One Last Word

One Last Word

Wisdom From the Harlem Renaissance

Book - 2017
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"In this collection of poetry, Nikki Grimes looks afresh at the poets of the Harlem Renaissance -- including voices like Langston Hughes, Georgia Douglas Johnson, and many more writers of importance and resonance from this era -- by combining their work with her own original poetry. Using "The Golden Shovel" poetic method, Grimes has written a collection of poetry that is as gorgeous as it is thought-provoking. This special book also includes original artwork in full-color from some of today's most exciting African American illustrators, who have created pieces of art based on Nikki's original poems. Featuring art by: Cozbi Cabrera, R. Gregory Christie, Pat Cummings, Jan Spivey Gilchrist, Nikki Grimes, E. B. Lewis, Frank Morrison, Brian Pinkney, Sean Qualls, James Ransome, Javaka Steptoe, Shadra Strickland, and Elizabeth Zunon. A foreword, an introduction to the history of the Harlem Renaissance, author's note, poet biographies, and index makes this not only a book to cherish, but a wonderful resource and reference as well"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury, 2017
ISBN: 9781619635548
Characteristics: 120 pages : color illustrations ; 20 cm
Additional Contributors: Cabrera, Cozbi A.


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The Harlem Renaissance took place in the 1920s and continued into the 1940s.

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JCLLizW Aug 04, 2020

This is an excellent collection which acts as an homage to the poets of the Harlem Renaissance. Grimes has an amazing ability to relate the messages of the past to now and highlights a variety of struggles and hopes experienced by young, black people today. Even if the Golden Shovel form can sometimes restrict what Grimes produces, it also uniquely strengthens the poems by binding them to older works. Each poem is accompanied by artwork and I love that instead of one illustrator, this book brought together 15 different artists.

ArapahoeSusan Jan 09, 2020

This great middle grade title features poets from Harlem's Renaissance accompanied with beautiful illustrations from contemporary African-American illustrators.

Mar 31, 2018

A winning compilation of poems from the Harlem Renaissance, golden shovel poems by Nikki Grimes featuring passages from some or all of those original works and beautiful color illustrations by contemporary black artists (including Grimes herself). Definitely amazing!

CMLReads_Kristin May 25, 2017

A wonderful poetic connection between the Harlem Renaissance and the present. This would be particularly useful in a classroom setting.

Chapel_Hill_KrystalB Mar 16, 2017

‚ÄčI enjoyed this book of poetry and appreciate Nikki Grime's dedication to the craft as a whole. Not only was I introduced to some new-to-me poets who blossomed during the Harlem Renaissance, I also learned about a method of writing poetry- the Golden Shovel- which seems awesome as a means of inspiration and difficult to successfully execute at the same time. On top of all that, there are great illustrations by some well-respected children's book illustrators, too. The total package!

ArapahoeStaff2 Mar 14, 2017

Nikki Grimes at her best, able to communicate magic that only poetry can convey. Nikki Grimes will tell you that she's had a rough childhood and that a part of her work is meant to help children find solace and affirmation in those dark places. Everyone can find beauty in her poetry, especially as she honors the Beat Poets that came before her. This one will be getting a lot of buzz this year.

Jan 23, 2017

First let me just say that I had no idea that this was a children's book; not that it bothered me but still. I also had not heard of Nikki Grimes prior to reading this book of poetry and I had no idea what the Golden Shovel method was, so I'm glad she explained it at the start of the book. The technique seems pretty challenging but I think she did a good job creating original works of her own using it. I especially enjoyed her poems, "In Search of a Superpower" and "A Dark Date for Josh".

If you're a fan of poetry and the Harlem Renaissance, then you should check out One Last Word.


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