Saturday, March 27, 2010

April is National Poetry Month - Time You Let Me In

Recently I found out that the month of April is National Poetry Month. I had no idea.

Thanks to a  Harper Collins Children's Publicist I was award the opportunity to review a few books!

So far, I have written about Fancy Nancy: Poet Extraordinaire, by Jane O'Connor, and The Wonder Book by Amy Krouse Rosenthal.

Today I have Time You Let Me In (25 Poets under 25) Selected by Naomi Shihab Nye
Reviewing a book of poems is like telling a mother about their child. Poems are written from the soul. I do not feel that you can review someone's poem. Everyone is coming from a different place. There are poems that resinate more with me than others but all of them are written from the soul of the writer and I wouldn't feel right actually disecting or interrupting someone's words, feelings or experiences.

What I Can Tell You: Is that the book is chock full of authors under 25. The last pages of the book gives a brief bio of each contributor. I loved reading the poems of each and then heading to their photo and bio to see if they had a website. Some of them do.

Each contributor has a page with their name and then a collection of 4 pieces.

I do have a few favorites such as Tala Abu Rahmeh, a Palestinian poet and writer who hopes to own her own art gallery by the time she is 27.

"I walk away into a world of concrete wilderness, 
but even the matallic rectangles of barbed wire know a mama, 
like mine, lived in all different directions."

Or Amal Khan

"A Song has murdered the moon
It hangs over my street tonight
With a texture like sponge."

To purchase this book You Let Me In Go here

Thanks to Harper Collins Children for the opportunity to read this book.


  1. I love poetry. Enough so I write it often.

    I gave you an Easter Basket!

  2. Anonymous7:38 PM

    I had no idea April was poetry month. Like they say, You learn something new everyday.

  3. It has been awhile since I put my feet up and just browsed through some blogs and just relaxed. This is nice. For instance, without you, I would not know that it will be poetry month in April. Thanks.


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