Friday, January 25, 2013

Tea for Two: We Go Together by Calef Brown


We go together
like fingers and thumbs.
Basses and drums,
Pastries and crumbs.

A sweet and charming little book, subtitled A Curious Selection of Affectionate Verse, Calef Brown's just published We Go Together!: A Curious Selection of Affectionate Verse (Houghton Mifflin, 2013) is a tribute to best buddies, poems in praise of friendship and love between two who are on the same wavelength.

I find it sweet--
the way you complete
not only my sentences
but my paragraphs, too.

In eighteen short poems with rather loose rhyme and rhythm schemes Calef Brown's lyrics combine humor with sophisticated insight into human relationships, such as in "Scrootin' Eyes," a poem which plays upon the pun with "scrutinize" while also probing the feeling behind the friend's facial expressions. In "Snow Globes" a child tells Daddy how much she appreciates the souvenirs he always brings back from  trips:

... a tiny diorama.
The one from Peru
has Machu Picchu
and a llama.

Just right for primary kids, but with vocabulary-expanding language and a depth of meaning that can even stick in the heart of a grownup, We Go Together!: A Curious Selection of Affectionate Verse is a timely little volume to treasure for Valentine's Day or anytime.

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