Weird, Wild & Wonderful


James Carter’s poems explore science and the world, imagining conversations and observations. Within Weird, Wild & Wonderful, 

There are superb shape poems that are in turns empathetic, wise or funny, for example What Can You Do with a Football?

Then there are thoughts on the world and its working as in The Big Things– ‘time/ and space and life/ and what it/ all means and stuff’. Furthermore there is such imagination, as in The Cat-But writing?/ With a paddy paw?’

James Carter encourages his readers to enter their own ‘magic wood’, their imagination to stir up words and make poetry. Certainly this absorbing collection will inspire considerations, laughter, engagement and contemplation. Bookwagon is proud to recommend Weird, Wild & Wonderful, a superb collection of poetry, illustrated with joy and intuition by Neal Layton.

Add to Wishlist
Add to Wishlist
Category: Tags: , , ,


Weird, Wild & Wonderful

The Poetry World of James Carter

Illustrated by Neal Layton

(Otter- Barry Books)

James Carter writes because he ‘absolutely love[s] words‘. Weird, Wild & Wonderful is a compilation of poems conceived within his ‘Magic Wood‘, his ‘imagination’.
This poetry selection is separated into three themes. Therefore, we begin with ‘Weird‘.
In ‘What Did You Do at School Today’, we have a familiar ‘conversation’ between parent and child at the end of a school day. However, what would you do if you heard, ‘I removed my teacher’s brain today’?
Thereafter, ‘Lullaby for a Woolly Mammoth’ is sung to the tune of Twinkle, Twinkle. This  is a shape poem, like a number in the book, including [I Like} Electric Guitars and Football, for example.
There is such confidence in the variety of forms offered in James Carter’s poetry from serunyū to haiku to narrative verse. Meanwhile, repetition builds impact, for example,  in (After Aesop) ‘Between the Dog andthe Wolf‘- ‘Fed?’cried the Wolf, and Warm?’ he said/ I’d swap your life for mine’
There are beautiful poems such as ‘Gorilla Gazing‘- ‘He sits and he stares/ with those old brown eyes/ beyond the glass/ beyond my gaze‘. What’s more, others follow within the Wonder section, where we glimpse verse such as published within works like Once Upon a Star. There are companion poems such as ‘The Light’ and ‘The Dar’k, alongside ‘What Stars Are’ and ‘The Northern Lights’. The awe is evident in lines such as ‘as if someone/ was throwing paint across the universe’ (The Shooting Stars).
Neal Layton of A Planet Full of Plastic is an ideal illustrator for this work as his pictures are open-minded, full of Magic Wood imagination, awe and originality.
Bookwagon recommends Weird, Wild & Wonderful as a confident collection of a superb variety of poetry.


There are no reviews yet.

Be the first to review “Weird, Wild & Wonderful”

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may also like…