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A Reading Vocation

"I Must Read, Read, and Read. It is my Vocation." - Thomas Merton

This is where I chronicle my reading life.  I also blog about writing at Lacey's Late-night Editing.


Book 74/100: Here in Harlem - Poems in Many Voices by Walter Dean Myers

Here in Harlem: Poems in Many Voices - Walter Dean Myers

I don't read a lot of poetry and I always feel a little bit out of my element reviewing it. I listened to this audiobook right after X: A Novel because I thought they might lend context to one another. Walter Dean Myers captures diverse and authentic voices in this collection, from a gossiping hairdresser to a teenager girl yearning for male attention under her mother's disapproving gaze. Even though I generally don't like audio versions of poetry books, in this book, like October Mourning: A Song for Matthew Shepard, I appreciated that the different readers truly gave different "voices" to the characters portrayed. Also, this one had some neat sound effects, like a hair-dryer in the hair-dresser scene.