Thursday, October 21, 2010

Poetry Week

I chose to read Heart to Heart- New Poems Inspired by Twentieth-Century American Art. The poems in this book were all inspired by twentieth- century art. Each poet write their poem based on the emotion they felt from the piece of historic art. The poems express a wide range of emotion and the book is divided into four categories: stories, voice, impressions and expressions.

This book would probably appeal to teens and young adults interested in art. This book does a great job connecting literacy and art.

The forty-three distinguished poets that contributed to this book collection are from several different ethnicity groups and range in ages.

Poetry, short stories and dramas are great reads for those young adults who struggle with reading intense novels. Poetry, especially, is a great "get-away" from the usual novel. It allows a reader to escape and gives more creativity than any ordinary novel.

Frida: Viva la Vida! Long Live Life! was a biographical poetry book written on the life of Frida Koehlo, who was a famous Mexican artist. The author Carmen Bernier-Grand writes about the life of Frida through first person and free verse poetry. The author also includes Frida's artwork throughout the book. The book includes several events and hardships that Frida encountered during her life.

I have read other books by this author and enjoy the strong Hispanic influence and history. This book would appeal to high school students especially those of a Hispanic background and to those that enjoy art.

1 comment:

Connie said...

I am sponsoring a poetry club at NIS. My goal is to put together a literary magazine, but probably not this year! There are only about 7 kids, but they AMAZE me with their writing. Today we talked about the phrase "Poetry in motion," which they took literally! We talked about the World Series, football, THS Varsity Volleyball District Champs, etc! Then I challenged them to write about a sport. I was very impressed with the poems they wrote in about 30 minutes! I am always looking for poetry books to share with them. So let me know if you run across any really great ones!