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Words with Wings: A Treasury of African-American Poetry and Art

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African-American poetry and art take wing and soar in this collection compiled by Belinda Rochelle.

With work that spans the nineteenth century through the present, this stunning collection pairs twenty poems by distinguished African-American poets with twenty works of art by acclaimed African-American artists.

Renowned poets and artists such as Maya Angelou, Langston Hughes
Hardcover, 48 pages
Published December 26th 2000 by Amistad
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Anna Louise
Just by reading the introduction of Words with Wings, you know you're in for something extraordinary. This amazing book is a compilation of words and images from African-American poets and artists. Spanning generations, the book includes well-known greats such as Langston Hughes and Alice Walker as well as hopeful and intense newcomers. Belinda Rochelle, the book's editor, chose the pieces for the statement they make about African-American culture. She also went to great lengths to match each po ...more
McKinzie Elton
On Black Poetry Day, or any other day, have students gather their own books and bookmark webpages that focus on the works of African American poets. Explain the significance of the day. Have a poetry reading, I will share a poem from this book.
Excellent. A very good selection of poems and the artwork was amazing.
Lauren White
Good for all grades. Many beautiful poems and pieces of art.
Beautiful collection of poems.

My personal favorites were "Incident" by Countee Cullen, "Your World" by Georgia Douglas Johnson, "We Alone" by Alice Walker, "This Morning" by Lucille Clifton, and "Human Family" by Maya Angelou.
Theme: African-American plight and struggle
Children will experience a sense of community and learn about history through this compilation of poems. Definitely for the young adult, these poems reflect struggle, anger, and strength. Deep thought provoking poetry for more advanced students. Good combination of art and prose that will enlighten young adults.
Jessica Nieman
I think this would be a wonderful supplement to learning about African-American history. It helps to understand their culture rather than simply studying the events that happened.
A mix of short poems by African American authors and beautiful artwork by African American artists. It's a beautiful book to look at.
many lovely poems.
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