Everyone Sang


William Sieghart has curated an outstanding, essential poetry collection with Everyone Sang: Poems for Every Feeling. Alongside painstakingly selected works of such variety, depth and feeling, the poems are illustrated gloriously by Emily Sutton. It means that within the section of poems to calm and connect, we’ve Gerald Manley Hopkin’s consideration that ‘Nothing is so beautiful as Spring- When weeds, in wheels, shoot long and lovely and lush’. Across a huge double page spread we watch the gambolling lambs beneath a nest of bright thrush eggs.

Then again, Amineh About Kerch, within the section of poems to move us, asks Can anyone teach me/ how to make a homeland? as she grieves ‘the house sparrows/ the apple trees of Syria’.

It might be that we linger within poems to inspire us, such as joining the audience of Carol Ann Duffy’s tightrope walker. She suggests ‘You want him to fall, don’t you? Yet it seems he ‘teeters but succeeds‘ so that ‘the word applause is written all over him’. 

Then agin, we contemplate John Agard’s statement that ‘laugher is an egg/ with a crick-crack face’.

Within each of the four sections are poems of such wonder, inspiration, strength and feeling. Bookwagon adores and recommends Everyone Sang. It is essential for homes and schools, and recommended as a gift, too.

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Everyone Sang

A Poem for Every Feeling

William Sieghart, illustrated Emily Sutton

(Walker)– hardback

In the introduction to Everyone SangWilliam Sieghart explains how he ‘wanted to create a collection that thinks first about the feelings a poem expresses, rather than when or where it was written’. It seems that this has been achieved magnificently.
Therefore, we begin with thoughts about the importance of finding ‘the wonder and the marvel of an ordinary life’. This poem leads us to poems of inspiration. Furthermore, these poems inspire us to ‘come to the edge‘ or ‘open the door‘. Then again, we’re treated to Maya Angelou’s declaration that Life Doesn’t Frighten Me at All. It seems from ‘Panthers in the park/ Strangers in the dark‘ she stands tall. Meanwhile, Mandy Coe of Belonging Street, suggests that when she dances her ‘feet fly like the birds can’ while her ‘heart bears like a drum can’.
Joseph Coelho makes us smile with Onomatopoeia, while Hafiz, in a translation from David Ladinsky moves us through his reminder that ‘when you are lonely or in darkness‘ there is an ‘Astonishing Light/ of your own Being!’
Within poems that cheer, enthuse, move or calm and connect you, are poets from long ago and modern day. What’s more there is such a range of verse and device, and thereafter, from such a breadth of histories and backgrounds. Bookwagon is awed and astounded by Everyone Sang. We recommend this outstanding poetry collection o be read, shared, known and loved at home and school.


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