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The Rose That Grew From Concrete Hardcover – November 1, 1999
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Susan Salpini, Purcellville Library, VA
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Top Customer Reviews
The poems appear in this book as photos of handwritten text, with the typed transcriptions on facing pages. This format, combined with some photos of the author, adds to the visual appeal of the book.
Tupac's poems are about love, friendship, loss, social protest, personal goals, and disappointment. His poems touch on many moods: sadness, ecstasy, anger, pride, and hope. Along the way he cites Nelson Mandela, Huey P. Newton, and other figures.
I was particularly struck by "Only 4 the Righteous," a witty and funny poem about rapping; this piece has a great rhyme and rhythm. "The Shining Star Within!," dedicated to Marilyn Monroe, and "Starry Night," dedicated to Vincent Van Gogh, are intriguing tributes to artists whom Tupac describes as ill-treated by society. "God" is a moving profession of faith. I was also moved by "Nothing Can Come Between us," a free verse poem on friendship. "Jada" is one of his best love poems ("u R my Heart in Human Form").
Overall, these poems seem to reveal many facets of the author. In "For Mrs. Hawkins," he writes "I'm a Panther / with the blood of Malcolm in my veins." Other poems look at racism and poverty.Read more ›
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I do not read poetry or listen to rap music BUT this book was AWESOME! A must read on everyone's list!Published 21 hours ago by Frances T. Meadows
These poems are deep and thought provoking for my high school students. Also, there are no swear words like Tupac's raps, so that makes it good for the classroom, too.Published 19 days ago by Heather Heiman
Great poems, all Tupac fans should get. It basically reviels that Tupac found a way to create the situation where it looks like he was killed in Las Vegas but you know that "6... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jordan