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Truth and Lies: An Anthology of Poems

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Here are poems teenagers will treasure, inscribe in diaries, and share with friends for years to come.

"The truth isn't always beauty but the hunger for it is."--Nadine Gordimer

Experienced anthologist and teacher Patrice Vecchione has created a unique thematic anthology which teenagers will pore over as they seek to be true, and have to face telling lies. Drawing on poets f
Hardcover, 160 pages
Published January 1st 2001 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
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May 07, 2013 Kelly rated it really liked it
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Vecchione, P. (Ed). (2001). Truth & lies: An anthology of poems. New York, NY: Henry Holt and Company.

Genre: Poetry

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Format: book

Selection process: Nilsen, A. P. (Ed.). (2013). Literature for today’s young adults. (p. 199). Boston, MA: Pearson.


A teacher of poetry for more than 20 years and an editor of many anthologies, Patrice Vecchione brings together a collection of poems based on issues that consume us all: truth and lies. This anthology includes poems fro
Jul 03, 2014 Tristan rated it liked it
Shelves: poetry
Actual rating: 3.5 Stars
Overall, a very good thematic anthology. I can't say I liked every poem, but I liked many and loved a few. Julia Alvarez's "Bilingual Sestina" is my personal favorite of these, but that may be colored by the fact that one of my friends used this poem in her forensics piece this year. This was not my favorite book of poetry ever, I much preferred James Merrill's Nights and Days, but he had a poem in here too for fans of his work. I would heartily recommend this book as an
Aug 17, 2014 Joe rated it really liked it
Great collection of modern and classic poetry about truth, lies, and human experience. I love the introduction as well!
Cathleen Ash
This bok of classic and new poets resounds with deceit, lies and what it means to be true. From William Blake's "A Poison Tree" to the "Clay Jug" by Kabir, students will enjoy this short compilation of poetry about truth…and lies. The book itself will be appealing to young adults because of its size: small enough to fit in a pack and carry easily, but they'll also love the weight of its words.
Dec 01, 2008 Kristen rated it really liked it
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This is a great anthology of poetry focused on the theme "what is truth". MOst of the poems are very short, some rhyme and some don't, diverse poets. Good for teaching tool as well as browsing.
Oct 07, 2009 Sandy rated it really liked it
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This collection of poems was gathered from different eras and cultures, about truth and telling lies. It contains a 43 page bibliography, an index of authors names, and an index of titles.
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May 24, 2013 Erika Hébert rated it it was ok
It wasn't my favorite. The poems were okay, just most of them were in a sort of style I don't personally like. But that's no reason for you to think that you won't enjoy it.
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Okay book. I love poetry but this book is a little hard to understand.
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Patrice Vecchione is the author of Writing and the Spiritual Life, as well as two books of poetry. She is also the editor of many highly acclaimed anthologies for children, young adults and adults. Vecchione has taught creative writing and collage workshops at universities, libraries, in community and spiritual centers, including Esalen Institute, and privately for over thirty years. She also teac ...more
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