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Of Mice and Men: Review Haiku

Steinbeck masterpiece
(Tell me about the rabbits)
Ruin'd by Bugs Bunny.

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck. Penguin, 2002 (paper reprint), 103 pages.


Review Haiku Roundup

From the Baccha Mitchell Memorial Vacation:

Preteen reporters
Mix tennis and corruption;
Fast, fun mystery.
Vanishing Act by John Feinstein. Knopf, 2006, 279 pages.

Tale of two sisters:
One high-pow'red, one do-gooder.
See how they fumble.
Rise and Shine by Anna Quindlen. Random, 2006, 269 pages.

"F***ed up" would be gauche.
Let's try something more genteel:
Say, "inscrutable."
Just In Case by Meg Rosoff. Wendy Lamb/Random, 2006, 246 pages.

Part Dionysus --
Apple, tulip, tater, pot --
Part Apollo, too.
The Botany of Desire by Michael Pollan. Random, 2002, 304 pages.

Dr. Doolittle
Meets a tale from Brothers Grimm:
Ani finds her voice.
The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale. Bloomsbury, 2003, 383 pages.

(Just noticed these are 80% Random House. Odd.)


requiem for a beagle

Baccha Wood Schuttler Mitchell
June 5, 1994 -- September 19, 2006.
We love you, you crazy bitch.

No posting for a while.


Helen of Troy: Review Haiku

Task? Lend sympathy
To the unsympathetic.
George almost succeeds.

Helen of Troy by Margaret George. Viking, 2006, 624 pages.


Which Brings Me to You: Review Haiku

Their letters reveal:
So many damaged people
and so little time.

Which Brings Me to You: A Novel in Confessions by Steve Almond and Julianna Baggott. Algonquin, 2006, 300 pages.


Love and Other Impossible Pursuits: Review Haiku

Do not read this book
while pregnant. In fact, do not
read this book at all.

Love and Other Impossible Pursuits by Ayelet Waldman. Doubleday, 2006, 340 pages.


A word about haiku

Yeah, I know. They're not real haiku. I'm only using the basic syllabic structure of 5-7-5 and not even attempting the more metaphorical aspects of the form.

To any Japanese literature scholars out there, mea culpa.

Mockingbird: Review Haiku

Charles Shields explains why
I want to be Harper Lee.
Goal? One perfect book.

Mockingbird: A Portrait of Harper Lee by Charles Shields. Holt, 2006, 337 pages.


Happiness Sold Separately: Review Haiku

and cheating: devastating.
This? Oddly, hopeful.

Happiness Sold Separately by Lolly Winston. Warner, 2006, 296 pages.