Sadly, I've neglected reading poetry during this national month celebrating Poetry. But now I'm reading an inspiring novel in verse.
Does that count?
White Rose by Kip Wilson (April 2, 2019, Versify/HMH, ages 12 and up)
Synopsis (from Indiebound): Disillusioned by the propaganda of Nazi Germany, Sophie Scholl, her brother, and his fellow soldiers formed the White Rose, a group that wrote and distributed anonymous letters criticizing the Nazi regime and calling for action from their fellow German citizens. The following year, Sophie and her brother were arrested for treason and interrogated for information about their collaborators. This debut novel recounts the lives of Sophie and her friends and highlights their brave stand against fascism in Nazi Germany.
Why I recommend it: The verse is spare and simple and gorgeously written. Interestingly, the narrative jumps back and forth in time, but even my injured brain is having no trouble following it. Keep in mind this is YA. It's a somewhat difficult, though perhaps timely, subject.
Bonus: This novel in verse was written by a young woman I met at the Highlights Foundation in 2017. So proud of you, Kip!
Favorite lines (so far, from p. 46):
It's been five years since
Herr Hitler's thundering rise
to power, and
in that time so much has
changed in our small city:
red flags draped
over offices, schools, homes
armed soldiers blocking entrance to
thick, hard dread
spilling over the streets
sharp as glass.
If you're looking for more traditional posts for National Poetry Month:
Please visit Jan Godown Annino at Bookseedstudio and Linda Mitchell at A Word Edgewise.
(And coincidentally, I met them both at Highlights, in 2016!)