I am glad to be joining the Poetry Friday community again this week. We have not been as active as we wanted during the latter part of last year, so we plan to at least be more present this 2015.
We have just recently launched our new reading theme last Sunday. As we also have HOT FOR CYBILS as part of our reading theme, allow me to share one of the Cybils 2014 Finalists for Poetry: Brown Girl Dreaming. Poetry Friday is hosted this week by lovely blogging friend Tabatha Yeatts from The Opposite of Indifference.
I am proud to share that this is the first book I finished reading for 2015. It is everything that bookblogging friends said it would be: intuitive, authentic, heartfelt, with the words breathing and alive on every page. Admittedly, it was a bit slow-going for me in the beginning, but it soon began to pick up its pace and I was enchanted by something so real, I felt as if I were a part of Jacqueline’s own history as she wrote about her grandfather, her mother, her siblings, her forever best friend. They became family to me as I inhaled her words and her memories. I also took photos of pages that resonated with me and edited them using an iPhone app as I wanted to share them with you beautiful people here for Poetry Friday.
The page above is a testament to Jacqueline’s love for words. One that will resonate with anyone who has an ongoing romance with words, verse, lines, poetry.
These lines also made me catch my breath. The knowledge that there are things that do not die because they have already been written down on paper. Doesn’t matter where the love has gone or if the memory has faded, the object lost to oblivion – the words shall keep them alive.
Then there is the acknowledgment that no matter how powerful words can be, sometimes the solid warmth of a person close by, the strength of a shoulder no matter how bent, the firm grip of another’s hands no matter how gnarled, one’s actual physical presence on the “front porch swing” no matter how fleeting – are enough.
This moved the gypsy in me, this vagabond heart of mine, into thinking about home
If you know what that thing is, dear friends, share it with me.
Here’s to leaning close to the silence to hear the stories buried beneath.
I have learned that to listen is to be still.
Brown Girl Dreaming is the Winner of 2014 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature.
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