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Moon Whales

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Paperback, 96 pages
Published November 18th 1991 by Faber and Faber (first published June 1st 1988)
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Douglas Summers-Stay
I found this book in the school library during a hard time in my life, and was happy for the distraction. The poet imagines various creatures that live on the moon, and their strange habits.
Here's the title poem:

By Ted Hughes

They plough through the moon stuff
Just under the surface
Lifting the moon’s skin
Like a muscle
But so slowly it seems like a lasting mountain
Breathing so rarely it seems like a volcano
Leaving a hole blasted in the moon’s skin

Sometimes they plunge deep
Under the moon’s...more
I got this because Andrew Smith mentioned it in Moondust: In Search of the Men Who Fell to Earth. I have to say that I wasn't overly enamored of most of the poems. It's pretty much children's poetry, which I don't have a problem with in general, but this just didn't do it for me. There were some adult allusions, and a couple poems reminded me of Shel Silverstein's whimsical style, but overall I thought the rhyme schemes seemed too forced. It was worth checking out for a few of the poems, though.
Mike Jensen
Continuing my struggle to see the greatness in Ted Hughes.
Everyone is about the moon.
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Edward James Hughes was an English poet and children's writer, known as Ted Hughes. His most characteristic verse is without sentimentality, emphasizing the cunning and savagery of animal life in harsh, sometimes disjunctive lines.

The dialect of Hughes's native West Riding area of Yorkshire set the tone of his verse. At Pembroke College, Cambridge, he found folklore and anthropology of particular...more
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