One Last Word: Wisdom from the Harlem Renaissance

One Last Word: Wisdom from the Harlem Renaissance

In this collection of poetry, Nikki Grimes looks afresh at the poets of the Harlem Renaissance -- including voices like Langston Hughes, Georgia Douglas Johnson, and many more writers of importance and resonance from this era -- by combining their work with her own original poetry. Using "The Golden Shovel" poetic method, Grimes has written a collection of poetry that is a...

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Title:One Last Word: Wisdom from the Harlem Renaissance
Author:Nikki Grimes
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ISBN:1619635542
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:128 pages

One Last Word: Wisdom from the Harlem Renaissance Reviews

  • Laura Harrison
    Jan 05, 2017

    Absolutely wonderful. The addition of glorious illustrations by many of our very best picture book artists makes One Last Word just perfect.

  • Tasha
    Jan 04, 2017

    Master poet Grimes has created a book of poetry that celebrates the poets from the Harlem Renaissance who influenced her. Through her amazing skill, she pays homage to their original poems by creating her own from their words. Using a form called Golden Shovel, she takes lines from their poems and uses them as the final words in the lines of her poems. Both the Harlem Renaissance poetry and Grimes’ speak to the experience of African Americans and for Grimes, African American children and teens.

    Master poet Grimes has created a book of poetry that celebrates the poets from the Harlem Renaissance who influenced her. Through her amazing skill, she pays homage to their original poems by creating her own from their words. Using a form called Golden Shovel, she takes lines from their poems and uses them as the final words in the lines of her poems. Both the Harlem Renaissance poetry and Grimes’ speak to the experience of African Americans and for Grimes, African American children and teens. These are poems about difficulties, about racism, about hate and about love.

    As I read these poems, I realized over and over again how very skilled Grimes is. It is most stunning when you remember the form she is using, because her poetry flows and dances as if entirely unrestricted. Still, the bold words tie the two poems together and one remembers the strict form she is using and the grace with which she handles it. Grimes speaks directly to children and teens of color in this book, making sure they see themselves and their experiences on the page. That they see the racism, the bullying and the dangers around them. She also makes sure though that they see a strong community, voices to raise in protest and the familial love around them.

    The book is beautifully designed with each page washed with yellows and sometimes lined in blue. It is illustrated by some of the top African-American children’s book illustrators working today. It is a stunning collection of art, filled with emotion, pain and endurance.

    Masterful, skilled and very timely, this book of poetry elevates us all and sings to the skies that African-American children are valuable and vital in this world. Appropriate for ages 10-13.

  • Jeimy
    Nov 20, 2016

    I am in awe of what Nikki Grimes has done in this collection. She has taken various poems published during the Harlem Renaissance and created shovel poems from lines, stanzas, and even entire poems. Her original works speak about the realities African Americans still face. Sadly, some of the contemporary poems show us that the issues that were relevant during the Harlem Renaissance are still present today.

    I want to thank NetGalley for this ARC. I have already preordered a copy for my classroom

    I am in awe of what Nikki Grimes has done in this collection. She has taken various poems published during the Harlem Renaissance and created shovel poems from lines, stanzas, and even entire poems. Her original works speak about the realities African Americans still face. Sadly, some of the contemporary poems show us that the issues that were relevant during the Harlem Renaissance are still present today.

    I want to thank NetGalley for this ARC. I have already preordered a copy for my classroom library and will incorporate the book during my poetry month lessons.

  • Mary Ann
    Dec 04, 2016

    Engaging, inspiring, essential poetry to share. Needs to be in every middle school and high school library.

    Full review to come.

  • Brandi
    Dec 17, 2016

    Nikki Grimes's "One Last Word: Wisdom from the Harlem Renaissance" is an exceptional reference book for history and literature classes. It contains a short piece on the history of the Harlem Renaissance, artwork by noted artists, mini biographies for the poets featured, and an index. The author's own poetry, created with "The Golden Shovel Method" is also featured in this volume and would be excellent examples to use in a creative writing class. I would recommend this book to anyone.

    I won my cop

    Nikki Grimes's "One Last Word: Wisdom from the Harlem Renaissance" is an exceptional reference book for history and literature classes. It contains a short piece on the history of the Harlem Renaissance, artwork by noted artists, mini biographies for the poets featured, and an index. The author's own poetry, created with "The Golden Shovel Method" is also featured in this volume and would be excellent examples to use in a creative writing class. I would recommend this book to anyone.

    I won my copy of this book from a giveaway on Goodreads and I appreciate the opportunity to read and review it.

    *Note - I really enjoyed the artwork in this one.

  • Jen Petro-Roy
    Jan 10, 2017

    Absolutely stunning. What a talent.

  • Christopher
    Feb 02, 2017

    This is a phenomenal and seminal work for Grimes. Her poem in response to Langston Hughes' "Mother to Son" is heartbreaking and inspiring at the same time and brought tears to my eyes. THe illustrations perfectly complement the text and enhance what has been written. Every young reader should pick this book up.

  • Samantha
    Feb 07, 2017

    This book reads like a survey course on the literature of the Harlem Renaissance mixed with a Creative Writing course in which the author takes inspiration from the poets of that time period and creates modern masterpieces using a poetic form called the Golden Shovel. The idea of a Golden Shovel poem is to take a short poem in its entirety, or a line from that poem (called a striking line), and create a new poem, using the words from the original. The result is must read poetry that is supported

    This book reads like a survey course on the literature of the Harlem Renaissance mixed with a Creative Writing course in which the author takes inspiration from the poets of that time period and creates modern masterpieces using a poetic form called the Golden Shovel. The idea of a Golden Shovel poem is to take a short poem in its entirety, or a line from that poem (called a striking line), and create a new poem, using the words from the original. The result is must read poetry that is supported by original artwork from the top African American artists currently working.

    Back matter includes biographies on the poets of the Harlem Renaissance and biographies on the artists who contributed pieces for this book.

    The storytelling is so vivid and I'm blown away with what Grimes is able to accomplish thematically and lyrically using the Golden Shovel form.

    Highly recommended for grades 5-8+; a solid title for exploring history, poetry, and topics of current concern for young people ranging from self-esteem to interracial dating.

  • Andreia
    Feb 18, 2017

    I LOVE THIS BOOK! I love the collection. I love the format of the poems. I love that I actually discovered new poets. I loved the way she connected the poems. I will definitely get a few copies for gifts, Little Free Libraries and of course one for my own library

  • Katie Bruce
    Feb 14, 2017

    This book is SO. GOOD. From the unique poetry convention to the artwork, it's just a treasure. Everyone read it!