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Keeping the Night Watch by Hope Anita Smith
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May 24, 10

Read in May, 2010

I liked this book because I thought it was interesting. I thought it'd be a bunch of different poems about different topics but this book's a bunch of poems about one family told from the point of view of one teenager (CJ). It's about a black family whose father has just returned home. It never says why he left but the poems tell the story of how CJ adapts to getting his father back along with becoming a man himself.

I liked it. I didn't love it because I felt like some parts were poetic and others were just sentences with no rythm, no rhymes, and not even beautifully organized. The parts that did feel like poetry I really liked.

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