Pierced by a Ray of Sun: Poems About the Times We Feel Alone

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Pierced By a Ray of Sun offers a collection of poems about all of us, for we all sometimes feel we are different and alone. Throughout time poets everywhere have described these feelings and have recognized them as a cost of being human and sensitive to ourselves.

Ruth Gordon has selected poetry that not only reveals the universality of sometimes feeling lonely and alienated, but also stresses, as the poet Jim Northrup writes, that people have "Toughed it out/Survived."

Includes Poems By:

Carl Sandburg, May Sarton, Paul Simon, Rainer Maria Rilke, John Keats, William Butler Yeats,

Malka Heifetz Tussman, Bob Henry Baber, James Masao Mitsui, Jim Northrup, Dona Luongo Stein

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About the Author:

Ruth Gordon is the compiler of Under All Scilences: Shades of Love, which was named a Best Book of the 80's by both School Library Journal and ALA Booklist. She is also the compiler of Time is the Longest Distance. Ms. Gordon livs in Sonoma County, CA.

From Booklist:

Gr. 7-12. "Am I the only person on Earth?" This question begins Gordon's very brief, on-target note to her readers and sets the stage for a superb compilation of poems that crosses the world's cultures and eras. "You ask me what / the word alienation means," says Italian Giovanni Giudici; Yevgeny Yevtushenko speaks of envying "a boy / who will achieve far more / than I" ; May Sarton asks, "Must we lose what we love / To know how much we loved it?" Joan Aiken and Cynthia Rylant are represented along with Emily Dickinson and Adrienne Rich; Paul Simon ("I Am a Rock" ) as well as John Keats, Rainer Maria Rilke, Carl Sandburg, and other poets, many in translation from a variety of Eastern and Western languages. The organization of the selections is noteworthy, not only allowing readers to segue smoothly from poem to poem, but also inviting them to sample at random; topics range from the timeless to the timely, emotions from hope to despair. Not since Under All Silences: Shades of Love (1987) has Gordon produced such a YA-directed work; the collection will speak with immediacy to YAs of all ages. Sally Estes

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