FALLING HARD by Betsy Franco


100 Love Poems by Teenagers
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Age Range: 13 & up
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Romantic love brings out a whole range of emotions, and all are on display in this richly diverse collection of poems. Franco, editor of three other anthologies of teen writing, presents poets ranging in age from 13 to 18. They are gay, lesbian, straight, transgender and bisexual. Most of the poets represent a diverse America, but some are from other parts of the world. There are poets who are clearly experienced writers and others who are obvious novices. A lustful 17-year-old writes: “I want to sin in the hottest loins of the fire / nestle down its downy flames...” A girl writes to her ex: “Don’t tell me we're as close / as sand and water on the beach. / Now it’s war: broken glass.” Love also brings out some goofiness: “Your hair is a chicken salad / Your forehead, an apple, extra fancy / Your nose, a flat steak / Your ears, paper plates of a stegosaurus...” Love, in all its raw, uncensored intensity is here wonderfully captured in verse by teens for teens. (Poetry. 13 & up)

Pub Date: Dec. 1st, 2008
ISBN: 978-0-7636-3437-7
Page count: 160pp
Publisher: Candlewick
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 15th, 2008


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