Truth and Lies: An Anthology of Poems
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Truth and Lies: An Anthology of Poems

3.5 of 5 stars 3.50  ·  rating details  ·  10 ratings  ·  8 reviews
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...more
Hardcover, 160 pages
Published January 1st 2001 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
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Kelly Garwood

Vecchione, P. (Ed). (2001). Truth & lies: An anthology of poems. New York, NY: Henry Holt and Company.

Genre: Poetry

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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...more
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...more
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.
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.
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.
Erika Hébert
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.
Okay book. I love poetry but this book is a little hard to understand.
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