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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
Jan 30, 2015 Anna Louise rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 18, 2016 Elizabeth added it
Recommended to Elizabeth by: found when searching MLN for Langston Hughes' _My People_
Reading this right after Make a Joyful Sound: Poems for Children by African-American Poets , which is clearly aimed at young children, the amount to which this book is not fucking around is almost jarring (but I love it).

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Bianca Greco
Mar 24, 2016 Bianca Greco rated it it was amazing
Words with wings was a very interesting book. I found reading the introduction was very helpful as it set up the book and gave insight about the authors. The book features African-American poets that share their experiences about life and history. The book is comprised of nine poems that cover a wide variety of events and feelings these artist have experienced during life. This book would be appropriate for an upper elementary level student, some words and context of poems would not be appropria ...more
Tyler Marfin
This multicultural picture book by Belinda Rochelle celebrates African-American poetry and art. The book contains art from many different African-American artists and 20 poems from African-American poets. The artwork is unique and beautiful and shows the reader the culture of the people. The poems themselves are works of art, with magnificent themes and meanings and traditions in them. Some of the poems rhyme, and some do not. This book is a must read, and is a amazing book to read.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Dec 23, 2014 Katherine rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry-read
Excellent. A very good selection of poems and the artwork was amazing.
Dec 18, 2013 B rated it liked it
A mix of short poems by African American authors and beautiful artwork by African American artists. It's a beautiful book to look at.
Nov 02, 2012 Jen rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, middle, poetry
many lovely poems.
Lauren White
Good for all grades. Many beautiful poems and pieces of art.
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