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Saturday, December 7, 2019

The Success of 'A Few Choice Words'

“Poetry has the ability to create entire moments with just a few choice words. The spacing and line breaks create rhythm, a helpful musicality, a natural flow. The separate stanzas aid in perpetuating a kind of incremental reading, one small chunk at a time.” – Jason Reynolds

Born in Washington, DC, on Dec. 6, 1983, Reynolds writes poetry and novels, primarily for Young Adult and Middle School audiences.  Among his many award-winning efforts are Ghost, a National Book Award Finalist for Young People's Literature, and When I Was The Greatest, winner of the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Award for New Talent.  His 2017 book Long Way Down, combined both genres as a novel in verse, won a Newbery Honor book and won awards from the Mystery Writers of America.
      For Saturday’s Poem, here are Reynolds’ “I’ve Never Been” and “For Everyone.”

                                       I’VE NEVER BEEN

in an     earthquake.
Don’t     know if this was
Even     close to how they
are,      but the ground
defi      nitely felt like
it o      pened up
and      ate me.

For Everyone

Your dream is the mole
behind your ear,
that chip in your
front tooth,
your freckles.

It’s the thing that makes
you special,
but not the thing that makes
you great.

The courage in trying,
the passion in living,
and the acknowledgement
and appreciation of
the beauty happening around
you does that.

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