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Carver: A Life in Poems Hardcover – April 9, 2001
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Herman Sutter, Saint Agnes Academy, Houston, TX
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Carver the man overcame severe hardship and the prejudices of others to achieve great things. Living in a time when opportunities were few and far between for American Blacks, and slavery was a vivid recollection, Carver blazed a trail that few have been able to even approach, let alone top, since then. Even though he dealt with his share of racism, not every person not of African-American ancestry was unkind to him. Given the least of all of his peers, black or white, Carver went on to achieve the most in life. In spite of the hardships, the racism, and even the slights and insults of his own people, he left behind a legacy of good work, compassion, and technical accomplishment that stands the test of time. As such, Carver takes a solid place among the great minds of antiquity- from Imhotep, Egypt's greatest builder, to Confucius, China's greatest thinker and statesman.
Although Carver's array of inventions is impressive, his ingenuity and knack for turning what others see as worthless into something valuable, as in the poems `Chemistry 101' and `The Wild Garden' and `God's Little Workshop', is truly astounding.Read more ›
Darkness softens, a thin tissue of mist between trees.
One by one the day’s uncountable voices come out
like twilight fireflies,like stars.
The perceiving self sits with his back against rough bark,
Casting ten thousand questions into the future.
As shadows take shape, the curtains part
for the length of time it takes to gasp, and behold,
the purpose of his life dawns on him.
Each poem presents a day, time, or revelation in the life of a man we don't really know enough about. It was renewing and refreshing to read about the intricacies of his life, how he thought, felt, and reacted to nature all around him, even the people and the very challenging time periods through which he lived. He was a pioneer for sure and very inspiring.
Nelson has gone to great lengths and research to bring a superb book of poems to us, and I appreciate this work. I recommend this for poets, writers, educators, and students. I recommend it for my own three sons. This is biography at its poetic best! You can't read just one poem. You'll have to read them all. Together, they display and illustrate an amazing tapestry of a beautiful life. You will appreciate Dr. Carver in so many other ways after reading this book. He was so much more than an agricultural expert.
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When reading these poems I had to remind myself that someone else besides Carver wrote them. They are so full of details and emotions of the scientist and artist and the pain that... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Duke of KC
Carver, a life in poems
In this book, we see how utterly horrifying it was to be a black child in the 1800 hundreds. George W. Carver was one of those kids. Read more
I've admired George Washington Carver for many years. His brilliance in many areas of science, stalwart faith and gentle humility outshine so many more widely noticed African... Read morePublished on January 28, 2014 by David Lee
This is a real find. George Washington Carver was such an incredible man, so many ways in which he helped those around him. Read morePublished on December 29, 2013 by Amazon Customer
HISTORY OF OTHERS PEOPLES ANGUISH CAN TEACH YOU SO MUCH ABOUT OUR HISTORY. BLACK HISTORY IS A BIG PART OF AMERICAN HISTORY, LEARN ABOUT IT.Published on December 2, 2013 by cyn
The insight given through the poems about this historical figure, whom every Social Studies school book mentions, made me say to myself, why hadn't I know any of this before.Published on June 2, 2013 by diana r.
I Loved it. I got an incite into Carvers journey and was able to see what a beautifully admirable creature he truly was and I cried. amazing. Thank youPublished on April 28, 2013 by moshia
A librarian recommended this book to me after I mentioned my love for Carver (it is a deep devotion). After thumbing through her copy I bought my own. Read morePublished on December 31, 2012 by DCS