Woodson, Jacqueline. Locomotion. New York: Putnam's Sons. 2003. ISBN0399231153.
Locomotion tells the story of Lonnie C. Motion in the form of poetic narrative using haiku, epistle, list, letters, and
sonnets. Locomotion is a story of hope, love and family. Lonnie Collins Motion is eleven years old. His world is devastated
at the age of seven when his parents are killed in a fire. He is separated from his sister Lili who is adopted by a rich family,
leaving Lonnie in a group home until he goes to live with Miss Edna. With the love of his foster mother, teacher, Ms. Marcus
he begins to heal from the trauma of his past through his poetry.
Woodsons unravels the events in Lonnie's life using the streets of New York, as the backdrop for urban poetry. Woven
into the 60 poems is urban street language making Woodson words real to her young adult audience. The poetry revolves around
events that help Lonnie deal with sorrow and joys in his life. Woodson allows Lonnie voice to tell a story of loss, grief,
Hip Hop Rules the World
Hip Hop Rules the World, Lamont said
grinning like sombody had told him
he's just won the lotto.
But all it was was Ms. Marcus saying
Of course rap is poetry!
One of the most creative forms.
So now Lamon't writing lyrics
and bopping his head
and every chance he gets
Hip Hop Rules the World
It's one of the most creative forms
Hey Dog! Guess who else is a poet now!
Medina, Tony. Love to Langston. 2002. New York: Lee & Low Books. ISBN 1584300418.
Love to Langston is a collection of deeply moving poems about a young Langston Hughes, which tells how a young boy turned
childhood blues into voice of the Negro people. The fourteen free-verse poems takes the reader on a journey through the horrors
of slavery beginning with; Grandmas Stories model after Hughes own work, Aunt Sues Stories, followed by Jim Crow Row, a touching
piece that express 7th- grade Hughes hurt, disillusionment and intolerance of his segregated classroom.
The first few poems are intense and somber, however the book assumes a lighter tone with poems like Libraries recounting
how as a young boy Langston would get lost in the beautiful words in the books. In the last part of the books works such as
Harlem is the Capital of My World reveals a more confident, self-empowered man who loves his community, his people, and shares
his African American culture with his readers.
Christie illustrations are rich in color portraying images representing Hughes complex life in primitive images complementing
Medinas moving poems.
Median introduces children to the Harlem Renaissance poet in biographical verse. Included at the end of the book are
authors and illustration notes that interpret the poems and illustrations.
Poetry Means the World to Me
Poetry means the world to me
It's how I laugh and sing
how I cry and ask why
Poetry comforts me
when I use jazz or
the blues or the way regular
folks talk the language
Words don't always
have to be neat
like a statue
They should be
used used used
to say what you like
or don't like
what you see think
Words to fight against
hate and unnecessary
Poetry is what I use
I love you
Love to Langston