Tomorrow begins my first round of chemotherapy and I thought I’d share with you some of my reading materials I will be bringing along, since the treatment sessions last about 2 1/2 hours. *ugh*
His belief is that, “writing a poem is making music with words and space.” -Arnold Adoff (comes via PoetStudy)
Back in January, the late Virginia Hamilton’s husband, writer and poet, Arnold Adoff, sent me an autographed copy of his latest book, ROOTS AND BLUES [Clarion Books; None edition (December 22, 2010)]. I was immediately enthralled because there was a historical depth and a rhythm to each page of his poetry that immediately empowered me. Today’s students and adults, from time to time, need that kind of reality/historical dose. School Library Journal wrote a brilliant review, Gr 5 Up-This exquisite collection of poems and paintings celebrates the history and culture of blues music. Adoff traces the horrific journey of slaves to America and the role that music played as a means of survival, of passing on “the ancestor words.” Even as the lyrics describe harsh realities, the innate beauty of music made with sticks, spoons, or whatever was at hand speaks of an irrepressible hope: “Under the hot sun: the chop chop/hoe/measures out the beats of freedom.”
I’m also intrigued to learn so much about Arnold’s son, Jaime Adoff, who is also a writer/poet. He’s definitely someone to watch, in the literary world. Click here for his bio and contact information.
Here’s a video clip from last Friday’s post-haircut ‘event’. Oh! Pardon my sister Julia’s ‘videographer/reporter’ coverage, as she handles the camera and the questioning.
Feel free to email me with book ideas for my chemo visits. firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks in advance!