Shall I draw a magic landscape?
In the genius of my fingers
I hold the seeds.
Can I grow a painting like a flower?
Can I sculpture a future without weeds?
In these poems, Joyce Carol Thomas invites us to share in the pride and simple beauty which help us all to remember where we came from, to cherish who we are and to affirm our place in the world. This is a book of celebration for all ages to treasure.
"A must." (Pointer review) -- The Kirkus Reviews
"National Book Award winner Thomas celebrates the beauty and heritage of African Americans in a lyrical collection of poems....Cooper's handsome paintings...help emphasize the warmth and love that imbue the book." -- Publishers Weekly
A 1994 Coretta Scott King Author Award Honor Book / A 1994 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award Honor Book / A 1994 Notable Children's Book in the Language Arts / A 1994 Notable Children's Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies
Excerpts from the book:
I am the pot that brews the potion
I take my time about boiling
Cozying up to the fire just so
I taste the water when I glow
Then inhale the stems, the twigs
and every crushed flower
Fragrant in their golden power
I feel so good
Poems © 1993 Joyce Carol Thomas. Illustrations © 1993 Floyd Cooper. Cover © 1993 HarperCollins Publishers.