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Poetry Speaks Who I Am with CD: Poems of Discovery, Inspiration, Independence, and Everything Else (A Poetry Speaks Experience)

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Poetry Speaks Who I Am is filled with more than 100 remarkable poems about you, who you are, and who you are becoming. Dive in-find the poem you love, the one that makes you angry, the one that makes you laugh, the one that knocks the wind out of you, and become a part of Poetry Speaks Who I Am by adding your own inside the book.

Poetry can be life altering. It can be grit

Hardcover, 176 pages
Published March 1st 2010 by Sourcebooks Jabberwocky
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Apr 03, 2010 Donna rated it it was amazing
I'm not too big into poetry but with compilations like these, I tend to grab onto them. In this case, the editors did an amazing job of compiling old and new work into a compendium of poignant and touching poetry for teenagers (and really, anyone that's still a teenager on the inside).

You have Langston Hughes, Edgar Allen Poe, Maya Angelou and Percy Bysshe Shelley mixed in with more current writers like Sherman Alexie and Nikki Giovanni. The editors chose perfect poems from the past that, despit
Bryan Neuschwander
Mar 05, 2011 Bryan Neuschwander rated it really liked it
Poetry speaks, but not every poem speaks to me. Still, it's refreshing to find a poem that grips my heart like Stephen Crane's desert creature on page 89.

Here are my Top Ten (okay, 13) favorites from this anthology.

1. The Writer - Richard Wilbur, p. 135-6
2. When You Are Old - W.B. Yeats, p. 129
3. What Are Heavy? Christina Rossetti p.126
4. Houses - Nancy Willard, p. 114
5. Permanently - Kenneth Koch, p. 94
6. In the Desert - Stephen Crane, p. 89
7. If I Can Stop One Heart from Breaking - Emily Dick
Feb 04, 2010 Betsy rated it really liked it
In spite of having a poet for a mother (or perhaps because of it) I have never come to terms with poetry. Which is not to say that I didn’t try. As a kid I would pluck up a collection of the stuff and try to read through it. I was handed poems in elementary, middle, and high school with regularity, but I didn’t quite understand why snowy woods were any more important in stanzas than in paragraphs. Poetry seemed like something I should like, but I never found the right way to get a taste for it. ...more
Casey Strauss
Mar 05, 2012 Casey Strauss rated it liked it
Shelves: poetry
Poetry Speaks Who I Am is an anthology of poetry edited by Elise Paschen and Dominique Raccah. This book contains 108 poems written by poets from differing time periods. From Shakespeare to Langston Hughes to Billy Collins, a wide range of perspectives are covered. Even though the voices are different, there is a common theme through all of the poems selected; adolescence and the common coming of age topics we all struggle with. The note from the publisher as well as the introduction makes it cl ...more
Mar 17, 2011 Lindsey rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
Poetry Speaks Who I Am is an anthology of poetry meant for middle and high school students. The editor makes the point at the beginning that so many anthologies are meant for children or for adults, and that there are few put together for young adults. The poems in this book are a balance of contemporary poems and classic poems ( Annabel Lee, Poe) that still manage to be relevant today. The topics are ones that middle and high school readers to connect to. The poems range from silly (Death of a ...more
N_patricia Brunner
Nov 13, 2010 N_patricia Brunner rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry, cd, non-print, jr-high
Poetry Speaks, Who am I is an amazing inspirational anthology of 108 poems designed to appeal to young teens. I listened to the audio NON PRINT CD as well as read the text. This collection consists of classic and contemporary selections including Dream Variations by Langston Hughes, Acquainted With the Night by Robert Frost, In the Fifth Grade Locker Room by Molly Peacock, and The Skokie Theatre by Edward Hirsch.

This collection of poems explores various themes including simple truths and profo
Dec 28, 2011 Jason rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult, poetry
I loved the CD-component of this book. Now that I've listened to the CD, I have mixed feelings about it. Some of the poets are excellent readers that I can tell my students will like listening to. Others read at a snail's pace or just have very jarring voices. Also, the poets do not follow a uniform pattern. Some introduce themselves; some don't. Some read the title; others skip it. A few of the poets record in venues that are very echo-y. Overall, I feel like the CD could have been much more ef ...more
Haley Mathiot
Mar 08, 2010 Haley Mathiot rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-star-bookshelf
Poetry Speaks Who I Am is a collection of classic and contemporary poetry aimed at addressing middle schoolers in their transition from child to young adult. There is a wide range in the collection: classic poetry like Edgar Allan Poe, Langston Hughes, and Emily Dickinson and newer and present poets, some of whom read their work on the accompanying CD.

Poetry Speaks Who I Am has many poems that will apply to every feeling and thought, put words to what we can’t find words for, and prove that yes,
CH13_Meghan Schultz
Mar 11, 2013 CH13_Meghan Schultz rated it it was amazing
Shelves: rll-520-poetry
Poetry Speaks is an anthology that begins by informing readers that, "this is not a poetry anthology for adults, for children, for classroom study, or for required memorization and recitation. It's just made for you." This collection comprises over 100 poems written by award-winning authors such as: Maya Angelou, Langston Hughes, Nikki Grimes, Robert Frost, etc. The purpose of the anthology is to share with readers poems that discuss topics important to young adults--first love, friendships, new ...more
Mar 10, 2010 Anna rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviews, non-fiction
My freshman year of High school I fell in love with poetry after doing a unit of it in English class. I wrote for years and years after that and even got a few published. But since becoming obsessed with books I haven't done much writing. But when I was offered to review this book, I grabbed at the chance.

Poetry Speaks Who I Am is a wonderful book, this is type of tool I wish I had back when I was learning about poetry. In this book there are some of the greatest poets and some of my favorites.
Tallulah Schweitz
Jan 10, 2016 Tallulah Schweitz rated it liked it
Book review #4. To find who you are, is like a level in life. In Elise Paschen's "Poetry speaks, who I am", steps are taken as poems are written to exhibit the stride of growing up. The element of inspiration is a key component in these poems. The separate poems all have something special and different about them, but they all have something that is connected between them all.
Finding independence is part of life and a constituent of these poems. Finding who you are can decide what type of pers
Indigo Cat
May 31, 2012 Indigo Cat rated it really liked it
My favorite poem was about black widow spiders. I loved how the poet compared them to stories. For example, the poet says something like, when we went to bed, we shook our blankets, and stories fell out. Does the poet want you to think in terms of dreams as stories, literally spiders falling out, or that you leave behind your thoughts when you sleep? Infinite ways to think about it. There are many intriguing poems in this book, including classics such as The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost. If yo ...more
Feb 23, 2010 April rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya, poetry, for-review
First things first, Happy National Poetry Month! I thought I would kick off my own personal celebration of poetry by reviewing Poetry Speaks: Who I Am. I think poetry is such an amazing outlet for healthy expression. I honestly don't know where I would be if I was not a member of poetry club in high school. So, when an anthology aimed at middle grade/high schoolers comes along, then yes, count me among the curious, because, ya'll poetry changes lives.
Read the rest of my review here
Jul 31, 2010 Christine rated it it was amazing
Shelves: jf-ya
This book is a gem. I think for any Middle School library, it is a must.
Sep 28, 2016 Abigail rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Poetry Speaks Who I Am is on my favorites shelf because there is such a variety of different kinds of poems for students to read: classic poems, new and contemporary poems, and poems that everyone has heard of. I think any student is bound to find a poem they like in this book because they are all so different. I also like this book because it focuses on the reader. A lot of the poems have to do with figuring out who you are and who you want to be in life. This poetry book is extremely relate-ab ...more
Apr 03, 2010 Serena rated it really liked it
Elise Paschen’s Poetry Speaks Who I Am combines written verse with audio recitation of poetry by the poets themselves on CDs spark young readers’ love of poetry and verse. Readers between the ages of 11 and 14 will find poems in this volume that speak to their struggles with love, family, growing into adulthood, and making friends.

“[Paschen says,:] For me this poetry is life altering. It’s gritty. It’s difficult. And it hurts in all the ways that growing hurts. It’s meant to be visceral and imme
Deborah Takahashi
Nov 22, 2013 Deborah Takahashi rated it it was amazing
n this anthology of poetry, teens are given a wide variety of poems that are not only timeless, but relevant to the very issues they face. With poems from Emily Dickinson, William Shakespeare, Maya Angelou, and Poet Laureates such as Paul Muldoon and Sandra Cisneros, teens will dive into a sea of emotions that deal with everything from falling in love, being left out, experiencing joy and prejudice. There is so much that can be learned and reflected upon in this collection that teens, and even a ...more
Mary Ann
Mar 11, 2010 Mary Ann rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 6th, young-adult, poetry, 5th
This is a fantastic collection for young teens and tweens. It's a collection of 108 poems that has been carefully selected to mirror the hopes and fears of kids and teens today. It mixes contemporary and classic poets from a range of ethnic backgrounds. All of the poems help kids think about their lives, who they are and who they might be. As Elise Paschen writes in the introduction:

"This is not a poetry anthology for adults, for children, for classroom study, or for required memorization and re
Cindy Hudson
Mar 03, 2010 Cindy Hudson rated it it was amazing
Poetry collections directed to teens are not very common; you’re much more likely to find collections of poetry for children or adults. This lack of poems for teens to appreciate is exactly what editor Elise Paschen addresses in a new collection that is part of the Poetry Speaks series, Poetry Speaks Who I Am: Stories of Discovery, Inspiration, Independence and Everything Else. The more than 100 poets whose work is represented include classic poets like Emily Dickinson, Edgar Allen Poe and Rober ...more
Sarah Jane
Poetry anthologies are never totally satisfying. There will always be poems that are lost on the reader. Also, I find that poems almost never convey their entire meaning on the first read, so I have to be dedicated to thoroughly enjoy an anthology like this. As it happens though, I did. I loved the collection. The poems cover a multitude of subjects and range from very accessible to very dense and complex. The authors are equally diverse. This book has something for everyone.

Some of my favorite
Cheryl Gatling
This book is aimed at a young adult audience. The publisher's note says that there aren't any poetry books aimed at young adult. There is a jump from poetry for children to poetry for adults, "yet it's at your age that poetry can rock your soul."

The book is made to look like a student's notebook, with doodles, and pages printed so as to appear roughed up. In the back are blank pages where a kid can add their own favorites, or write their own poems.

The poems vary from classics to the little-known
Sep 13, 2010 Rebeccapd96 rated it really liked it
Rebecca Perry 6/9 October 20, 2010
Book Review

Poetry Speaks Who I Am
Elise Paschen

This is a collection of free verse poems written by teenagers. They write about thing that happened to them. Like a crush they had and even how they felt when they were depressed. In this book teens write what they think poetry really is. Too everyone it’s different.

I like that in this book you get to read what teens think poetry really is. I also like that there is a CD included with this book so you c
May 04, 2015 Tamia.Nash8712gmail.Com rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Teachers and parents
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C.C. Thomas
Jun 23, 2011 C.C. Thomas rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
Poetry books have to be read differently than the way other things are read. First, you can't just plunge through the whole thing, going from page to page until it's finished. Rather, poems should be read singly, and slowly. Like sipping fine wine rather than guzzling a water bottle. You have to let a poem sit for a day or so and thing about it and come back to it. Also, some poems are just better read aloud, either by you or someone else. A poem sounds completely different hovering in the air r ...more
Jun 11, 2010 Kate rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2010
Poetry Speaks Who I Am is a unique take on helping to introduce readers to modern as well as classical poetry. The novel include works from some of my all-time favorite poets, so it was really nice to be able to sit down with one novel and have them all together. Poetry Speaks Who I Am is a very nice sized book. Not too much, but not too little either. Of course, I am comparing this to my college English anthologies which range in the thousands of pages.

The authors of this novel definitely had t
Jackie Doty-abbott
Jun 29, 2010 Jackie Doty-abbott rated it liked it
Shelves: poetry
This is a compilation of poems geared toward dealing with the early teen years. The editor explains that this anthology came out of her own personal experiences. She memorized poems in grammar school and then learned to understand and write poetry in high school, but there was no concentration of poems designed for the middle school years. This collection contains classic poets like Poe, Frost, and Dickinson and favorites such as Nikki Giovanni and Maya Angelou. The poems deal with everything fr ...more
Nov 13, 2011 Sherri rated it really liked it
Genre: Poetry

Rating: **** Poetry Speaks Who I Am has more than 100 poems about “you, who you are, and who you are becoming.” There are a variety of poems written by a range of poets, both classic and contemporary. The poems are about a variety of topics geared towards adolescents. The accompanying CD features many of the poets reading their own work.

Summary: This book and CD collection of poems tells about life as an adolescent. The poems are both serious and funny, and they include topics such
Mar 20, 2012 Cassandra rated it liked it
I’m not much of a poetry person, especially when I was in high school. I always hated the really symbolic ones where a flower represents the soul or the mind or... I could never figure it out - and I still don’t like them. But this collection mixed some of those with straightforward ones with obvious meanings, and also mixed styles, from sonnets to couplets to freeverse. I LOVED the CD that comes with the book - hearing a poem read aloud is so helpful for non-poetry people. Finally, the best thi ...more
Apr 01, 2010 Lindsey rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-poetry
This book has a poem for everyone. Great collection.

Comes with a great audio cd too.

I have many favorites. Here are two of them:

"A Teenage Couple" -by Brad Leithauser

He said, or she said
(Desperate to have their say),
You know, we may not last forever....
And on that unthinkable day

(She said, or he said--
Somebody needed to know),
Who will be the last to turn and look
After we'd agreed to go

Our separate ways?
(Which one, that is, will be the one
To watch the other hobbling off,
Black against the sun?)

Bridget R. Wilson
Sep 12, 2011 Bridget R. Wilson rated it liked it
Shelves: ya-poetry
A collection of poetry just for teens. Too often teens move from children's poetry to adult poetry without a pause for their own age and what it means to be a teen. Poetry Speaks Who I Am seeks to fill that gap. The collection is enhanced by an audio CD with 44 poems read by 35 poets.

What I thought: There is a need for this type of collection. I agree wholeheartedly with Elise Paschen's introduction. When I was a teen, I was reading the oldies like Frost and Dickinson. I wrote poetry and found m
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