All reviews must be at least 300 words and no more than 600 words.
The purpose of a review is for you to tell others what, in your opinion, to expect. This means that you should tell us what the book, movie, TV show, or song is about, but it also means that we want you to go beyond a simple plot summary.
Please begin by selecting a book from
your library or bookstore. If possible, choose a book that was published within the last year or two. We also like to see reviews of children's classics.
Read the book carefully and think about what it means to
you. We’re not particularly interested in a summary of the story. Instead, we
want to know how the characters and situations in the story affect you
personally. If there is any part of the story you find especially bad or good,
write about that part. Have you had an experience similar to any in the story?
If you have, write about your experience and how it compares with the one in
the story. Whenever possible, back up the ideas you express in your review with
examples from the book.
Poems: Do you have a favorite poem? Or maybe a poem you despise? Or maybe a poem you were just surprised to realize you liked?
If so, we want to hear from you! We are looking for reviews of single poems to go in our September poetry issue. (When I was young, I just loved "Jabberwocky
" by Lewis Carroll!)
Guidelines: Reviews should be between 300-600 words. The best ones will explore aspects of the poem—what is about? are there images in it? is there rhyme? does it tell a story? are there any unusual words, or any interesting punctuation or spacing? what feeling does it leave you with?—and explain why you like it, perhaps connecting it to an idea or experience you have had, or maybe even another book or poem you have read.
You can write about any poem. In addition to "Jabberwocky," here are some more suggestions:
- "Caged Bird," Maya Angelou
- "little tree," e.e. cummings
- "A Bird, came down the Walk -," Emily Dickinson
- "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening," Robert Frost
- "Theme for English B," Langston Hughes
- "Spring," Edna St. Vincent Millay
- "Fog," Carl Sandburg
- "A Carafe, that is a Blind Glass," Gertrude
- "I Hear America Singing," Walt Whitman
- "This Is Just To Say," William Carlos Williams
- "I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud," William Wordsworth
We look forward to receiving your review!