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Dark Sons by Nikki Grimes
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May 20, 08

bookshelves: young-adult, poetry

This book of poetry told in the voices of a modern adolescent boy in New York and the biblical Ishmael. It examines young men who feel abandoned by their fathers, though the modern dad tries to keep in touch over a distance. This book resounds with a sort of truth that makes me come back to it years after first reading it. The struggle to become a man is difficult when your role-model jumps ship, and though my life is quite different than the ones depicted here, I find a sympathy with these characters. So many kids live in step-families now that there are elements in the upheaval that will speak to them. Grimes uses evocative langauage without being wordy, and I like her imagery.
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