I am glad to join the Poetry Friday community this week, hosted by the beautiful Amy Ludwig VanDerwater from The Poem Farm.
As we continue to celebrate the Voices of the Silenced until the end of April, I am glad to find this gorgeously-illustrated compilation of Lansgton Hughes’ poetry from our library:
The editors did a fine job condensing Hughes’ history and making it accessible to young readers without watering the issues down in any way. The illustrations are gorgeous too with a slightly European vibe discerned in the thin elongated figures and lots of empty spaces for the eyes to rest. This week, I am sharing one of Langston Hughes’ trademark poems. The Negro Speaks of Rivers. I took a photo of the page and edited it using an iPhone app, but I also included the actual illustrated page from the book as an ode to Benny Andrews’ artwork.
Here is a Youtube clip of Langston Hughes’ reading his poem aloud. Enjoy, dear friends!