Today’s highlight at the Internationale Jugendbibliothek: a Galician book of poems for YA, deeply lyrical and reflexive, with elusive and sometimes abstract illustrations that invite the reader to dream and meditate.
Descubrimiento del día en la IYL: un poemario gallego para jóvenes, hondamente lírico y reflexivo, con elusivas y en ocasiones abstractas ilustraciones que invitan a soñar y meditar.
Fernández, Ana María (text)
Cobas, Xosé (illus.)
Amar e outros verbos (To love and other verbs)
A Coruña : Ed. Everest, 2002. B 59 p.
(Punto de Encontro)
Love - Justice - Memory
This anthology presents 24 poems in free verse. Taking their lead from different verbs, they explore fundamental themes of human existance: to love, grow up, grow old, die, travel etc. From the first page onwards, the texts are characterised by a restrained, reflective tone. The author often uses the pronoun "we" to suggest the universality of all human experiences; with the direct address ("you"), she seeks a dialogue and exchange with the reader. The book is an ode to life as well as a reflection of themes like sadness, injustice, or social responsibility. The accompanying illustrations resonate with the tender tone of the poems. (12+) (Premio Lazarillo; 2001)
(review from the White Ravens catalogue 2003)