I Wouldn't Thank You For A (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)


FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY. Alice Walker and Maya Angelou are just two of the 80 women poets in this collection of feminist poetry for young readers.

A collection of poems by women from different cultures and backgrounds, portraying the varied facets of the female experience from childhood to old age.

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FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY. Alice Walker and Maya Angelou are just two of the 80 women poets in this collection of feminist poetry for young readers.

A collection of poems by women from different cultures and backgrounds, portraying the varied facets of the female experience from childhood to old age.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Eighty-five short poems by women poets, including Maya Angelou, Mary Oliver and Alice Walker, explore sex, race, religion and equality. Ages 11-up. (Nov.)
School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up-Rife with emotion, this brief volume (about 90 poems) explores women's issues of race, status, identity, and equality. Sex, religion, politics, and other volatile issues are present, but other offerings reflect on celebrating a birthday, growing up, challenging authority, and the psychology of shopping. Some powerful works emanate here: Maya Angelou's ``Phenomenal Woman'' echoes the pride of womanhood in rhythmic, moving lines; Nikki Giovanni and Alice Walker also make strong showings. Cynthia MacDonald's gem, ``Accomplishments,'' tells of a daughter's constant struggle to please her mother, only to have her attempts end in disinterest, unappreciation, and needless tragedy. The title poem by Liz Lochhead, written as a rap lyric, provides an independent and rather opposing view of the charmed holiday. Simplistic pen-and-ink drawings break up the collection, but do little else. The experiences chronicled by multicultural poets are universally female, but perhaps understood best by older readers. There is complexity here, and some of the poems may require added maturity to comprehend fully the poets' intent. As a stand-alone read, the collection may be limiting not only in its feminist slant, but also because of the complexity of the selections. Women's studies students, however, may find this a helpful companion to other collections of feminist poetry or essays.-Sharon Korbeck, Milwaukee Public Library
Hazel Rochman
The condescending "young" of the subtitle is misleading: these are witty, sophisticated, nonmessagey poems. They are angry, funny, tender, dramatic, full of surprise and conflict and self-mockery. Candid about failure and betrayal, they play with language, role, and stereotype. Even the title poem half questions itself, and "Lullaby" is by a child for her mother. Originally published in England, the anthology draws on poets from many cultures and includes well-known poets, such as Nikki Giovanni, Sharon Olds, and Mary Oliver, as well as several new voices. A heartbreaking poem translated from the Japanese is about women working on the conveyor belt at a fish cannery, as trapped and processed as the creatures they seal into cans. Many of the voices are celebratory, assertive without being anti-male (in one poem, a girl envies the way boys play, "no back-biting, hair-pulling / just out-front"); they are lyrical about love, candid about pressures from overbearing parents and about the necessary break with home ("My room is too small for me"). These poems open up the range of love and family.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780613052009
  • Publisher: Demco Media
  • Publication date: 11/28/1997
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 104
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Carol Ann Duffy was born in Glasgow, Scotland, in 1955. She grew up in Stafford, England, and attended the University of Liverpool, where she obtained an honors degree in philosophy in 1977. Duffy's poetry has received numerous awards, and she is a member of the Royal Society of Literature. Among her recent books is The World's Wife:Poems, published in America by Faber and Faber (2000). Duffy currently lives in Manchester, England, where she lectures on poetry for the Writing School at Manchester Metropolitan University.

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Table of Contents

Valentine Carol Ann Duffy
For an Unborn Baby Janet Shepperson
Lullaby Rosemary Norman
Before the Fall Rachel McAlpine from Welsh Espionage Gwyneth Lewis
School Report Carole Paine
Loch, Black Rock, Beautiful Boat Meg Campbell
Indian Children Speak Juanita Bell
natural high Jean Binta Breeze
Happy Birthday from Bennigans Julie O'Callaghan
Her First Toy Sylvia Parker
Latch-key Child Valerie Sinason
school days Jean Binta Breeze
Vestment Ana Blandiana
A Happy Childhood Eulalia Bernard
Grown Up Julie O'Callaghan
Accomplishments Cynthia MacDonald
The Name of the Game Jenny Craig
shopping Jenny Boult
Sally Phoebe Hesketh
Peck's Bad Boys Judi Benson
Good Girls Irene Rawnsley
Don't Smack Me Again Deborah Randall
This Cat Gabriela Pearse
Advice to a Teenage Daughter Isobel Thrilling
Thirteen Julie Kane
Hanging Fire Audre Lorde
Turning Sixteen Máighréad Medbh
Bette Davis Jackie Kay
Aunt Leaf Mary Oliver
The Nature Lesson Marjorie Baldwin
The Royal Grammar School, Newcastle Elaine Cusack
Short Thought Elaine Cusack
Piccadilly Line Carole Satyamurti
Skanking Englishman Between Trains Grace Nichols
Self-portraits0 Elma Mitchell
For Heidi with Blue Hair Fleur Adcock
Sex, Politics and Religion Lavinia Greenlaw
Phenomenal Woman Maya Angelou
Blind Girl Jane Cooper
Disabled Swimmers' Night Carole Satyamurti
Please Give This Seat to an Elderly or Disabled Person Nina Cassian
Didactica Nova Grete Tartler
I am Happy Delfy Gochez Fernandez
Remember Alice Walker
The Class Game Mary Casey
Yuh Hear Bout? Valerie Bloom
We Can Always Nellie Wong
A Short Note on Schoolgirls Alison Campbell
Women Laughing U. A. Fanthorpe
Whatweakersex? Fran Landsman
Sly Autumn Rita Ann Higgins
You Held Out the Light Gwendolyn MacEwen
I Wouldn't Thank You for a Valentine Liz Lochhead
Small Words Fiona Hall
Echo and Narcissus Gerda Mayer
Sweet Sixteen Eunice de Souza
Magnetic Wendy Cope
Song (October 1969) Kath Fraser
Space-age Lover Jennifer Brice
A Simple Story Gwen Harwood
The Juggler's Wife Cicely Herbert
Lovesick Carol Ann Duffy
Chat Show Vicki Raymond
To the Spider in the Crevice Behind the Toilet Door Janet Sutherland
A Woman's Work Dorothy Nimmo
Frying Tonight Julie O'Callaghan
Monument Felice Holman
At a Cannery Nishio Katsuko
The Women of Mumbles Head Maura Dooley
Unravelling Vicki Feaver
Being a Student U. A. Fanthorpe
The Genie in the Jar Nikki Giovanni
Scarecrow Stef Pixner
A Post Card from Greece Jane Whittle
Holiday Girls Vicki Raymond
Things Fleur Adcock
Anno Wreck Sick0 Magi Gibson
The Fat Black Woman's Motto on Her Bedroom Door Grace Nichols
The Fat Lady's Request Joyce la Verne
The Concerned Adolescent Wendy Cope
Mollie Haggarty Dorothy Barnham
Rules for Beginners Carol Rumens
The Way We Live Kathleen Jamie
Son Sharon Olds

Index of Authors

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