DREAM KEEPER AND OTHER POEMS by Langston Hughes, illustrated by Brian Pinkney
1932 TRUTHS STILL TRUE TODAY
Fun froth to storm pain.
Music, melody. Blues, truth.
Middle grade / YA (ages 8 and up)
Storyteller/ first person POV
Originally published in 1932
Crossover poetry – accessible to children, teens and adults
Easily accessible for reading out loud
Rhythm and rhyme
Short and pointed
Imagery strong and specific
African American themes and universal truths
Emotional range – light frothy fun to stormy turbulence
Inner meaning, deeper truths
Sadness and empathy
Diversity of characters — beggar woman, boy, ocean, piano man
Music – singing the blues, tapping foot on the floor
Joy and pain in the powerful verses are universal truths, the urge to repeat words, a lines, phrases irresistible. Stark truths and raw emotions represent lives of all genders, races and ages.