Poetry. Children's Literature. California Interest. This unique anthology of vibrant, contemporary poetry by over 50 San Francisco poets, including Lawrence Ferlinghetti and current San Francisco Poet Laureate Alejandro Murguía, will delight and further the creative growth of children, youth, and adults alike. The book includes an appendix of 26 lessons for teachers and parents based on poems in the collection. It has been placed in all 72 San Francisco public elementary schools, all 14 public middle schools, and the city's 29 public libraries—free of charge. Culturally diverse and multilingual (there are poems in Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, and Farsi, with English translations), the book is also attractively illustrated throughout with black and white drawings by an accomplished collection of fine artists. The universal appeal of this collection brings poetry into focus as humanity's most heartfelt, insightful, and impactful mode of expression and inspiration.
author site2014 Acker Award winner for Children's Literature
Editor Virginia Barrett is an influential poet, editor, and arts organizer, a graduate of the University of Virginia (where she was a student of Pulitzer and Bollingen Prize-winning poet Charles Wright), a Masters graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, and a professional teaching-artist for over 25 years. She is the author of many books of poetry including I JUST WEAR MY WINGS–collected poems of an aspiring mystic, coeditor of the acclaimed anthology OCCUPY SF–poems from the movement, and author of the travel memoir Mbira Maker Blues–a healing journey to Zimbabwe. A direct descendant of 17th- century lyric poet Edmund Waller (popularizer of the "heroic couplet"), pioneering female physician and social reformer Kate Waller Barrett (National Crittenton Foundation), and literary bibliophile Clifton Waller Barrett (friend and patron of poet Robert Frost), she endeavors to keep the ancestral literary-activist flame burning brightly. Author City: SAN FRANCISCO, CA USA