Monday, February 24, 2014

Book of the Week

Indivisible: Poems for Social Justice

by Gail Bush, editor and Randy Meyer, editor

Published by Norwood House Press, 2013
94 pages
ISBN: pbk 978-1-60357-417-4

Age 15 and older

“America is not easy. It’s a land of high ideals and stirring icons, but it’s also a land of harsh realities … This is where poetry comes in. We celebrate the incredible achievement of individuals as we turn our gaze from hunger and homelessness in the streets. We have a difficult time matching our words with our actions” (from the Introduction). Is poetry the answer? Not necessarily. Not always. But the poems here offer the opportunity to deeply consider the disconnect that often exists between the ideal and reality of our nation, whether it’s rooted in the actions of government or the interactions between two human beings. A number of the topics touched upon, such as race and gender discrimination, are expected, but the ways they are explored can surprise. One poem may feel like a slap in the face it’s so bold; another tickles the consciousness with its subtlety. A broad and diverse range of poets are represented in a dynamic collection that may affirm and challenge, enlighten and inspire.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center

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