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MirrorMask (children's edition)
Neil Gaiman
The Unreal and the Real: Selected Stories, Volume One: Where on Earth
Ursula K. Le Guin
Betsy and Tacy Go Downtown
Maud Hart Lovelace
The Picture of Dorian Gray
Oscar Wilde, Camille Cauti
Riders of the Purple Sage
Zane Grey
Vampires, Zombies, & Wanton Souls
Marge Simon
The Negro Speaks of Rivers - Langston Hughes, E.B. Lewis First a question for Langston Hughes. How in the world do you craft (or channel?) a poem like "The Negro Speaks of Rivers" as a 17-year-old? There's so much wisdom and soulfulness here! The young man was blessed, that's for sure.

Next a question for illustrator E.B. Lewis. How's it possible to have captured the depth and gravity of Hughes' "Song of the Harlem Renaissance" with a series of watercolor paintings? Oh, maybe I should have read your note at the end: "I read the poem over and over, and as I visualized the meaning of the words, Hughes' work became as personal as a prayer. More was revealed to me each time I read it, and I began to truly understand the poem's essence." Officially, I'd call that a poet/painter match made in heaven.

Take a close look at each painting. A woman's weathered feet on a dry river bed, a kind elderly face, a golden sunset painting the scene for grandfather and grandson while fishing, mom and baby sleeping in a hammock in the Congo, the prayer of a soul deep like the rivers, all of them. They're beautiful. The combination of languid pace, soul-sourced artwork, and divinely-inspired verse do make for quite the contemplative experience.
Recommended for mystics of any age.