The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

It appears that novels in verse are now the rage (at least for me), and it's a good rage (as opposed to the other rage I've been feeling lately.) I just finished the dazzling debut YA novel: by Elizabeth Acevedo, longlisted for the 2018 National Book Award for Young People's Literature. In another life, Ms. … Continue reading The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

Brown Girl Dreaming

"I am born on a Tuesday at University Hospital Columbus, Ohio, USA—   between Black and White."   Thus begins Brown Girl Dreaming, Jacqueline Woodson's memoir in verse about growing up in the U.S. in the 60s and 70s. In chapter two, a three-page chapter titled "second daughter's second day on earth,"  she distills the … Continue reading Brown Girl Dreaming