You Hear Me?: Poems and Writing by Teenage Boys

You Hear Me?: Poems and Writing by Teenage Boys

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"You Hear Me is a fresh approach to hearing what today's youths have to say, and it's refreshing that the words come straight from them." — School Library Journal

In a powerful collection of more than seventy uncensored poems and essays, more than fifty teenage boys from across the country explore their many-layered concerns: identity, love, envy, gratitude, sex, anger, competition, fear, hope. Here, unadorned and without the filter of adult sensibility, is the raw stuff of their lives, in their own words. Isn’t it time to listen?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780763611590
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Publication date: 05/28/2001
Series: Betsy Franco Young Adult Series
Edition description: 1 PBK ED
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 745,268
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.37(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Betsy Franco has published more than forty books, including poetry and nonfiction titles for children. She inspires trust in the many different people she meets in the course of her work as a writer. As she explains, "My philosophy when researching and writing books has always been to let adults, young adults, and children spread for themselves as much as possible." With YOU HEAR ME, her purpose is to let teenage boys do so. And, as she says, "It's about time."

Read an Excerpt


Time Somebody Told Me
That I am lovely, good and real
That I am beautiful inside
If they only knew
How that would make me feel.

Time Somebody Told Me
That my mind is quick, sharp and full of wit
That I should keep on trying and never quit.

Time Somebody Told Me
How they loved and needed me
How my smile is filled with hope and my spirit sets them free
How my eyes shine, full of light
How good they feel when they hug me tight.

Time Somebody Told Me

So, I had a talk with myself
Just me, nobody else
'cause it was time
Somebody Told Me.
Quantedius Hall, "Son of Reality," age 12

Hey, where are you going?
Where will you be in five to ten years?
Is it college, career, or do you really care with your dark baggy clothing and whacked out hair,
your face, an unfinished puzzle.
The moon only shines for those who request it.

Because the moon only shines for those who request it,
your face is an unfinished puzzle with your whacked out hair and dark baggy clothing.
Do you really care? Is it college, career-
where will you be in five to ten years?
Hey, where are you going?
Antony E. W. Kirkland, age 18

I need to do something,
Write a letter,
Let it go somehow.
My heart attaches
To things, people.
When there is collision,
I lose myself in it,
In confusion.
Why not have two hearts?
I don't understand love,
But I know it exists.
Thomas Andrade, age 17

The elements are at their peak.
Clouds raging, rain falling.
It's the kind of day that makes you think . . .

What does age bring, wisdom or confidence?
Will I ever know what I need to know?
Is there such a thing as an adult?
When I get there, if I get there . . . I won't forget.
Kyle Blanchard, age 16

A feeling,
not necessarily of "I can."
not even that "things will change."
but undeniable courage to see the future through.
dr, age 18

You Hear Me? Copyright (c) 2000 Betsy Franco. Candlewick Press, Inc., Cambridge, MA

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You Hear Me : Poems and Writing by Teenage Boys 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
kpickett on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A collection of poems of at risk teen guys. They range in topic from events at school to their relationships with their parents. Some are very young, 11, and some are about 20. a surprisingly powerful collection.
MammaDuck More than 1 year ago
I bought this book for young men in jail. They related to it with many of the same feelings and appreciated reading about young men their age sharing their story. It had impact and that's what stories strive for - making an impact.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book gives a wonderful perspective from the male voice. I love it. I can't wait until they compose and publish another.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I havent even read this book yet but someday I will, I came up searching for things that I want to learn more about Boy's, and I came up to this interesting title that I saw and I figured that this mayb the book that I, have been searching for, I can not get this book and read it because I dont have a credit card number, but I will ask my Mother if she could help me.The reason for me to have the heart to look for this book is beacuse I want to read a part in that book that tells me that not all boys are the same and there is this one boy that is different from all the others.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think this is a great book for young boys and even girls. They should use it for educational perpuses because the students will hear the words somewhere else if not from there and if the child who wrote it was using those words too that must mean he heard them around. So it should be used and the teachers should probably explain not to use those words other wise. But the book will relate more to them because they are of the same age group. I have used this book for all of my classes because it helps with the poems we write.