HMH Books for Young Readers (1998), Edition: 0, Hardcover, 128 pages
A collection of poems by African-American writers, including Lucy Terry, Gwendolyn Bennett, and Alice Walker.
128 p.; 11.48 inches
0395895995 / 9780395895993
LibraryThing member messelti
I, Too, Sing America is a collection of poems by a range of African-American poets throughout American history. Covering 25 essential poets, from Phyllis Wheatley and Langston Hughes to Gwendolyn Brooks and Amiri Baracka, each poem is presented with a brief but rich biographical sketch that includes not only each poet’s beginnings, but also their influences, from historical circumstances to other poets. A wide variety of styles are covered, from straight rhyming verse to free verse beat poetry. No more than a few poems from each poet are featured, so the selection is narrowed down to the best examples from each, most high in emotional impact and vivid imagery. Each poem is read by one of two narrators, (presumably) depending on the gender of the poet, who each delivers a strong and stirring rendition of each composition that is also accessible to readers less experienced with these different styles of poetry. Highly recommended for all young adult poetry collections, especially in school libraries.
LibraryThing member kthclark
This is an exceptional book with a fine selection of poetry from often ignored Black voices supplemented by wonderfully developed and thought provoking illustrations aimed at a young adult audience. This one of the books that we highlingt during Black history month in my library.
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