The inspiring works of teen participants in poetry workshops sponsored by The New York Public Library are presented with distinctive drawings by the illustrator of the Caldecott Honor winner, Yo! Yes?
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A great idea has been turned into a great little book. Poets House and the New York Public Library sponsored a series of poetry workshops for teenagers in various branch libraries. These young people not only read, listened to, and talked about poetry, they made some themselves. This collection is the fruit of their efforts. We recognize these voices: Laura Bierstedt’s gentle musing on a long-haired, fourth-grade friend on the first day of seventh grade, when her hair is short and there is pain between them; or Ben Zeitlin’s “tales of the world” written in his old shoes. Connie Leung writes a villanelle in “Alter Ego” a complex form that she bends to her will to write an achingly familiar song of loneliness. Lia-taré Brown limns the awkwardness of a body that only seems like one’s own in “The Man Hands I Wear.” Poignant introspection, sly observations, lovely images, and droll commentary on life, school, love, and sports are all here for reflection. Raschka’s calligraphic, gestural drolleries enliven the pages, in apt synchronicity with these young writers’ view of themselves and their world. Winning indeed. (Poetry. 12-15) -- Copyright © 2000 Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.From School Library Journal:
Grade 5 Up-An anthology penned by teens who participated in poetry workshops at the New York Public Library or submitted their work to the library's Web site. The poems focus on real-life subjects such as haircuts, jealousy, math, ethnicity, and moving from a childhood home, and the young people's views are represented in some very poetic and evocative language. "Chopsticks" describes the joints of the fingers as "peeking like/timid hills" and "standing/like calm mountains." "Shoes" sees more to the utilitarian article-"-the tales of the world,/in elegant calligraphy,/are written on their soles." Raschka's playful, abstract pen-and-ink and watercolor cameo illustrations are scattered throughout. This volume will show readers and aspiring writers that anyone can and should write poetry-and that others will listen.
Sharon Korbeck, Waupaca Area Public Library, WI
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Book Description Orchard Books (NY), 2000. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P11053130258X
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Book Description Orchard Books, 2000. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Christopher Raschka (illustrator). book. Bookseller Inventory # M053130258X