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I Have Something to Say About This Big Trouble: Children of the Tenderloin Speak Out

Cecil Williams, Janice Mirikitani

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ISBN 10: 0962257419 / ISBN 13: 9780962257414
Published by Glide Word Press, 1989
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Title: I Have Something to Say About This Big ...

Publisher: Glide Word Press

Publication Date: 1989

Book Condition:Good

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Compilation of poetry, prose, and drawings of children reflect their concern and interest, with a dictionary of crack terms appended

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Gr 3-7-- A poetry anthology, interlaced with brief stories, vignettes, mini-essays, and drawings. All the material is new and original, growing out of a children's program at a church in San Francisco's Tenderloin district, long a haven for pimps, prostitutes, and drug dealers. In the last years, Asian immigrant families have been moving in in great numbers, transforming the neighborhood in the process. Asian children, however, are largely underrepresented in this collection (perhaps due to the Christian affiliation of the program sponsors), but others, notably black children, have done a fine job of conveying what it is like and how they feel about living in this high crime area. Most of the entries concern crack and related drugs, clearly reflecting the daily reality of these children. This anthology runs the gamut in every way: from hope to despair, live humor to dead seriousness, excellent to poor, etc. Williams and Mirikitani have opted not to edit heavily, giving greater immediacy and sometimes rawness to these poems, and not intruding her own poetic voice. Although invaluable as a social document and useful in discussions of the current drug wars, there is also some excellent writing to be had here. One poet in particular, 15-year-old Randall Woodruff, is outstanding and a talent to watch, while 9-year-old Tianah Maji's fictionalized account of an encounter between Roger Rabbit and Latoya Jackson is deliciously funny. A handy glossary is thoughtfully provided to bring non-city dwellers into the know. Indispensable for its social relevance and creative energy, this volume will also be useful in the classroom as a stimulus for creative writing exercises.

John Philbrook, San Francisco Public Library

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