Poems written by children are not typically part of the literary canon. Because of cultural biases that frame young people as intellectually and artistically immature, these works are often excluded or dismissed as juvenilia. Rachel Conrad contends that youth-composed poems should be read as literary works in their own right -- works that are deserving of greater respect in literary culture.
Time for Childhoods presents a selection of striking twentieth-and twenty-first-century American poetry written by young people, and highlights how young poets imagined and shaped time for their own poetic purposes. Through close engagement with archival materials, as well as select interviews and correspondence with adult mentors, Conrad discerns how young writers figured social realities and political and racial injustices, and discusses what important advocates such as Gwendolyn Brooks and June Jordan can teach us about supporting the agency of young poets. This essential study demonstrates that young poets have much to contribute to ongoing conversations about time and power.
|Publisher:||University of Massachusetts Press|
|Series:||Childhoods: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Children and Youth|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)|
|Age Range:||18 Years|
About the Author
RACHEL CONRAD is professor of childhood studies at Hampshire College.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 "The Busy Clock" Poetry and the Times of Youth 1
Chapter 2 "to bloom in its own time" Gwendolyn Brooks and the Poetic Vision of Very Young Poets 48
Chapter 3 "My future doesn't know / ME" Young Poets and Dynamic Temporality in Salting the Ocean: 100 Poems by Young Poets 85
Chapter 4 "My sole desire is to move someone through poetry, and allow for my voice to be heard" Young Poets, Children's Rights, and the Rattle Young Poets Anthology 106
Chapter 5 "We Speak to Be Heard" June Jordan, Terri Bush, and The Voice of the Children 125
Conclusion "Poems are voiceprints of language" 159
Works Cited 183
What People are Saying About This
Well researched, clearly written, and bracingly original, Time for Childhoods is a model of interdisciplinary scholarship. I read it with excitement and delight.
A groundbreaking study of children's writing. This book will be widely read and discussed by all who are engaged with childhood studies.