Poetry Speaks Who I Am is filled with more than 100 remarkable poems about you, who you are, and who you are becoming. Dive in-find the poem you love, the one that makes you angry, the one that makes you laugh, the one that knocks the wind out of you, and transform part of Poetry Speaks Who I Am by adding your own inside the book.
Poetry will also be life altering. It may be gritty and difficult. It may be hilarious or heart-breaking. And it’s meant to be experienced, so we’ve included a CD on which You’ll be able to hear 44 poems, 39 of which are original recordings-You’ll be able to only find them here. You’ll be able to hear poets both classic and up to date, well-known and refreshingly new, including:
–Dana Gioia expresses the hunger of a “Vampire’s Serenade”
–Elizabeth Alexander waits for that second kiss in “Zodiac”
–Langston Hughes flings his arms wide in “Dream Variations”
–Marilyn Nelson reads to her class in “How I Discovered Poetry”
–Paul Muldoon’s poem “Sideman,” brought loudly to life by the band Rackett
–And 39 more poems that are immediate and vibrant
From Lucille Clifton’s “Here Yet Be Dragons” to Edgar Allan Poe’s “Annabel Lee” to “Tia Chucha,” by Luis J. Rodriguez, Poetry Speaks Who I Am is a collection that is dynamic, accessible, challenging, classic, edgy, and in the end not moderately perfect. Just like you. If you are lucky, it is going to serve as a gateway to a lifetime lived with poetry. At the very least, it is going to be a good time. Dive in, and happy hunting.