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Mother Poems by Hope Anita Smith
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Jun 12, 09

bookshelves: picture-books, youth-non-fiction
Read in June, 2009

Smith's previous free-verse books The Way a Door Closes, and Keeping the Night Watch about a family that deals with the pain of a father leaving, and then the healing process of when he returns, has proved her to be one of the great poets writing for youth. In Mother Poems there is something very personal about the work here. Not only does she illustrate it with her own collage images that are at times tender, and at times funny, but the narrative is of a voice of a girl who deeply loved her mother, and then had to process her death. Even though a father is once mentioned, as are friends, the main and sole characters are the narrator, and her mother, then the absence her mother leaves.

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