I received my contributor copies a couple of days ago for Dare to Dream…Change the World, a poetry anthology conceived of and edited by Jill Corcoran (Kane Miller, 2012). Oh. My. Gosh. I read the entire book while I did the elliptical. See, poetry is good for you in so many ways.
Seriously, this is one of the best anthologies I’ve read in years! (And I say that totally disregarding the fact that I have a poem in it.) There are opening and closing poems about dreaming and changing the world, and in between are 14 pairs of poems about real people who have done just that.
I had a terrible time deciding which poem to share because I have so many favorites. But I’m going to go with this one, which is a heartbreaking poem about an iconic dreamer by a terrific poet in a too-rare form, the phrase acrostic.
Faith of a Mustard Seed
In the attic, everything happens on a piece of paper: happiness, disappointment, fear,
Spite. I can laugh out loud. Shout. Make my voice heard. Tell
Of my love for a complicated boy.
Everything is documented.
I let my pen whisper my secrets into the ear of the page.
Still, I wish my dear Kitty could hear them first hand. I allow myself to
Believe that one day Peter and I will share a life together. That the
People we love will eat Shabbat dinner at our table. That we
Are only here until the world rights itself.
Basically, when someone soothes the beast.
Good always prevails. Doesn’t it?
At least that’s what I believe in my
Heart of hearts.
–by Anita Hope Smith (about Anne Frank)
You can find more about this book at Kelly Fineman’s (my poetry partner in this book) blog, including who all the poems are by (almost every current children’s poet I admire) and about, and how to get the book.
Violet at Violet Nesdoly/Poems has the Poetry Friday Roundup today! Head on over and enjoy!