How I Discovered Poetry

How I Discovered PoetryHow I Discovered Poetry
by Marilyn Nelson
Grades 4 & up

Acclaimed poet Marilyn Nelson looks back at the 1950s, a pivotal decade in her own life as well as that of the rest of the country, through a series of unrhymed sonnets. These follow her life story from the age of 4 to 14, as her father, one of the first African American career officers in the Air Force is transferred to a variety of different bases. The poems give a vivid look at life for a young girl growing up then, both as an African American and a daughter of an often transferred officer. The poems are powerful and moving, and can stand alone as well as make a cohesive story together. Recommended for grades 4 & up.

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