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Pat Mora

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Pat Mora (born 1942) is a female Mexican-American author and poet. Pat Mora was born in El Paso, Texas. She is married and has 3 grown children.

On July 10, Lee and Low Books will publish Pat’s fourth children’s poetry collection, Bookjoy, Wordjoy, illustrated by Raul Colón.

In a starred review, Booklist called it “a marvelous collection of poems that extol the fun, adventure, and emotion that come with using one’s words…A joyous invitation to put pen (or paintbrush) to paper.” School Library Journal said “Mora’s love for language and w...

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“I did realize, as do you, how blessed I was to know bookjoy, the private pleasure of savoring text.”
Pat Mora

“.....and I smile
and know
why people write music and paint and dance, lifted as if they can fly,
because this ache
crashing inside
needs to be free.
sometimes, love
becomes a melody
others hum for years.”
Pat Mora, Dizzy in Your Eyes: Poems about Love

“My Song

So many memories,
and I'm still young.
So many dreams,
my song's just begun.

Sometimes I hear
my private melody grow,
then the sound vanishes,
but returns, I now know.

I've heard my heart break;
wounded, I've felt alone,
but slowly I learned
to thrive on my own.

I want to keep learning,
to depend my song;
in whatever I work
may my best self grow strong.

It's still the morning,
the green spring of my life.
i'm starting my journey,
family and friends at my side,
my song inside,
and love as my guide.

My family wonders
where I will go.
I wonder too.

I long to discover
how to protect the earth, our home,
hear world sisters and brothers,
who feel so alone.

Hearts and hands open
to those close and those far,
a great family circle
with peace our lodestar.

No child should be hungry.
All children should read,
be healthy and safe,
feel hope, learn to lead.

It's still the morning,
the spring of my life
I'm starting my journey,
family and friends at my side,
my song inside,
and love as my guide.

I'm take wrong turns
and again lose my way.
I'll search for wise answers,
listen, study and pray.

So many memories,
and I'm still young.
So many dreams;
my own song has begun.

I'll resist judging others
by their accents and skin,
confront my life challenges,
improve myself within.

Heeding my song-
for life's not easy or fair-
I'll persist, be a light
resist the snare of despair.

Mysteriously,
I've grown to feel strong.
I'm preparing to lead.
I'm composing my song.

It's still the morning,
the spring of my life.
I'm starting my journey,
family and friends at my side,
my song inside,
and love as my guide.”
Pat Mora, Dizzy in Your Eyes: Poems about Love

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