Happy Poetry Friday!
International Literacy Day is coming up on Tuesday, September 8th. What better way to begin celebrating it than with a wonderful book… I offer you DICTIONARY FOR A BETTER WORLD POEMS, QUOTES, AND ANECDOTES FROM A TO Z, by Irene Latham and Charles Waters, with illustrations by Mehrdokht Amini. This is a book for anytime but especially now, and a book for any age. I’ve been savoring it over the summer, taking my time and letting it all soak in slowly. It’s chock full of richness in poetry, poetic forms of all kinds, personal and heartfelt commentary by each author, intriguing quotes, and gorgeous art!
The table of Contents provides titles of poems focused on providing a poignant path through the alphabet and our ever present chaotic times. A few entries include: Acceptance, Belonging, Compassion, Create, Diversity, Dream, Forgiveness, (Epitaph For) Hate, Justice, Kindness, Mindfulness, and they continue on…
As Irene and Charles take turns with poems, they also identify and describe the form of poem they’ve written, include quotes by writers, artists, activists, and individuals of all walks of life, add their own unique comment connected to the poem, and then encourage the reader to dive in and Try it. The fullness of the book continues on as they’ve included an enticing collection of back matter including Recommended Books and Poetry Resources.
Irene has graciously given me the okay to share a poem. I’m sharing their poem VOICE, written by both Irene and Charles, it’s a poem for two voices.
DICTIONARY FOR A BETTER WORLD
POEMS QUOTES, AND ANECDOTES FROM A TO Z
Irene Latham and Charles Waters
Illustrations by Mehrdokht Amini
© 2020 Carolrhoda Books, Minneapolis
If you haven’t read DICTIONARY FOR A BETTER WORLD, I hope you will find a copy of it at your local library, bookseller, or online. It’s a timely and timeless book that offers much food for thought, inviting you to ponder and wonder in our full-to-the-brim world–to breathe, to cry, to dream, to be human and to raise your Voice.
Here’s a short acrostic poem of mine for Literacy day and raising one’s voice.
LITERACY’S CALL TO ACTION
Lingering in literacy during our
Interlude with covid-19 has offered us
Time to challenge and begin changing racist inequities,
Embroiling over centuries, and band-aided in
Righteous 60s demonstrations–Only to be
Abandoned again to fester… But now it’s time to catch winds
Compass and raise your voice, your words
Your compassion–and finally begin to right these wrongs for all colors
© 2020 Michelle Kogan
Carol Varsalona at her blog Beyond Literacy Link is our host for this weeks Poetry Friday roundup, thanks Carol! She’s offering the beginnings to her Embraceable Summer Gallery–a simmering summer mix of poetry and art, be sure to stop by!
Visit Renée LaTulippe’s site No Water River to find out more about what Poetry Friday is.