Title: Uncle Tompa
Author: Midori Snyder
In: The Coyote Road (Ellen Datlow & Terri Windling)
Rating Out of 5: 4 (Really good read!)
My Bookshelves: Poetry, Tricksters
Dates read: 12th June 2019
Publisher: Firebird Fantasy
5th sentence, 74th page: His stomach rumbles, hungering for mischief
Uncle Tompa is a trickster from folklore. One who Snyder highlights seamlessly in her beautiful poem, Uncle Tompa.
I love when you read a poem and it makes you want to dive right into the subject matter and find out more. The fact that this poem featured a trickster from folklore just tickled my fancy all the more. It was actually incredibly sad that it was only two pages long.
The ebb and flow of Snyder’s poem was good like most of the modern, fantasy poems that I’ve been reading lately. But I loved the subject matter. There wasn’t really a tale that was highlighted or an adventure that anyone journeyed along, but there was a fun and humorous lead that jumped from the pages into your imagination. One that I imagined doing so with a wide grin plastered across his impish face.
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