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“Legacy: Women Poets of the Harlem Renaissance” by: Nikki Grimes

The creativity here was incredible! Nikki Grimes highlighted female poets during the Harlem Renaissance and created her own poetry using a method called Golden Shovel Poetry.

Grimes explains that this form of poetry is to take a prominent inspirational line or lines and then craft your own poetry using those words. I have never read anything like it!

The Artwork included is STUNNING.

My favorite poem was by Esther Popel titled “Flag Salute”.

Included at the end were biographies highlighting the titles and works by the original poets with each telling stories in and of themselves!

Recommend to anyone interested in poetry, Art, and/or seeking inspiration because this book had all of these elements!

Goodreads Synopsis:

For centuries, accomplished women–of all races–have fallen out of the historical records. The same is true for gifted, prolific, women poets of the Harlem Renaissance who are little known, especially as compared to their male counterparts.

In this poetry collection, bestselling author Nikki Grimes uses “The Golden Shovel” poetic method to create wholly original poems based on the works of these groundbreaking women-and to introduce readers to their work.

Each poem is paired with one-of-a-kind art from today’s most exciting female African-American illustrators, including: Vanessa Brantley-Newton, Cozbi Cabrera, Pat Cummings, Nina Crews, Laura Freeman, Jan Spivey Gilchrist, Ebony Glenn, April Harrison, Ekua Holmes, Keisha Morrison, Daria Peoples-Riley, Andrea Pippins, Shadra Strickland, and Elizabeth Zunon.

Legacy also includes a foreword, an introduction to the history of the Harlem Renaissance, author’s note, and poet biographies, which make this a wonderful resource and a book to cherish.

Quick Facts:

Page Count: 144

Format: Hardcover

Genre: Poetry

Publisher: Bloomsbury Children’s Books

Expected Publication Date: January 5th, 2021

Categories: ARC