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Thursday, October 2, 2008

POETRY FRIDAY

OUR HEARTS ARE WOVEN INTO WORDS: 
A COLLECTION OF POETRY BY DPS ELEMENTARY STUDENTS

Our Hearts Are Woven Into Words is an anthology of over 200 poems from elementary students in the Denver Public Schools. The poems are organized into chapters, e.g. family, food, animals, emotions, secrets, and  imagination, and include selections in both English and Spanish. The anthology is a paperback, with student artwork on front and back cover. The artwork inside the book is black and white, but much of it can be seen in color on the website. 

Steve Replogle, the creator of the project says, "We work in a diverse school district, and life is not always fair for many of our students. Poetry can reach beyond any limits that are imposed upon our lives-- the limits of age or race, of economics or culture. A kindergartner can write a poem that will move us to laughter. A fourth or fifth grader can bring us to tears."

Steve and a team of high school editors have done an amazing job capturing our kids' lives. It's a limited edition- the only place I have been able to find it is at Bookies, a children's bookstore in Denver. Nevertheless, it's a really special book. I hope people will take the time to hunt it down.

Thank you Steve and team for honoring our children in such an amazing way!


POETRY FRIDAY is at TWO WRITING TEACHERS today.

2 comments:

Cloudscome said...

This is fabulous! I love how they published their work into an actual book and are selling copies in a bookstore as well as giving them to friends and family. We ought to do this at my school.

Love your blog too!

Mary Lee said...

What an amazing project! My mother started her teaching career in DPS. I'll have to make sure she sees this!