How I Discovered Poetry

By NELSON, Marilyn

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ISBN
9780803733046
Publisher
Dial


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School Library Journal

Reviewed on February 1, 2014  |  Grades 5 and Up

Gr 6 Up—Nelson traces her childhood and developing awareness of civil rights issues in this eloquent collection of 50 unrhymed sonnets. In 1950, her father, one of the first African American Air Force officers, is recalled to duty, launching the family on the first of several cross-country moves. Her father takes a leave from law school, her mother takes leave from teaching, and: "Our leaves become feathers. With wings we wave good-bye to our cousins." Their travels take them from Cleveland to Texas, Colorado, Kansas, California, Maine, and Oklahoma; the leave-takings are always painful. In "Traveling L...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Magazine

Reviewed on January 1, 2014

In fifty poems (some previously published) Nelson chronicles her formative years during the 1950s, from age four to thirteen, against the backdrop of the cold war and stirrings of the civil rights movement and women's lib. Each piece includes a title ("Blue Footsies" begins the book), a date, and a place name. Nelson's father was a military officer--"one of the first African American career officers in the Air Force"--and the family crisscrossed the country. Nelson's mother was a teacher who instilled in her children the ...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Guide

Reviewed on January 1, 2014

In fifty poems (some previously published) Nelson chronicles her formative years during the 1950s, from ages four to thirteen. Nels...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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