My Own True Name: New and Selected Poems for Young Adults, 1984-1999

My Own True Name: New and Selected Poems for Young Adults, 1984-1999

by Pat Mora, Anthony Accardo
     
 

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Poetry. Latino/Latina Studies. In this anthology, Pat Mora has gathered the best of her poems with young-adult readers in mind, and has added to them several new poems published here for the first time. Using the cactus plant as her guiding metaphor for our existence, she presents more than sixty lyrics grouped variously into Blooms, Thorns, and Roots. Each section

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Poetry. Latino/Latina Studies. In this anthology, Pat Mora has gathered the best of her poems with young-adult readers in mind, and has added to them several new poems published here for the first time. Using the cactus plant as her guiding metaphor for our existence, she presents more than sixty lyrics grouped variously into Blooms, Thorns, and Roots. Each section opens with a line drawing by artist Anthony Accardo. Pat Mora's books GIFT OF THE POINSETTIA and COMMUNION are also available from SPD.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Children's Literature
For the past fifteen years, Pat Mora has been publishing poetry that is filled with images of Mexico and the southwestern United States. This book is a compilation of new poems and some familiar ones from three previous collections. The poems (all in free verse) are grouped by three themes--Blooms, Thorns, and Roots--which reflect the path of life. Her memories are intertwined with dreams and historical figures throughout the poems. Readers are taken to the sandy desert, to Mexican festivals, to street markets; they sympathize with bilinguals who feel like outsiders; they listen to a mother's laments as her children grow up. Although these poems were selected to appeal to young adults, many seem to deal with topics that are somewhat removed from young adult reality. The greatest value is the exposure to the Mexican-American culture and traditions; this collection would fit well in a multicultural unit. 2000, Pinata Books, Ages 14 to 18, $11.95. Reviewer: Carol Lynch—Children's Literature
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up-Mora has selected poems from her adult collections and added some new ones. She speaks of her own experience as a Latina in the Southwest, and of the experiences of those people whose lives have touched her own. Using the metaphor of a cactus, she has grouped the selections into three sections: "Blooms" (of loves and joys), "Thorns" (of hardships and sorrows), and "Roots" (of family, wisdom, home, and strength). She has chosen poems with themes that are accessible to, yet challenging for teens, a few of which appear in both English and Spanish. Occasional footnotes explain historical references or Spanish phrases. The introduction encourages young writers, as do the poems themselves. This anthology speaks to a young adult audience, and it should find many readers.-Nina Lindsay, Oakland Public Library, CA Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781558852921
Publisher:
Arte Publico Press
Publication date:
05/01/2000
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
96
Sales rank:
1,111,866
Product dimensions:
5.49(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.38(d)
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

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