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I recently read Nikki Grimes’ Ordinary Hazards. This young adult memoir in verse comes out October 8 and is by turns harrowing and hopeful. Nikki has always been such a smart, strong poet and woman–it was both painful and illuminating to read about her childhood, which she’s alluded to off and on over the years.
There are so many poems I could share from this book: poems of family separation, mental illness, fear, abuse… My own childhood was fairly unhappy and included several of the same elements, but not nearly to the same degree. I’m so thankful Nikki is here to share her story. Anyway, I’m NOT sharing one of the poems mentioned above. I’m sharing a poem that I can totally relate to right this minute.
What Time Forgot
and street names
Blame it on
the Mad Hatter,
or the madness
of my every day.
climbed a horse
and rode out of town
–Nikki Grimes, all rights reserved, from Ordinary Hazards
I really don’t remember very much of my own childhood, and that’s been true for a long time. I just know I’m glad it’s over. And, reading Nikki’s poem, I’m glad to know I’m not alone in not remembering–and isn’t that the beauty of poetry and story? Knowing we are not alone.
For more wonderful poetry, don’t miss the Poetry Friday Roundup with the artistic and creative Carol Varsalona at Beyond LiteracyLink! She’s unveiling a portion of her beautiful Embraceable Summer Gallery.