George Washington Carver: A portrait in poems

Far back on a low shelf of my local big-name bookstore, Marilyn Nelson's Carver: a life in poems nevertheless caught my browsing eye. Some treasures can be discovered only when you're on your knees. A Newbery Honor Book seal adorns the cover of the book, just above a Coretta Scott King Honor Award seal. The collection of poems was also a National Book Award finalist and received a Boston Globe—Horn Book award. The back cover carries words of praise from the School Library Journal, poet Nikki Giovanni, and others. It's definitely a winner.

Only 103 pages long, with 59 poems, and including historical notes and photos for background, this is a handsome book. The titles draw you in: "Arachis Hypogaea," "Washboard Wizard," "How a Dream Dies."

Through a spiritual lens—'Scherzo'
February 9, 2004

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