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Paint Me Like I Am: Teen Poems from Writerscorps


Paint Me Like I Am: Teen Poems from Writerscorps

In her foreword, award-winning poet Nikki Giovanni urges readers to remember that:

We need poetry...We deserve poetry

We owe it to ourselves to recreate ourselves

And find a different if not better way to live

WritersCorps has been bringing poetry and literacy to at-risk youth in Bronx, NY, Washington D.C. and San Francisco since 1994. The poems in this collection show some of the writing exercises used and vivid examples of excellent poetry from many of the youths in the program.

Anyone interested in writing should begin with this book. The exercises invite creative expression through a writing journal, imagining oneself in a room and describing feelings, among other activities.

While writers will find plenty to inspire them, reading through the poetry from the Writerscorps teens will leave no one untouched. Stories of pain leap from the carefully chosen words of poetry in titles about immigration, fights and abuse. Also strong are examples of hope, celebration of nature, friends and life. Everyday tales of hip-hop shoes, friends, jazz and dirty hands are also included. It's all there.

From the title poem by Delia Garcia, San Francisco:

Can you see the face telling you paint me happy,

Paint me with life, but most of all

Paint me free.


Reviewed by Amy Alessio on October 18, 2011

Paint Me Like I Am: Teen Poems from Writerscorps
by Nikki Giovanni

  • Publication Date: March 1, 2003
  • Genres: Poetry
  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: HarperTeen
  • ISBN-10: 0064472647
  • ISBN-13: 9780064472647