As we celebrate beauty, art, and music for the remainder of the year, I came across this wonderful poetry collaboration by Margarita Engle and Rafael López. Bravo! Poems About Amazing Hispanics celebrates the accomplishments and contributions of Hispanics.
In her note to readers, Margarita Engle explains,
“This is not a book about the most famous Hispanics. These poems are about a variety of amazing people who lived in geographic regions now included in the modern United States. They are people who have faced life’s challenges in creative ways. Some were celebrated in their lifetimes but have been forgotten by history. Others achieved lasting fame.”
Below are excerpts from this gorgeous poetry collection with samples of breathtaking illustrations. If you haven’t read this book yet, be sure to grab a copy from your library! Poetry Friday is being hosted this week by Kay at A Journey Through the Pages!
I say that each day is a poem.
Some hours are green and peaceful.
Others are red, like festivals or storms.
I love teaching children how to tell
their own stories.
— José Martí, 1853-1895 (Cuba)
I’m the first woman pilot, but I won’t be the last—
every little girl who sees me up here in blue sky
will surely grow up with dreams
of flying too!
— Aída de Acosta, 1884-1962 (Cuba)