Black Swan White Crow Paperback – 27 Aug 2007
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About the Author
Christopher Manson is an author and illustrator of children’s books. He studied art at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Halifax, Nova Scotia and at the State University of New York at New Paltz. He lives in Rockville, Maryland.
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The hardcover book is big and bright, illustrated by Chris Manson’s vibrant woodcuts. Bright yellow skies, green leaves, green-gray plants bent beneath snow – all the pictures evoke wonderful stories. Unfortunately, the 13 poems don’t have quite the same dreamy quality. Of them, I liked these two best:
“Frantic sandpiper -/ high tides erasing/ her footnotes.”
“Skeleton elms/ clicking above two deer/ at the saltlick…a crowd.”
But the others aren't memorable. I found the titular poem was clunky: “O little white crow,/ have you seen my brother,/ the black sheep?”
It was published in 1995. It would make a great gift for a child or for anyone that loves haiku.