With my FIRST book of poetry coming out soon, I am really getting back into poetry. How many of you, I wonder, have ever read a 'story' in poetry?
------ The following is the story of when I found my first book of story poetry ----
When I was a children's librarian in Brevard County Florida, it was a rare day when all three of us, the library's children librarians, were working at the same time and all three of us were in the stacks (shelves of books) returning books to their place and reading the shelves. (Reading the shelves means to literally read the call numbers on the books to insure they are in their proper place. Want to give a librarian some love? Offer to 'read the shelves'!)
I came across a book, and as we do when we see a title we are unfamiliar with, I pulled it out and flipped it open thumbing though it, considering checking it out. As I flipped through the pages, what I saw was unexpected for I was standing in the Juvenile fiction area, but the book I was holding, REACHING FOR SUN by Tracie Vaughn Zimmer, was a book of poetry.
I asked the head of the department, who had an actual degree in library science, and not simply grandfathered into the position by experience as I had been, why would a book of poetry would be in the FICTION area.
She asked if I had checked the copyright page.
Why yes I had and it said:
1. Cerebral palsy - Fiction 2. People with disabilities - Fiction 3. Friendship - Fiction 4. Grandmothers - Fiction 5. Single-parent families - Fiction 6. Novels in verse
hhhmmmmmmm...... Novels in Verse (remember this as your future library search phrase!)
I took it home and read it. I have since bought that book and many more NOVELS IN VERSE!
Have you ever read a NOVEL IN VERSE?
I highly recommend them!
I haven't written one myself, but I hope to one day.
Some Novels in Verse you might want to start with are:
REACHING FOR SUN by Tracie Vaughn Zimmer (my first and will always be my favorite!)
HUGGING THE ROCK by Susan Taylor Brown (LOVE THIS BOOK!)
INSIDE OUT AND BACK AGAIN by Thanhha Lai (won a Newberry but I have not read it yet)
WICKED GIRLS by Stephanie Hemphill (hard to start because it's told in 6 voices! but once you get into it then it's hard to put down! excellent book of poetry!)
LOVE THAT DOG by Sharon Creech
HATE THAT CAT by Sharon Creech
OK there are too many to list and I don't want to stop!
If you search the Mecklenburg County Library catalog for NOVELS IN VERSE you will get a list of 91 books! Choose one. Check one out. Actually check out three or four because not all are... well... my cup of tea.... but I would say that 80% of the ones I have tried are AMAZING!
and..... look forward to MY OWN FIRST BOOK OF POETRY to come out soon!
It's not a story.
It won't be long or large or thick.
It is an exciting experience.