Reading, Teaching, Learning

Friday, February 27, 2015

Poetry Friday

     I just finished a 2015 Coretta Scott King (Author) Honor Book Award winner, How I Discovered Poetry by Marilyn Nelson.  It is a memoir in verse, which is becoming one of my favorite genres/formats.  Several weeks ago, I featured Woodson's memoir in verse, Brown Girl Dreaming.  These two books make perfect companions. It's wonderful that these stories in poetry are getting so much recognition! 
My Goodreads Review:
I enjoyed reading about Nelson's experiences with being the daughter of a military man and moving around frequently, civil rights, the "Red Scare" and atomic bomb drills, growing up, friendships and crushes, and discovering her love of words and poetry. I loved the photos and would have enjoyed seeing more.

For more on memoirs in verse, check out this terrific blog post by Sylvia M. Vardell.  Some day I'd like to try to put some of my memories in poetry form and see how it goes!

Now hop on over to Heidi's blog for the Poetry Roundup!