The Other Side: Shorter Poems

The Other Side: Shorter Poems

by Angela Johnson


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Like poignant, vivid snapshots of a rural Southern town, these poems disclose the author's memories of her hometown of Shorter, Alabama.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780531071670
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date: 03/28/2000
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 64
Product dimensions: 5.38(w) x 8.36(h) x 0.18(d)
Age Range: 10 - 14 Years

About the Author

Angela Johnson is an American poet and children's book writer. Her children's picture books, including ,When I Am Old with You and A Sweet Smell of Roses, are poetic stories about African-American families and friendship. She has also written for teens, including the Michael L. Printz and Corretta Scott King Award-winning novel The First Part Last. She also won Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Award for Tell Me a Story, Mama.

Table of Contents

Red Dirt1
Pullin' Shorter Down2
Piano Lessons9
Death Chest10
Ghost Houses12
Hiding Place13
Miss Annie Morgan15
Working the Roots16
Smoking with T. Fanny19
The Other Side20
Dancing in the Moonlight21
The New House22
Into the Light32
On the Steps34
Gettin' Old35
Miss Pearl36
War II38
Country Girl40
Where You Been43

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Other Side Shorter Poems 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
lauraklandoll on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a book of short poems about a young, African American girl's life in Shorter, Alabama. She tell us about the people she knew while growing up in this small town, especially her "Grandmama". She writes about "pullin Shorter down", and how it effects her, her family, and friends. Finally, she tells us about life in a small, rural, and poor community.I was very moved by these poems. In some ways I can identify with her experiences, the hot dusty roads, her close relationship with her Grandmother and the rural town. But mainly, I was enthralled with her descriptions of her friends and neighbors and the obvious difficult times she lived in. When I read these poems, I can hear the rhythm and cadence of her free verse.This would be a great book for older readers, (middle school) to learn about different ethnic groups. Also this would be a good book for students to observe raw and true feelings about a difficult time in someone's life.
smg626 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is an easy but thoughtful read where the author, as narrator, takes you back in time to Shorter, Alabama. As a Coretta Scott King Award Author Honor Book, it's the words that produce the experience. There's not racial anger, but pictures of life as it was.