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Poetry Speaks Who I Am is a collection of classic and contemporary poetry aimed at addressing middle schoolers in their transition from child to young adult. There is a wide range in the collection: classic poetry like Edgar Allan Poe, Langston Hughes, and Emily Dickinson and newer and present poets, some of whom read their work on the accompanying CD.

Poetry Speaks Who I Am has many poems that will apply to every feeling and thought, put words to what we can’t find words for, and prove that yes, there are other people out there who feel like you do now, you’re not the only one. You’re not alone. These poets talk about everything from the awkwardness of changing and showering in the fifth grade locker room to embarrassing bra shopping with mom, to a first kiss. There’s poems about segregation and ethnicity, homework and math class, sports, clothes, and even the emotions brought forth from reading poetry itself.

Not only does it have the poetry, there are pages in the back of artistic inspiring blank pieces of paper for the reader’s own poetry. The CD contains many of the poems read by the poets the way they were intended to be read.

Poetry Speaks Who I Am is a fantastic collection that every young lit-lover should have on their shelves.

Recommendation: Boys and Girls ages 8+
  
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May 23, 2017 (Updated May 23, 2017)  
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 @Connor Sheffield (Poet/Storyteller) (22 ratings)

I'm an aspiring writer of Fiction and Poetry. I have a website where I promote and share my own stuff, check it out if you enjoy poetry (mostly Gothic Horror).

Follow Connor here: https://smashbomb.com/cjsheffy
     
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Connor Sheffield (293 KP) May 23, 2017

Wowzer! Thank you very much 😆

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ClareR (4592 KP) rated Badminton in Books

Dec 31, 2017 (Updated Dec 31, 2017)  
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Badminton
Molly Naylor | 2016 | Fiction & Poetry
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Poetry about life
Molly Naylor writes poetry about her life. Some of it is really funny, some very insightful. She calls it "a manifesto of my life" and a confession of sorts.
I saw Molly perform many of her poems in this collection on a "Poetry Pub Crawl" (I feel that this may be a very British phenomenon, and if you're British and have never experienced one, then go out and find one! They're great fun!) at the Chester Literature Festival. She really was great and the reason I bought her book was exactly her ability to get her message across through her poetry. Being a grown up isn't easy!
  
This Planet Is Doomed: Poems of Sun Ra
This Planet Is Doomed: Poems of Sun Ra
Sun Ra | 2013 | Fiction & Poetry
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Book Favorite

"Visionary, transcendent, wise, and grossly under-appreciated poetry from one of the most important artists of all time!"

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Bearing the flame a poetry collection
Bearing the flame a poetry collection
scott miller | 2015 | Fiction & Poetry
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7.0 (1 Ratings)
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Wide variety of subject matter (0 more)
Dark thought provoking poetry at its best
This is my self-published poetry book I made it a few years ago you can find it on Amazon under the name bearing the flame I would appreciate any of the readers on here to check it out
  
I thought the poetry was very poignant and thought-provoking. It invoked a lot of emotions in me. I could tell that the writer was definitely speaking from her heart. The themes were a bit heavy at times though, so if fluffy poetry is what you're looking for, this is not for you.
  
The Poet X
The Poet X
Elizabeth Acevedo | 2018 | Fiction & Poetry
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7.8 (6 Ratings)
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This is another much-hyped book - and oh man, did it stand up to the hype. Told entirely through poetry, this novel was extraordinarily powerful, and had me sobbing near the end. Xiomara is an amazing character, and her poetry shows us her emotions more than prose ever could.

I've always loved poetry for that reason; especially poetry that plays with formatting - spacing and line breaks and size of stanzas. It's so much more evocative than simple paragraphs of prose. (My favorite poet is probably e.e. cummings, who is rather infamous for unusual formatting.)

Acavedo does similar things, making Xiomara's poetry explode across the page when necessary, and ordering it into simpler stanzas in calmer moments. It's not rhyming, even poetry; this is written slam poetry. And I love it.

Xiomara is Dominican, living in Harlem, with a very strict, religious mother. Her twin brother is gay but not out to their parents; Xiomara is fine with this but knows their mother won't be. Her poems cover her need to protect her brother and herself, both from their parents and from the outside world. She writes about street harassment and questioning God and falling in love with a boy, which is also against her mother's rules. Her poems are at turns heartbreaking and joyous, but always beautiful.

This is an amazing book, and is the second book on my Best of the Year list. I am blown away.You can find all my reviews at http://goddessinthestacks.com
  
Play It As It Lays
Play It As It Lays
Joan Didion | 2011 | Fiction & Poetry
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Book Favorite

"Turned me onto the poetry of nihilism at a very tender age. Spare and strong, "I know what 'nothing' means, and keep on playing"."

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Emergency Poet: An Anti-Stress Poetry Anthology
Emergency Poet: An Anti-Stress Poetry Anthology
Deborah Alma | 2015 | Fiction & Poetry
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Odd but sweet sentiment
When I heard the story of how the book came to be I almost didn't believe someone would go around in a makeshift ambulance giving poetry to heal but the poetry is uplifting and really helps when you're down - no it's not going to take those feelings away but it's nice to know others have the same as you.
  
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Dec 3, 2020  
BLITZ, EXCERPT & #GIVEAWAY - a beautiful broken life by Zoey Zane - @Archaeolibrary, @XpressoTours, #Poetry, #Romance,

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