A poem is a small but powerful thing

out of wonderI borrowed my title from Kwame Alexander’s introduction to this beautiful book.  Since I’m giving him credit, it’s ok, right?  If I were writing poetry myself at this moment, I might find a way to move beyond the quotation to twist or turn the words into something just slightly different, as writers and poets do.

There is a lot of borrowing going on here, but it’s the kind of borrowing that honors and illuminates other writers.  From Maya Angelou to e. e. cummings, there are so many journeys to take, and this is an exercise in the light and color and beauty of words, with brilliant art to accompany those words.

It’s the perfect book for National Poetry Month.  Read a poem, find its inspiration, write your own.

Out of Wonder:  Poems Celebrating Poets by Kwame Alexander, Chris Colderley, Marjory Wentwork and Ekua Holmes

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