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Here in Harlem: Poems in Many Voices

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Publisher Comments:

Here are powerful and soulful first-person poems in the voices of the residents who make up the legendary neighborhood: basketball players, teachers, mail carriers, jazz artists, maids, veterans, nannies, students, and others. These poems capture the energy and resilience of a neighborhood and a people.

Review:

"In nearly 60 poems, Myers (145th Street) treats readers to a tour of Harlem's past and present, its hopes and fears, through the voices of narrators young and old. Together they create a pastiche of the community's fixtures, the church ('Wake up Lazurus! Wake up Paul!/ Wake the congregation and lift their hearts'), the barber shop for men, the hairdresser for women ('My mouth is sealed, you don't even see a crack,/ 'Cause I ain't the kind to talk behind nobody's back'), rent parties (where people gathered to eat, drink and to help the host pay the rent) and Sylvia's restaurant. 'Clara Brown's Testimony,' parts I-IV provides a continuity through the collected impressions, as she describes her love for Harlem, through heartbreak (when she and her sister do not make the Cotton Club chorus line, she's told it's because her skin is too dark: 'That was the day I learned that being black wasn't no simple thing, even in Harlem') and more often joy. Myers offers differing perspectives on milestone events such as Jackie Robinson joining the Dodgers, as well as subjects closer to home, such as young love, or a pairing of poems by a father and his drug-addict daughter. Another especially moving cluster of poems rotates among three WWII vets from the 369th Infantry, known as the 'Harlem Hellfighters,' one of them blinded by a Southern sheriff after the war, on their way home. And Harlem is indeed home, to all of the people who give voice to its pains and pleasures. Readers will want to visit again and again. Ages 12-up." Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

Powerful and soulful first-person poems are presented in the voices of the residents who make up the legendary New York City neighborhood, from teachers to jazz artists to nannies, capturing the energy and resilience of a neighborhood and a people.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780823418534
Author:
Myers, Walter Dean
Publisher:
Holiday House
Location:
New York
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
Ethnic - African American
Subject:
American poetry
Subject:
Poetry - General
Subject:
Children's 12-Up - Poetry
Subject:
African Americans
Subject:
Young adult poetry, American
Subject:
Social Situations - Community & Neighborhood
Subject:
Harlem
Subject:
Children s All Ages - Poetry / Plays
Subject:
People & Places - United States - African-American
Subject:
Poetry : General
Subject:
Children's poetry
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Series Volume:
03-11
Publication Date:
20061031
Binding:
Hardcover
Grade Level:
- Up
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
88
Dimensions:
9.59x5.84x.56 in. .77 lbs.
Age Level:
12-UP

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Product details 88 pages Holiday House - English 9780823418534 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In nearly 60 poems, Myers (145th Street) treats readers to a tour of Harlem's past and present, its hopes and fears, through the voices of narrators young and old. Together they create a pastiche of the community's fixtures, the church ('Wake up Lazurus! Wake up Paul!/ Wake the congregation and lift their hearts'), the barber shop for men, the hairdresser for women ('My mouth is sealed, you don't even see a crack,/ 'Cause I ain't the kind to talk behind nobody's back'), rent parties (where people gathered to eat, drink and to help the host pay the rent) and Sylvia's restaurant. 'Clara Brown's Testimony,' parts I-IV provides a continuity through the collected impressions, as she describes her love for Harlem, through heartbreak (when she and her sister do not make the Cotton Club chorus line, she's told it's because her skin is too dark: 'That was the day I learned that being black wasn't no simple thing, even in Harlem') and more often joy. Myers offers differing perspectives on milestone events such as Jackie Robinson joining the Dodgers, as well as subjects closer to home, such as young love, or a pairing of poems by a father and his drug-addict daughter. Another especially moving cluster of poems rotates among three WWII vets from the 369th Infantry, known as the 'Harlem Hellfighters,' one of them blinded by a Southern sheriff after the war, on their way home. And Harlem is indeed home, to all of the people who give voice to its pains and pleasures. Readers will want to visit again and again. Ages 12-up." Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , Powerful and soulful first-person poems are presented in the voices of the residents who make up the legendary New York City neighborhood, from teachers to jazz artists to nannies, capturing the energy and resilience of a neighborhood and a people.
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