Nonfiction autobiography, 2014
I am disappointed in this book. It is the story of author Jaqueline Woodson’s life, told in poetic form. It feels to me forced and artificial. “Now, for interest, this time I am going to write my autobiography in poetry.” It is contrived. What we lose is a coherent emotional story. What we lose is artful writing with images and compelling turns of phrase .... which I would expect from true poetry. A waste of effort on both the author’s and the reader’s part.