Saturdays at the Imaginarium


How should you break bad news? With a choir, for ‘sung, it sounds better‘? Thereafter, what of the ‘cup in the cupboard‘ that is ‘brown and unloved‘ that prompts the poet to choose it because she ‘feels bad/ about the things that nobody loves’.

Do you ever wonder of the the things that are nameless?- ‘Beneath the river, ‘inside the mountain‘, ‘within each blade of grass’? 

Saturdays at the Imaginarium is a feast of wonder, imagination, possibility, defiance, strength and awe. It seems like a big shout to the planet to the silent, the still, silenced and waiting. Thereafter, cook up a universe and ‘pray that the world [we’ve] made will taste nice‘. Then wonder over all the ‘thoughts that ‘ve ever been thunk/ and all the thoughts/ that’ve yet to be thinked’. 

Shauna Darling Robertson’s wordplay, poetic skill and imagination burst from this power packed poetry debut. Jude Wisdom’s illustrations interpret the joy, investigation and wonder perfectly. Bookwagon recommends Saturdays at the Imaginarium hugely; to be read, gifted, shared and loved.

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Saturdays at the Imaginarium

Poems by Shauna Darling Robertson, with illustrations by Jude Wisdom


Wouldn’t you enjoy spending your Saturdays at the Imaginarium? After all, don’t we all have ‘too much imagination’? Therefore, we ‘wonder’, as in ‘Before the Birds Took Off’ why it is that we stayed when they were ‘everywhere, always under our feet’. What would have happened if it ‘were not us, not the birds, who took flight‘?
Shauna Darling Robertson’s debut poetry collection is full of wonder. This is the type of wonder that you might have when you sit on the steps, counting your freckles, or lie on your back seeing cloud pictures. Thereafter, she uses such musings to word pop and play. Therefore, we are taken further than ‘most folks fear’ into lands of possibilities.
She admonishes the pragmatists who ‘don’t believe in wings‘ but ‘dream of marching‘. Furthermore, she speaks up for the polite rebels, and gives voice to the silent that they might feel ‘bold‘ and doff their hats so that they can ‘face/ [their] darkest, rawest faults‘ and break ‘into a waltz’. Like Dear Ugly Sisters and Other Poems, these poems are meant to be read alone and aloud!
There is such daring, positivism, that we know she is the Wild Child who cries ‘no, No! No.’  Then there’s the language, the poetic dexterity, the variety of forms and the way words are used so powerfully, cleverly, enticingly.
Bookwagon is awed by Saturdays at the Imaginarium. We recommend this title highly to all readers and lovers of words, language and imagination!


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