Sunday, 5 April 2009

FBA Poetry

As April in Poetry Month, it's the perfect excuse to really take a look at what is in the collection I inherited this year. One of my favorites is Love to Langston by Tony Medina, a gorgeous compilation of Hughes' poems that are appropriate for upper elementary. An added bonus is a short summary of the history of each poem, which is perfect for teaching points. I can hardly pick my favorite, but this one stands out in the crowd.

A Bag of Oranges by Langston Hughes

A bag of oranges is
What she brings me

With a great big dimply grin
Sweet as a georgia peach
Come to see me on my death bed

With her hand outstretched
Palm up, orange big and bright as the sun
As if death to her is a new day
She brings the sun!

That child
Makes the pain of my illness
Go away
This day

Dear sweet Alice Walker
One of my favorite young writers
Brings me a bag of oranges

Brings me oranges like
A bag of sun

1 comment:

Dyann said...

Ooooh! Thanks for the tip! Langston Hughes was our poet of the month a few months back, and our poetry bookshelf needs a bit of beefing up.