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Louis MacNeice, John Berryman: 77 Dream Songs (Paperback, Faber and Faber) 2 stars

Review of '77 Dream Songs' on 'Storygraph'

2 stars

I'm sure the poetry John Berryman does it for somebody. But there's too must gesture and not enough substance for me. Most of the time I don't know what he means and I don't wanna. I guess I just like poetry clearer of intention and less as a moving target because then (as here) it feels the idea is to just keep you guessing in absence of there actually being anything to guess at. 

Alfred Slote: Make-Believe Ball Player (Paperback, HarperCollins Publishers) 3 stars

Although he's not very good at baseball, ten-year-old Henry uses his imagination to become a …

Review of 'Make-Believe Ball Player' on 'Storygraph'

3 stars

Mr slope remains a legend of the kids sports genre. His books are better when he takes his time and spreads them over a longer story arc. His books based on a single game or incident, or plot trick, less so. “Jake” is the gold standard.