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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

"Here In Harlem" book recommendation

I just finished a book of poetry called “Here in Harlem” by Walter Dean Myers. Instead of having a book of poetry simply written by himself with the reader deciding who the speaker is in each poem, he writes “poems in many voices,” giving the reader more understanding of their lives. 

I highly recommend this book for its profound poetry on life. Myers shows the beautiful and the tragic, the lonely and the socialite, the dancing and the weeping side by side in a poignant description of twentieth century Harlem. However, his poems reach across time and space with their universally human themes. 

One of my favorite poems in this book is in a student's voice, talking about wanting to grow old, with a white tiara around her head and be as deep-rooted as her ancient neighbor. 

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