Friday, February 12, 2010

Poetry Friday: Dizzy in Your Eyes

Jacket description:
"From award-winning author and poet Pat Mora comes a collection of fifty poems about love: Shared and unrequited. Lasting a moment and lasting a lifetime. Love for a pet, a sport, music. And love for a boyfriend or girlfriend, our family, our world. 


This collection explores the intensity, pain, and beauty that love brings -from first crush to love's first bloom, from a breakup catastrophe to starting over. Love is an experience that makes us think: No one has felt like this. Ever. It can make us look at someone and feel dizzy in his or her eyes."

I love Pat Mora. So, so talented. From picture books to now a poetry collection for teens, she seems to be great at every genre she puts her hands on!

I had some favorites in this collection, "Spanish" and "With Feeling" being two of them. Ooh and "My Song." Loved that one too! I really liked that the poems were not only written about relationships, but about love for all different people, things, and events in our lives, expanding the idea that a love poem had to be about a relationship between two people.

Overall rating: 4 out of 5
A great choice for a Valentine's Day display! A unique poetry collection that will appeal to teens that typically aren't poetry fans. Most of these read like stories, which is a nice touch by the author.

Dizzy in Your Eyes
Pat Mora
176 pages
Poetry
Knopf
9780375843754
January 2010
Review copy received from publisher

1 comment:

Shelley said...

As a writer of the same, I agree that poems that tell stories can be a bit easier to read. And I'm happy to see this love collection for young adults, who so often feel dangerously upset or despairing over love--poetry can help mediate that, I think.