Forgive Me, I Meant to Do It: False Apology Poems - Gail Carson Levine, Matthew Cordell
I have enjoyed several of Gail Carson Levine’s books in the past and was very curious when I saw that this poetry collection was written by her as well. I hope you don’t think I’m ignorant, but I had never heard of false apology poems before picking up this book and while I know the name William Carlos Williams, I had never read “This Is Just To Say,” which this book is inspired by. For those of you that haven’t read it either, here it is: This Is Just To SayI have eatenthe plumsthat were inthe iceboxand whichyou were probablysavingfor breakfastForgive methey were deliciousso sweetand so coldWilliam Carlos Williams (1934)Levine has written a collection of humorous false apology poems. Some are realistic, some are fantastical, and some are just plain silly. She includes an introduction explaining where she got the idea (William Carlos Williams) and then gives the reader the permission to start writing their own false apology poems. Something I think is very good is she explained that the poems didn’t have to be exactly in Williams’ style. She deviated from the pattern in just about every poem, if not all of them.Kids will get a kick out of this poetry collection. I know I did. I decided to write my own apology poem. Since William Carlos Williams wrote his to his wife I decided I would write mine to my husband. This Is Just To SayI didn’t finishthe laundrythat is piledup highI knowyou need underwearalsoclothes for workForgive meI was enjoyingsome timereading my bookKarin Perry (2012)If you want to write you own in the style of William Carlos Williams, here is the pattern:No punctuationOnly capitalize the first word and Forgive3 words2 words3 words2 words2 words3 words2 syllables3 syllablesForgive me3 words2 words3 wordsThis first two stanzas explain what you did and the final stanza is the fake apology.