The Arts

Much-Lauded Meter

By Leslie Weeden / June–August 2023
June 22nd, 2023
Illustration by S. Federico of an elephant laying on top of a fence.

When The Red Ear Blows Its Nose: Poems for Children and Others by Robert Schechter ’77 came out in April, praise blew in from all corners. Kirkus Reviews and School Library Journal gave it starred reviews and former U.S. Children’s Poet Laureate Kenn Nesbitt called it “a dazzling tour de force of ingenious poems that sparkle with Schechter’s witty, wonderful wordplay.” Others said the poems are “punchy and clever” and “fizz with imagination.” The book, illustrated by S. Federico, is full of musings like one from a poem titled “Sky:” “If I stand on a chair with my hands in the air, is it sky that I’m in? Where does it begin?” Despite the demands of a law career, Schechter, who concentrated in semiotics, has been writing children’s poems for the past 20 years, and they’ve appeared in numerous publications, including Cricket and Highlights for Children. This is his first book.

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