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Poems from Many Cultures, compiled by Fiona Waters.

Aptly named, this collection of short poems from 40 different countries explores culture and landscape through expressions of life. The topics range from art to devastation; hope to loss of hope and cats to plantains. Most of the poems are brief (the shortest 6 words), sharing man’s predicament in the world.  Unfortunately, there are no dates supplied for the poems, however, the authors and countries are labeled. I especially appreciated an adult book with pleasant page backgrounds and pictures. Some of the poems are written in the common language of the country which makes you take one more step even further into the culture. It is a succinct collection of poems that are current and enlightening.

Linda P.


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