SLOW DANCE HEARTBREAK BLUES by Arnold Adoff

SLOW DANCE HEARTBREAK BLUES

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KIRKUS REVIEW

In a collection of verse, Adoff (In for Winter, Out for Spring, 1991, etc.) addresses the early teen years, ""this/time/from/trolls/to/tampax."" He speaks to the generation that goes to school with metal detectors, worries about the whales, witnesses casual drug use, and is also anxious about nose picking and being ""t o o y o u n g."" Poems about kissing, ""zit monsters,"" junk food, and ""the way the sun/glints off your lower brace"" reflect typical adolescent preoccupations with perfect love and imperfect bodies. Each line is laden with empathy; the pieces are good for a browse, but lack the depth or emotional resonance to give them bite.

Pub Date: Aug. 1st, 1995
Page count: 48pp
Publisher: Lothrop