonder what is so great
About a movie where everything is flat.

An eye rhyme, also called a visual rhyme or a sight rhyme, is a rhyme in which two words are spelled similarly but pronounced differently.

I'm not sure why this poem was so difficult for me to finish, but I finally got a handle on it sitting on the floor at the gymnasium while Jack was in a Cub Scouts meeting. 

According to The Chicago Gallery News you can come and talk to me and Jenny about our book Friday, July 28th from 10-11 a.m. And you'll be able to buy it at the gift shop of the Rockford Art museum beginning with the free public opening of the show Bittersweet Observations June 9th at 6 p.m. 

Paradox and oxymoron were also slippery literary concepts I had a difficult time integrating into poems so they would be clear to children, and adults, and myself, but you'll have to buy the book to see what I did with those.  

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