Saturday, November 02, 2019

This Week's Oz Poem

The second item in the 2006 issue of Oziana is a three-part poem, "Rivals", by Adrian Korpel, with illustrations by David Lee Ingersoll. Each part is told from the point of view of one of Dorothy's three friends on her first trip to Oz—and how they see the other two as rivals for Dorothy's affection! It's all very introspective and personal for them, but I think most fans of the Oz books who read this won't buy most of it. There are some indicators that this is based on their famous Movie counterparts anyway, and since that Oz was a dream, we can just not worry about that.

Mention should also be made of the cover, which is unique in the history of Oziana in that it is a photograph. Burlington, Vermont, has several winged monkeys on business rooftops. Photographer Peter Huoppi took a picture of one of them in 2002 when wildfires in Canada darkened the sky and reddened the sun, and obscured the outlines of one of the monkeys. It's an unusual and haunting image, and definitely appropriate for this issue.

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