I JUST HOPE IT’S LETHAL by Liz Rosenburg

I JUST HOPE IT’S LETHAL

Poems of Sadness, Madness, and Joy
Age Range: 14 & up
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KIRKUS REVIEW

This intelligent anthology will accomplish two amazing feats: It will please teen readers and simultaneously satisfy their teachers. Poet, children’s author and anthologizer Rosenberg, with former student, November, collect verse that sensitively addresses those readers who are susceptible to emotional downdrafts and uptakes. The poems range from the classics (Wordsworth, Blake) to the contemporary (James Wright, Gerald Stern, Stephen Dobyns) to the just composed (Das Lanzilloti, Deena November)—which guarantees the teen authenticity. Moreover, the poems, organized in five sections, “speak” to one another across time and through generations, addressing theme and subject and giving young readers a sense of immediate connection and belonging. They also lay a foundation for young readers to begin to see for themselves how one work of literature may spark another. For example, included here is Paul Laurence Dunbar’s “Sympathy,” which features the line “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.” Unforgettable characters such as J. Alfred Prufrock and Richard Cory make their appearances here as well. Handy backmatter includes poet’s biographies and an index of first lines. A must have for teachers who need the just-right book for their eighth-graders. (Poetry. 14+)

Pub Date: Oct. 24th, 2005
ISBN: 0-618-56452-7
Page count: 208pp
Publisher: Graphia
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 15th, 2005




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