Laura Salas's Reviews > Forgive Me, I Meant to Do It: False Apology Poems

Forgive Me, I Meant to Do It by Gail Carson Levine
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Jan 25, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: children-s, folk-and-fairy-tales, high-concept, poetry, share-in-pf-post
Read in April, 2012

A whole book of spoofs on This Is Just to Say. I thought they would get boring, but they didn't! They're all false apology poems, and they share a 1st and 9th line with the original. Otherwise, they're very different.

In general, I thought the fairy-tale based ones were 10 times stronger and wittier than the contemporary ones. Luckily, the fairy tale poems were in the majority. So clever and funny!

A few of the contemporary ones had me snorting out loud, too, but I think Levine's genius is in using the fairy tale tropes and stories we all know and adding a new layer, a new perspective to them.

One of my favs:

This Is Just to Say

You fell
and cracked
your skull
on the hill

where
I had carefully
placed
a banana peel

Forgive me
Jill
is now
my girlfriend
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