Title: How I Discovered Poetry
Author: Marilyn Nelson
“This is the story of Marilyn Nelson’s own childhood, and of America in the 1950s. This highly decorated poet —National Book Award Finalist, recipient of the Robert Frost medal, Newbery Honor Winner — has created fifty eye-opening, intimate poems that tell the tale of her development as an artist and young woman during one of the most turbulent decades in our nation’s history. These poems, spanning her fourth to fourteenth years, touch on many aspects of that time: racism and the Civil Rights Movement, the “Red Scare,” the shadow of the atom bomb, and the first stirrings of the feminist movement.”
Title: 20th Century Children’s Poetry Treasury
Edited by: Jack Prelutsky
Illustrated by: Meilo So
A collection of more than 200 poems by such modern poets as Nikki Grimes, John Ciardi, Karla Kuskin, Ted Hughes, e.e. cummings, Eve Merriam, Deborah Chandra, Arnold Adoff, and more than 100 others.
“Prelutsky combed more than 4000 poetry volumes to select 211 poems by 137 poets. His sampling includes established poets like Langston Hughes, Shel Silverstein and e.e. cummings, but, to Prelutsky’s credit, not necessarily their best-known works. The overriding mood is rollickingly upbeat, uncharacteristic for a form renowned for its adeptness at expressing moments of grief or loneliness. Its unvarying tone notwithstanding, this eye-catching collection is likely to lure both future fans of verse and poetry devotees.”
By Evan, Teen Adviser
What makes this poet so unique? The simple answer is her subject matter. Andrea Gibson was born in August of 1975 and currently lives in Colorado. The majority of Andrea’s subject matter surrounds gender norms, love, politics, and the struggles queer people face in today’s society. Andrea’s work has been a true inspiration to me because of both her unique subject matter and the heart she so evidently pours into her work.
The thing I like most in Andrea’s work is that it’s both beautiful yet also brutally honest about issues that still plague us today. The way she writes is the way a song would flow if it could shape its own melody chorus by chorus. Her dense yet intriguing metaphors and similies are speckles with intensity that will leave you pondering. I believe that she’s a good poet because of these factors. There are few current day poets that leave me literally musing over the words of their work in awe and I’m proud to say she’s one of them. Here’s an example of Andrea’s work.
I hope you have now learned about her just as I did.