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Poetry Speaks Who I Am is filled with more than 100 remarkable poems about you, who you are, and who you are becoming. Dive in-find the poem you love, the one that makes you angry, the one that makes you laugh, the one that knocks the wind out of you, and become a part of Poetry Speaks Who I Am by adding your own inside the book.

Poetry can be life altering. It can be gritty and difficult. It can be hilarious or heart-breaking. And it's meant to be experienced, so we've included a CD on which you'll hear 44 poems, 39 of which are original recordings-you'll only find them here. You'll hear poets both classic and contemporary, well-known and refreshingly new, including:

--Dana Gioia expresses the hunger of a Vampire's Serenade

--Elizabeth Alexander waits for that second kiss in Zodiac

--Langston Hughes flings his arms wide in Dream Variations

--Marilyn Nelson reads to her class in How I Discovered Poetry

--Paul Muldoon's poem Sideman, brought loudly to life by the band Rackett

--And 39 more poems that are immediate and vibrant

From Lucille Clifton's Here Yet Be Dragons to Edgar Allan Poe's Annabel Lee to Tia Chucha, by Luis J. Rodriguez, Poetry Speaks Who I Am is a collection that is dynamic, accessible, challenging, classic, edgy, and ultimately not quite perfect. Just like you. If you're lucky, it'll serve as a gateway to a lifetime lived with poetry. At the very least, it'll be a good time. Dive in, and happy hunting.

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"This addition to the Poetry Speaks series aims at middle-grade readers with more than 100 strikingly diverse poems by writers including Poe, Frost, Nikki Giovanni, and Sandra Cisneros. The works are slotted together in mindful thematic order, beside occasional spot art. In Rosellen Brown's untitled poem, she reflects, 'Nothing. They are for nothing, friends,/ I think. All they do in the end — they touch you. They fill you like music.' Just opposite, is Langston Hughes's 'I Loved My Friend': 'I loved my friend./ He went away from me./ There's nothing more to say./ The poem ends,/ Soft as it began — I loved my friend.' Pairing a contemporary poem like Toi Derricotte's 'Fears of the Eighth Grade' alongside Keats's 'When I Have Fears That I May Cease to Be,' results in a refreshing lack of literary hierarchy that enables disparate works to build and reflect upon one another. An accompanying CD features recordings of 44 of the poems, and blank lined pages at the end allow readers to integrate their voices into the chorus. A sound and rewarding introduction to the joys of poetry. Ages 9 — 12." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

Poetry Speaks Who I Am is filled with more than 100 remarkable poems about you, who you are, and who you are becoming. Dive in-find the poem you love, the one that makes you angry, the one that makes you laugh, the one that knocks the wind out of you, and become a part of Poetry Speaks Who I Am by adding your own inside the book.

Poetry can be life altering. It can be gritty and difficult. It can be hilarious or heart-breaking. And it's meant to be experienced, so we've included a CD on which you'll hear 44 poems, 39 of which are original recordings-you'll only find them here. You'll hear poets both classic and contemporary, well-known and refreshingly new, including:

--Dana Gioia expresses the hunger of a Vampire's Serenade

--Elizabeth Alexander waits for that second kiss in Zodiac

--Langston Hughes flings his arms wide in Dream Variations

--Marilyn Nelson reads to her class in How I Discovered Poetry

--Paul Muldoon's poem Sideman, brought loudly to life by the band Rackett

--And 39 more poems that are immediate and vibrant

From Lucille Clifton's Here Yet Be Dragons to Edgar Allan Poe's Annabel Lee to Tia Chucha, by Luis J. Rodriguez, Poetry Speaks Who I Am is a collection that is dynamic, accessible, challenging, classic, edgy, and ultimately not quite perfect. Just like you. If you're lucky, it'll serve as a gateway to a lifetime lived with poetry. At the very least, it'll be a good time. Dive in, and happy hunting.

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smartchick.nina, September 29, 2011 (view all comments by smartchick.nina)
I LOVED, LOVED, LOVED this anthology! As a teen, I identified with so many of these poems, discovered new favorites and re-discovered old poems I'd remembered from the past. Not to worry, even though this anthology is meant for youth, it is a great quality for all ages nonetheless. I fell in love with nearly every single poem on every page, and now have dozens of new poets to discover and new poems to memorize!
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Courtesy of Mother Daughter Book Club com, April 20, 2010 (view all comments by Courtesy of Mother Daughter Book Club com)
Poetry collections directed to teens are not very common; you’re much more likely to find collections of poetry for children or adults. This lack of poems for teens to appreciate is exactly what editor Elise Paschen addresses in a new collection that is part of the Poetry Speaks series, Poetry Speaks Who I Am: Stories of Discovery, Inspiration, Independence and Everything Else. The more than 100 poets whose work is represented include classic poets like Emily Dickinson, Edgar Allen Poe and Robert Frost as well as contemporary poets such as Sherman Alexie, Maya Angelou and Portland’s Kim Stafford.

Some of the poems are whimsical, such as Death of a Snowman by Vernon Scannell, while others are more contemplative, such as One Art by Elizabeth Bishop, which is about the art of losing things. Girls may cringe when reading Bra Shopping by Parneshia Jones. And of course, there are poems with rich imagery. Here are just a few lines from one of those, Blackberry Picking by Seamus Heaney:

Late August, given heavy rain and sun
For a full week, the blackberries would ripen.
At first just one, a glossy, purple clot
Among others, red, green, hard as a knot.
You ate that first one and its flesh was sweet
Like thickened wine: summer’s blood was in it

I recognized poems I memorized in high school, like Ozymandias by Percy Bysshe Shelley, marveling that memorizing was much easier for me then than it seems to be now. An added bonus to Poetry Speaks Who I Am is that is comes with a CD of 47 poems being read by their authors or others. There’s something hypnotic about listening to poems being read, especially by the author, who knows where she intended emphasis and can add tone.

Blank pages in the back of the book encourage readers to write their own poetry, which could be a great activity for a mother-daughter book club. April is National Poetry Month—reading Poetry Speaks Who I Am would be a great way to celebrate.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781402210747
Author:
Paschen, Elise
Publisher:
Sourcebooks
Editor:
Raccah, Dominique
Editor:
Alexander, Elizabeth
Subject:
Poetry : General
Subject:
Social Issues - Adolescence
Subject:
Children's poetry
Publication Date:
20100331
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Pages:
136
Dimensions:
8.60x6.00x.90 in. .95 lbs.
Age Level:
09-12

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "This addition to the Poetry Speaks series aims at middle-grade readers with more than 100 strikingly diverse poems by writers including Poe, Frost, Nikki Giovanni, and Sandra Cisneros. The works are slotted together in mindful thematic order, beside occasional spot art. In Rosellen Brown's untitled poem, she reflects, 'Nothing. They are for nothing, friends,/ I think. All they do in the end — they touch you. They fill you like music.' Just opposite, is Langston Hughes's 'I Loved My Friend': 'I loved my friend./ He went away from me./ There's nothing more to say./ The poem ends,/ Soft as it began — I loved my friend.' Pairing a contemporary poem like Toi Derricotte's 'Fears of the Eighth Grade' alongside Keats's 'When I Have Fears That I May Cease to Be,' results in a refreshing lack of literary hierarchy that enables disparate works to build and reflect upon one another. An accompanying CD features recordings of 44 of the poems, and blank lined pages at the end allow readers to integrate their voices into the chorus. A sound and rewarding introduction to the joys of poetry. Ages 9 — 12." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , Poetry Speaks Who I Am is filled with more than 100 remarkable poems about you, who you are, and who you are becoming. Dive in-find the poem you love, the one that makes you angry, the one that makes you laugh, the one that knocks the wind out of you, and become a part of Poetry Speaks Who I Am by adding your own inside the book.

Poetry can be life altering. It can be gritty and difficult. It can be hilarious or heart-breaking. And it's meant to be experienced, so we've included a CD on which you'll hear 44 poems, 39 of which are original recordings-you'll only find them here. You'll hear poets both classic and contemporary, well-known and refreshingly new, including:

--Dana Gioia expresses the hunger of a Vampire's Serenade

--Elizabeth Alexander waits for that second kiss in Zodiac

--Langston Hughes flings his arms wide in Dream Variations

--Marilyn Nelson reads to her class in How I Discovered Poetry

--Paul Muldoon's poem Sideman, brought loudly to life by the band Rackett

--And 39 more poems that are immediate and vibrant

From Lucille Clifton's Here Yet Be Dragons to Edgar Allan Poe's Annabel Lee to Tia Chucha, by Luis J. Rodriguez, Poetry Speaks Who I Am is a collection that is dynamic, accessible, challenging, classic, edgy, and ultimately not quite perfect. Just like you. If you're lucky, it'll serve as a gateway to a lifetime lived with poetry. At the very least, it'll be a good time. Dive in, and happy hunting.

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