Poetry Friday: Novels in verse for summer reading

Novels written in verse can make for great summer reading! Savor a verse here and there amidst the flurry of summer activities and before you know it, you’ve finished a novel and enjoyed a book of poetry.

Juanita Havill’s Grow (Peachtree, 2008) tells the story of Berneetha and Kate’s quest to create a community garden in a vacant lot. In this audio clip Juanita explains that only after writing over 40 poems did she realize she had written a novel.

Listen to Juanita Havill introduce Grow and perform her poem “People”

A favorite excerpt:

“There’s that crazy fat lady
who painted her house purple.
Ought to do something
about her.”
And I want to tell him
what he ought to do
is grab a shovel
or a rake
and help out
instead of criticizing.

Poetry Friday is hosted by Two Writing Teachers this week.

Posted by Danika Brubaker, MLS, Author and Publisher Liaison Librarian

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One Response to Poetry Friday: Novels in verse for summer reading

  1. Toby Speed June 18, 2010 at 5:33 am #

    Thanks for sharing this book, Danika, which is now on my to-be-read list. I enjoyed the audio link to the poem in Juanita’s own voice.

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