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Forgive Me, I Meant to Do It by Gail Carson Levine
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Jan 23, 2012

it was amazing
bookshelves: awesome-title, poetry, books-about-writing, ft-2-fairy-tale-remix, humor


Gail Carson Levine takes William Carlos Williams' poem about apologizing for eating the delicious, cold plums and makes a whole book of poetry based on the idea of tongue in check apologies.

Some are about parents or children apologizing to each other for bad grades or upcoming babysitters, but most of them are based on fairy tales, giving other characters a chance to speak, such as the cow from Jack and the Beanstalk, getting her revenge for being sold off for a measly five beans.

My favorite:

In your new prom dress
I danced
all night
with your boyfriend

who
accidentally
spilled grape juice
on the skirt

Forgive me
the stain
is almost
too small to see

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