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Poetry Speaks Who I Am: Poems of Discovery, Inspiration, Independence, and Everything Else (A Poetry Speaks Experience) Hardcover – March 1, 2010
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I am not a huge poetry fan but this book spoke to me. I loved the mix of contemporary and classic poets, the mix of ethnicities, the well-known with the not-so well known. We had works from Langston Hughes, Edgar Allen Poe, Maya Angelou, Percy Bysshe Shelley, Sherman Alexie and Billy Collins. Some of my favorites were SEDNA by kimiko hahn, WHAT YOUR MOTHER TELLS YOU NOW by mitsuye yamada, and
At the dinner table, before the thrown
plate, but after the bitter claim,
in the one beat of silence
before the parents declare war
their child, who had been temporarily
invisible, but who had from school
a catechism, speaks: "Would you like me
to help solve the conflict?" Silence.
They can't look at each other. A glance
would sear the soul. A wall of fire seethes,
Maginot line through the butter plate,
split salt from pepper, him from her. Silence.
So the child speaks: "Three rules, then:
One--you have to let each other finish.
Two--you have to tell the truth. Three--
you have to want to solve the conflict.Read more ›
In order to make a person a fan of poetry at any age, they must begin with poems that speak to them. There are 100 poems in Poetry Speaks Who I Am by a very diverse group of poets. Including Edgar Allan Poe, Nikki Grimes, Sherman Alexie, Billy Collins, Naomi Shihab Nye, Marilyn Nelson, Langston Hughes and Emily Dickinson. Take a peak at table of contents, to see all poets in this collection.
A great thing about poetry, liking or getting every poem is not a requirement. This wonderfully diverse collection of poetry gives every young reader the chance to find one poem to connect with. I've always felt, that when a person randomly opens a poetry book, it will land on a poem, they were meant to read at that moment. The odds of that happening with Poetry Speaks Who I AM is very high thanks to the many voices inside. There's even a Vampire poem
Vampire's Serenade by Dana Gioia (first and last verse)
I am the image that darkens your glass
The shadow that falls wherever you pass
I am the dream you cannot forget,
The face you remember without having met.
You've heard me inside you speak in your dreams
Sigh in the ocean, whisper in streams
I am the figure you crave and you fear.
You know what I bring. Now I am here.
It only takes one poem, one verse or sometimes an unforgettable line to have a new poetry fan for life. All of that can be found in Poetry Speaks Who I AM. This collection also comes with a CD with some of the poets reading their own work. I loved and highly recommend Poetry Speaks Who I Am, as well as the other two poetry collections published by Sourcebooks.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is an excellent anthology. It would be great for teenagers, but I'm 55 years old, and I love it.Published 3 months ago by working mom
Our English department decided to require our young adults to read and listen to the work this summer and prepare and present responses in the fall. Read morePublished on June 7, 2013 by Gwen Livingstone Pokora
I'm not too big into poetry but with compilations like these, I tend to grab onto them. In this case, the editors did an amazing job of compiling old and new work into a compendium... Read morePublished on August 30, 2011 by Donna C
Poetry books have to be read differently than the way other things are read. First, you can't just plunge through the whole thing, going from page to page until it's finished. Read morePublished on July 30, 2011 by CC Thomas