“Reading should not be presented to children as a chore or a duty. It should be offered to them as a precious gift." Kate DiCamillo
Friday, October 17, 2014
There are so many ways to tell a story. In FRIDA, Carmen T. Bernier-Grand weaves together a series of biographical poems to capture the life of Mexican-born artist, Frida Kahlo. Kahlo had a difficult life- a childhood bout of polio, a crippling bus accident at age 18, marriage, then divorce, then remarriage to Diego Rivera, four miscarriages, spinal surgery that left her wheelchair bound, and then the amputation of her leg-- and yet she lived with strength, pride, and even joy. ¡Viva la vida/ (Long live life!) was her personal battle cry.
The book includes 26 poems, illustrated with Kahlo's artwork. Back matter consists of a biography, a timeline, and a bibliography. A terrific mentor text for middle or high school students attempting to write biographies or autobiographies.
I am a wounded hummingbird
caged in my room for nine months
with polio, crippling polio
Warm towels soaked in walnut water
ease the pain in my leg,
a thin, drying twig.
I hide in the walnut wardrobe
put on a white sock,
another on top
Is the right leg as fat as the other?
The cage opens.
Now I have wings.
Wednesday, August 21, 1920
Coyoacán- Today the marriage
between an elephant and a dove
took place in a civil ceremony
in the ancient hall.
The twenty-two-year-old bride
Frida Kahlo wor
a Tehuana peasant dress
and a rebozo created by the people
for the people.
bulky groom Diego Rivera,
sported a peacock feather
in his Stetson hat,
a wide leather belt,
huge minuer's shoes,
and paint-stained pants,
that looked as if he had slept in them
for a week.
My barren landscapes show my barren self
I have lost three children.
Four arrows in my heart
to remind Diego how his shots have made me bleed.
Shooting pains in my hip,
Shooting pains in my foot,
Shooting pains in my spine.
I am not sick.
I am broken.
But I am happy to be alive.
Michelle Barnes is hosting Poetry Friday today. Head over there for a Halloween poetry challenge!
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I am happy to know about this book. Thank you for the introduction!
This sounds like a gorgeous book. Thanks for sharing the sample poems!
Looks to be a wonderful book, Carol. Thanks for the review and peek inside!
What touching poems. What an indomitable spirit. This sounds like a book worth poring over.
She is a fascinating woman. This book sounds like a keeper!
These poems show an interesting glimpse into Kahlo's life. Must look for this book. =)
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