A Powerful Non-Fiction Book

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  A young African-American  girl moving across the country every few months or even weeks is how life was for author Marilyn Nelson.

  A young African-American  girl moving across the country every few months or even weeks is how life was for author Marilyn Nelson. Her father had been called up when she was only five and was still serving in the army when she was 14. During these times she moved at least 10 times or even more. The author shows a detailed image to her readers about what was it like during the 50s and 60s when the Civil Rights Movement, the shadow of the atomic bomb, and the feminist movement all started to happen. 

 

  How I discovered Poetry by Marilyn Nelson is a sequence of fifty unrhymed sonnets that tell the story of Marilyn Nelson's own childhood. Her poems go through her life as a four year old all the way through her 14th year. Along the poems you can see that she expresses her opinions clearly about her life and the world during the 50s and 60s. In the book there are pictures next to poems, and below the title of each poem there is the setting of the poem you're reading. Each poem have 14 lines, close to 10 syllables per line and don't rhyme. 

 

  Sometimes the author asks you a question that you might never have thought of before and leaves you wondering. One question even asks you about something you might take for granted and you might never think to ask why. I would recommend this book for anyone old enough to read, however older kids would learn from this book more than younger kids would. How I discovered Poetry is a book for learning and discussing to others but can also be read as non-fiction enjoyment for everyone.