Published by Brandeis University Press
The rhyme “Mary Had a Little Lamb” told in the style—and substance—
of the great English poets from Edmund Spenser to Stevie Smith.
Advance praise from poet Billy Collins:
"David Ewbank’s versatility in the art of literary imitation is nothing short of shapeshifting. Here are 32 high-wire acts of poetic impersonation, which ironically elevate Mary and her famous little lamb, while honoring the great English poets—all to the delight of every reader’s inner English major. Mother Goose herself rises to applaud, somehow. And Kate Feiffer’s drawings are a charming bonus.”
Advance praise from Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Geraldine Brooks: The Lamb Cycle made me laugh with delight even as it delivered a masterclass on poetic form. David R. Ewbank captures each of the great poets’ stylistic tics and thematic preoccupations, and imbues them with a visionary verve all his own. The poems are perfectly paired with Kate Feiffer’s elegant illustrations, brimming with wit and wonderment.”