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Truth and Lies: An Anthology of Poems Hardcover – January 1, 2001


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 - 17 years
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Hardcover: 142 pages
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (January 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805064796
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805064797
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,245,749 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

The poems Patrice Vecchione collects in Truth and Lies: An Anthology of Poems function as piercing testimonies to the difficulties in foraging a path to truth, both seeking it and adhering to it. Perhaps Lucille Clifton's "Why Some People Be Mad At Me Sometimes" gets to the heart of the collection best: "they ask me to remember/ but they want me to remember/ their memories/ and I keep on remembering/ mine." In "True Stories," Margaret Atwood cautions against asking others for the truth while William Blake's "The Poison Tree" spells out the cost of keeping truth to oneself; Naomi Shihab Nye's chilling "Our Principal" lends new weight to the adage "practice what you preach."

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From School Library Journal

Gr 7-10-The more than 70 narrative, mostly free-verse poems in this collection delicately, yet resolutely, explore truth and lies and the multiple shades of gray in between. Can truth and lies be bedfellows? Are they necessarily opposites? Vecchione has gathered the work of poets from William Shakespeare to Naomi Shihab Nye to support, dispute, or explain that thesis. She leaves very few stones unturned. She uses Philip Levine's "The Simple Truth" to open her anthology because it begins "-Some things/you know all your life. They are so simple and true/-they must stand for themselves-." Deceit in love, abuse of authority, holding one's tongue, and adults lying to youth are among the many topics touched upon. From the late 18th century, William Blake's "A Poison Tree" is an honest and biting look at the poison of lies. Emily Dickinson's fine lines were written in the 19th century: "Tell all the Truth but tell it slant-/Success in Circuit lies/-The Truth must dazzle gradually/Or every man be blind-." Rodney Jones's more contemporary lines ring strong: "We listen for and hear until/Some misery draws us back/To what it really was they/Obviously meant not to say-." Many cultures are represented as well, including works by Polish, Russian, Irish, Indian, and Spanish poets. This quietly moving and intimate anthology tugs at the truth behind lies, and the lies behind truths.-Sharon Korbeck, Waupaca Area Public Library, WI

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By susan renison on July 6, 2002
Format: Hardcover
This treasure of a book is a crystal prism of poetry. Even had I not seen Ms Vecchione teach poetry and read it aloud, I would hear her voice in its introduction, feel her wonder and belief of poetry through the body of work, and join a community peopled with poems and poets described in the extended biographical notes.
Truth & Lies deserves a place on your shelf, be it at a school library, public library, or home, for more than these reasons. This anthology is not a "see if you like one in this pile of poems" collection. It is a careful, creative, poetry-loving collection revealing the duality of truth and lies; a subject matter which exposes the core of human connection. It allows poetry to speak for itself in a setting as comfortable as a kitchen and triumphant as the spotlighted stage.
Truth & Lies is catalogued for young adults - young people who are turning over and over the puzzle of human connection. They will find more than one poem in this book to hang on a mirror or to question as they pause while making their way in the world.
As a middle-aged adult, I found delightful surprises by poets I like and introductions to poets I had never heard of. And as with all literature which spans time and space, I find myself going back to the book to find remembered lines, filling myself with joy, humor, smiles of pleasure and sadness, and truth.
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By KT Moorhead on June 10, 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This book was in good condition, arrived on time and has some really powerful poems that are accesible for middle school students. An excellent purchase.
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