This work swells with the play of language, tone, and perfectly judged lines. Here are scamperings of humour, patient humanity and shadows stood about. Imagine two people went out to fly a kite in a high high wind from A to Z. Now open the book; see what they see.
An Oulipian Stevie Smith chasing Tigger through the Hundred Acre Wood of language.
This delightful and unusual alphabet has an appealing freshness, at once in the poet’s ideas and in the artist’s touch, whether in pencil or brush. The couplets and images, combined, offer a strange and original perspective on the world, variously amusing, puzzling, endearing and philosophical.
About this book:
Each letter of the alphabet is represented by a double page spread of a full colour painting or drawing by the artist Tim Nicholson, and a couplet by the renowned poet Selima Hill.
An angel is a messenger from God.
(God messages in ways that can seem odd.)
The cows are in the meadow counting sheep.
If it helps you sleep, it helps you sleep.
You may be rather slow, and splashed with dung,
but come, dear cow, abrade me with your tongue.