KEESHA’S HOUSE by Helen Frost
EVERY ROOM TELLS A TALE
Emotional trauma. Truth.
Joy, pain, rage. Safe house.
YA (grades 9 and up)
Eight parts – two forms – Sestina and Sonnet
Multiple first person POV – variety of teenage voices
Form gives structure and filter for painful and emotional traumas and truths
Themes – pain, joy, love, rage
One house – many lives
Safe house, safe haven, home away from broken homes
Classic poetic forms provide safe structure for painful modern content
Titles give clues to each poem’s speaker/subject
Authors note at end explains traditions of poetic forms – handed down over generations, allowing exploration and distraction, leading to deeper images and ideas