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When Elephants Last In The Dooryard Bloomed: Celebrations For Almost Any Day In The Year

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Published (first published 1973)
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Sheila
Through his poetry Bradbury continues to address many of the concepts I recognize from his other works: sex and the mystical beauty of youth; death (often specifically in Mexico); immortality; science and space travel (as the epitome of mankind's capabilities).

The joy of reading Bradbury's writing is not just in his words (although beautiful and naturally poetic regardless of the genre) - the stories and the stanzas, as wildly effervescent as they are of themselves, are the backdrop for his ide
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Mark Oppenlander
Anyone who has read Bradbury's prose should not be surprised to find that he is also a poet. What may be surprising in reading a collection such as this is to see the breadth of his subject matter.

In this book, Bradbury writes odes to famous scientists, explorers and inventors as well as wistful elegies to childhood lost. He also covers those staples of poets from time immemorial, sex and death, and even turns his hand to religious imagery (cf. "Christ, Old Student in a New School" or one of my
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Krzysztof
By far the worst Bradbury I've read and the only one that was a chore. The man loves his slant and internal rhyme and also the words: hied, boys, God, Christ, chaff, seed, and lust. If he was writing under these constraints, then hats off. Otherwise (and even so), bleh.

This is also the worst title of this year's books . . . possibly of all my books.
Charles
A great title, and some of the best of Bradbury's poetry.
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American novelist, short story writer, essayist, playwright, screenwriter and poet, was born August 22, 1920 in Waukegan, Illinois. He graduated from a Los Angeles high school in 1938. Although his formal education ended there, he became a "student of life," selling newspapers on L.A. street corners from 1938 to 1942, spending his nights in the public library and his days at the typewriter. He bec ...more
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