You Hear Me? Poems and Writing by Teenage Boys

ISBN-10: 076361159X

ISBN-13: 9780763611590

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Description: Teenage boys speak out—without the filter of adult sensibility—in a compelling collection of poetry and prose. In a powerful collection of more than seventy uncensored poems and essays, more than fifty teenage boys from across the country explore their many-layered concerns: identity, love, envy, gratitude, sex, anger, competition, fear, hope. Here, unadorned and without the filter of adult sensibility, is the raw stuff of their lives, in their own words. Isn’t it time to listen?

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List price: $6.99
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Publication date: 5/1/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 128
Size: 5.00" wide x 7.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.330
Language: English

BETSY FRANCO has written over eighty books, including poetry collections, picture books, and a YA novel. Her anthologies of teenage poetry have appeared on the ALA Best Books and Quick Picks lists. Betsy lives in northern California, with her husband and two cat-muses, Jada and Frida. MICHAEL WERTZ has taught Illustration at the California College of the Arts and is the co-founder of Monster Illustration, a loose confederation of illustrators who banded together in 1996. Michael lives and works in Oakland, California, with his husband and their dog Olive, who helped inform David's observations of the neighborhood cats.

Time Somebody Told Me
Time Somebody Told Me That I am lovely, good and real That I am beautiful inside If they only knew How that would make me feel.
Time Somebody Told Me That my mind is quick, sharp and full of wit That I should keep on trying and never quit.
Time Somebody Told Me How they loved and needed me How my smile is filled with hope and my spirit sets them free How my eyes shine, full of light How good they feel when they hug me tight.
Time Somebody Told Me
So, I had a talk with myself Just me, nobody else 'cause it was time Somebody Told Me. Quantedius Hall, "Son of Reality," age 12
Bumming Through Pittsburgh? Maybe Not. Hey, where are you going? Where will you be in five to ten years? Is it college, career, or do you really care with your dark baggy clothing and whacked out hair, your face, an unfinished puzzle. The moon only shines for those who request it.
Because the moon only shines for those who request it, your face is an unfinished puzzle with your whacked out hair and dark baggy clothing. Do you really care? Is it college, career- where will you be in five to ten years? Hey, where are you going? Antony E. W. Kirkland, age 18
I need to do something, Write a letter, Let it go somehow. My heart attaches To things, people. When there is collision, I lose myself in it, In confusion. Why not have two hearts? I don't understand love, But I know it exists. Thomas Andrade, age 17
The elements are at their peak. Clouds raging, rain falling. It's the kind of day that makes you think... What does age bring, wisdom or confidence? Will I ever know what I need to know? Is there such a thing as an adult? When I get there, if I get there... I won't forget. Kyle Blanchard, age 16
A feeling, not necessarily of "I can." not even that "things will change." but undeniable courage to see the future through. dr, age 18
You Hear Me? Copyright (c) 2000 Betsy Franco. Candlewick Press, Inc., Cambridge, MA
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