This poem inspired me to create this anthology. I chose the poems and art in this book to help us celebrate and explore the many different parts of ourselves....So, I invite you to read the poems and gaze at the sampling of art--and to keep asking yourself that important question, "Who am I?"The book would be a useful resource for teachers, and, although it was published ten years ago, it is still in print. It is available in a "Big Book" format and/or CD, too.
The first poem in the book is from Shakespeare:
A star danced
and under that
was I born.
It is accompanied by a colorful painting by Georgia O'Keeffe, The Lawrence Tree. (An interesting aside, the painting is oriented with the base of the tree at the lower right, I found a webpage that explains that this common orientation is incorrect!)
Other pairings include "The Voice" by Shel Silverstein with Echoes of Harlem, 1980 by Faith Ringgold/W Possi, "I Have All These Parts..." by Arnold Adoff with a photo illustration by Jay Corbett, and "the First Day of Spring" by Eve Merriam with a cut-paper sculpture by Meredith Thomas.
Don't miss this striking collection, and don't forget to stop by Teaching Authors for the Poetry Friday Round-Up.